Bay of Quinte municipalities to receive more than $8.5 million in provincial infrastructure funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE – Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced that this year Bay of Quinte municipalities will receive more than $8.5 million through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to address their local community infrastructure needs including roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.

“This funding addresses our government’s commitment to support our local municipalities in making the Bay of Quinte area the best place to live and grow. We know that projects to create and renew local infrastructure will create jobs and serve to attract economic growth and investment,” said Smith.

Recognizing that municipalities have different infrastructure needs, the province uses a straightforward and transparent formula that examines various social and economic factors to determine funding allocations across the province.

Total investment in communities across Bay of Quinte are as follows:

  • City of Belleville* ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… $3,232,839
  • County of Hastings*………………………………………………………………………………………………………… $50,000
  • County of Prince Edward……………………………………………………………………………………………. $1,147,499
  • City of Quinte West….………………………………………………………………………………………………….$4,157,747

Total investment in local municipalities……………………………………………………………………………………$8,588,085

*- Municipalities shared with Hastings Lennox and Addington riding.

The funding above is a part of Ontario’s approximately $200 million commitment to 424 communities to help them address their core infrastructure projects and asset management planning needs in 2021.

“By investing in infrastructure projects across the province, we are strengthening and building communities,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to support small, rural and northern municipalities across Ontario, providing stable funding needed to build long-term economic resilience.”

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund provides stable and predictable funding for communities with populations under 100,000, along with all rural and northern communities.
  • Approximately $200 million in funding was allocated to small, rural and northern communities for 2021. Municipalities may accumulate their OCIF funding for up to five years to address larger infrastructure projects.
  • Ontario also provides funding to communities through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a $30-billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams: Rural and Northern, Public Transit, Green, and Community, Culture and Recreation.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund recipients - Datasets - Ontario Data Catalogue

 

 

 

 


Ontario government providing $847,600 to Bay of Quinte long-term care homes for prevention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2021

BAY OF QUINTE – Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced the Ontario government is investing $847,600 to increase prevention and containment efforts in nine local long-term care homes during the second wave of COVID-19.

“This new investment will further enhance the ability for these homes to protect vulnerable residents and the hard-working staff caring for them as we continue to weather this global pandemic,” Smith said. “We need to continue to be diligent in preventing the spread of COVID-19 while we continue to distribute vaccines to homes across the province.”

Homes in Bay of Quinte that will receive this additional funding include:

  • Belmont Long Term Care Facility is receiving an additional $86,000, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $750,200.
  • Crown Ridge Place is receiving an additional $48,000, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $378,100.
  • J. McFarland Memorial Home is receiving an additional $70,100, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $451,700.
  • Hallowell House is receiving an additional $80,500, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $709,300.
  • Hastings Manor is receiving an additional $218,000, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $1,307,200.
  • Kentwood Park Nursing Home is receiving an additional $66,900, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $393,900.
  • Trent Valley Lodge is receiving an additional $182,500, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $484,300.
  • West Lake Terrace is receiving an additional $50,700, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $380,500.
  • Westgate Lodge Nursing Home is receiving an additional $44,600, bringing its total prevention and containment support since the start of the pandemic to $431,000.

 

The new funding will reduce the risk of the virus from entering long-term homes by covering eligible expenses related to the following:

  • An immediate 24/7 health checkpoint to confirm staff and essential caregivers entering the building are properly screened for COVID-19 symptoms and potential exposure and to continue screening residents on an ongoing basis to support early detection and containment of any new infections;
  • Additional prevention and containment activities, such as hiring new staff to carry out the added workload for essential services and/or to replace workers who are sick or in isolation;
  • Cleaning, equipment, and operating supplies beyond typical levels for the home;
  • Implementing infection control measures based on clinical evidence, advice from a physician or other regulated health practitioner with expertise in infection control.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Ontario government has invested $1.38 billion to ensure that our long-term care homes have the resources they need to battle COVID-19.

