Ontario investment strengthens video surveillance system in Quinte West



QUINTE WEST – The Ontario government is investing $200,000 in 2020-2021 in Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems to help the Quinte West detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police better detect, investigate and prevent criminal activity, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte announced.

The Ontario CCTV Grant is providing police services with a total of $6 million over three years to expand CCTV systems in their communities and improve public safety.

“Improving the technology and information available to our frontline police is critical to deterring unlawful activity and holding offenders accountable in our communities,” said Smith. “People in the Bay of Quinte need to feel safe in their homes and their businesses as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19 without fear of crime.”

News of the grant was received well by local officials.

“The expansion of CCTV within our municipality will enhance our investigative capabilities, reducing violent crime, and allowing us to successfully prosecute those who utilize our roadways to participate in criminal activity,” said Inspector Christina Reive, the OPP detachment commander in Quinte West.

Mayor Jim Harrison added “this program will allow the City and the OPP to improve public safety throughout Quinte West. We’re grateful to the Government of Ontario for recognizing this need in the community and providing us with $200,000 to fund this project.”

The CCTV grant builds on the province’s approximate $106-million investment to combat gun and gang violence, with the support of the federal government, through Ontario’s Guns, Gangs, and Violence Reduction Strategy.

“By strengthening CCTV surveillance systems across the province, Ontario’s police services will be better equipped to prevent criminal activity and identify and apprehend offenders,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “This expansion will support the local fight against guns and gangs while deterring other crimes such as drug and human trafficking, street racing and stunt driving. The use of CCTV cameras will also help hold criminals accountable by providing important visual evidence to support investigations and the prosecution process.”


QDAR receives provincial Small Businesses, Big Hearts Award for efforts during pandemic



BELLEVILLE – In May, the Government of Ontario launched its Small Businesses, Big Hearts Initiative—a campaign designed to recognize the remarkable ways Ontario small businesses have stepped up and supported their local communities throughout COVID-19, even when they themselves were struggling with adapting to challenges caused by the pandemic. The small business community has risen to help the vulnerable and those stuck at home, with countless people generously giving their time and resources to make and deliver food, run errands, and check-in on those who are isolated and alone.

The Small Businesses, Big Hearts Award, launched by Premier Doug Ford and Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Prabmeet Sarkaria, solicits stories of small businesses across the province who have shown true Ontario Spirit through their generosity, amidst the uncertainty and challenges brought on by COVID-19. Many of these businesses have altered their business models and paid it forward, providing inspiration and creating hope in their local communities.

"As I connect and host virtual roundtables with small businesses across the province, I'm also hearing about the tremendous generosity of our small businesses and the many ways they are giving back to their communities," said Minister Sarkaria. "In so many remarkable ways, these local heroes are demonstrating the Ontario spirit. Quinte & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. (QDAR) are one of the recipients and on behalf of the Premier and I, would like to congratulate them on the Small Businesses, Big Hearts award.”

QDAR serves over 415 licensed real estate practitioners in the Quinte & District area. QDAR donated an emergency grant of $4,200 to Gleaners Food Bank, through the Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation to help those facing food insecurity. They also requested the funds to be distributed throughout local food banks within communities.  They also recently completed a successful food drive for the Grace Inn Shelter.

“Many Ontarians are facing pressures in ways we’ve never seen before because of the global pandemic,” said Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith. “QDAR helped our local community by donating services, resources and time to help others so that the vulnerable can be in a better position to rebound from the economic challenges brought on by COVID-19. The Big Heart Small Business award celebrates of those made the remarkable small businesses, whose kindness help continue to build a strong and healthy Ontario during the COVID 19 pandemic.”

The government’s Small Business Big Hearts Initiative provides a platform to highlight small businesses that have helped their communities and made life a little easier for their fellow Ontarians. Many small businesses have shown true Ontario spirit during this period, strengthening the foundation of our communities and helping Ontarians through this recovery.

If you know of a small business that has stepped up and shown the Ontario Spirit in your community, send the story to [email protected]


  • The COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website enables businesses to submit details of any potential regulatory roadblocks as we navigate these uncharted economic conditions.
  • Ontario is also providing significant support to small businesses, including an investment of $150 million in rural broadband which will help businesses access a greater pool of customers as well as significantly expanding the Digital Main Street platform to help small businesses create and enhance their online presence, helping them to adapt and meet the challenges of today.
  • To take part in the Small Businesses, Big Hearts initiative and share a story, please reach out to the Office of the Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction at [email protected]
  • For information and resources for Ontario businesses, visit ontario.ca/supportforbusiness.



Ontario’s Social Services Relief Fund helps vulnerable Bay of Quinte residents during COVID-19



BAY OF QUINTE – Today, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services announced that Hastings County and Prince Edward County residents will benefit from an additional $120-million provincial investment through the Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF).

The discretionary funding can be used to improve the delivery of critical services, protect homeless shelter staff and residents, renovate and purchase shelter facilities, add to rent banks, create longer-term housing solutions and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies.

Locally, Hastings County will receive $522,300. It adds to $1,784,253 allocated through the SSRF earlier in the pandemic for a $2,306,553 investment. Lennox and Addington County, which administers social services on behalf of Prince Edward County, received an additional $203,200 for a total of $1,785,857 to support programs in both counties.

“Our government is responding to the ongoing needs of COVID-19 by providing more flexible funding to keep our vulnerable citizens safe,” said Smith. “We know that COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of having a place to call home, and this additional funding will help ensure everyone can find – and keep – a safe and secure roof over their head.”

The latest installment is part of the government’s $510 million investment through the Social Services Relief Fund to help municipalities and Indigenous communities protect the health and safety of vulnerable people across the province.

“Our government continues to respond to the pandemic with significant investments for our municipal and Indigenous partners,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “As the public health situation continues to evolve, we are providing more support, so our partners are in a better position to protect those who need it most.”


  • In March, Ontario launched the Social Services Relief Fund with an initial allocation of $148 million to help protect the health and safety of vulnerable people during COVID-19.
  • In October, over $241 million was allocated to municipalities and Indigenous community partners to help improve shelters and create opportunities for longer-term housing.