FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, NOV. 18, 2019
Prince Edward County – Ontario is committed to helping the County Seniors Centre keep local seniors active, healthy, independent and socially connected within their own communities.
Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, recently announced the Province has committed $52,725 in Seniors Active Living Centre funding to the Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association to administer a wide range of programming in community halls throughout Prince Edward County.
“This funding will go a long way in helping seniors in the County stay active and socially connected, while also preventing social isolation, said Smith “Seniors Active Living Centres provide a hub for seniors and their families to build positive connections, encourage physical activity, and in doing so, benefits everyone’s well-being.”
The County Seniors Centre, launched in 2018, now has more than 200 members who participate in a range of programming ranging from fitness activities to educational lectures to cards and games.
“We’ve been able to offer social recreational programming to seniors in a very different way due to having this funding,” said Debbie MacDonald Moynes, Community Care’s executive director. “We work closely with the municipality to use their halls. We try to have an activity or an event in each of the municipal halls each month. That has been a way that we can take programming directly to seniors. It has been well accepted thus far.”
Seniors who have paid a $25 annual membership fee receive a schedule each month of the opportunities available to them through the County Seniors Centre. More information about the program is available at www.communitycareforseniors.org.
The County Seniors Centre also hosts an annual one-day Seniors Active Living Fair designed to connect seniors to resources and services in their communities.
The investment is among $14.1 million designated to support more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs in communities across the province. Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho said the programs support healthy aging and a maintained high quality of living.
“Supporting our seniors today is about investing in all of our futures. This funding will have a direct and positive impact on seniors in communities across the province by giving them an opportunity to take part in programs and services that will help keep them active, socially connected, and healthy.”
Seniors Active Living Centre programs support over 100,000 seniors across the province, and this funding will provide a variety of programming and activities to help seniors stay active, socially engaged, safe, and healthy. This is especially important given that about 30 per cent of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated.
Ontario remains committed to protecting what matters most to seniors and their families.
Smith noted that the City of Belleville also received $52,725 in Seniors Active Living Centre Program Funding for 2019-2020 to support its 55-Plus activities.
- Seniors Active Living Centre programs are community-based and promote wellness and social interaction.
- The senior population in Ontario is the fastest growing age group. By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
- Active aging brings positive health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital.
- Seniors Active Living Centres
- Seniors Community Grant program
- Age Friendly Communities
- Ending Hallway Health Care
BELLEVILLE — The government is cutting red tape and removing barriers so Ontario’s publicly assisted colleges can create innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships to provide all students with high-quality education and training that prepares them for Ontario’s workforce.
Earlier today, Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano announced that Ontario is introducing a new policy to support public college-private partnerships that allow colleges to be more financially competitive. In return, the economic advantages from delivering their programs to more students in more locations can be invested back into the colleges’ main campuses and local communities.
“Through these partnerships, students will get the education and training they need for good jobs so Ontario businesses have the skilled workforce to grow and make Ontario open for business and open for jobs,” said Romano. “These partnerships will strengthen communities across the province by encouraging international students to study at campuses outside the Greater Toronto Area, and to remain there after their studies.”
“For over 50 years, Loyalist College has been a destination for those looking to further their education and obtain the training and skills they need to land a good job,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “As a Loyalist graduate, I am pleased that this new policy will allow the college to pursue innovative partnerships with private providers and grow as a key contributor to the Bay of Quinte economy.”
“The new policy on public-private partnerships will allow us to attract and train more international students who will contribute to our workforce, helping to bolster Ontario’s economy and offset the province’s declining domestic student population,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President & CEO. “Colleges and communities will benefit from Minister Romano’s announcement today, as well as recent Ontario government initiatives such as the reduction of red tape, enabling us to respond more quickly to regional labour market needs by streamlining the program approval process.”
The new policy on college partnerships will give colleges more flexibility to meet strong demand from international students for Ontario’s high-quality postsecondary education.
- Six publicly assisted Ontario colleges (Cambrian, Canadore, Lambton, Northern, St. Clair and St. Lawrence) currently have private partnership agreements for the delivery of programs leading to an Ontario college credential in Canada.
- International students with a credential from an Ontario public college may apply for a work permit for up to three years under the federal Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
- These partnerships will help strengthen communities across the province by encouraging international students to study at campuses outside the Greater Toronto Area and to potentially remain there after their studies.
- This new policy supports colleges in being financially competitive so that they can invest that economic benefit into their main campuses and in their local communities.
Ontario Colleges: www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-colleges
Private Career Colleges: www.ontario.ca/page/private-career-colleges
Ontario government beating fiscal targets while investing in priority programs, fall statement reveals
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019
Bay of Quinte – Todd Smith, the MPP for Bay of Quinte, welcomed the2019 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: A Plan to Build Ontario Together, tabled Wednesday at Queen’s Park. It maintains the government’s commitment to balance the budget by 2023-2024 through prudent fiscal management while making strategic investments in critical public services and strengthens the conditions for job creation.
“The fall economic statement shows our government is not only making progress on the path to fiscal sustainability, it continues to invest in health care, education, and programs Ontario residents depend upon,” said Smith, who noted the Province has seen the creation of 272,400 net new jobs and those are supporting the positive trajectory.
“We’ve seen the results of the kinds of moves we’ve made in the past, including reducing red tape and making it easier to do business in Ontario,” he said.
The report, released by Minister of Finance Rod Phillips, indicates the government projects to beat its deficit target for 2019-2020 by $1.3 billion, reducing the projected deficit to $9 billion from the $10.3 billon outlook presented in the 2019 Budget. The news comes despite the previous administration leaving Ontario with the largest subnational debt in the world and daunting challenges like hallway healthcare, congested roads, an infrastructure deficit, and government services that are inefficient or outdated.
“Since taking office 16 months ago, our government has taken steps to strengthen our finances, our economy and critical public services,” said Phillips. “Solving these challenges has not been about grand gestures, but rather the practical and meaningful actions that help make life easier and more affordable for people, like reducing taxes, investing in health care and education and building modern transit and roads.”
The government’s balanced, prudent plan is making steady progress to reduce the deficit, while investing an additional $1.3 billion in critical services. This includes more funding for hospitals, public health units, child care spaces, and programs to help vulnerable people.
Support for Bay of Quinte residents includes…
· An additional $5 million in operational funding for Quinte Health Care hospitals, part of a $68-million investment to increase support for small- and medium-sized hospitals. That is on top of the $384 million increase for hospitals in the 2019 Budget.
· A commitment to redevelop the H.J. McFarland Memorial Home long-term-care facility in Picton with funding for 160 new and refurbished beds. These beds are among 15,000 additional beds planned within the next five years.
· Provincial commitments of $5,884,815 for four Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program projects in Quinte West and Belleville. This includes Quinte West’s King Street corridor resurfacing and West-East transit expansion and Belleville’s Bell Boulevard widening and Northeast Industrial Park transit expansion.
· An extension of $15 million in transitional funding for the province’s wineries, cideries and distilleries as the government reviews taxation programs for the sector.
· A new Regional Development Program, including the redesigned Eastern Ontario Development Fund to provide performance-based loans to eligible small- and medium-sized businesses.
· A $71-million investment to address cellular communications gaps in the region.
In Wednesday’s release, the government introduced a proposal to reduce the small business Corporate Income Tax rate to 3.2 per cent from 3.5 per cent, beginning Jan. 1, 2020. This would provide tax relief of up to $1,500 annually to over 275,000 businesses, from family-owned shops to innovative start-ups.
As a result of government actions to date, Ontario’s small businesses would save $2.3 billion in 2020.
In his role as Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Smith was also pleased to see the government’s historic $600 million investment in autism services in the fall statement. “We are committed to getting this right, and introducing a needs-based and sustainable program the helps as many children and youth with autism as possible.” said Smith.
Smith concluded the statement is positive news for Bay of Quinte residents.
“We believe the role of government is to enable the opportunity for a better quality of life and a higher standard of living for all of our citizens,” said Smith. “By implementing our plan, we are stimulating job creation, putting more money in people’s pockets, making our streets safer, our commutes shorter and our government smarter.”
· The government is forecasting a $1.3 billion improvement to its 2019 Budget deficit projection for 2019–2020, to $9 billion from $10.3 billion.
· Ontario is proposing to reduce the small business Corporate Income Tax rate to 3.2 per cent from 3.5 per cent starting January 1, 2020.
· The government is taking steps to end hallway health care with a $68 million investment in small- and medium-sized and multi-site hospitals to help maintain critical capacity and respond to increased demand in communities across the province. This is in addition to the $384 million announced in the 2019 Budget.
· 272,400 net new jobs have been created since June 2018 and the unemployment rate is near historic lows.
· The Province is also proposing to reduce the aviation fuel tax rate in the North to 2.7 cents per litre from 6.7 cents per litre.
Read the 2019 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: A Plan to Build Ontario Together at ontario.ca/fallstatement.