“We will continue to do everything we can to help stop the spread of this virus and protect our most vulnerable and the staff who have been working tirelessly to keep themselves safe,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care. “From the start of the pandemic, we have taken quick, decisive action to make sure that homes have access to the resources they need to care for our loved ones.”

Once an outbreak is declared in a home, the Province continues to work alongside local public health units, hospital partners, and all health-sector resources to help stabilize the situation and return the home to normal operations.

To address long-standing staffing challenges, the government has launched one of the largest recruitment and training drives in the province’s history to deliver on its commitment to provide an average of four hours of daily care for residents. The will make Ontario the Canadian leader in the provision of care. To implement its staffing plan (https://www.ontario.ca/page/better-place-live-better-place-work-ontarios-long-term-care-staffing-plan), the government is increasing annual investments, culminating in $1.9 billion annually by 2024-2025 to create more than 27,000 new positions for personal support workers, registered nurses, and registered practical nurses in long-term care.

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • During the second wave, the province has enhanced testing requirements for long-term care homes, and deployed rapid tests through a proof-of-concept program, recognizing the importance of identifying a case of the virus before it can spread from the community into a long-term care home.
  • The province’s vaccine strategy prioritizes the most vulnerable populations first, including health care workers and residents of long-term care homes, who are at higher risk of contracting the virus. The government has committed that the residents and staff in all long-term care homes in Ontario will be vaccinated by February 15, 2021 if they want to be vaccinated.
  • To address urgent staffing challenges in long-term care homes, hospitals have deployed rapid response teams of health care professionals. Additionally, the Ontario Workforce Reserve for Senior Support program is recruiting Resident Support Aides. The province has also put in place a Personal Support Worker Return of Service program and is fast tracking Personal Support Worker education and providing supports for new nursing graduates. Community paramedics have also assisted in homes, providing care and help with testing.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

  • 2020 Ontario Budget/Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support Recover – budget.ontario.ca

 


Smith encourages business owners to apply for Ontario Small Business Support Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUNDAY, JAN. 17, 2021

Eligible businesses could receive $10,000-$20,000

BAY OF QUINTE - Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, is encouraging businesses negatively impacted through the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant.

The grant, first announced last month, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict operations due to a province-wide shutdown enacted to stop an alarming rise of COVID-19 that could threaten health-care system capacity.

“We’ve asked our business owners to make sacrifices in the interest of protecting the public’s health and safety during the global pandemic,” said Smith. “Our government must do what it can to support these businesses through this challenging time. I’m pleased to see the portal is now open at ontario.ca/covidsupport and I encourage small business owners to visit, learn about the funding available, and apply.”

Small businesses who have been required to close or significantly restrict their services under the current province-wide shutdown will be able to apply for a one-time grant.  They will be able to determine the best use of the funding, whether it be used to pay for employee wages, rent, inventory, or promotions and logistics.

Eligible small businesses include those that:

  • Were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the province-wide shutdown imposed across the province as of 12:01 a.m. Dec. 26.
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level.
  • Have experienced a minimum 20-per-cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019. New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet other eligibility criteria.

 

Businesses that were required to close prior to the introduction of the province-wide shutdown and businesses currently permitted to open for in-person retailing with capacity restrictions will not be eligible.

Smith indicated businesses impacted by the province-wide shutdown are are also eligible for additional supports, including the government’s program to provide rebates to offset fixed costs such as property taxes and energy bills.  

Ontario is also providing a range of free digital counselling and technical support through its Digital Main Street program (digitalmainstreet.ca) and a one-time grant for businesses in eligible sectors with fewer than 10 employees to offset unexpected personal protective equipment costs.

The new support for Ontario’s small businesses is part of the more than $13.5 billion allocated in supports for people and jobs outlined in the 2020 budget Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, and Recover (budget.ontario.ca).

“Small businesses are the heart of Ontario’s economy,” added Vic Fedeli, the Province’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade. “The Ontario Small Business Support Grant will help thousands of small businesses get through this difficult time, while strengthening our province’s economic recovery.”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES