New Birchmount Hospital

$ 1Billion Investment

April 15, 2022

 
 

Scarborough-Agincourt, April 14, 2022 – MPP Babikian joined the Premier of Ontario, the Minister of Health, Minister Seniors and Accessibility, MPP Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP Christina Mitas ,  and CEO Elizabeth Buller of the Scarborough Health Network to make a major historic announcement to build a new hospital at the current site of the Birchmount (Grace) Hospital.

In 2019, the government invested $500,000 to help Scarborough Health Network plan the redevelopment of the emergency department of the Birchmount Hospital. Throughout the planning process, it became clear that more than a new emergency department was needed to continue to provide the care patients and families in Scarborough and the surrounding communities need.

Building on the work done to date, the government is investing an additional $3 million to plan a new Birchmount Hospital. The investment is a key part of Scarborough Health Network’s broader plan to transform health care in the region. The network plans to build a new hospital by making major renovations to the existing facility and building a new infrastructure over the course of phased billion-dollar redevelopment.

As part of the first phase, planning is underway to build a new, state-of-the-art podium and in-patient tower with more than 200 new beds, 14 new operating rooms, and additional space to support future growth. Once completed, the Birchmount Hospital will have over 450 beds, nearly doubling the current capacity.

Health care services at the hospital are also planned to be expanded as part of the redevelopment, including critical and emergency care, mental health and addictions care, and stroke and rehabilitation care. With these enhanced services, Scarborough Health Network will be able to provide high-quality care to patients for generations to come.

Premier Ford appreciated MPP Aris Babikian's tenacity by stating “thank you MPP Babikian for the introduction…you’ve been fighting for the people of Scarborough-Agincourt and are a big reason we are here today.”

He added: “We will be investing over $1 billion dollars in a number of significant projects across the Scarborough Health Network. This investment will support the building of a new hospital, right here at Birchmount.” 

The Premier concluded “it will also expand emergency care services at the Centenary Hospital…fund a new chronic kidney disease program at Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre… For too long, previous governments refused to make the investments needed to keep pace with Scarborough’s growth… They talked…did studies…asked for report after report. The result was delay after delay…as the people of Scarborough waited. Our government is getting it done.”

MPP Babikian stated: I am proud and humbled to be able to participate in this historic announcement. For far too long, Scarborough-Agincourt has been ignored. Not anymore. After 15 years of neglect, broken promises, and dilapidated infrastructure, we are getting the attention we deserve. Under the leadership of Premier Ford and Minister Elliott, we are building Ontario to better serve the people of Scarborough North and Scarborough at large. Today is a landmark day for our residents. Future generations will fondly remember and cherish this day. The wait is over. A new dawn is shining on our residents’ life.  I am honored to represent the great community of Scarborough-Agincourt. I will leave no stone unturned to continue to improve the quality of life for the residents of Scarborough-Agincourt and make it a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

In addition to the above announcement, a new chronic kidney disease program at Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre in Scarborough-Agincourt was also announced.

The Scarborough Health Network has the largest nephrology program in Ontario and provides care for more than 6,000 patients every year. To help the network continue to provide high-quality care and meet the growing demand for dialysis treatment in Scarborough, the government has invested $500,000 to support the planning and construction of a new chronic kidney disease facility that will be located in the new Bridletowne Neighbourhood Centre community hub.

The new facility will expand the network’s hemodialysis and chronic kidney disease programs and bring services together under one roof to make it easier and more convenient for patients to access lifesaving treatment.

Furthermore, to build a stronger, more resilient health care system in Scarborough, the Scarborough General Diagnostic Imaging Project and the Centenary Emergency Department Expansion will receive much-needed funding to improve the quality of care for the residents.

“Our government is looking at every part of our health care system to improve access to care for patients and bolster the incredible work of our local hospitals,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Every project at Scarborough Health Network will help meet the health care needs of families in the growing Scarborough community and put an end to hallway health care.”

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QUICK FACTS

·          To support high-quality care in Scarborough and the surrounding region, the government increased Scarborough Health Network’s operating funding for the third straight year. In 2021-22, the hospital received over $12 million in additional operating funding, representing an increase of 2.5 percent to the operating funding the hospital received in 2020-21.

·          As part of the government’s over $1.2 billion investment to help hospitals recover from financial pressures created and worsened by COVID-19, Scarborough Health Network received over $10 million for 2020-21 lost revenue to provide financial stability and support continued high-quality patient care and $26.8 million to help recover historic working funds deficits.

·           As part of the government’s $760 million commitment in the 2021 budget to support over 3,100 additional hospital beds during the COVID-19 pandemic, Scarborough Health Network received funding for up to 20 acute care, 20 transitional care, and eight critical care beds. 
 

 

  

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Medical School in Scarborough

 

Finally, the dream becomes a reality.

I was proud to join Hon. Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities; Hon Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and accessibility; Hon Prabmeet Sarkaria, President of the Treasury Board; MPP Vijay Thanigasalam; Patricia Houston, acting dean of U of T’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine, and Wisdom Tettey, U of T vice-president and principal of U of T Scarborough to announce the create of the first ever medical school in Scarborough.

The University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus will be home to the new Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH) in Scarborough.

Once operational, SAMIH will graduate up to 30 physicians, 30 physician assistants, 30 nurse practitioners, 40 physical therapists and 300 life sciences undergraduates per year. It will also include an expanded life sciences program at U of T Scarborough. 

Plans also include a new building at the intersection of Morningside Avenue and Military Trail, across from the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. The new building, which would serve as a central hub for the academy, is scheduled to open in September 2025 and will accommodate students in various disciplines.

Local partner hospitals and health networks will include the Scarborough Health Network, Lakeridge Health, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Michael Garron Hospital. There will also be research and teaching partnerships with several local organizations, notably the East Scarborough Storefront, TAIBU Community Health Centre and the Malvern Family Resource Centre. 

“Our government is supporting the University of Toronto with 30 additional undergraduate seats by 2025 and 45 additional postgraduate positions by 2027 at its new Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health,” said Jill Dunlop, Ontario’s minister of colleges and universities.

“By planning for these new medical school positions now, students can begin their medical education as soon as the campus opens its doors, meaning more physicians able to join the health care workforce and support this growing, vibrant community,” the minister concluded.

Scarborough-Agincourt MPP Aris Babikian stated: “After 15 years of neglect, broken promises, and dilapidated infrastructure in Scarborough-Agincourt and Scarborough, we are getting the attention we deserve. Our government is building the Scarborough subway, renovating and expanding the Birchmount emergency department to 25,000 sq. ft., and building the Bridletowne Community and Health Hub, among many other initiatives.” The MPP said he was delighted to be part of the history-making momentum. He was confident that the best is yet to come for the residents of Scarborough-Agincourt.  

U of T president, Meric Gertler, stated: “The new Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health will serve the local community, in partnership with neighbour hospitals and community organizations.”

“It will train the next generation of health professionals, foster innovative scholarly activity, and provide much-needed health and economic benefits to the Eastern GTA,” he added.

 “SAMIH will address the acute health care needs of our underserved communities in the Eastern GTA by training a comprehensive range of high-quality professionals, many of whom will be talented individuals intentionally drawn from our neighbourhoods and reflecting our diverse communities,” said Wisdom Tettey, U of T vice-president and principal of U of T Scarborough

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Great News to Scarborough-Agincourt Long Term Cares
Increase Staffing in LTC will lead to More Direct Care for Residents
$5,372,376 Funding to Hire More Staff

 

Dear Neighbours and Friends,

I am pleased to inform you that, as part of our plan to fix long-term care, the Ontario government will provide up to $673 million this year to long-term care homes across the province to increase staffing levels, leading to more direct care for residents.

This includes $5,372,376 for long-term care homes in Scarborough - Agincourt. This is part of the province’s commitment to ensure long-term care residents receive—on average—four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25.

These funds will increase care for residents at:

  • Mon Sheong Scarborough Long Term Care Centre will receive up to $ 1,395,420 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

  • Shepherd Lodge, in Toronto, will receive up to $ 2,197,788 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

  • Tendercare Nursing Homes Limited, in Scarborough, will receive up to $ 1,779,168 for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents.

This funding will allow homes in our community to hire and retain more staff so they can provide more care to residents, every day. This is part of our government’s plan to hire thousands of new staff over the next four years to ensure those living in long-term care get the high-quality care they need and deserve.

“We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “Hiring more staff is part of our government’s plan to fix long-term care and to improve the quality of care residents receive and the quality of life they experience.” 

Seniors entering long-term care today are older and have more complex medical needs than they did just a decade ago. The level of care residents need has increased dramatically, but the amount of care they receive each day has not. In the nine years, between 2009 and 2018, the amount of care each resident received, by all providers, per day increased by only 22 minutes. Our government, over the span of four years, will increase direct hours of care by 1 hour and 21 minutes.

Our government is investing $4.9 billion over four years to boost direct resident care to an average of four hours daily by increasing care staff by more than 27,000 people. Hiring thousands of new staff at long-term homes and increasing the amount of care they deliver each year will be made possible by annual funding increases to homes:

  • $270 million in 2021-22
  • $673 million in 2022-23
  • $1.25 billion in 2023-24
  • $1.82 billion in 2024-25

Furthermore,

  • Ontario now has over 24,000 new and 19,000 upgraded beds in the development pipeline — which means more than 80 percent of the 30,000 net new beds being delivered are in the planning, construction and opening stages of the development process.
  • In 2021-22, the province invested $200 million to train up to 16,200 additional personal support workers through publicly-assisted colleges, private career colleges and district school boards.
  • In 2021-22, the province also invested $35M to add up to 2,000 additional nursing students at publicly-assisted colleges and universities across the province, for the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 incoming cohorts.

 

Medical School in Scarborough

Finally, Scarborough will get its own medical school at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. For 15 years Scarborough-Agincourt and Scarborough have been ignored by previous governments. Not anymore: our government is making the welfare of Scarborough residents and businesses its top priority. I am delighted with this announcement. Attending medical school is a dream of many young people in Scarborough-Agincourt. This first-ever medical school in Scarborough will make that dream a reality.

Ontario will add 160 undergraduate and 295 postgraduate positions over the next five years--the largest expansion of undergraduate and postgraduate education in over 10 years.

The University of Toronto’s new Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health (SAMIH) will receive 30 undergraduate seats and 45 postgraduate positions.

Wisdom Tettey, principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough, said the administration is thrilled with the government’s support.

In a statement to the “Scarborough Mirror”, Mr. Tettey said:  “SAMIH will address the acute health-care needs of our underserved communities in the Eastern (Greater Toronto Area) by training a comprehensive range of high-quality professionals, many of whom will be talented individuals intentionally drawn from our neighborhoods and reflecting our diverse communities.”

“The academy will help to transform health care in our region by facilitating access to care that is inclusive, equitable, and sustainable, ensuring that we all enjoy the benefits of a healthy and thriving community for years to come,” he added.

In addition to the above commitments, I was able to deliver the building of the Bridletwone Community and Health Hub, the renovation and expansion of the Birchmount (Grace) Hospital emergency department from 11.000 sq. ft. to 25.000 sq. ft, and securing $20 million to expand the David Lewis and Terry Fox public schools, among so many other contributions.

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

The GO-VAXX is Back

 

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

Due to the great success of the GO-VAXX bus visit to Scarborough-Agincourt and in response to local popular demand, the GO-VAXX bus will visit Scarborough-Agincourt once again to administer first, second, and booster doses to our residents.

Please see the below details.

Photos From Last Week Visit

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

The Mobile GO-VAXX Bus to
Visit Scarborough-Agincourt

Dear Neighbours and Friends,

I am pleased to announce that in cooperation with the GO-VAXX and Bridlewood Mall teams, the mobile GO-VAXX bus will visit Scarborough-Agincourt to administrate 1st, 2nd and booster doses to our residents

Please see details below

  

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Ontario Eliminating Licence Plate Renewal Fees and Stickers

Feb. 22, 2022

Dear Neighbours,

The Ontario government is making life more affordable and convenient for over eight million vehicle owners by eliminating licence plate renewal fees and the requirement to have a licence plate sticker for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds, effective March 13, 2022.

The government is introducing red tape legislation later today that would enable the province to refund eligible individual owners of vehicles for any licence plate renewal fees paid since March 2020. Upon passage, vehicle owners will receive a cheque in the mail starting at the end of March and throughout the month of April.

Our government is committed to putting and keeping more money in the pockets of hard-working Ontarians.

To receive a refund cheque, vehicle owners who have moved recently will need to update their address information on their vehicle permit or driver’s licence at Ontario.ca/AddressChange by March 7, 2022, and pay any outstanding fees, fines or tolls. For more information and/or assistance with changing an address, vehicles owners can call ServiceOntario’s dedicated line at 1-888-333-0049.

Vehicle owners will still be required to renew their licence plate every one or two years at no cost to confirm their automobile insurance is valid and pay any outstanding Highway 407 tolls and other municipal fines. The government is working with partners to develop a new, more user-friendly process that will continue to validate automobile insurance requirements, support law enforcement efforts and collect municipal fines and unpaid Highway 407 tolls.

Under the proposal, renewal fees will also be eliminated for passenger, light duty commercial vehicles, motorcycles and mopeds that are owned by a company or business. However, no refunds will be given for the period of March 2020 to March 2022.

Renewal fees and requirements for licence plate stickers for heavy commercial vehicles and snowmobiles remain unchanged.

Additional Details at:

 

   

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

We Are at the Last Stretch

Feb. 14, 2022

 

Dear Neighbours and Friends,

Thanks to the efforts of Ontarians, key public health and health system indicators are continuing to improve. Over the coming days and weeks, these trends are expected to continue, allowing us to safely accelerate our timelines.

Last month, Ontario released its plan to follow a cautious and phased approach to lifting public health and workplace safety measures if health indicators continued to remain stable and improve. Positivity rates have fallen and new admissions to hospital and ICU have been declining week over week, signaling that the Omicron peak is behind us. Over the coming days and weeks, these trends are expected to continue, allowing the province to safely accelerate its timelines.

With key public health and health system indicators continuing to improve, our government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is cautiously and gradually easing public health measures sooner, with the next phase of measures being eased on February 17, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.

 

Effective February 17, 2022

Ontario will further ease public health measures, including, but not limited to:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
  • Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
    • Cinemas
    • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
  • Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs
  • Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.

Capacity limits in other indoor public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and shopping malls, will be maintained at, or increased to, the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance.

 

March 1, 2022 Target  

If public health and health system indicators continue to improve, we intend to take additional steps to ease public health measures on March 1, 2022, including lifting proof of vaccination requirements for all settings.

Please view the news release for our comprehensive plan heading into March.

This is great news and a sign of just how far we've come together in our fight against COVID-19.

While we aren’t out of the woods just yet we are moving in the right direction. Please continue follow all public measures and get vaccinated to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities and ensure that we can continue to move forward.

Booster Dose Eligibility

In addition, as of 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022, Ontario is expanding booster dose eligibility to youth aged 12 to 17. Appointments can be booked through the provincial booking system and the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments will be booked for approximately six months (168 days) after a second dose. To book an appointment online, individuals must be 12 years old at the time of appointment.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against COVID-19. All eligible Ontarians are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

 

Additional Deatils: 

Web Resources:

COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Advice

Booster Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines

Ontario Outlines Steps to Cautiously and Gradually Ease Public Health Measures

Provincial Booking System

Pharmacy Finder

   

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Ontario Investing $25 Million to Combat Hate in Communities

 

Dear All,

The Ontario government is investing $25 million in a new grant program to help faith-based and cultural organizations protect their communities against hate-motivated crime. The new Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural

Eligible organizations include charities and not-for-profit corporations that host, as a primary activity, regular gatherings of religious, spiritual or cultural significance at least once a month, and that rent or own indoor facilities used for these gatherings. The government will provide up to $10,000 in one time grants, based on the organization’s revenue.

This grant will help those who gather, live and work in Ontario to do so without fear, and protect against hate-motivated activities by increasing the safety and security within their religious and cultural organizations.

The new grant will help eligible organizations cover expenses related to security and safety measures including enhancing security of their buildings and programs related to anti-hate.

The government has zero tolerance for hate and discrimination, and we will continue working to build safer communities and protect the rights of everyone to live free of fear and intimidation for a more inclusive and equitable Ontario. 

You can apply by visiting: https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/fbcog/#/home

 

 

Additional Details :

EN: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001524/ontario-investing-25-million-to-combat-hate-in-communities

FR: https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/1001524/lontario-investit-25-millions-de-dollars-pour-lutter-contre-la-haine-dans-les-collectivites

Additional Resources:

Ontario Grant to Support Anti-Hate Security Measures for Faith-Based and Cultural Organizations

Ontario Helping Communities Address Cybercrime

Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant Program

2021 Ontario Fall Economic Statement

 

Ontario Easing Temporary Visiting Restrictions at Long-Term Care Homes

With key public health and health care indicators continuing to show signs of improvement, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is cautiously and gradually lifting temporary public health measures at long-term care homes starting February 7, 2022.

 

Effective February 7

The maximum number of designated caregivers per resident is increasing from two to four and will continue to be subject to a limit of two per resident at one time. In addition, residents who have had at least three doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be able to resume social day trips.

Effective February 21

General visitors five years and older who have had at least two doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be able to resume visits to long-term care residentsThe number of visitors at a time, per resident will also increase from two to three, including caregivers. In addition, all residentsregardless of vaccination status, will be able to resume social day trips, and residents who have had at least three vaccine doses will be able to enjoy overnight social absences.

The return of general visitors to homes will mean adult day programs can resume along with the return of entertainers and external personal care services in the homes. Social group activities should remain small, with up to 10 individuals.

Effective March 14

General visitors under five years old will be able to resume visits and the number of visitors at a time, per resident will increase from three to four, including caregivers. All residents regardless of their vaccination status will also be able to enjoy social overnight absences.

  • Surveillance testing requirements for all staff, caregivers and visitors continue to be in place.

 

Additional Details:

ENG: Ontario Easing Temporary Visiting Restrictions at Long-Term Care Homes | Ontario Newsroom

FR: L’Ontario assouplit les mesures temporaires sur les visites dans les foyers de soins de longue durée | Salle de presse de l’Ontario   

 

Ontario Launches Long-Term Care Homefinder

As part of our plan to fix long-term care, the Ontario government has launched the new Long-Term Care Homefinder, a new website and search tool to provide prospective residents and their families with a one-stop-shop to find and compare long-term care homes across the province, along with other resources to help people make an informed choice when considering long-term care.

