Ontario Introduces New Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

Summary Today, on Human Trafficking Awareness Day, our government introduced landmark legislation to build upon the province’s $307 million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy. This legislation reinforces Ontario’s commitment to fight human trafficking and demonstrates continued leadership in responding to this pervasive crime. The proposed changes include two new acts – the Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy Act, 2021 […]

Raise a Fork for Farmers This Canada’s Agriculture Day

Summary Tomorrow, February 23rd, is Canada’s Agriculture Day. Now more than ever, as we work together to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to recognize the resiliency and dedication of farmers here in Ontario and across the country. During COVID-19, it’s been our hardworking farmers, farm workers and food processors, as well as distributors, […]

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Summary Tomorrow, February 22 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes worldwide and Ontario is unfortunately is a hub for human trafficking with the most police-reported incidents in Canada. Last year, with co-leads Solicitor General Jones and Minister Jill Dunlop, our government launched a five-year, $307 million strategy to […]

Virtual meeting with Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario

Thank you to the members of @RNAO for a great discussion this afternoon. Our government will continue to work hard to solve the long-standing and systemic challenges facing the long-term care sector, so that our loved ones have the quality of life they deserve.

Safer and Vital Communities Grant

Summary Today, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones announced that our government is investing up to $2.6 million over two years through the Safer and Vital Communities (SVC) grant to help communities combat hate-motivated crime. The funding will help 26 community-based, not-for-profit organizations and First Nations Chiefs and Band Councils, in collaboration with their police partners, implement […]

Reconnect Festival and Event Program

Summary Today, Minister Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries, announced the Ontario government is investing more than $7 million in 87 local and virtual events and initiatives through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program. This follows the $3.4 million for 27 events announced in December 2020, as part of the first […]

Ontario Launches Education Campaign to Help Workplaces Reopen Safely

Summary Today, Minister Monte McNaughton announced new health and safety education campaigns and supports to help small businesses reopen safely. In addition to on-the-ground compliance assistance from inspectors, business owners will also have access to a comprehensive suite of resources at no cost to ensure they understand their responsibilities to prevent COVID-19 spread in the […]

Virtual Meeting with Intact Insurance – Flood Prevention

This morning, I joined @IntactAssurance to see how we can further help homeowners and businesses across Ontario protect themselves against losses from extreme weather events. Raising awareness of flood risks Ontarians face and the measure we can all adopt to protect ourselves.

500,000 Vaccine Doses Administered

Summary Today we hit an important milestone: 500,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered. Despite ongoing vaccine delays and reduced shipments, our government continues to make progress in vaccinating our most vulnerable, including residents in long-term care, high-risk retirement and First Nations elder care homes. At this time, we are pleased to report that residents […]

Update on Ontario Small Business Support Grant

Summary An update on the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which helps small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown: As of Thursday, February 18th, we have approved over 54,000 applications with more than $770 million in payments going to businesses in communities across the province. There’s a […]