Each long-term care home has a profile page with helpful information about waiting lists, staff vaccination rates, amenities, inspection reports, contact information and more. The new site also provides information that can help people decide if long-term care is the best option for them and, if so, how to choose a home, apply, and move in.

Future phases of the website and search tool will include more information on each home’s profile pages as well as other new features based on public feedback. When all the information is in place, LTC Homefinder will be a valuable resource for all Ontarians who are looking for information about the province’s long-term care system.

The government is investing $22 million over three years to implement an Ontario-made technology that will integrate the clinical information between hospitals and the long-term care sector to streamline re-admissions, share information with families, and ensure vulnerable seniors get the highest quality care possible. This initiative responds to the recommendations made in the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission Report to ensure a coordinated continuum of care that includes all long-term care homes.

The new website can be accessed at ontario.ca/longtermcare

Quotes

“Our government has a plan to fix long-term care and a key part of that plan is strengthening accountability, enforcement, and transparency in the long-term care system. Our new LTC Homefinder brings together all the information families need to make informed decisions about long-term care so they can choose a home that will best meet the needs their loved ones.”

-Paul Calandra
Minister of Long Term Care

"Home and Community Care Support Services plays a vital role in Ontario’s health care system when it comes to placement in long-term care homes. Our care coordinators work with people and their families to ensure they have the information they need to make informed decisions and to support long-term care home placement. This new website will be a valuable tool for people as they think about which long-term care home they might eventually call home."

- Cynthia Martineau
CEO, Home and Community Care Support Services

 

Additional Resources:

  • Visit the Long-Term Care Homefinder
  • Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
  • For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)

Vax The East

Scarborough Health Network is Kicking off #VaxTheEast campaign on Monday from 14· The campaign will last until Feb 21. The Kick off will take place in four different locations in #ScarbTO.

In #ScarboroughAgincourt, the clinic is at:

Lynngate Jr. PS

129 Cass Ave.

From 4-7PM

Walk-in or book an appointment: ScarbVaccine.ca

 

 

Happy Valentine's Day

Support Ontario businesses and find one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans.

Check out Ontario made gift ideas at: https://supportontariomade.ca/en/products

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Ontario Expanding Access to Free Rapid Tests for General Public

Feb. 09, 2022

 

Dear Neighbours and friends,

To further support the province’s cautious easing of public health measures, our government is expanding access to free rapid testing kits to the general public for at-home use. 5.5 million rapid tests will be distributed each week for eight weeks through pharmacy and grocery locations across the province, as well as up to 500,000 each week through community partners in vulnerable communities.

Starting today, over 2,300 participating grocery and pharmacy locations will provide free rapid tests while supplies last, with a limit of one box of five tests per household per visit. Participating retailers have the ability to determine how tests are distributed in order to best serve the community, including through appointment bookings, at checkout or through online orders. A list of participating retailers as well as information on how retail locations are distributing rapid test kits can be found at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rapid-testing-home-use

To support access to tests for communities that have been impacted disproportionately by COVID-19 and face barriers to testing, lead agencies working as part of the High Priority Communities Strategy will be distributing rapid tests through existing local partnerships, such as community centres, community health centres, places of worship, and food banks.

Ontario continues to lead the country in distribution of rapid antigen tests, having deployed over 75 million tests to date to provide an additional layer of protection for hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, and workplaces. In addition, approximately 26 million tests have been deployed to support school and licensed child care settings.

To date, Ontario has directly procured a total of approximately 157 million rapid tests, including 126 million between December 2021 and January 2022 alone. In addition to procuring additional rapid tests where possible, Ontario continues to also work closely with the federal government to address delays in shipments. Of the 54.3 million rapid tests the federal government committed to provide Ontario in January, about 36 million have been delivered.

 

Scarborough-Agincourt Distribution Locations

For the rest of the GTA and the Province, you can find addresses of participating locations using this chart. Search “city” to narrow down your results.

Participating retailers may have additional information on their websites, such as how individual locations are distributing kits. This includes:

 

Additional Details:

Ontario Expanding Access to Free Rapid Tests for General Public

Rapid Testing for At-Home Use

COVID-19 Test and Testing Location Information

COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Advice

Booster Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines

Provincial Booking System

Pharmacy Finder:

  

Health Card Renewal Extension

Health Card Renewals

The provincial government has extended renewal requirments for Ontario Health cards. If you have an expired health card, including a red and white one, your card will be valid until September 30, 2022. If you're having difficulties renewing your health card please contact ServiceOntario at 1-866-532-3161 or my office. 
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Exiting the Roadmap to Reopen

Exiting the Roadmap

On October 22nd, the Ontario government outlined plans to incrementally lift remaining public health measures, including the provincial requirement for proof of vaccination and wearing face coverings in indoor public settings. Additional public health measures are scheduled to expire on February 21st and March 14, 2022.
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If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Every Shot Matters

Feb. 4, 2022

Dear Friends,

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and their Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT) are pleased to announce new pop-up clinics this weekend. 

SHN is also encouraging families to utilize SHN’s VaxFacts service – a confidential, judgment-free resource. The clinic gives parents, families and vaccine-hesitant individuals the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one phone call with an experienced SHN doctor, ask their questions, and make an informed decision. The VaxFacts Clinic is free to use and only takes seconds to book an appointment at shn.ca/vaxfacts. Translated materials can also be found by clicking here.

Pop-Up Clinics

Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute


Where: 2450 Birchmont Road
When: Saturday, February 5th

Time: From 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
What: 18+ Pfizer & Moderna booster, and ages 12+ (1st and 2nd doses)

David & Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute

Where: 2450 Brockley Drive
When: February 6th,

Time: From 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
What: 18+ booster, and ages 12+ (1st and 2nd doses)

Book appointments at ScarbVaccine.ca today!

 

Who Can Get Vaccinated

For 3rd doses:

  • Pfizer for those 18+ years old
  • Moderna for those 30+ years old
  • Must have received last dose at least 3 months ago

 

Pediatric doses:

  • Children aged 5 to 11 years old
  • Child must not have received any other vaccine in the last 14 days
  • Must provide a form of ID with child’s name and birthdate (i.e. health card or government-issued ID, if you have one)
  • For pediatric second doses, your child must have received their first dose at least 21 days ago

How the clinic works: Book an appointment

 

What to bring:

  • For 2nd and 3rd doses: Please bring your vaccination certificate or the vaccination receipt for your last dose, if you are able (download a copy from the Ministry’s COVID-19 Vaccination website)
  • If your first vaccination dose or doses was with a non-Health Canada approved vaccine, please bring proof of your vaccination status

 

Need transportation support? Call Scarborough Ride at 416-736-9372

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Safe Reopening

Jan. 22, 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

To blunt the transmission of the Omicron variant and prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, Ontario temporarily moved into Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen with modifications on January 5, 2022.

With key public health and health system indicators starting to show improvements, Ontario has released details of steps to cautiously and gradually ease public health measures, starting on January 31, 2022.

Learn more about how Ontario is planning to safely and gradually reopen.

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Returning to Our Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario

We are beginning to see signs of stabilization in key public health and health system indicators. Over the coming days and weeks, we expect these trends to continue, allowing us to begin cautiously easing public health measures.

In the absence of concerning trends in public health and health care indicators, Ontario will follow a cautious and phased approach to lifting public health measures, with 21 days between each step.

Local and regional responses by public health units may be deployed based on local context and conditions.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, and additional details will be provided as regulations are amended and approved by the government.

 

Date

Updated public health measures

Effective January 31, 2022
12:01 a.m.

  • increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
  • increasing capacity at organized public events to 25 people indoors
  • increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50 per cent in most indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
    • restaurants, bars, other food or drink establishments without dance facilities and strip clubs
    • non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (such as gyms and businesses offering personal fitness training)
    • cinemas
    • meeting and event spaces
    • museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions
    • casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
  • allowing indoor spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (such as sporting events), concert venues, and theatres to operate at 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 500 people, whichever is less
  • proof of vaccination requirements would continue to apply in existing settings
  • singing and dancing in restaurants and bars and other select settings will not be allowed except for workers or performers
  • requiring the number of patrons permitted to sit at a table in bars and restaurants and meeting and event spaces and other venues at which food or drink is sold or served, including nightclubs, restobars and strip clubs that serve food and drink to be limited to 10 people and patrons must remain seated
  • prohibiting food or drink services at indoor sporting events, concert venues, theatres and cinemas, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, and horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.
  • requiring patrons to remain seated at concert venues, theatres and cinemas

Date

Updated public health measures

Effective February 21, 2022

  • increasing social gathering limits to 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • increasing capacity at organized public events to 50 people indoors
  • lifting the 500-person limit on indoor spectator events, in spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (such as sporting events), concert venues, and theatres where proof of vaccination requirements are in effect, while requiring a capacity limit of 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity
  • increasing capacity limits to 100 per cent in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination requirements are in effect, including:
    • restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments and strip clubs
    • non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (such as gyms and businesses offering personal fitness training)
    • cinemas
    • racing venues
    • meeting and event spaces
    • studio audiences in commercial film and television production
    • casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • businesses or facilities that are permitted to “opt-in” to proof of vaccination requirements, during the time when proof of vaccination requirements are in effect.
  • indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies limited to the number that can maintain two metres physical distance (no limit if proof of vaccination required).
  • increasing capacity limits to 25 per cent in the indoor areas of the following settings where proof of vaccination requirements are in effect:
    • food or drink establishments with dance facilities (such as nightclubs, wedding receptions in meeting or event spaces where there is dancing)
    • bathhouses and sex clubs
  • capacity limited to permit physical distancing in all other indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
    • personal care services
    • retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies)
    • shopping malls.
  • requiring patrons to remain seated while eating or drinking at indoor restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments (with or without dance facilities), sporting events, concert venues, theatres and cinemas, casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments, and horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.

Date

Updated public health measures

Effective March 14, 2022

  • lifting capacity limits in all public settings
  • increase social gathering limits to 50 people indoors with no limits outdoors
  • lifting remaining capacity limits on religious services, rites or ceremonies
  • proof of vaccination will be maintained in existing settings in addition to other regular measures

 

Contact us

If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

 

2021-22 Gas Tax Funding by Municipality

Ontario’s Gas Tax program supports public transit in municipalities across Ontario by providing two cents per litre of provincial Gas Tax to improve and expand transit. To make up for reduced gas sales due to COVID-19, this year’s Gas Tax funding includes one-time additional funding of $120.4 million to ensure municipalities can support their transit systems, for a total of $375.6

Great news for Scarborough-Agincourt and Toronto residents. Ontario Government will provide Toronto $185,139,981 to support expansion and improvement of public transit services in Toronto

Additional Resources

 

Ontario-Municipal Summit Seeks Solutions to Build More Homes

Province announces more than $45 million to help streamline development approvals and increase housing supply.

Premier Doug Ford and Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, met with big city mayors and regional chairs to discuss the housing crisis and coordinate efforts to increase the supply of homes across the province. The virtual summit provided provincial-municipal leaders with an opportunity to share best practices, identify persistent issues and collaborate on ways to build the right mix of housing.

During the summit, the Ontario government announced more than $45 million for a new Streamline Development Approval Fund to help Ontario’s 39 largest municipalities modernize, streamline and accelerate processes for managing and approving housing applications.

The government also announced over $8 million through the Audit and Accountability Fund to help large urban municipalities identify potential savings and efficiencies through third-party reviews to further accelerate the creation of new housing and modernize municipal services.

As an additional measure to help build more homes faster, the province also committed to work with the municipal sector to develop a data standard for planning and development applications to help accelerate approval timelines. Built with municipalities, data standardization will help improve the quality of data, create consistency across systems, make it easier to measure results, reduce costs for business and governments, and support municipalities’ transition to digital service delivery and digital approvals.

Additional Resources

Ontario Helping Communities Address Cybercrime

 

The Ontario government is investing approximately $1.7 million over two years in the Safer and Vital Communities (SVC) Grant Program to strengthen community safety and well-being across the province by encouraging community collaboration to help fight the rapid increase in cybercrime.

The theme for the 2022-24 SVC grant is “Preventing Cybercrime through Community Collaboration” with priority given to the areas of hate crime, human trafficking, and fraud.

This new investment will help community-based, not-for-profit organizations and First Nation Band Councils implement local safety and well-being projects, focused on awareness building and prevention of cybercrime. These projects will engage a range of community partners, including the police, through collaboration and partnership.

Some examples of projects could include:

  • Developing educational campaigns to help increase awareness about cybercrime, focusing on hate crimes, human trafficking, and fraud, and how criminals can use computers, networks, and digital devices to target members of a community.
  • Implementing cybercrime prevention strategies focused on youth and young adults who are increasingly at risk due to spending extended periods online.
  • Developing online training resources to address cybersecurity threats, including phishing, business email compromise, or malware.
  • Developing educational and community outreach programs to build sustainable, empowering, and positive relationships between newcomer, immigrant, and refugee residents and law enforcement.

Applicants are required to partner with their local police service and are encouraged to partner with at least one other organization in a sector different from their own to ensure a broad range of community engagement. Projects should also consider aligning their proposed initiatives with their local community safety and well-being plan.

Applications for the SVC Grant are available from Transfer Payment Ontario. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2022.

Additional Resources

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Return to In-Person Learning

Monday, January 17, 2022

The reopening of schools on Monday, January 17, 2022, is supported by Chief Medical Officer of Health, all Medical Officers of Health, and the Children’s Health Coalition, because we know how critical schools are to mental and physical health, social development, and the academic success of students. Ontario’s plan includes additional enhanced measures, including the launch of a targeted booster campaign for education and childcare staff and millions of rapid tests to schools.

  • Rapid tests: Beginning the week of January 17, the Ontario government will provide rapid antigen tests for symptomatic students and staff in public elementary and secondary schools, along with children and staff in child care settings.
    • Over 3.9 million rapid antigen tests are being shipped to school boards this week, with an additional 1.2 million to be delivered next week.
  • Vaccination Campaign: To further encourage voluntary vaccination, the government is launching a province-wide vaccine campaign within schools to increase uptake, while requiring written consent of parents.
  • While vaccination rates among children 12-17 are encouraging with xx% having received two doses, nearly 50% of children aged 5-11 have received their first dose.

 Ontario’s plan to safely reopen schools also includes:

  • High Quality PPE: Providing access to more than 9 million non-fit-tested N95 masks to all education and child care staff – the only province to do so – with more than 4 million three-ply cloth masks for students recently shipped for use in schools.
  • Improved Ventilation: Deploying an additional 3,000 standalone HEPA filter units to learning environments, building on the ventilation improvements measures already in place at every school across Ontario, including the more than 70,000 HEPA filter units and other ventilation devices that have been provided, and $600 million in mechanical ventilation and safety upgrades. Since September 2021, all school boards were directed to transparently post school specific ventilation improvements at all 4800 publicly funded schools.
  • Stricter Screening: Updated and stricter screening requirements for students and staff to help prevent cases from entering schools.
  • Historic Funding: Access for school boards to $1.6 billion in resources to protect against COVID-19, including supports for mental health, technology, staffing, and ventilation.
  • Resources to Hire Staff: Support for staffing stability with 2,000 projected additional staff hired, including educators, custodians and mental health workers, in addition to  access to retired educators following a recent agreement with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, and access to Teacher Candidates.
  • Enhanced Cohorting & Cleaning: New time-limited cohorting protocols to limit direct and indirect contacts by pausing high-contact sports, stricter lunch cohort requirements, and elevated cleaning requirements at all schools.

To further support staffing stability and reduce disruption for students and working families, the government is further expanding access to vaccines:

  • A mass vaccination clinic at the International Centre with dedicated times for education and child care staff along with 11 vaccination clinics across the GTHA that offer dedicated time slots for education and child care staff
  • Public Health Units working to support targeted and accelerated access to boosters
  • Select pharmacies offering targeted appointments

With these measures in place, including new testing options and expanded access to vaccination, and continuous improvement to ventilation, Premier Ford and our government is supporting safe in-person learning with greater stability for students and families.

COVID-19 Funding for 2021-22

Provincial Total COVID Funding:

  • Provincial Ventilation Funding Total: $600M
  • Provincial HEPA filter unit and other ventilation device totals: over 70,000
  • For the 2021-22 school year, the government is making $1.6B in resources available for COVID-19 supports, including:
    • $304M for temporary staffing
    • $29.4M for ventilation
    • $65.5M for transportation
    • $16.3M for special education
    • $25.3M for mental health supports
    • $20.0M for learning recovery
    • Up to $507.9M by drawing on their reserves up to 2% of their operating allocation
    • $79.6M in time-limited language grant supports
    • $14.9M as an ongoing technology investment, which could purchase 29,740 devices
    • $10.1M as an ongoing mental health investment

Other investments distributed centrally, and not by school board: include:

  • Up to $450.0 million for personal protective equipment (PPE) and critical supplies and equipment
  • $86.0 million for school-focuses nurses in public health units and testing in schools
  • $7.5 million for equity initiatives
  • $20.0 million to support connectivity costs, $40.0 million investment over two years, to be made available on an application basis

New or enhanced provisions include:

  • $383.6M for additional staffing, including $79.6M in the GSN to support students requiring language programs;
  • $20.0M to support learning recovery and renewal;
  • $29.4M to support increased operating costs such as those related to ventilation systems and frequent filter replacements;
  • $40.0M over two years for connectivity for remote learning technology such as improvements to connectivity with school buildings; and
  • Up to $507.9M in access to reserves. Where school boards access more than a total of two per cent of their reserves over the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, the ministry will provide funding to cover the excess use of reserves up to the equivalent of two per cent of their 2021-22 operating allocation.

A number of the 2020-21 funding supports are continued, including:

  • $65.5M for enhanced cleaning protocols and other health and safety measures in student transportation;
  • $59.1M for special education, mental health and well-being, and equity initiatives;
  • $86.0M for school-focused nurses in public health units;
  • Up to $450.0M for personal protective equipment & critical supplies and equipment provided through the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services; and
  • $14.9M for technology such as renewal or replacement of devices.

 

For additional details and frequently asked questions, please see the below hyperlink:

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Ontario Providing Supports for Small Businesses, Workers and Families

Province’s plan includes $10,000 grant for eligible small businesses and additional electricity-rate relief

January 07, 2022

 


Dear friends and neighbours of Scarborough-Agincourt,     

The Ontario government is providing targeted relief for businesses and people impacted by the current public health measures aimed at blunting the spread of the Omicron variant. As part of this plan, the government is introducing a $10,000 grant for eligible businesses that are subject to closures under the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen and is providing additional electricity-rate relief for businesses, as well as workers and families spending more time at home.

Eligible small businesses include:

  • Restaurants and bars;
  • Facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities (including fitness centres and gyms);
  • Performing arts and cinemas;
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions;
  • Meeting or event spaces;
  • Tour and guide services;
  • Conference centres and convention centres;
  • Driving instruction for individuals; and
  • Before- and after- school programs.

Eligible businesses that qualified for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant and that are subject to closure under modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen will be pre-screened to verify eligibility and will not need to apply to the new program. Newly established and newly eligible small businesses will need to apply once the application portal opens in the coming weeks. Small businesses that qualify can expect to receive their payment in February.

Electricity Rate

The Ontario government is also providing electricity-rate relief to support small businesses, as well as workers and families spending more time at home while the province is in Modified Step Two. For 21 days starting at 12:01 am on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, electricity prices will be set 24 hours a day at the current off-peak rate of 8.2 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is less than half the cost of the current on-peak rate. The off-peak rate will apply automatically to residential, small businesses and farms who pay regulated rates set by the Ontario Energy Board and get a bill from a utility and will benefit customers on both Time-of-Use and Tiered rate plans.

Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program 

Further, online applications for the previously-announced Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program will open on January 18. This program will provide eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity with rebate payments for up to 100 per cent of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to public health measures in response to the Omicron variant.

Eligible businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs. Those required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their costs. A complete list of eligible businesses will be provided prior to the launch of the application portal.

Six Month Interest and Penalty Free Cash Flow

The government is also improving for Ontario businesses by providing up to $7.5 billion through a six-month interest- and penalty-free period starting January 1, 2022 for Ontario businesses to make payments for most provincially administered taxes. This supports businesses now and provides the flexibility they will need for long-term planning. Building on Ontario’s efforts to improve cash flows for businesses, the province continues to call on the federal government to match provincial tax deferral efforts by allowing small businesses impacted by public health restrictions to defer their HST remittances for a period of six months.

These measures will build on Ontario’s support for businesses and workers, including:

  • Cutting wholesale alcohol pricesto provide approximately $60 million in annual support to restaurants, bars and other businesses, as well as making it easier for businesses to create and extend patios and permanently allowing licenced restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order.
  • Extending COVID-19 paid sick daysuntil July 31, 2022 to keep workers safe and ensure they do not lose pay if they need to miss work for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • Enabling an estimated $10.1 billion in cost savings and support to Ontario businesses in 2021, with more than 60 per cent, or $6.3 billion, going to small businesses, including:
    • Supporting a reduction in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premiums.
    • Allowing businesses to accelerate write-offs of capital investments for tax purposes.
    • Reducing the small business Corporate Income Tax rate to 3.2 per cent.
    • Providing the Digital Main Street program, which helped more than 20,000 businesses across the province to increase their digital presence in 2020-21.
    • Providing targeted COVID-19 support through the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.
    • Lowering high Business Education Tax rates for job creators.
    • Increasing the Employer Health Tax exemption from $490,000 to $1 million.
    • Lowering electricity bills through measures such as the Comprehensive Electricity Plan, with the Province paying for a portion of high-priced, non-hydro renewable energy contracts.
    • Providing targeted COVID-19 support through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which delivered $3 billion in urgent and unprecedented support to over 110,000 small businesses across the province.

ONTARIO Exploring Additional Supports

  • Ontario is also exploring options for providing further targeted and necessary supports for businesses and workers impacted by the province’s move into a modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, including grants. The government will also continue to call on the federal government to come to table and help us support Ontario businesses and Ontario workers by allowing eligible businesses to defer HST and to enhance supports available to workers affected by current public health measures.

 

Ontario Accelerating Boosters for Education and Child Care Staff

Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, issued the following statement on additional measures and supports to protect children, staff, and families as Ontario responds to the Omicron variant:

We are also further strengthening our protections for child care centres by introducing additional safety measures, including stricter screening protocols and deploying non-fit-tested N95 masks to support frontline workers.

Throughout this pandemic, critical staff on the frontlines have continued to carry out their work – from nurses, to personal support workers, to grocery workers and pharmacists – so that we can protect our communities. We owe it to them to ensure their children are cared for during this period, which is why our government is once again providing these frontline and critical workers with free emergency child care for their school-aged children. We thank education and child care staff, operators, and all Ontario families for their hard work, vigilance and kindness through this incredibly difficult time."

Acceleration of COVID-19 Boosters

To accelerate access to vaccines, starting January 7, the provincial mass vaccination clinic at the International Centre in Mississauga will support priority booking for education staff, including educators, custodial staff, administrative staff, and school bus drivers, and child care staff. The clinic will operate seven days a week, with specific appointments being made available for education and child care staff from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Eligible staff are encouraged to book their appointment through the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.

……

These measures being announced today build on the government’s previous efforts and investments to improve safety in schools during the pandemic. Measures currently in place include:

  • providing optional non-fit-tested N95 masks to all education staff, scheduled to arrive by the end of this week
  • updated and stricter screening requirements to help limit the spread of COVID-19
  • ventilation improvements measures at every school across Ontario, including more than 70,000 HEPA filter units and other ventilation devices already deployed to schools, with an additional 3,000 units being provided
  • access for school boards to $1.6 billion in resources to protect against COVID-19.

Child Care Safety Measures

All child care settings have continuously received quality PPE, additional funding for cleaning, and updated protocols and guidance for staff and families.

The below measures have also been put in place to ensure children, staff, and communities remain as safe as possible:

  • providing optional non-fit-tested N95 masks for staff in licensed child care settings starting January 10, 2022
  • updating and enhancing child care screening measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health are working together with an aim of making more rapid-antigen tests available to support the ongoing operations of child-care centres, and schools when they return to in-person learning.

Starting January 10, 2022, the following workers are eligible for free emergency child care:

  • health care workers, including but not limited to doctors, nurses, health care providers and those who work in long-term care and retirement homes, as well as individuals who manufacture or distribute medical/pharmaceutical supplies
  • individuals performing work in relation to the administration, distribution or manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines
  • education staff who are required to attend schools to provide in-person instruction and support to students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning
  • child care workers, including those staffing the emergency child care programs
  • truck drivers and transit workers
  • construction workers
  • grocery store and pharmacy workers
  • public safety (police, fire, paramedics, provincial inspection/enforcement), justice/court and correctional system workers
  • power workers
  • non-municipal water and wastewater workers
  • frontline staff in Children's Aid Societies and residential services
  • individuals working in a homeless shelter or providing services to homeless persons
  • individuals working in developmental services, violence against women services, victims' services, anti-human trafficking and those engaged in interpreting or intervenor services for persons who are deaf or deaf-blind
  • food safety inspectors and individuals working in the processing, manufacturing or distribution of food and beverages
  • workers involved in the collecting, transporting, storing, processing, disposing or recycling of any type of waste
  • certain federal employees, including RCMP, Canada Border Services, Canadian Armed Forces and Canada Post workers
  • OPS staff employed in Radiation Protection Services
  • OPS staff performing critical tasks related to environmental monitoring, reporting and laboratory services
  • employees of a hotel or motel that is acting as an isolation centre, health care centre, vaccine clinic or housing essential workers
  • funeral, burial and cremation services operators
  • any individual whose child was registered in an emergency child care program delivered by a Consolidated Municipal Service Manager or District Social Service Administration Board during the time period beginning on April 6, 2021 and ending on April 16, 2021.

To confirm whether or not your family is eligible for access to emergency child care, please contact your local service system manager. See a full list of eligible workers.

 

Additional Resources

Business who have questions about public health and workplace safety measures can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)

CURRENT PROVINICIAL & FEDERAL BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMS

 

ONTARIO COVID-19 BUSINESS RELIEF MEASURES:

  • Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program

    • Businesses will get back 50% of their reported property tax and energy costs from the Province directly. This include:
      • Education, and municipal property taxes
      • Electricity, natural gas, propane, and heating oil
    • Eligible businesses required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their property tax and energy costs.
    • Eligible businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs.
    • A full list of eligible business types will be available through a program guide in mid-January 2022.
    • Online applications for this program will open in mid-January 2022. Payments to eligible businesses will be retroactive to December 19, 2021.
    • Businesses will be required to submit property tax and energy bills as part of the application process.
  • Provincially Administered Tax Deferrals

    • To help improve cash flows, we are providing a six-month interest- and penalty-free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes. This will:
      • support businesses in the immediate term while capacity restrictions are in place
      • provide the flexibility Ontario businesses will need for long-term planning
      • The six-month period will begin on January 1, 2022 and end on July 1, 2022.
      • This measure will provide up to $7.5 billion in relief to help approximately 80,000 Ontario businesses.
    • Approximately 80,000 businesses will have the option to delay their payments for the following provincially administered taxes:
      • Employer Health Tax
      • Beer, Wine & Spirits Taxes
      • Tobacco Tax
      • Insurance Premium Tax
      • Fuel Tax
      • International Fuel Tax Agreement
      • Gas Tax
      • Retail Sales Tax on Insurance Contracts & Benefit Plans
      • Mining Tax
      • Race Tracks Tax

 

Help for Businesses in Ontario Link:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs

 

 

 

FEDERAL COVID-19 BUSINESS RELIEF MEASURES:

  • Tourism & Hospitality Recovery Program
    • For eligible businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry (e.g., hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators, convention centres, convention and trade show organizers)
    • Support through wage and rent subsidies. Starts at 40% of the maximum subsidy for Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for businesses with a 40% current-month revenue decline to a maximum rate of 75% (for those with a current-month revenue decline of 75% or higher). Subsidy rates will be reduced by half from March 13, 2022 to May 7, 2022.
    • Top-up rate: An additional 25% for Lockdown Support pro-rated for the number of days under a public health restriction.
  • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program
    • For businesses that do not qualify for the Tourism & Hospitality Recovery Program
    • Wage and rent subsidies, starts at 10% of the maximum subsidy for Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for businesses with a 50% current-month revenue decline, up to a maximum rate of 50%, for those with a current-month revenue decline of 75% or higher. Subsidy rates will be reduced by half from March 13, 2022 to May 7, 2022.
    • Top-up rate: An additional 25% for Lockdown Support pro-rated for the number of days under a public health restriction.
  • Local Lockdown Program
    • For businesses facing temporary local lockdowns or capacity restrictions of at least 50 per cent (as of Dec 19, 2021), regardless of sector.
    • Same subsidy rates as the Tourism & Hospitality Recovery Program except minimum support and current-month revenue decline threshold is 25%, rather than 40% as of Dec 19, 2021.
  • Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit
    • The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) gives temporary income support to employed and self-employed people who cannot work due to a COVID-19 lockdown.
    • It will provide $300 a week in income support to eligible workers who are directly impacted by a COVID-19-related public health lockdown or capacity-limiting restrictions (at least 50 per cent), up until May 7, 2022
    • Workers may apply for any weeks their region is eligible between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022.
    • Workers may apply for any eligible 1-week period for up to 60 days after that period has ended.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan Link: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#businesses

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Happy New Year

Jan. 1, 2022

 

Dear Neighbours and Friends

I would like to extend my best wishes for you and your family for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2022.

I am hopeful that this coming year will be even better than last year.

The New Year gives us the opportunity to look back at the past year, evaluate our achievements and tribulations, and learn from them to build a better future.

Scarborough-Agincourt residents, organizations, and business’ demonstrated resiliency during the last 20 months.  Furthermore, you showed compassion and care to our most needy. It is my honour to represent such and outstanding and incredible community.

I would like to also take the opportunity to thank our front line health care and first responders for being there to look after our community and keep us healthy and safe.    

Thank you for giving me the privilege of serving you.  From my family to yours I wish you hope and happiness. I hope all your dreams come true in 2022!

Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year!

 

Սիրելի Հայրենակիցներ՝

Ամանորի և Ս․ Ծննդեան Տօներու առթիւ կը շնորհաւորեմ աշխարհասփիւր հայորդիները, իւրագանչիւրին կը մաղթեմ լաւագոյնը ցանկալով ամենաբարին բոլորին։

Նոր տարուան սեմին, հաւատարիմ մնանք մեր ուխտին` մեր ազգային արժէքներուն եւ մեր ազգին գերագոյն իղձերուն:

Աշխատինք սփիւռքի վերակազմակերպման ու վերաշխուժացման աշխատանքին` ի խնդիր Հայաստանի ու Արցախի առաւել հզօրացման եւ մեր բռնաբարուած իրաւունքներու վերատիրացման։

Նոր տարին մեր ազգին ու հայրենիքին համար դառնայ բարիքներով լեցուն օրհնաբեր տարի մը:

Թող Աստուած մեր բանակի նահատակ հերոսներուն երկնային խաղաղութիւն պարգեւէ, վիրաւորներուն շուտափոյթ ապաքինում, և Հայաստանին ու Արցախին` ապահովութիւն:

Շնորհաւոր Նոր Տարի և Ս․ Ծննունդ

 

Սիրով՝

Արիս Պապիկեան

Սքարպորօ-Էյճինքորդ

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Happy New Year

December 31, 2021

Ontario Updating Public Health Measures and Guidance in Response to Omicron

Students Returning to In-Person Learning on January 5, 2022

In response to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is taking further action to provide additional protection to high-risk settings, and continue to safeguard hospitals and ICU capacity as the province continues to rapidly accelerate its booster dose rollout. Based on the latest evidence and Ontario’s high rate of vaccination, the province is also updating testing and isolation guidelines to protect our most vulnerable and maintain the stability of critical workforces, including frontline health care workers, first responders and critical infrastructure like energy and food and supply chains.

Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health said: “Ontario’s cautious approach and high vaccination rates have helped keep hospital and intensive care unit capacity stable to date. Focusing our testing and case and contact management on high-risk settings will help limit transmission, maintain critical workforces, and ensure timely access to PCR testing where it is needed the most. Anyone who is sick should protect their community by staying home.”

Updated Testing and Isolation Guidelines in Response to Omicron

Ontario is updating its COVID-19 testing and isolation guidelines. These updates follow recent changes in other jurisdictions in Canada and the United Kingdom to ensure publicly funded testing and case and contact management resources are available for the highest-risk settings and to protect the most vulnerable and help keep critical services running.

Effective December 31, publicly-funded PCR testing will be available only for high-risk individuals who are symptomatic and/or are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19

Eligible Groups for PCR Testing

PCR testing will only be recommended for individuals if they belong to the following groups:

  • Symptomatic people who fall into one of the following groups:
    • Hospitalized patients
    • Patients in Emergency Departments, at the discretion of the treating clinician
    • Patient-facing health care workers
    • Staff, residents, essential care providers, and visitors in hospitals and congregate living settings, including long-term care, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices, temporary foreign worker settings, and correctional institutions
    • Outpatients for whom COVID-19 treatment is being considered
    • Underhoused or homeless
  • People who are from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities and individuals travelling into these communities for work
  • Symptomatic elementary and secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school
  • People on admission/transfer to or from hospital or congregate living setting
  • High-risk contacts and asymptomatic/symptomatic people in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings, including hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes, other congregate living settings and institutions, and other settings as directed by the local public health unit
  • Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
  • Asymptomatic testing in hospital, long-term care, retirement homes and other congregate living settings and Institutions as per provincial guidance and/or Directives

In addition, most individuals with a positive result from a rapid antigen test will no longer be required or encouraged to get a confirmatory PCR or rapid molecular test.

Isolation Period

Ontario is also changing the required isolation period based on growing evidence that generally healthy people with COVID-19 are most infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop. Individuals with COVID-19 who are vaccinated, as well as children under 12, will be required to isolate for five days following the onset of symptoms. Their household contacts are also required to isolate with them. These individuals can end isolation after five days if their symptoms are improved for at least 24 hours and all public health and safety measures, such as masking and physical distancing, are followed. Non-household contacts are required to self-monitor for ten days.

Individuals who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or immunocompromised will be required to isolate for 10 days. While individuals who work or live in high-risk health care settings are recommended to return to work after 10 days from their last exposure or symptom onset or from their date of diagnosis, to ensure sufficient staffing levels workers will have the opportunity to return to work after isolating for seven days with negative PCR or rapid antigen test results, which will be provided by the province through the health care setting.

Rapid Antigen Tests

As of December 20, a total of 50 million rapid antigen tests have been deployed since the beginning of the pandemic, with the vast majority (approximately 41 million) deployed to priority sectors, including hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes and schools. In addition to Ontario directly procuring additional rapid tests where possible, the province is continuing to urge the federal government to make more rapid tests available to provinces as quickly as possible. The province is also evaluating the potential role of antibody testing, including an analysis of how it is used in other jurisdictions, to provide another tool in the fight against COVID-19.

Return to Class Following the Winter Break

In response to the highly-transmissible Omicron variant, Ontario is putting in place additional health and safety measures to create more layers of protection to keep schools as safe as possible for in-person learning, which is critical to the positive mental health and academic success of students.

The Children’s Health Coalition – representing Ontario’s children’s hospitals, mental health agencies and rehabilitation centres – has emphasized that in-person education is critical to the mental health, development and well-being of children and youth. Students are set to return to schools on January 5, 2022 for school boards previously scheduled to return on January 3 to provide schools additional time to prepare for the public health measures announced today.

The following additional measures will help ensure safer schools and protect in-person learning:

  • Updating the COVID-19 school and child care screener ahead of the return to school on January 5 and asking students, parents and staff for rigorous screening and monitoring of symptoms.
  • Providing non-fit-tested N95 masks for staff in schools and licensed child care settings as an optional alternative to medical/surgical masks, and additional supply of high-quality three-ply cloth masks that are strongly encouraged and free for students and children in January.
  • Deploying an additional 3,000 standalone HEPA filter units to school boards, building on the existing 70,000 HEPA filter units and ventilation devices already in schools.
  • Continuing PCR testing eligibility for symptomatic elementary and secondary students, education staff and participating private and First Nation operated schools who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school.
  • Starting in January, temporarily permitting only low-contact indoor sports and safe extra-curricular activities.
  • Updating COVID-19 reporting requirements for school boards and child care in January.
  • Supporting the projected hiring of over 2,000 staff, funded by a $304 million allocation for second semester that includes additional teachers, custodians, and mental health workers.

Further Reducing the Spread of COVID-19 in Larger Indoor Settings

To further strengthen its response to Omicron and reduce opportunities for close contact as the province gets as many vaccines into arms as possible, effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, December 31, 2021, Ontario is restricting spectator capacity to 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less, in the indoor areas of the following settings:

  • Spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g., sporting events);
  • Concert venues; and

The government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to lift capacity limits in these settings.

Offering Fourth Doses to Long-Term Care Residents

Based on the recommendations from the Ontario Immunization Advisory Committee, effective immediately the province will be making fourth doses of mRNA vaccines available to residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and other congregate care settings if at least three months, or 84 days, have passed since their third dose.

In response to the uniquely high-risk nature of long-term care settings for Ontario’s most vulnerable individuals, the province is also mandating third doses for all staff, students, volunteers, caregivers and support workers by January 28, 2022 for those currently eligible for a booster, and will be requiring visitors to provide proof of a booster dose once the temporary pause on general visitors is lifted.

As of December 13, 2021, all staff had to be fully vaccinated to work in long-term care homes, unless they have a valid medical exemption. To date, nearly 47 per cent of eligible staff and nearly 86 per cent of eligible residents have received their third dose booster. The province will continue to monitor long-term care homes and adjust measures as necessary to keep residents safe.

The government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to monitor trends in key public health and health care indicators, including emerging data on the Omicron variant and will continue to take swift action to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians.

 

Quick Facts

  • PCR testing for eligible individuals is available at over 220 assessment centres or community labs, in addition to over 600 participating pharmacies, many of which offer pick-up/drop-off of self-collection kits.
  • To mitigate transmission of the rapidly-spreading Omicron variant, on December 19, 2021the province implemented a 50 per cent capacity limit in select indoor public settings and has reduced informal social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • As of December 29, 2021, Ontario has administered more than three million booster doses, including to 42 per cent of individuals aged 50 and over.
  • Effective January 4, 2022, the use of the enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app will be required where proof of vaccination is required. Download by visiting https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-proof/, or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 to have your vaccine certificate mailed.
  • Effective January 10, 2022, organizations and businesses that require provincial proof-of-vaccination system will no longer accept physician notes. Individuals who have an eligible medical exemption or are participating in an active Health Canada Approved COVID-19 vaccine clinical trialmust have their exemption verified and integrated into an enhanced COVID-19 vaccine certificate with QR code.
  • In response to the increased demand for vaccine doses, effective December 26, all GO-VAXX mobile buses will be scheduling appointments through Ontario’s booking portal. Walk-ins will no longer be accepted, as appointments will be required. To book an appointment, please go through Ontario’s booking portalor call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

Additional Resources

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Wallet Size Laminated QR Code 
Dec. 26, 2021
 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Merry Christmas

Dec. 24, 2021

 

Dear Neighbours and Friends, 

I would like to extend my best wishes to you and your family for a blessed, healthy and safe Christmas. 

Christmas is the time of the year to celebrate the birth of our Lord and his message of peace, equality, and justice to all.  It is also the time to renew our faith in our saviour and re-commit ourselves to his teachings and principles. 

With these difficult and challenging times, when you gather with your loved ones to celebrate the joy of Christmas, remember the less fortunate of our society and reach out to them.  

May the spirit of God descend into your home and fill your life with love, joy and peace.

Aris

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Ontario Further Strengthening Response to Omicron

Dear Neighbours,

In response to the rapidly-spreading and highly transmissible Omicron variant, our government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is applying additional public health and workplace measures, including capacity and social gathering limits. These measures will help curb transmission and continue to safeguard Ontario’s hospitals and ICU capacity as the province continues to rapidly accelerate its booster dose rollout.

To further strengthen its response to Omicron and reduce opportunities for close contact as the province gets as many vaccines into arms as possible, Ontario is introducing a 50 per cent capacity limit in the following indoor public settings:

  • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments and strip clubs;
  • Personal care services;
  • Personal physical fitness trainers;
  • Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies);
  • Shopping malls;
  • Non-spectator areas of facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities (e.g. gyms);
  • Indoor recreational amenities;
  • Indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities;
  • Tour and guide services; and
  • Photography studios and services; and marinas and boating clubs.

To further reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, additional protective measures are also being applied:

  • The number of patrons permitted to sit at a table will be limited to 10 people people and patrons will be required to remain seated in restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments; meeting and event spaces; and strip clubs.
  • Bars and restaurants, meeting and event spaces and strip clubs will be required to close by 11 p.m. Take out and delivery will be permitted beyond 11 p.m.
  • Dancing will not be allowed except for workers or performers.
  • Food and/or drink services will be prohibited at sporting events; concert venues, theatres and cinemas; casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues.
  • The sale of alcohol will be restricted after 10 p.m. and consumption of alcohol in businesses or settings after 11 p.m.

In addition, to mitigate COVID-19 transmission that can occur at informal social gatherings, the province is also reducing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors, and to 25 people outdoors.

These restrictions will come into effect on 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021.

This was not an easy decision to make before the holidays, but the evidence is clear that further public health measures are required to slow the spread of Omicron and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed.

We all have a role to play in keeping ourselves, friends, families, neighbours and communities safe this holiday season. Please follow all public measures and get vaccinated with your first, second or booster dose if you have not done so already.

Additional Resources:

Booster Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines

Provincial Booking System

Pharmacy Finder:

Download the Verify Ontario App:

Download Your Enhanced Vaccine Certificate: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/

Holiday testing: https://www.ontario.ca/page/pop-up-holiday-schedule-rapid-antigen-tests

Medical exemptions: https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1001329/responding-to-omicron-and-protecting-our-progress

Booster Vaccine

Following direction from the Ontario government on the accelerated expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine boosters, SHN will begin administering boosters to those 18+ years old starting Dec. 20.

  • Must have received 2nd dose 3mos. ago

Learn more: http://ScarbVaccine.ca

Kids Vaccine Clinic

Book an appointment at our Kids 5-11 COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at The Toronto Zoo & enjoy the day at the Zoo for vaccine recipient + 1 Parent/Guardian

Pfizer

The Toronto Zoo – Special Events Centre (2000 Meadowvale Rd)

Dec. 18, 10:30AM-4PM

Book today: http://ScarbVaccine.ca

With the Ontario government's recent expansion of eligibility for third dose boosters, Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and our Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT) will be moving from doing pop-ups at local malls to other clinic settings that are better suited for vaccinating a larger number of people.

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review

Nov. 07 2021

Dear Neighbours and Friends,

I hope you and your family are doing well and keeping safe. 

Today, we are happy to share our government's plan for growing a stronger economy that works for everybody. This is our plan for jobs, our plan for opportunities, and our plan to Build Ontario.

The 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review continues to make $51 billion in support available to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and promote economic recovery. 

This is our government's plan to build a better and brighter future for the people of Ontario.


Protecting our Progress

The pandemic revealed years of neglect in our health and long-term care system. Therefore, our plan begins with protecting our progress. The government is investing an additional $1.8 billion in 2021-22 in hospitals, bringing total new investment to hospitals to $5.1 billion since the start of the pandemic. Our government has a plan: 

  1. To ensure hospitals continue to provide high-quality patient care by investing over $1.8 billion in 2021-22 to support 3,100 beds, reduce surgical and diagnostic imaging backlogs and help hospitals keep pace with patient needs. 
  2. To add and upskill over 5,000 registered nurses and registered practical nurses, and 8,000 personal support workers to our health care system by investing $342 million. 
  3. To expand mental health and addictions support by investing $12.4 million over two years for frontline health and long-term care workers, whose service on the front lines of the pandemic has taken a toll on their physical and mental well-being.
  4. To expand home and community care by investing $548.5 million over three years
  5. To increase enforcement capacity in long-term care homes, including hiring 156 additional inspectors to double the number of inspectors across the province by 2022-23. 
  6. To help people deal with mental health challenges by making a historic investment of $3.8 billion over 10 years to ensure people can access the care they need.
  7. To help address systemic racism and hate, the Province is providing nearly $10 million over two years through new and enhanced initiatives, including the doubling of the Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant program. 

Protecting Seniors

  • Low-income seniors deserve access to quality dental care. The government is investing an additional $17 million over two years to increase access to dental services for eligible seniors. 

Protecting the Most Vulnerable Populations

  • The government is taking further action to protect Ontario's most vulnerable populations and ensure the safety of those in congregate care settings including homes for adults with developmental disabilities, shelters, indigenous residential programs, and more.
  • The government is building on previous investments of $131 million by investing an additional $8.9 million in 2021-22.

Building Ontario

Our government is laying the foundation for economic recovery, growth, and job creation in every corner of our province. For too long, previous governments have allowed important projects to get bogged down in red tape. We believe, tomorrow's prosperity depends on getting shovels in the ground today. Our government has a plan:

  1. To fight gridlock and get Ontario moving again by investing in the construction of the Bradford bypass, committing to build Hwy 413, and making new investments in our high rehabilitation and renewal program. 
  2. To invest an additional $1 billion over the next five years in the critical road, bridge, water, wastewater, and stormwater projects in communities across Ontario. 
  3. To work with First Nations and Northern communities to build the roads that will unlock the economic potential of the Ring of Fire. 
  4. To support growing demands on the health care system by committing $30.2 billion over the next 10 years to build hospital infrastructure. This includes delivering on critical expansions of the Trillium Health Partners hospitals. 
  5. To invest $3.7 billion, beginning in 2021-25, to build an additional 10,000 new long-term care beds and upgrade over 12,000 existing beds. This will lead to more than 30,000 net new beds and about 28,000 upgraded long-term care spaces across the province. 
  6. To support students, the government is investing about $14 billion in capital grants over 10 years to build more schools, improve existing schools, and support education-related projects. 
  7. To provide all regions of Ontario with access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet by the end of 2021, our government made a historic commitment of nearly $4 billion over six years. 

Working for Workers

During the pandemic, essential workers kept store shelves stocked, our supply chains strong, and built the life-saving equipment that supported our health care system. During the pandemic, the workers of Ontario had our back and our government has theirs. 

We want Ontario workers in a race to the top, not a race to the bottom. By increasing take-home pay, providing the opportunity to pursue new careers, and creating the right environment for job-creation, our government is Working for Workers. Our government has a plan:

  1. To raise the minimum wage for Ontario's workers to ensure take-home pay can keep up with the rising costs. 
  2. To build on Ontario's $288.2 million investment announced in the 2021 Budget for this year, by investing an additional $90.3 million to enhance its Skilled Trades Strategy over a three-year period
  3. To propose an extension of the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit and to expand the Second Career program.
  4. To invest $40 million in a new Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness stream of the Regional Development program to help attract investment and create stable, well-paying manufacturing jobs for Ontario workers. 
  5. To help Ontario's vibrant tourism sector, and the workers it supports, recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while helping Ontario families get out and explore what the province has to offer through a proposed Ontario Staycation Tax Credit. 
  6. To bring manufacturing jobs, including automotive manufacturing jobs, back to Ontario by reducing red tape. 

 

For additional details, visit:


My Staff and I are here to assist and help you with any of your concerns or questions. 
 
Please feel free to contact my office at: 416 297 6568 
or email me at: [email protected] 
for any of your concerns or inquiries.  

 

Sincerely,

Aris Babikian, MPP
Scarborough-Agincourt

All the best,

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Oct. 17 2021

 

Vaccination Certificate

 

As part of Ontario's ongoing fight against COVID-19, and in support of vital public health measures, the province is pleased to introduce Verify Ontario, Ontario's official, free app for verifying COVID-19 vaccine certificates.

To combat the Delta-driven fourth wave, proof of vaccination will help to keep businesses open, increase vaccination rates, and protect individuals in higher-risk indoor settings.

Our government is making it simpler, faster and more convenient for Ontarians to show their proof of vaccination, allowing them to safely access businesses and other settings across the province.

In advance of October 22, the Ontario government is making the enhanced vaccine certificate with official QR code and the free, made-in Ontario verification app, Verify Ontario, available for download from the COVID-19 vaccination portal

Verify Ontario is designed for businesses and organizations of all shapes and sizes. The app reduces the burden on business and makes it quicker and easier to confirm that visitors are fully vaccinated, at the door.

The Verify Ontario app will support Ontario businesses, protect our hard-fought progress by making it quicker and easier to confirm if a person is fully vaccinated, while protecting their privacy.

 

 

Organizations can download this secure, privacy-protective, made-in-Ontario app from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, starting October 15, 2021. Verify Ontario works with both Apple (iOS11 or newer on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and Android devices (Android 6 or newer).

While the current vaccine receipt without a QR code remains valid and will continue to be accepted, the province is encouraging individuals to download their enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code as an easier, more secure and convenient way to have their proof of vaccination verified.

The app can be used without an internet connection to scan QR codes, but you must connect to the internet every week or so for the latest content and rules.



How does it work?

The app:

  • Accesses a device’s camera with permission to scan vaccine certificates with government-issued QR codes
  • Scans and reads the QR code that is printed on either a piece of paper or displayed on a phone screen
  • Displays a results screen, once it checks against proof of vaccination requirements
  • Does not track or save personal information or visitor location
  • Only collects data for metrics that are not connected to users (for example, number of scans)

 

Get fast, clear results

When you scan a visitor’s QR code on a paper or digital vaccine certificate, you will see one of three possible results:

  • a ✅ for “yes” (good to go)
  • a ❌ for “no” (does not meet proof of vaccination requirements)
  • a yellow warning triangle to signal an issue with the certificate (for example, it is not an accepted or it is an invalid QR code)

 

 

Scans official QR codes

Only official QR codes on vaccine certificates that meet the SMART Health Card standard for privacy and security can be read as valid proof of vaccination. This includes compatible QR codes from other provinces that follow this same standard, including Quebec and British Columbia. QR codes from third-party services are not scannable.

 

 

Learn more, spread the word


You can learn more about Ontario’s official verification app at ontario.ca/verify. You can also access a marketing bundle on the website, or as attached here, to help spread the word about Verify Ontario.

Thank you for your support in helping to keep people safe and Ontario open for business. Our businesses, big and small, are the engine of our economy. We value everything you do to make this province a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Getting vaccinated is the single most important thing Ontarians can do to protect themselves and their communities. If you haven’t yet received your vaccine, please do so today.

Download. Scan. Show. And go.

Let’s rebuild together, Ontario.

Sincerely,

Aris Babikian

 

Additional Resources

 

Verify Ontario: Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code and Verify Ontario App Available for Download Starting October 15

Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act

Download the Verify Ontario mobile app 

App

COVID-19 vaccination portal

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Oct. 14 2021

By lowering taxes, reducing electricity costs, and cutting red tape, Ontario has reduced the burden on businesses by $7 billion every year!

As a result, we’ve seen a remarkable run of investments … a true renaissance in the automotive, manufacturing, tech, and life sciences sectors.

Be sure to check out the “10 Reasons to Think Ontario”.

The details in Minister Fedeli's update

Sincerely,

 
Aris Babikian 
 
 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Oct. 12 2021

Members Statement in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

On Oct. 7th, I delivered a Member Statement in Queen’s Park updating the Legislative Assembly on the status of health care in Scarborough-Agincourt and what our government is doing to help SHN deliver quality care to the residents.

Please watch the video at:

 

 

Increased Staffing for Long Term Care

Ontario is providing $270 million to Long Term Care homes this year to hire more staff & increase the amount of care residents receive. The funding will help increase staffing levels by 4,050 new long-term care staff. This is part of the province’s $4.9 billion commitment to hire more than 27,000 long-term care staff over four years and ensure that residents receive on average four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25.

 

Mandatory First Nation, Métis & Inuit Learning and Residential Schools

The Ontario government is investing over $23M to strengthen mandatory First Nation, Métis & Inuit learning in the curriculum & enhancing learning on residential schools to foster greater understanding within the province’s education system of the intergenerational legacy borne by Indigenous families.

 

Support to Long Term Care

I organized a very engaging and productive virtual town hall meeting with the Scarborough-Agincourt Long Term Care stakeholders and the Minister of Long-Term Care, Hon. Rod Phillips, and his team. We had an excellent discussion on the future of Long-Term Care. Many constructive suggestions were presented to address the shortage of PSWs, their retention, their training, and future investments to add new beds.

 

Scarborough Day

It was a delight to meet with so many Scarborough-Agincourt residents, non-profit organizations, and small business at the Scarborough Day celebration. It is always beneficial to hear the pulls of the grass-root and listen to their concerns and issues. Their input and suggestions are always valued and welcomed.

Congratulations to Scarborough Town Centre and Scarborough Business Association for their well-organized fair.

 

Child Care

Child Care and Choice was the focus of my discussion with The Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario representatives. We discussed the different available child care models, equity between public and private options, and financial support to provide quality care.

 

Anti- Racism Funding

Our government has zero tolerance for racism and hatred. I joined Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism; Parm Gill  and Parliamentary Assistant; Billy Pang, at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto to announce the establishment of $1.6 million of funding towards Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism fight. I had the opportunity to speak to various media outlets on the importance of this funding. The Anti-Racism and Anti-Hate  (ARAH) Grant Program focuses on supporting community-led initiatives that will increase public education and awareness on the impact of racism and hate in all of its forms.

 

Cyprus Independence Day

Happy 61st Independence Day to Cyprus & Cypriotes of Ontario. I was pleased to join the Cypriote Federation of Canada and the Hon. Council of Cyprus in Toronto at the CN Tower to celebrate the lighting of the tower with the colours of the Cyprus flag & bring the Premier’s greetings.

 

The Sacred Footprints

I joined the Pan Acadian Federation of Canada and the Greek community at the World Premiere of “The Sacred Footprints” and scholarship presentations. The movie is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Greek Independence and its leader, Theodoros Kolokotronis. It was a pleasure to meet the director, Nancy Athan-Mylonas, the film cast and crew.

 

Mid-Autumn Festival

 

It was an emotional and poignant launch of the Lantern festival and Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations by dedicating 1000 lanterns to remember the Indigenous children of the residential schools and paying tribute to the children who were buried in unmarked graves. Thank you CCCGT and the 15 Stronger Together partners. Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto 大多倫多中華文化中心

Furthermore, I  partnered with Chinese Cultural Centre, Congee Queen 皇后名粥, & Petit Potato 大有名糖 to spread the joy of the Mid-Autumn Festival by delivering mooncakes and fruits to Tam O’Shanter and Wishing Well Manor seniors.

 

Free Menstrual Products

Our government is helping to end Period Poverty by supporting women & girls with access to free menstrual products in schools! The plan is to provide 18M menstrual products to schools over 3 years. We will distribute six million free menstrual products per year to school boards under a new. This isn’t luxury, it’s a necessity.

 

Celebrating our Cultural Diversity

Happy Navrarti

The Navrarti celebrations is observed every year in the autumn. It includes worshipping nine goddesses. It is also crop season festival. May Goddess Durga provide you the strength to overcome all obstacles in life, fulfill your desires, & shower Her Blessings on you.

Happy  Navrarti!

 

Islamic Heritage Month

Since November 2016, the province of Ontario established October as Islamic Heritage Month to provide all Ontarians with an opportunity to reflect, celebrate, & learn about the rich Islamic history in the Province & the contributions of Muslims in Ontario.

Happy Islamic Heritage Month

 

Korean Heritage Month

Ontario is proud to have Canada’s largest Korean community, and October is a chance to celebrate the incredible history and accomplishments of Korean Ontarians.

Happy Korean Heritage Month!

 

Caribbean Heritage Month

October is a significant month for the Caribbean-Canadian community. Ontarians of Caribbean descent have helped to build Canada into the multicultural success story that it is; making it the best place to live, work and raise families. This will give us the opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about our Caribbean residents and the important role that they have played and continue to play in communities across Ontario.

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Happy Thanksgiving

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving celebration with your loved ones.

Even with the chaos COVID-19 has burdened us with, there is still so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. While many Canadians continue to struggle this Thanksgiving, I hope you can take a moment and consider with gratitude the lessons we have learned during a difficult year.

I would argue that one of the greatest gifts this challenging year has offered us is a new perspective on the things we’ve been taking for granted for so long. 

May all the good things of life be yours, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the year.

Aris Babikian

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207

4002 Sheppard Ave. E

Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Major Financial Support to

Scarborough Health Network

 

Over $26 million dollar investment will help

SHN provide high-quality care

Sep. 28, 2021  

Scarborough- Agincourt — MPP Babikian joined Minister Raymond Cho,  MPP Mitas, MPP Thanigasalam, Elizabeth Buller; SHN President and CEO, SHN board members, and community health care partners to make $26,832,050 Funding announcement under Ontario's financial stability and relief fund to provide high-quality health care.

“The health and safety of Scarborough-Agincourt and Scarborough residents is our first priority. Our government will leave no stone unturned to provide first-class health care to Ontarians. In addition to expanding and renovating the emergency department of the Birchmount Hospital, we have announced major funding of $ 27 million to SHN," said MPP Aris Babikian. He added, "I am proud to have participated in this major funding announcement to help SHN recover from the financial demands COVID-19 imposed and to stabilize SHN finances. This is in addition to our July funding announcement of over $12 million.”  

This funding is a part of the over $1.2 billion investment previously announced to help hospitals recover from financial pressures created and worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, while ensuring they can continue providing the high-quality care Ontarians need and deserve. This funding will also help to ensure that Ontario’s hospitals are able to respond to any scenario as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

Many Ontario hospitals are struggling with annual funding deficits which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. To ensure Ontario's hospitals remain on stable financial footing at this critical juncture, the government is allocating the above funding to help cover historic working funds deficits for qualifying public hospitals

 Since the onset of the pandemic, Ontario has been working with its hospital partners to create unprecedented capacity and prepare to respond to any scenario. The government remains committed to supporting hospitals so that they may continue to care for Ontarians today and in the future.

 

 

QUOTES

 “The Scarborough Health Network has been at the centre of the COVID-19 pandemic from day one providing quality care for our sick and vulnerable, and responding to outbreaks in Scarborough. This funding is part of our government's on-going commitment to help hospital recover from financial pressures created and worsened by the pandemic, while making sure Scarborough hospitals can continue providing the high-quality care the people of Scarborough need and deserve.”

Hon. Raymond Cho, MPP for Scarborough North and Minister for Seniors and Accessibility 

“Scarborough Health Network (SHN) welcomes this crucial funding through the Ministry of Health’s Working Funds Initiative. For 18 months, SHN and our local partner organizations nave been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, in one of Canada's hardest-hit communities. We have provided compassionate, inclusive, and courageous care to every patient who has come through our doors. This funding will strengthen SHN’s fiscal stability, and enable us to continue to improve lives through exceptional care by making investments that meet our community’s needs.”

Elizabeth Buller, President and CEO, Scarborough Health Network

“This investment of $26.8M will help Scarborough Hospitals strengthen their financial stability and provide the high-quality patient care that Scarborough residents need and deserve.”

Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP for Scarborough-Rouge Park

“I am so pleased to see our government’s continual support and dedication to the Scarborough Health Network and the people of Scarborough. This funding will assist our local hospitals in providing the highest quality care to those that need it.”

Christina Mitas, MPP for Scarborough Centre

 

 

 QUICK FACTS

 

  • A working funds deficit occurs when an organization’s current liabilities exceed their current assets. All hospitals that had a working funds deficit in 2019-20 qualified for this funding.
  • As part of a wider, comprehensive surgical recovery planto provide patients with the care they need, the Ontario government is investing up to $324 million in new funding to enable Ontario’s hospitals and community health sector to perform more surgeries, MRI and CT scans and procedures, including on evenings and weekends.
  • Under the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing an additional $1.8 billion in the hospital sector in 2021-2022, bringing the total additional investment in hospitals since the start of the pandemic to over $5.1 billion. This includes creating more than 3,100 additional hospital beds to increase capacity and reduce occupancy pressures caused by COVID-19.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

 

MPP Babikian Opening Remarks

Good Morning,

I would like to welcome all of you to Scarborough-Agincourt.

What a great day for Scarborough residents and our health care!

For a long time, Scarborough has been ignored and left behind. Due to the hard work and commitment of the government’s Scarborough caucus members, this has been changed. Scarborough is getting the overdue attention and care it deserves. Our government is laser-focused on improving the quality of life for our residents. Today’s funding announcement to SHN is the result of that hard work. For the past three years, the S4 has been able to accomplish so many feats to address the shortcomings of the last decade.

In addition to today’s announcement, we have been able to secure funding for: the Bridletwon Community and the Health hub, renovate and expand the Birchmount hospital emergency department, build the three-stop subway system to Sheppard and McCowan, spend over $20 million to renovate two schools in Scarborough-Agincourt, in addition to hundreds of millions to install ventilation to our schools, expanding and modernizing the Stouffville Go corridor line (Agincourt, Finch-Kennedy, Milliken), funding the Tamil Community Centre, expending the Chinese Cultural Centre and building a Chinese Garden, funding hundreds of new long-term care beds in Scarborough, investee $511,000  in retraining our veterans and provide them a pathway to post-military employment, and last but not least allocating over $5 million to Variety Village.

Dear Friends, the above is a small sample of the contribution of the S4 to Scarborough. We pledge to you that the best yet to come.

Now, without further delay, I would like to call on Minister Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, to announce the details of the funding to SHN.

Aris Babikian

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Ontario Association of Optometrists and our Seniors Eye Care  

“Since day one, our government has been hard at work ensuring that patients have access to the care they need — when they need it.”

One-time lump sum payment of $39 million to cover a retroactive period

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to share with you some developments related to the Ontario Association of Optometrists' (OAO) decision to decline the opportunity to proceed with further mediation:  

Our government has made every possible effort to lay the foundation for a long-term relationship with the Ontario Association of Optometrists. This includes engaging with a third-party mediator to assist us in reaching an agreement and offering a one-time lump sum payment of $39 millionas well as an immediate OHIP fee increase. This represents a significant and sustainable increase in today’s highly-constrained fiscal environment.

While we had hoped that these discussions would lead to a positive outcome, we are extremely disappointed in the OAO’s decision to decline to resume mediation, as well as the OAO’s encouragement of Ontario’s optometrists to withdraw services, starting on Sept. 1st, that many vulnerable Ontarians rely on. To do so as Ontario faces the fourth wave of the pandemic is unconscionable.

The mediator left the parties this weekend with a standing invitation to resume mediation. The ministry has accepted the mediator’s conditions and communicated its continued willingness to return to mediation, and is ready, willing, and able to do just that. Despite the OAO saying they are at the table, it’s unclear what table they are sitting at given they have declined the mediator’s conditions. We await a change of heart from the OAO.

I want to be clear that our government will continue to fund these optometry services through OHIP. Any decision to withdraw services is the decision of individual optometrists. The College of Optometrists of Ontario has made clear that if an individual optometrist decides to withhold care from a patient, they are expected to take steps to ensure the patient can continue to receive appropriate care.

Our goal remains to arrive at a solution that would support the province’s 2,500 optometrists in delivering high-quality care for patients, both now and in the future. Our government’s offer is an extremely fair and reasonable one, and we urge the OAO to stop withholding care from patients and commit to reaching an agreement today.

In conclusion, The Ministry of Health stands ready to continue meaningful and productive discussions with Ontario’s optometrists to ensure Ontarians can continue to access the high-quality eye health and vision care services they deserve.

 Aris

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

What did the government offer?

The Minister of Health has put a fair and reasonable offer on the table. This offer includes:

  • An immediate compensation increase of 8.48% at the fee code level, retroactive to April 1, 2021. This represents a “catch up” of fee increases calculated to reflect similar increases applied to physicians over the past decade.
  • A one-time payment of $39 million. Like the fee increases described above, this payment would cover a retroactive period over the past decade and was calculated to reflect similar increases applied to physicians during this time.
  • Future fee increases to align with increases provided to physicians under the upcoming Physician Services Agreement, including any increases physicians receive beginning April 1, 2021.
  • A commitment to immediatelyestablish a Working Group with the OAO that would continue to be supported by a mediator and would allow us to come to a common understanding on the overhead costs associated with delivering publicly funded optometry services, and inform ongoing negotiations associated with the fees for the delivery of optometry services.
  • A commitment to ensure ongoing monthly discussions with the OAO through establishing an Insured Optometry Services Review Committee to:
    • Develop recommendations on the implementation of the fee increases; and
    • Provide a mechanism to continue to discuss health care policy and system issues affecting optometrists.

Has the lump sum payment already been dispersed?

  • We intend to go ahead and distribute the $39 million retroactive lump sum payment. We plan to flow this payment directly as part of optometrists’ monthly OHIP payment in October.

Are all Optometrists in Ontario participating in the job action?

  • Any decision to withdraw services is the decision of individual optometrists.
  • It’s important to note that the Ontario Association of Optometrists is a voluntary association and that there are over 700 Optometrists in Ontario who are not members.
  • I encourage you to reach out to your individual Optometrist directly if you have any concerns.

Where can people seek eye care if optometrists stop covering OHIP covered services?

  • Our government will continue to fund these optometry services through OHIP.
  • Any decision to withdraw services is the decision of individual optometrists.
  • Their regulatory body, the College of Optometrists of Ontario, has made clear that if an individual optometrist decides to withhold care from their patient, they are expected to take steps to ensure patients can continue to receive appropriate care.
  • This might be for example, through other optometrists who did not decide to withhold care from their patients. Please reach out to the College of Optometrists of Ontario for more information.

What happens if you already have an appointment?

  • Any withdrawal of service is the decision of individual optometrists.
  • The College of Optometrists of Ontario has been clear that optometrists are expected to fulfill their professional responsibilities and ensure patients’ visual well-being and the provision of appropriate care for all patients during job actions.
  • Optometrists should consider alternate approaches to resolve their concerns before undertaking a job action.
  • If an optometrist decides to take job action, they are expected to consider patients’ best interests, the ramifications of depriving optometric care and the risk of harm when withdrawing any or all services.
  • A refusal to treat or a referral that results in a delayed treatment is not in patients’ best interests.

What if my Optometrist cancels my appointment?

  • If an optometrist proceeds to withdraw services, they must take steps to mitigate any adverse effects on patients and public.
  • Additionally, optometrists must continue to provide urgent care, or any treatment needed to prevent harm, suffering and/or deterioration during a job action.
  • If an optometrist is unable to provide care, alternate care must be arranged for the patient within an appropriate timeline.
  • In determining urgent care, an optometrist must use their clinical judgement and consider their professional responsibility to ensure a patient’s well-being when assessing that patient’s individual needs.
  • A refusal to treat or a referral that results in a delayed treatment is not in patients’ best interests.

Where can I find a new Optometrist?

What if I feel like my optometrist is not acting in my best interest?

  • When you visit an optometrist, you have the right to expect safe, quality eye care.
  • If you have an unresolved concern with an optometrist, the College of Optometrists of Ontario encourages you first to speak directly with the optometrist in an effort to reach a solution to the problem.
  • If this approach is unsuccessful, you may wish to submit a formal written complaint.
  • If you wish to make a complaint against a member of the College, please complete and submit the Complaint Form.

 

Minister Christine Elliott’s Letter to the Optometrists

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

August 13 & 14 Weekend Vaccination

No appointment, No Ticket, No Waiting

Get your shots to protect your loved ones!

 

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

The Scarborough Vaccine Team is gearing up for a busy week of COVID-19 vaccine pop-up clinics in Scarborough and Scarborough-Agincourt!

Please see the information below with details about the upcoming clinics.

Our vaccine teams are particularly pleased to be popping up at several local shopping centres and malls on the weekend, so people in our community can shop and get their shot or, if hanging out in the food court is more your thing, get a vax and a snack.

Here are the most relevant walk in locations for the residents of Scarborough-Agincourt

1st Dose & 2nd Dose Pop-up Clinic

 

Agincourt Mall

Where:                           Agincourt Mall

Address:                       3850 Sheppard Ave. E., by the main entrance

When:                            Friday, August 13

Time:                             1 - 8 p.m.

Vaccine:                         Pfizer

 

Bridlewood Mall

Where:                           Bridlewood Mall 

Address:                        2900 Warden Ave. On Lower Level by the Food Court

When:                            Friday, August 13

                                       and

                                       Saturday, August 14, 

Time:                             12 -  6 p.m.

Vaccine:                         Pfizer

 

Carefirst

Where:                         Carefirst Seniors & Community Services Association

Address:                      300 Silver Star Blvd.

When:                           Saturday, August 14

Time:                            9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Vaccine:                        Pfizer

 

Parkway Mall

Where:                           Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Rd.

When:                            Friday, August 13

                                       and

                                       Saturday, August 14

Time:                             12 - 6 p.m.

Vaccine:                         Pfizer

 

 

 Tropicana Community Services

Where:                           Tropicana Community Services

Address:                        1385 Huntingwood Dr.

When:                            Saturday, August 14

Time:                              9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Vaccine:                         Pfizer

 

Who can get vaccinated: People aged 12 and up for 1st and 2nd doses.

  • For 2nd doses: Must have received 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago OR AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago

 

How the clinic works:­ Walk-up appointments on the day of the clinic – no need to get a ticket

 

What to bring:

 

  • For 2nddoses, please bring your First dose vaccination receipt, if possible (download a copy from the Ministry’s COVID-19 Vaccination website). Showing it on your phone is fine!
  • You must bring a form of ID to receive the vaccine (such as drivers license, passport, PR card).
  • No OHIP/health card? No problem!

 

Need transportation support? Call Scarborough Ride at 416-736-9372

 

More information on www.scarbvaccine.ca

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Explore Skilled Trades Info Session

 

Learn how to become a tradesperson, find resources if you’re an employer or currently working, and get job advice!

 

I am delighted to partner with Councillor Nick Mantas to organize Explore Skilled Trades Info Session.  Through this trade skills training program, we are getting Ontarians ready to face a decade of unprecedented opportunities in the field of construction.

This session is jointly organized with the Toronto Business Development Centre.

Skilled Trade is a very rewarding field of employment. I encourage everyone to join us and learn more about skilled trades programs and start planning for your future career.

 

Join us to learn about:

 

- Program requirements & training process

- Salary - Learn how much you can make

- How you can get started!

 

To register, please RSVP through Eventbrite! 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Return to School

Guidance for Schools

(2021-2022)

Based on the latest public health data and by investments, the province is providing direction to school boards, students and parents on health and safety protocols. Guidance includes direction for students, including secondary students who will return to in-person learning daily for the full school day, remote learning, masking and cohorting guidance for students (Grade 1 to 12) and staff as well as guidance around extra-curricular activities. While public health indicators give us reason for optimism, COVID-19 continues to pose a threat. By making available more than $1.6 billion in resources to school boards throughout the province for this coming year, our government is keeping kids as safe as possible. This will provide schools with access to a wide range of supports for student mental health, the hiring of additional staff, school-focused nurses in public health units, asymptomatic testing, remote learning technology, and supporting health and safety measures in student transportation.

With the return of in-person learning, students will be able to benefit from direct interaction with their friends and teachers. While following retractions, it will also allow for a more normal school year with extra curricular activities, like sports and field trips – critical to the mental health and well-being of students.

Throughout the 2021-22 school year, the Ministry of Education will continue to work with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local public health units to assess key indicators (such as vaccination rates and community transmission) to inform and update provincial guidance for schools and child care as needed. This could lead to easing or strengthening health and safety measures across the province, or at the regional level.

 

 

Financial Investment

Our government is investing more in public education than any government in Ontario history for the third straight year. Under our plan, we are making over $2B in additional resources available, so that we continue to keep students and staff safe, including:

$1.6 billion in COVID-19 resources,

             Staffing Supports

  • $304.0 million to support staffing
  • $79.6 million in time-limited supports through the language grant

              Health and Safety

  • $65.5 million for student transportation
  • $29.4 million for operating costs related to ventilation improvements (i.e., increased number of filters required, increased electricity usage/costs, etc.)
  • The government will also continue to provide required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and critical supplies and equipment. It is estimated that for the 2021-22 school year, these products could value up to $450 million.

               Support for Students

  • $49.0 million for special education, mental health and well being, and equity initiatives.
  • $20.0million for re-engaging students and reading assessment supports.
  • $20.0 million in connectivity supports for remote learning technology.
  • $14.9 million in continued funding to support technology related costs.
  • $10.1 million to support mental health to foster the continued learning and well-being of students.

$85.5 million to support learning recovery in math and reading, and

$561 million increase in the Grants for Student Needs (GSN), rising to $25.6 billion.

Our government knows these are trying times, that is why we have provided Ontario families with $1.8 billion in direct financial support. As well, we have made unprecedented investments of over $80M to enhance capacity and support student mental health in the 2021-22 school year.

School Ventilation

 

Our government announced additional funding of $25 million to further improve ventilation in schools as students return for in-person learning this fall. This additional funding, which brings the net new investments in school ventilation to $600 million, will ensure that all occupied classrooms, gyms, libraries and other instructional spaces without mechanical ventilation have standalone high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter units in place when students are back in class, including Junior and Senior Kindergarten classrooms in mechanically ventilated schools to recognize that the youngest learners will not be wearing masks in the classroom.

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Vaccination Marathon for the Residents of

Scarborough-Agincourt

 

Get your shots to protect your family

 

 

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

Starting this Friday and through the weekend, the SHN and the Scarborough Ontario Health Team partners will be operating the following pop-up clinics. These clinics include pop-ups at local malls and stores in Scarborough, several of which are being hosted by Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) and North Scarborough Vaccine Engagement Team (NSVET).

Here are the three most relevant walk in locations for the residents of Scarborough-Agincourt

 

Pfizer 1st and 2nd Dose Pop-up Clinic – walk-in

When:            Friday August 6, 2021

Time:             1-8 p.m.

Where:          Agincourt Mall

Address:       3850 Sheppard Ave E - By the main entrance (near Rogers and Subway)

 

Doses available: 300

When:             Friday August 6, 2021

                                    and

                       Saturday August 7, 2021

Time:             12-6 p.m.

Where:          Adonis Market

Address:       20 Ashtonbee Rd. - By the cash registers

 

Doses available: 150

 

When:            Friday August 6, 2021

                                   and

                       Saturday August 7, 2021

Time:             12-6 p.m.

Where:          Bridlewood Mall

Address:       2900 Warden Ave. - On Lower Level by the Food Court

 

Doses available: 240

 

Who can get vaccinated:

  • For people 12+
  • For 2nd doses: Must have received 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago OR1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago

 

How the clinic works:

  • Walk-in

 

What to bring:

  • For 2nd doses, please bring your 1st dose vaccination receipt, if possible (download a copy from the Ministry’s COVID-19 Vaccination website). Showing it on your phone is fine!
  • You must bring a form of ID to receive the vaccine (such as drivers license, passport, PR card).
  • No OHIP/health card? No problem!

 

More information on www.scarbvaccine.ca

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

New POP-UP Clinics

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Agincourt Mall Vaccine Clinic

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Great News to Scarborough-Agincourt Residents

Birchmount Hospital COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Starting July 19, you do not need to travel far away from your home to get vaccinated. The Birchmount Hospital will open vaccination clinic.
 

Date: Monday, July 19

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m

Vaccine does: Pfizer

Vaccination amount: 220 people per day

First dose booking: priority walk-in basis

Second does booking at: www.scarbvaccine.ca or by calling 416-495-2593

Who can get vaccinated: People 12+ who live, work or go to school in an M1 postal code.

What to bring:

 

·        You must bring proof of your home, work, or school address (such as: mail addressed to you, your school report card, work ID with address) in Scarborough

·        For 2nd doses, please bring your First dose vaccination receipt, if possible (download a copy from the Ministry’s COVID-19 Vaccination website). Showing it on your phone is fine!

·        You must bring a form of ID to receive the vaccine (such as drivers license, passport, PR card).

·        No OHIP/health card? No problem!
 
 
 
Stage Three Reopening 


For additional details, visit the link below:

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

REOPENING UPDATE

 

Dear Friends,

I hope you and your family are doing well and keeping safe.

With key public health and health care indicators continuing to improve and the province-wide vaccination rate surpassing the targets outlined in the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health the Ontario government is moving the province into Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021.

Step Three of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of additional indoor services with larger numbers of people and restrictions in place. Read more

 

Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:

  • Indoor religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted with physical distancing;
  • Indoor dining permitted with no limits on the number of patrons per table with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect;

  • Indoor sports and recreational fitness facilities to open subject to a maximum 50 per cent capacity of the indoor space. The capacity for indoor spectators is 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is less. Capacity for outdoor spectators is 75 per cent of the usual seating capacity or 15,000 people, whichever is less;

  • Indoor meeting and event spaces permitted to operate with physical distancing and other restrictions still in effect and capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity or 1,000 people, (whichever is less);

  • Essential and non-essential retail with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;

  • Personal care services, including services requiring the removal of a face covering, with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;

  • Museums, galleries, historic sites, aquariums, zoos, landmarks, botanical gardens, science centres, casinos/bingo halls, amusement parks, fairs and rural exhibitions, festivals, with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors;

  • Concert venues, cinemas, and theatres permitted to operate at:

    • up to 50 per cent capacity indoors or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events (whichever is less)

    • up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum limit of 5,000 people for unseated events (whichever is less); and up to 75 per cent capacity outdoors or a maximum of 15,000 people for events with fixed seating (whichever is less).

  • Real estate open houses with capacity limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres; and

  • Indoor food or drink establishments where dance facilities are provided, including nightclubs and restobars, permitted up to 25 per cent capacity or up to a maximum limit of 250 people (whichever is less).

  • outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people with limited exceptions;

  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;

Face coverings in indoor public settings and physical distancing requirements remain in place throughout Step Three. 

Find the full list of activities permitted under Step Three here: Ontario.ca/reopen

Thanks to the tireless work of our health care heroes and the record-setting success of our vaccine rollout, along with the ongoing improvements in public health trends, we are able to enter Step Three of our Roadmap to Reopen. This was a true Team Ontario effort and we are incredibly thankful to the Ontarians who rolled up their sleeves to help us reach this exciting milestone.


VACCINATION

Our government reached a very exciting milestone in our vaccine rollout: over 50% of Ontarians aged 18 and over are now fully vaccinated and over 77% of the population ages 12 and over have received one dose of a vaccine. 

ATTENTION RESIDENTS: Individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine, are now eligible to book or rebook their second dose appointment at a shortened interval through the provincial booking system and call center, in addition to participating pharmacies and primary care settings.

Book your vaccination appointment at:

Residents of Scarborough-Agincourt can also receive a vaccine from a local pharmacy. For the latest information and a full list of pharmacies offering the vaccine, please visit ontario.ca/vaccinelocations 

The best vaccine for your second dose is the vaccine that is available first. All vaccines provided as part of Ontario’s vaccine rollout provide strong protection against COVID-19 and its variants, including the Delta variant.

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to get Vaccinated!

Do your Part to Help Everyone get Back to a Normal Life 

NEW Pop-up and Walk-in vaccine clinic at Tropicana Community Services & extra UTSC clinics this weekend!

SHN and the Scarborough Ontario Health Team partners are pleased to let you know about new upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Scarborough.

Pfizer pop-up clinic – walk-in only

 

Where: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Highland Hall, 

Address: 1265 Military Trail, (Free parking is available in Lots A and J)

  • When:   Friday, July 9- From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  •               Saturday, July 10 - From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  •               Sunday, July 11  - From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Clinic will be vaccinating with: Pfizer

Doses available: 2500/day

Who can get vaccinated:

  • Pfizer 1st Dose & 2nd Dose Eligibility– For those 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes).
  • ANDreceived their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago
  • ORreceived their 1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago

 

How the clinic works:­

  • Walk-in appointments on the day of the clinic: Tickets will be provided for same day appointments starting at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the pop-up on a first-come first-served basis.

What to bring:

  • You must bring proof of your home, work, or school address (such as: mail addressed to you, your school report card, work ID with address) in Scarborough
  • For 2nddoses, please bring your First dose vaccination receipt, if possible (download a copy from the Ministry’s COVID-19 Vaccination website). Showing it on your phone is fine!
  • You must bring a form of ID to receive the vaccine (such as drivers license, passport, PR card).
  • No OHIP/health card? No problem!

 

More information on www.scarbvaccine.ca

Pfizer pre-booked clinic for 1st and 2nd doses

 


Where: Tropicana Community Services

Address: 1385 Huntingwood Drive

When: Saturday, July 10

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Clinic will be vaccinating with: Pfizer

Doses available: 1000

Who can get vaccinated:

  • Pfizer 1st Dose & 2nd Dose Eligibility– For those 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes)
  • ANDreceived their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago
  • ORreceived their 1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago

 

How the clinic works:­

  • By appointment only: Book your appointment now
  • Note: When you get started in the booking tool, it will say “Mobile Clinic A”. Click on “Choose date” and then select Saturday, July 10 and proceed.

 

What to bring:

 

  • You must bring proof of your home, work, or school address (such as: mail addressed to you, your school report card, work ID with address) in Scarborough.
  • For 2nddoses, please bring your First dose vaccination receipt, if possible (download a copy from the Ministry’s COVID-19 Vaccination website). Showing it on your phone is fine!
  • You must bring a form of ID to receive the vaccine (such as drivers license, p­­­­assport, PR card).
  • No OHIP/health card? No problem!

 

More information on www.scarbvaccine.ca

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Ontario Government Building New Student Spaces in

Scarborough-Agincourt

 

Province Approves Addition to Terry Fox Public School

 

 

Scarborough-Agincourt, July 8, 2021 - MPP Aris Babikian joined Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, and Scarborough-Agincourt educators to make a $14.3 million investment announcement to Terry Fox Public School. This announcement is part of Ontario's government's ongoing efforts to build and improve local schools. The funding will help the school tender an addition to the current school facilities.

The $14.3 million investment will provide a new, quality learning environment for the students of Scarborough-Agincourt, as well as new child care rooms. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.

 

“The funding addition for the Terry Fox Public School is great news for our community,” said Aris Babikian, MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt. “This investment will provide a superior learning setting and new opportunities for the children of Scarborough to fulfil their potential and become successful and productive members of our society. Thank you to the Minister for standing by and supporting Scarborough-Agincourt students and families by approving this substantial funding.”

This funding is the second major announcement in the last eight months by the Ministry of Education to Scarborough-Agincourt schools.  Last October, The Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, and Scarborough MPP Aris Babikian, joined David Lewis High School staff, Educators, Parents, and Guardians to announce that the Government of Ontario has approved $5.7 million to the School to accommodate about 184 students and create 40 new child care spaces.

 

Today's announcement to Terry Fox Public School will provide 276 new elementary student spaces, 88 new licensed child care spaces, and 5 new child care rooms.

“After a decade of school closures in rural and suburban communities, our government is building new schools benefiting Scarborough families and students for decades to come,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “With growth continuing in the community, we are excited to move the new Terry Fox Public School forward part of our government’s $14 billion commitment to build new schools, improve existing facilities and expand child care.”

 

 

Quick Facts:

 


·       The Ontario Government is working with school board partners to invest in capital projects that advance safe and accessible learning opportunities for students.

 

·       To create new opportunities for Ontario’s families, the government is investing up to $1 billion to create up to 30,000 new child care spaces in schools over five years.

·       Over the next ten years, the Ontario government is investing $14 billion in capital grants, including allocating $550 million in 2020-21 for new schools, additions and major renovations.

 

·       This massive investment will build new schools and help existing schools after a decade of closures and maintenance backlog.

·       Ontario is also providing school boards with a historic $1.4 billion in funding to renew and maintain existing schools.

 

·       This funding could be used to replace aging heating or air conditioning systems, repair roofs and windows, and install important accessibility features like elevators and ramps.

·       To support parents with the cost of child care and help them re-enter the workforce, Ontario is providing a 20 per cent enhancement of the Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) tax credit for 2021. This will increase support from $1,250 to $1,500 per family, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the 2021 child care expenses of over 300,000 families.

 

·       The Ontario government is also providing more than $1.6 billion in targeted COVID-19 resources for the upcoming school year. This funding is for a range of supports including mental health, reading, and math supports for Ontario students.

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Canada Day Greeting

Time for Reflection

 

 

 

Once again this year’s Canada Day celebrations will be different. Regrettably, we will not be able to display our pride of Canada in person. The current challenges should not deter us from taking a moment to celebrate the place we call home. Canada Day is a celebration of all things Canadian including our values of inclusivity, democracy, and diversity. 

 

The pandemic illustrated the best of the Canadian spirit.  I have seen such an overwhelming response from our local businesses, organizations, and individuals who have stood up to join the fight against COVID-19. These values of generosity and goodwill are what make us Canadian. It was this same generosity and goodwill that welcomed me to this great province as a newcomer years ago.

 

I would like to emphasize the resilience of Canadians that has become so apparent last year. Our collective efforts has successfully brought us together. 

 

Whether you are barbequing in your backyard or tuning in to a virtual celebration, please do so safely and cautiously. Happy Canada Day! 

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

POP-UP CLINIC IN SCARBOROUGH-AGINCOURT

M1T -  M1W – M1V – M1S

Residents will be Vaccinated

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to inform you that SHN agreed to provide 1ST & 2ND Doses for Scarborough-Agincourt residents at their Pop-up Clinic at St. Nicholas Greek Orth. Church. I am grateful to SHN for their cooperation in facilitating the needs of the entire Scarborough-Agincourt region. My office staff and I are always available to help you and listen to your needs.  Your health and safety are our priority

DETAILS:  

Location:     St. Nicholas Greek Orth. Church

Address:      3840 Finch Ave E

Date:           June 30, 2021

Time:          11am-7pm

 

1ST & 2ND DOSE PFIZER

12+ yrs old & live/work/school in Scarborough

How it works:

  • Walk in on the day of: Tickets will be provided for same day appointments starting on the day of the pop-up on a first-come first-served basis.

What to bring:

  • * You must bring proof of your home, work, or school address (such as: mail addressed to you, your school report card, work ID with address) in Scarborough
  • * For 2nddoses, please bring your First dose vaccination receipt, if possible (download a copy from the Ministry’s COVID-19 Vaccination website). Showing it on your phone is fine!
  • * You must bring a form of ID to receive the vaccine (such as drivers license, passport, PR card).

 

Information for visitors to long-term care homes

Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen will mean more family, more friends, and fewer restrictions for all Ontarians - including residents in our long-term care homes.

Learn about the rules for visiting long-term care homes.

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Dear Neighbour ,

I am pleased to share with you that SHN will administrate Pfizer and Moderna vaccination clinics this weekend.  

 

Upcoming pop-up vaccine clinic

Where: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (Highland Hall),

1265 Military Trail

When:  Saturday June 26,   9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

              Sunday June 27,     9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

              Monday, June 28,   11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

They will be vaccinating with: Pfizer

Doses available: 2000/day

First Dose Eligibility: For people 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes).

Second Dose Eligibility: For people 18+ who live, work, or go to school in Delta variant hot spot postal codes M1B, M1G, M1J, M1K, M1L and M1R:

  • ANDreceived their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago
  • ORreceived their 1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago

How it works:

  • Walk in on the day of: Tickets will be provided for same day appointments starting on the day of the pop-up on a first-come first-served basis.

What to bring:

  • You must bring proof of your home, work, or school address (such as: mail addressed to you, your school report card, work ID with address) in Scarborough
  • For 2nddoses, please bring your First dose vaccination receipt, if possible (download a copy from the Ministry’s COVID-19 Vaccination website). Showing it on your phone is fine!
  • You must bring a form of ID to receive the vaccine (such as drivers license, passport, PR card).
  • No OHIP/health card? No problem!

 

Parking: Free parking is available in lots A and J

More information on www.scarbvaccine.ca

 

Upcoming pop-up vaccine clinic

 

Where: North American Muslim Foundation  

             4140 Finch Ave E, Scarborough

 

When:  Saturday June 26,   10 a.m. – 6 p.m.    

They will be vaccinating with: Moderna

 

Community vaccine clinics

SHN community vaccine clinics continue to vaccinate people 12+ who live, work or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes) for 1st doses of the COVID-19 vaccines on an appointment or walk-in basis.

People eligible for 2nd doses will be contacted by SHN clinic team with information on how to book a 2nd dose appointment. 2nd dose clients will be offered Pfizer or Moderna based on the brand of vaccine they received for their first dose.

We appreciate your patience and support as we establish new procedures designed to vaccinate people in Scarborough as quickly as possible.

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Mabuhay!

You are kindly invited to join me and my Scarborough colleagues to celebrate 

 

Filipino Heritage Month 

& 

The 123rd Philippine Independence Day

Araw ng Kalayaan!

 

Date: June 17, 2021 

Day: Thursday  

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/93320036053?pwd=WTFvSUwvcHo3bFRxUVhwMHNBbml1dz09

Meeting ID: 933 2003 6053

 

Passcode: MABUHAY

 

 

FREE CANADA DAY LAWN SIGN 

 

Dear Residents of Scarborough-Agincourt,

To celebrate Canada Day and display our pride of our country and province, MPP Babikian printed a limited quantity of Canada Day lawn signs for the residents of Scarborough Agincourt. 

Each side of the lawn sign has different graphics. Please check the attached photos. The sign comes with an H frame to hold the sign. 

You are welcome to contact our constituency office to request your free lawn sign.   

 

Please email or call our consistency office at:

Email: aris[email protected]

Tel.: 416 297 6568  

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Individuals aged 70 and over will Receive Second Shot

As of 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021, individuals turning ages 70 and over in 2021, as well as individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before April 18, 2021, will be eligible to schedule an appointment to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass immunization clinic through the provincial booking system and call centre.

Dear Neighbour,

I hope you and your family are doing well and keeping safe during these challenging times.

The province continues to make significant progress with more than 10 million Ontarians having received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Due to an increasing supply of vaccines, the province is inviting individuals aged 70 and over as well as individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before April 18, 2021, to book an accelerated second dose appointment ahead of schedule.

We continue to expand access to the vaccine across a variety of channels, and with over two-thirds of adults having received at least their first dose; Ontarians have been provided with a strong level of protection against COVID-19. We are now beginning to accelerate second doses for all Ontarians and with sufficient supply. We anticipate that the majority of Ontario residents will benefit from a two-dose summer. Read more

Second dose appointments will be available through a variety of channels including mass immunization clinics, participating pharmacies, and primary care settings, hospital clinics, and mobile and pop-up clinics. Ontarians who have had their first dose and are eligible for an accelerated second dose may be able to return to the same site or channel where they received their first dose for their second dose appointment or may choose to book an appointment at a different site or channel.  

NEW: As of Monday June 7, individuals aged 70 and over in 2021 will be eligible to book their second dose appointment at a shortened interval. Appointments at mass immunization clinics can be booked through the provincial booking system and call center, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.

With the continuing success of Ontario’s vaccine rollout and the collective efforts of Ontarians in following public health and workplace safety measures to date, the province has reopened outdoor recreational amenities with restrictions, and increased outdoor gathering limits to five people. Read more

While we know that now is not yet the moment to reopen, Ontarians deserve to know the path forward on what we will carefully reopen and when, starting with the settings we know are the safest.

 

SHN Policy

The SHN is looking forward to providing 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people in our community who received their first vaccine dose at a clinic run by SHN and our Scarborough Ontario Health Team partners.

 

Here is some information about what this will mean for our residents  and their family members:  

 

  1. SHN is contacting all vaccine clinic clients who are now eligible for their 2nddose by email and/or phone with information about booking their 2nd vaccine appointment.
  2. The email and/or phone call will include information for booking your 2nddose vaccine appointment. This clinic may not be the same clinic where you received your first vaccine.
  3. You must use the booking link in the email to make your 2nd dose appointment, or book over the phone with one of the vaccine team members.
  4. DO NOT book your 2nd dose appointment through www.scarbvaccine.ca ’s main booking link. This site is for first dose bookings only.
  5. Contacting everyone will take time. Therefore, SHN appreciates your patience as their vaccine team reaches out to thousands of people in our community.
  6. They are currently contacting people who received their first dose on or before April 4th. They will continue to contact people on a weekly basis to book their second dose appointments for those who got their first shot after April 4th.
  7. As vaccine supply increases, the timeframe may be shortened and we will keep you informed on any developments.

 

The eligibility criteria for our pop-up clinics have not changed at this time. They will be administering first doses.

 

 

 

Residents who received their first shot at Scarborough Town Centre, they have to book their second shot appointment at the City of Toronto portal.

 

If you may have further questions about the recent eligibility changes and opportunities to receive 2nd doses at pop-up clinics or mobile vaccine clinics, please contact my office to help you.  I appreciate your patience and support. 

 

Best regards, and please reach out if you have any questions.

Aris

 

Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic: Full details on SHN’s vaccine clinic eligibility and availability can be found at www.scarbvaccine.ca

  • Individuals 18+ (first dose only)
  • Individuals 12+ at the Centenary College and TAIBU Community Health Centre sites (first dose only)

Eligible individuals can book an appointment at www.scarbvaccine.ca.
 
**PLEASE NOTE** The telephone number for SHN vaccination clinic inquiries has changed. The new number is: 416-495-2593.

Reminder: SHN has moved their Assessment Centres back to Birchmount hospital and Centenary hospital

The SHN Assessment Centre at the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services has been moved back to Birchmount hospital (3030 Birchmount Road).

The SHN Assessment Centre at the University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus has been relocated to Centenary hospital (2867 Ellesmere Road).

Note: COVID-19 testing at SHN Assessment Centres will continue to be by appointment only.


City of Toronto Immunization Clinic Eligibility: Last week the province announced its plans to accelerate the rollout of second doses. A full list of eligibility criteria for first and second dose appointments is available on the City of Toronto’s COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.

  • Individuals aged 80+ with a confirmed second dose date at a City-run clinic are eligible to reschedule their second dose appointment for an earlier date.
  • Everyone aged 12+ are encouraged to book their first dose appointment online or through the provincial booking line.

Eligible individuals can book through the provincial booking system at www.toronto.ca/covid19 or by calling 1-833-943-3900

You can also visit the VaccineTO website regularly to see if local clinics have available appointments.

 

COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations & Eligibility: Select pharmacy locations in Toronto and Peel are administering the Pfizer vaccine to individuals aged 18+.
If you are eligible for your second dose, please contact the pharmacy or primary care provider where you received your first dose.

If you received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine between March 10, 2021 or later, you are eligible to book your second dose beginning the week of May 24, at an earlier interval of 12 weeks.
 
For more information please visit this site.

 
ROADMAP TO REOPEN

 

Roadmap to Reopen outlines three steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:

  • Step 1: An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table, and non-essential retail at 15 percent capacity.
  • Step 2: Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, personal care services where face coverings can be worn, as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 percent capacity.
  • Step 3: Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.

Based on current trends in key health indicators, including the provincial vaccination rate, the government expects to enter Step One of the roadmap the week of June 14, 2021. 

 

FREE CANADA DAY LAWN SIGN 

To celebrate Canada Day and display our pride of our country and province, I have printed the below/attached lawn sign. Please email our consistency office to receive your free lawn sign.
Tel.: 416 297 6568  

Residents can get the sign for free. 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Increased Vaccination Opportunities

May 22, 2021 

 

Dear Neighbor and Friend,

 

I am pleased to report that the number of Scarborough Agincourt residents who have been vaccinated has increased remarkably in the past week.

The increased number of vaccinations is the result of better supply of vaccine, the SHN cooperation with various community organizations, and advocacy by my office to intensify the frequency of the pop-up clinics, mobile unit visits to our congregated homes, and the mobile vaccination bus stops in various locations.  

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the SHN team, CareFirst seniors, North American Muslim Foundation (NAMF), Islamic Foundation of Toronto, Tropicana Community Services,  Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church, Scarborough Chinese Methodist Church, Bamburgh Gardens Shopping Plaza, Malvern Christian Assembly, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Community Services Association, L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute, Food Depot Supermarket, Bridlewood Mall, Agincourt Mall, and many others.

I am pleased to inform you that a new batch of pop-up vaccination clinics will be in place next week. Below are the details:


Sunday,  May 23

Where:  Islamic Foundation of Toronto, 441 Nugget Avenue

When: Sunday, May 23

Time: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

 

Tuesday, May 25

Where:  North American Muslim Foundation (NAMF), 4140 Finch Ave, East. 

When: Tuesday, May 25

Time: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

 

Tuesday, May 25

Where: Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church, 3223 Kennedy Road

When: Tuesday, May 25

Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

 

Wednesday, May 26

Where: Scarborough Chinese Alliance Church, 139 Silver Star Bvld

When: Wednesday, May 26

Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

 

Thursday, May 27

Where: Scarborough Chinese Methodist Church, 8 Metropolitan Road

When: Thursday, May 27

Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Additional Details:  

  • This clinic will vaccinate people aged 12 years at time of vaccination and older, who live or work in an M1 (M1T, M1W, M1S, M1V).  hot-spot postal code

 

  • Tickets will be provided for same-day appointments starting on the day of the pop-up clinic on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

  • First-doses only

 

  • We will be vaccinating with Pfizer

 

  • People must bring

Proof of their identity (photo ID)

&

Proof of M1 hot spot address (M1T, M1W, M1S,  M1V).   

(piece of mail with your name and address on it, rental agreement, letter from landlord, etc…)

 

  • No OHIP/health card? No problem!

 

FREE CANADA DAY LAWN SIGN 

To celebrate Canada Day and display our pride of our country and province, I have printed the below/attached lawn sign. Please email our consistency office to receive your free lawn sign.
Tel.: 416 297 6568  

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Wishing Well Houses Fire

Our Neighbours Need our Help

 

Dear Friends.

In the afternoon of Sunday, May 16, 2021, a very tragic and heart-wrenching incident took place in Scarborough Agincourt’s Wishing Well Drive. A devastating fire consumed two houses. Four of our neighbours were left homeless and in dire need of help and support during this difficult time. 

One of the families had moved to one of the burnt houses just two hours before the fire started.  I have witnessed the shock and trauma on the faces of the mother and daughter who just became our neighbours. A lady in another family had to be carried to the hospital and treated for burns on her arm. The heroic efforts of our firefighters and police officers saved our neighborhood from a much bigger catastrophe and the spread of the fire to adjacent homes.   

These families lost everything. They have to start their lives all over again. These devastated families need our solidarity and help. They need temporary shelters, medical care, accommodations, clothing, food, and other life necessities.   

Therefore, I kindly ask you to donate to the GoFundMe campaign to raise money in support of the families affected by this tragedy. I am confident that the generous and compassionate people of Scarborough-Agincourt, Ontario, and Canada will stand by the four families and assist them to overcome these challenging times. After all, helping our fellow citizens is a Canadian tradition.

Your generous donation is much appreciated and will give hope to the four families and allow them to feel that they are not alone.  Canada we will always come to the aid of our vulnerable and needy.

On behalf of our residents, I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to you, the Toronto Fire Service team and Toronto Police Service 42 Division officers for their prompt and diligent response to save lives.  

The raised fund will be distributed equally among the four families.

 

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Family Pop-Up Clinics

Dear Neighbor,

I would like to inform you that SHN and the Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT) partners are getting ready for a long weekend of vaccinating! Below are the coordinates of the locations:

Friday, May 21

Where: Bamburgh Gardens Shopping Plaza, 375 Bamburgh Circle

When: Friday, May 21

Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 22

Where: Malvern Christian Assembly, 6705 Sheppard Avenue East

When: Saturday, May 22

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 23

Where: Islamic Foundation of Toronto, 441 Nugget Avenue

When: Sunday, May 23

Time: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Additional Details

·         This clinic will vaccinate people aged 12 years at time of vaccination and older, who live or work in an M1 hot-spot postal code.

 

·         Entire Scarborough Agincourt is covered.

 

·         Tickets will be provided for same-day appointments starting the morning of the clinic, on a first-come, first served basis

 

·         First-doses only

 

·         We will be vaccinating with Pfizer

 

·         People must bring proof of their identity (photo ID) and proof of M1 hot spot address (piece of mail with your name and address on it, rental agreement, letter from landlord, etc…)

 

·         No OHIP/health card? No problem!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about these clinics.

Many thanks,

Aris Babikian

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

M1S & M1V Pop-up Vaccine Clinic

May 9, 2021

 

I'm pleased to let you know the availability of more pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics for postal codes M1S and M1V in Scarborough Agincourt hot-spot. 

 

Postal Codes: M1S & M1V Residents who are 18+ (Born in or before 2003).

Proof of residence is required

Where: Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute (1550 Sandhurst Circle)

When: Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12

Time:  9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets will be provided for same-day appointments starting the morning of the Pop-ups on a first-come first-served basis. 

What to bring:

  • Proof of address (e.g. driver's license or utility bill)
  • Health card if you have one, or other government-issued ID (passport, PR card)

Thank you for spreading the word.

 

To all my Scarborough Agincourt, Ontario, and worldwide Muslim friends, may God, all mighty, shower His mercy upon you and your family on this happy moment of Eid al Fitr. On this joyous occasion, accept my heartfelt wishes. Wishing you a happy and peaceful Eid.

 

 

The month of May is Asian Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the heritage, culture, & accomplishments of Ontario’s Asian communities. I am so proud to represent Scarborough Agincourt's Asian communities in Queen's Park. Happy, healthy & safe celebration to all.

In the Community

CCCGT

The Stronger Together Project is an important initiative to combat Ant-Asian racism and sensitize our citizens about the destructive effects of hate, prejudice, and xenophobia. I was honoured to join the Press conference to launch this vital project.  Thank you CCCGT for including me in this worthwhile mission.

SPLC

 

It was a pleasure to join the SPLC seniors to celebrate the Tamil and Sinhalese New Year. Thank you to SPLC management and staff for organizing such a lovely virtual celebration.

 

My Anti-Asian Racism Statement in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

 

SHN

 

The regular virtual meetings of SHN management and experts with Scarborough’s elected officials is another means for me to advocate on your behalf. During these virtual meetings, we discuss and update each other on the vaccine supply,  securing more vaccines to Scarborough, the residents’ concerns, and other COVID-19 relevant  issues.

 

 

Successful M1T & M1W Pop-up Clinic

 

It was a very successful pop-up vaccination day for 3000 residents Scarborough Agincourt’s residents of M1W & M1T postal codes who were vaccinated on May 6.

The SHN doctors, nurses,  staff, and volunteers are the guardian angels of our community during these challenging times. They were so professional & courteous to our residents. We are ever grateful to all their commitment and sacrifices. Thank you staff for putting together such an organized and professional clinic.

During the pop-up vaccine clinic, I had the opportunity to visit the L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute site to discuss with our residents their concerns and answer their questions. An overwhelming majority of them appreciated the pop-up clinic arrangement, and praised the SHN team.

I am proud that my advocacy with SHN, on behalf of our community, is paying –off. During my daily communication with the management, I have always asked for additional vaccinations, pop-up clinics, and mobile team visitations to senior's homes and congregated home living.

 

 

 

 

Public Education Spending

Ontario Unveils $2 Billion Plan to Keep Schools Safe and Support Learning Recovery and Renewal
This week, the Ontario government announced that for the third straight year, public education spending will increase under Premier Ford’s leadership. Under the governments plan, $2 billion more is being invested for the 2021-2022 school year, including:

  • $1.6 billion in COVID-19 resources to protect schools;
  • $85.5 million investment in Ontario’s Learning Recovery Plan
  • $561 million increase in the Grants for Student Needs (GSN), rising to $25.6 billion.

Ontario’s per-student amount is rising to an estimated $12,686, an increase from 2020-21 levels and the highest ever per-student amount. On top of this historic investment in Public Education, Ontario alone (without federal support) is renewing the $1.6 billion in COVID funding to support schools with everything from the hiring of staff, to additional resources for remote learning technology to math tutoring expansion to support for student mental health.

 

Long-Term Care

In Response to High Vaccination Rates, Ontario Modifies Restrictions in Long-Term Care Homes

Ontario is responding to high levels of COVID-19 vaccination in many long-term care homes by making changes that will help homes safely resume communal dining and social activities. These changes will help improve residents’ quality of life while keeping homes safe.

Based on advice from public health experts and in direct response to residents and their families, an updated Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes from the Chief Medical Officer of Health was released today, along with a guidance document for long-term care homes. The updated Directive #3 sets out that long-term care homes can now safely resume activities such as communal dining and indoor events and gatherings, with precautions.

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

URGENT VACCINE UPDATE FOR M1T & M1W RESIDENTS

May 4, 2021

Dear Neighbour, 

Further to my discussion with Scarborough Health Network management, they agreed to expand the May 6 pop-up clinic vaccination to M1T postal code residents.

Accordingly, Scarborough Agincourt citizens residing in the postal codes M1T & M1W are eligible for the pop-up clinic service.

The pop-up vaccine clinic will be administrated this Thursday, May 6 at L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute, 2501 Bridletowne Circle.

Please see below for the clinic details, and please share with your friends and community organizations. 

Pop-up Clinic Information 

Postal codes: M1W & M1T

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Time: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Or while supplies last)

Where: L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute 

Address: 2501 Bridletowne Circle

**2,500 vaccine doses available​**

Pop-up vaccine clinics are open to people 18 years or older who live in the target postal codes, proof of address required.

Tickets will be provided for same-day appointments starting the morning of the Pop-ups on a first-come first-served basis. 

What to bring:

  • Proof of address (e.g. driver's license or utility bill)
  • Health card if you have one, or other government-issued ID (passport, PR card)

Thank you for spreading the word.

Aris Babikian

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Moving Ontarians More Safely

April, 29 2021

The government  introduced the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021This legislation significantly increases the fines and penalties for Street Racing and Stunt Driving, especially for repeat offenders, and will keep our roads and highways safe.

The Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021, (MOMS Act) proposes legislative and regulatory changes that would, if passed:

Fight Street Racing/Stunt Driving, and Aggressive and Unsafe Driving

  • Increase the roadside driver’s licence suspension and vehicle impoundment periods for drivers caught street racing/stunt driving from seven days each to a 30-day driver’s licence suspension and a 14-day vehicle impoundment.
  • Introduce escalating post-conviction driver’s licence suspensions for drivers convicted of street racing/stunt driving:
    • For a first offence, a minimum of one to three years
    • For a second offence, a minimum of three to 10 years
    • For a third offence, a lifetime suspension that may be reduced at a later date to be established by regulation, and
    • For fourth and subsequent offences, a lifetime driver’s licence suspension.
    • Create a lower speed threshold for stunt driving charges of driving 40 kilometres per hour (km/h) or more above the speed limit on roads where the speed limit is less than 80 km/h.
    • Introduce a default speed limit of 80 km/h on a highway not within a local municipality or a built-up area.


Protect Vulnerable Road Users

  • Introduce an automated camera enforcement framework to allow photo evidence of vehicles that illegally pass streetcars on the left or streetcars with the doors open to pick up or drop off passengers.
  • Change how Ontario collects collision data to better track collisions involving car doors hitting bicycles or e-scooters.
  • Redefine “power-assisted bicycles” (e-bikes) under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to set out new standards for three different styles of e-bikes: bicycle-style, mopeds and motorcycle-style.


Protect Workers on or near Highways

  • Authorize MTO Transportation Enforcement Officers to close a road, drive along closed roads and direct traffic as part of their duties when responding to emergencies or assisting in collision investigations.
  • Permit the use of automated traffic control devices know as “Automated Flagger Assistance Devices” as an additional traffic control tool in construction zones to reduce the need for construction workers to physically stop traffic themselves.
  • Permit vehicles used in highway construction to back up on a divided highway, if the movement is made in safety.


Improve Truck Safety and Industry Standards

  • Introduce additional tools to address commercial vehicle drivers who violate hours-of-service rules.
  • Clarify dimensional limits for trailers.
  • Permit technical standards to be incorporated in the HTA by reference rather than requiring a legislative or regulatory amendment to ensure that the most updated version of standards will be automatically incorporated into the HTA and its regulations – for example, Canadian Standards Association Standard D250 – the manufacturing standard for new school buses.


Strengthen Provincial Oversight of the Towing Sector

  • Create the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, 2021, (TSSEA) by amending the following statutes:
    • Consumer Protection Act, 2002
    • Highway 407 Act, 1998
    • Highway Traffic Act
    • Repair and Storage Liens Act
  • Require tow operators, tow truck drivers and vehicle storage operators to be certified under the TSSEA and meet prescribed requirements and standards.
  • Set standards for customer protection and roadside behaviours, including penalties for non-compliance.
  • Establish a Director of Towing and Vehicle and Storage Standards to provide oversight.

 

 
These common-sense changes will make Ontario's roads and highways safer, and cement Ontario's position as the leading North American jurisdiction when it comes to penalties. The Act, if passed, will help keep Ontario’s roads among the safest in North America by targeting those who engage in unsafe, high-risk driving by creating escalating suspensions for repeat offenders and setting a lower speed threshold for stunt driving charges on municipal roads.

With longer suspensions and longer vehicle impoundments, we’re sending a clear message to drivers – driving is a privilege and those who threaten the safety of others have no place on our roads. We’re also making the roads safer by fighting distracted driving to ensure that the public is aware of its preventable dangers and consequences.

Sincerely,

Aris Babikian, MPP
Scarborough Agincourt

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Correction and Apology

April 23, 2021

 

Dear Neighbor and Friends,

My sincere apologies for sending a preliminary draft as a result of a technical glitch. Here is the correct version.

 

 

Exposing the Fallacy of the Vaccine Rollout

April 17, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

In the last few days, some Scarborough elected officials and individuals have been peddling innuendos, half-truths, and disinformation in regard to the cancellation of 10,000 vaccination appointments by the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and that the Provincial Government has been holding back 1.2 million vaccines in freezers. These are callous and irresponsible individuals who are trying to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic and capitalize on our citizens' ordeals to advance their own agenda. At these challenging times when everyone, regardless of their political affiliation, race, color, ethnicity, and religious affiliation, should band together to fight the pandemic and support our most vulnerable,  a minority is trying to stalk fear in our residents and feed them insinuations.

For a year, our government under the leadership of Premier Ford , set aside our political disagreements and stretched our hand to the Federal government to cooperate and work together to face and defeat the pandemic and support our families, seniors, students, youth, non-profit organizations, faith places, front-line workers, and businesses to overcome the challenges of generations. Therefore,  to set the record straight and inform our residents the real picture on the ground, and expose the opportunists, I joined my colleagues Minister Raymond Cho, Cristina Mitas, and Vijay Thanigasalam in forwarding the below letter to the Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Justin Trudeau. I would like to share the letter with you.

I can assure you that your health, safety, and well-being are paramount to any other consideration and I will always defend your interest and your family. Together we will conquer this virus and make Scarborough Agincourt a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

 

Aris Babikian

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Exposing the Fallacy of the Vaccine Rollout

April 17, 2021

Dear Neighbor,

In the last few days, some Scarborough elected officials and individuals have been peddling innuendos, half-truths, and disinformation in regard to the cancellation of 10,000 vaccination appointments by the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and that the Provincial Government has been holding back 1.2 million vaccines in freezers. These are callous and irresponsible individuals who are trying to politicize the COVID-19 pandemic and capitalize on our citizens' ordeals to advance their own agenda. At these challenging times when everyone, regardless of their political affiliation, race, color, ethnicity, and religious affiliation, should band together to fight the pandemic and support our most vulnerable,  a minority is trying to stalk fear in our residents and feed them insinuations.

For a year, our government under the leadership of Premier Ford , set aside our political disagreements and stretched our hand to the Federal government to cooperate and work together to face and defeat the pandemic and support our families, seniors, students, youth, non-profit organizations, faith places, front-line workers, and businesses to overcome the challenges of generations. Therefore,  to set the record straight and inform our residents the real picture on the ground, and expose the opportunists, I joined my colleagues Minister Raymond Cho, Cristina Mitas, and Vijay Thanigasalam in forwarding the below letter to the Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Justin Trudeau. I would like to share the letter with you.

I can assure you that your health, safety, and well-being are paramount to any other consideration and I will always defend your interest and your family. Together we will conquer this virus and make Scarborough Agincourt a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

 
Aris Babikian

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Stay – at – Home  Order Update

April 7, 2021

Dear Neighbour  

Our government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). These measures are being taken in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the threat on the province's hospital system capacity, and the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants.

Effective Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a province-wide Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise close to home and with the people you live with, or for work that cannot be done remotely. As Ontario’s health care capacity is threatened, the Stay-at-Home order, and other new and existing public health and workplace safety measures will work to preserve public health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations, allow for progress to be made with vaccinations and save lives.

Case rates, hospitalizations, and ICU occupancy are increasing rapidly, threatening to overwhelm the health care system:

  • The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the province have increased by 28.2% between the period of March 28 and April 5, 2021;
  • Between March 28 and April 5, 2021 Ontario has seen the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care escalate by 25%; and
  • Over the past week, the province’s positivity rate is 5.1%, well above the high-alert threshold of 2.5%, and as of April 6, 2021, there has been a total of 2,483 cases with one of the three variants of concern.

 

 

Additional Public Health Measures during the State of Emergency: 

Stay at home

As of April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., a stay-at-home order is in effect for all of Ontario.

This means you must stay at home. You should only go out for necessities, such as:

  • getting food, beverages or medication
  • going to medical appointments
  • getting vaccinated
  • supporting vulnerable community members
  • child care
  • attending school or a post-secondary institution
  • going to a bank
  • government services
  • getting outdoor exercise or walking pets
  • going to work, if you can’t do it remotely

Businesses must ensure that all employees work from home if they can.

Do not travel outside your region or the province unless absolutely necessary.

Gatherings

It is illegal to gather indoors with anyone you do not live with.

Limit close contact to only members of your household (the people you live with). If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.

You must stay at least two metres apart from everyone else and wear a mask or face covering during permitted events or social gatherings.

Gathering limits

All events and social gatherings:

  • Indoors: not allowed, except with members of your household (or one other household if you live alone)
  • Outside: 5 people

 

Religious, wedding and funeral services:

  • Indoors: 15% capacity of the room
  • Outside: the number of people that can keep two metres physical distance from each other
  • This does not apply to receptions, which have different capacity limits

Retail:

  • Effective April 8, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the majority of non-essential retailers must only operate for curbside pick-up and delivery between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., with delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm, and other restrictions.
  • Restricting access to shopping malls to limited specified purposes, including access for curbside pick-up and delivery, via appointment, with one single designated location inside the shopping mall, and any number of designated locations outside the shopping mall, along with other restrictions.
  • Restricting discount and big box stores in-person retail sales to grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items only;
  • Permitting select retail stores to open by appointment only and subject to a 25 per cent capacity limit and restricting allowable hours of operation to 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. with the delivery of goods to patrons permitted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., with additional public health and workplace safety measures.

Education:

  • Schools and child care will remain open for in-person care and learning in public health regions where it is permitted, with strict safety measures in place.
  • Beginning next week, education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs across the province, and all education workers in select hot spot areas, will be eligible to register for vaccination. Vaccinations will commence during the April break starting with priority neighborhoods in Toronto and Peel, then rolling out to priority neighborhoods in other hot spot regions, including York, Ottawa, Hamilton, Halton and Durham. This will be followed by a rollout across the province as supply allows.

 

Vaccinations:

  • As part of Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, people living in regions with the highest rates of transmissionwill be prioritized to receive a vaccine, starting with the most at-risk in the Peel and Toronto public health regions.
  • This initiative will be expanded to additional “hot spot” regions based on established patterns of transmission, severe illness, and mortality.
  • To support this expanded vaccination effort, mobile teams are being organized to administer vaccines in high-risk congregate settings, residential buildings, faith-based locations, and locations occupied by large employers in hot spot neighbourhoods to individuals aged 18 or over.
  • Pop-up clinics will also be set-up in highly impacted neighborhoods, including at faith-based locations and community centres in those hot spots, in collaboration with public health units and community organizations within those communities.
  • On Friday, April 9, 2021, individuals aged 50 or older in public health units with highly impacted neighbourhood, as identified by postal code, will be eligible to book their vaccine through the provincial booking system.

 

Workplace Inspections:

  • Health and safety inspectors and provincial offenses officers will increase inspections and enforcement at essential businesses in regional hot zones to continue protecting essential workers while on the job.

Rapid Testing:

  • Rapid testing continues to be deployed in workplaces for asymptomatic staff in key sectors such as manufacturing, warehousing, supply chain, mining, construction and food processing, and additional outreach will occur to employers in regions with the highest rates of transmission to increase access to testing.
  • Enrolling in the Provincial Antigen Screening Program will be streamlined to allow for quick access to these supports. 

 

 

 Stop the spread

You should always:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • stay two metres apart from people you don’t live with
  • wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces or any time physical distancing is not possible
  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • get tested if you think you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19covid 19 

 

 

Additional Links

COVID-19: enhanced public health and workplace safety measures

 

COVID-19 public health measures and advice

 

What is open and closed

 

Download the COVID Alert mobile app to protect yourself and your community

 

COVID-19 worker and employee screening

 

Local Public Health Unit locater

 

COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations

 

Guidance for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities during COVID-19 provincewide shutdown for persons with disabilities

 

How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

 

Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

 

COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario

 

COVID-19covid 19 (coronavirus) in Ontario

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Date April 4, 2021 

Happy Easter

 

"Happy Easter" to all my Friends in and around Scarborough-Agincourt. Wishing you all the love, happiness, and peace that Easter can bring. Celebrating the miracle of Easter, the beauty of God’s creation, and the blessing of our loved ones around us are the most precious gifts of all.

May the shining light of the dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre bless you and your family on this Holy Day.

 

The photo from my 2017 trip to Jerusalem

 

 

 

Provincewide Emergency Brake

The government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and will be in place for at least four weeks.

Ontario’s key indicators and latest modelling show that additional measures must be taken:

  • From March 26 to 28, 2021, provincial case rates have increased by 7.7 per cent to 101.1 cases per 100,000 people;

 

  • Current COVID-19 related ICU admissions are already over the peak of wave two and hospitals in regional hotspots will need to further ramp down scheduled surgeries;

 

  • COVID-19 related ICU admissions are projected to exceed 650 beds in a few weeks; and

 

  • These increases are being driven by COVID-19 variants, which are transmitted easily and result in a higher risk of death and hospitalization, including in younger populations.

 

 

Measures include:

 

  • Restricting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with) and limiting the capacity for outdoor events to a 5-person maximum. Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household;

 

  • Restricting in-person shopping in all retail settings, including a 50 per cent capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers’ markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies, and 25 per cent for all other retail including big box stores, along with other public health and workplace safety measures;

 

  • Prohibiting personal care services;

 

  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink;

 

  • establishments will be permitted to operate by take out, drive-through, and delivery only;

 

  • Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with very limited exceptions; and

 

  • Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15 per cent total occupancy indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services like receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.

 

Keeping schools open is critical to ensure the mental health and wellbeing of Ontario’s youth. During the emergency brake shutdown:

 

  • Schools will remain open for in-person learning with strict safety measures in place;
  • The spring break will continue as planned for the week of April 12;
  • In order to support working families, child care will remain open during the shutdown and child care settings will continue to adhere to stringent health and safety measures so that they remain safe places for children and staff.

 

 

Additional Information:

 

  • Our government’s top priority has always been protecting the health and safety of Ontarians.

 

  • Ontario, like many other provinces and jurisdictions around the world, is in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our government is taking immediate action required to turn the tide.

 

  • The COVID-19 Response Framework will pause once the emergency brake comes into effect.

 

  • The latest modelling data shows concerning public health trends that are being driven by COVID-19 variants, which are transmitted more easily and result in a higher risk of death and hospitalization, including in younger populations.

 

  • Our government is taking immediate action to stop the spread by enacting the provincewide emergency brake which puts into place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures to help stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19 variants in our communities, protect hospital capacity from being overwhelmed, and save lives.

 

  • These measures will be evaluated throughout the next four weeks to determine if it is safe to lift any restrictions or if they need to be extended.

 

  • As we continue to vaccinate more Ontarians, the end is in sight. But right now these necessary measures will help to stop the spread of variants in our communities, protect capacity in our health care system, and save lives.

 

 

Additional information links:

Emergency Brake 

Yesterday Ontario activated a province-wide "emergency brake" beginning at 12:01am tonight for the next 4 weeks. This difficult decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical experts across the province.
Learn more

 

 

What's Open/Closing?

The Province-wide shutdown will put in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures. For clarity the Ontario government has put together a list of what will remain open, and what will be required to close starting tonight at 12:01am.
Learn more

 

Small Business Support

To help support small businesses and non-profits during these unprecedented times, the application deadline has been extended until April 7th for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. As part of the 2021 Ontario Budget, the government committed to providing additional support grants. If you've already received the first payment, you do not need to apply again.
Apply now

 

 

Supporting Families

Ontario is providing a third round of support payments to parents. The Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit has been doubled to $400 per child/youth up to grade 12 and $500 per child/youth with special needs up to age 21. If you received the 'Support for Learners' payment you'll receive this payment automatically after April 26th. If you missed out on previous supports you can apply for this new payment starting May 3rd.
Learn more

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

VACCINATION UPDATE

MARCH 26, 2021

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and several health and community partners have come together to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine across Scarborough. Thy are planning to do this through various community clinic sites, as well as through our mobile teams.

 

We are pleased to be keeping our community safe and healthy through our Scarborough COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.

Eligibility for vaccines

All parts of the vaccination program depend on vaccine supply and direction from the Ontario government. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed a prioritization framework which indicates who is eligible to receive a vaccine. View full details on the Ministry's prioritization framework, including role definitions for Highest Priority, Very High Priority, High Priority, and Moderate Priority. We have adapted our SHN prioritization document to clarify how the Ministry's framework applies to our community.

Who we are CURRENTLY vaccinating

PLEASE NOTE: We are vaccinating those who live in Scarborough, OR work at a health care facility in Scarborough, OR receive care from a primary care physician or specialist in Scarborough.

We invite the following groups to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated for their first dose through our booking tool:

  • Adults from Scarborough who are or will be 70 years of age and older this year (born in 1951 or earlier)
  • All Indigenous adults
  • Eligible health care workers, in accordance with the Ministry of Health's guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization, who work at a health care facility in Scarborough
  • Adult chronic home care clients from Scarborough
  • Faith leaders from Scarborough who are at higher risk of exposures (e.g. end of life care, care of deceased, home visits, care in health care and vulnerable settings)
  • Adults with a chronic health condition who are or will be 50 years of age and older this year (born in 1971 or earlier), AND who live in Scarborough or are receiving care from a primary care physician or specialist in Scarborough
    This includes the following health condition levels:
  • Highest riskorgan or stem cell transplant recipients; neurological disorders where respiratory function is compromised, hematological malignancies, or an eGFR less than 30
  • High risk: obesity, immunosuppressed, and those with intellectual or developmental disabilities
  • At-riskimmune deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, stroke, cerebrovascular disease, dementia, diabetes, liver disease, all cancers, spleen problems, respiratory disease, heart disease, hypertension mental illness disorder, substance use disorder, thalassemia, pregnancy immunocompromising health conditions, or any other disability requiring community support
  • IMPORTANT: Patients with a chronic health condition will need to bring a doctor’s note or any medication related to their health condition. Patients who do not live in Scarborough, but receive care from a Scarborough-based primary care physician or specialist, will need to identify the name of their physician and bring their medications or pharmacy medication list that confirms who their physician is.

Booking a vaccination appointment at our clinic

If you are part of one of the priority groups listed above AND you are a resident of Scarborough or work at a health care facility in Scarborough or receive care from a primary care physician or specialist in Scarborough, you are eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment at one of our clinic locations.

Should you prefer to register via telephone, 
please call 1-888-385-1910.

 

 

- No walk ins permitted.
- Only book an appointment for your first dose of the vaccine. An appointment to receive your second dose will be scheduled for you by clinic staff when you come for your first dose.
- Please consult your primary care provider before booking an appointment.
- Do not schedule your appointment if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have answered 'yes' to any questions on the COVID-19 Screening.

 

 

  Other booking options:

  There are several appointment booking processes in place in Ontario. Please see below for information about other options that are available to you. If eligible, we encourage you to book the appointment that is soonest available to you at any one of the options listed below.

  We ask that you not to make multiple appointments or access the system if not yet eligible, 

to ensure we can deliver vaccines in the most efficient and effective way.

 

Clinic Locations

Please book an appointment using button above. No walk ins permitted.


More information

 

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment.
  • If you intend on coming with a visitor who does not have an appointment, please ask them to remain in the vehicle until your appointment is complete.
  • You may bring a support person if required for accessibility, medical reasons or help with interpretation.
  • Accessibility and interpretation services are available on-site, please inform ask a staff member if required.
  • When you arrive, please clean your hands, keep mask on and practice physical distancing.
  • When you register, please present your health card or other government-issued ID if you have one.
  • Second doses of vaccines provided at the Scarborough COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics will be given 16 weeks after the first dose, in accordance with provincial direction.
  • The Ontario Provincial Government is following recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to extend the time between doses of the three two-dose vaccines currently approved by Health Canada (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD) to 16 weeks.
  • The purpose of the extension is to increase the number of individuals benefiting from the protection of a first dose of the vaccine while we wait for supply to increase.
  • The following groups will not have their intervals extended:
    • Residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and Assisted Living facilities who are at the greatest risk of both exposure to COVID-19 and serious illness and death; and
    • Remote and isolated First Nation communities (currently supported by Operation Remote Immunity) given the potential seriousness of COVID 19 infection in these communities with limited available health care facilities and resources. Further discussion on dosage intervals for administering to the Indigenous population beyond Operation Remote Immunity will occur.
  • Those who already have a second dose booked will have their appointment rescheduled.
  • If you have already received your first dose, please do not schedule an additional appointment through this registration system. A second dose appointment will be booked for you at the clinic after receiving your first dose. If you book another first dose appointment through this portal, you will not be permitted to receive an additional vaccine upon arrival at the clinic.

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Ontario's 2021 Budget

March 24, 2021

Dear Friends,

This afternoon the Ontario Government tabled the 2021-2022 Budget in the legislature. And I wanted you to be the first to know what we’re doing to support the people of Ontario.

Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Protecting Jobs builds on the government’s record spending in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, bringing total investments to $51 billion.

 

You can read the full budget document online at budget.ontario.ca/2021/ but here are five things you need to know about the Ontario Budget:

 

The Ontario Government continues to take every necessary action to stop the spread of COVID-19, including investing $16.3 billion to help defeat the virus, fix decades of neglect and underinvestment in long-term care, and care for people and communities while strengthening our public healthcare system for future generations.

We’re making it safer to re-engage in workplaces, businesses, and communities with $2.3 billion for testing and contract tracing.

To protect front-line heroes and vulnerable people, we’re investing $1.4 billion for personal protective equipment, including more than 315 million masks and more than 1.2 billion gloves.

And to ensure the province’s hospitals can continue to deliver world-class public healthcare, we are investing an additional $5.1 billion in the hospital sector, including $1.8 billion to address the surgical backlog. In addition, we’re investing $30.2 billion over ten years to build and renew hospital infrastructure and end hallway healthcare.

 

 

 

The people and job-creators of Ontario have sacrificed so much to protect each other from COVID-19, even when it has impacted their livelihoods. Ontario recognizes their sacrifices and is taking additional steps to provide direct supports to families, workers, and employers and to protect jobs.

To help workers recover from the impacts of COVID-19, upskill and develop the in-demand skills needed for the future, we’re launching a new Jobs Training Tax Credit. It would provide up to $2,000 per person towards eligible expenses including training programs, tuition, and certification exams.

We’re also investing $614.3 million for employment and training supports to assist those who are facing the highest rates of unemployment such as women, racialized communities, and youth.

 

 

The pandemic further exposed long-standing challenges in the long-term care system. Residents, caregivers, and staff deserve better. That’s why we’re investing $2 billion to protect long-term care homes.

We’re moving quickly to increase long-term care capacity and access with an additional $933 million. Approvals of new and upgraded long-term care beds to date represent more than two thirds of the government’s commitment to build 30,000 new beds by 2028.

I’m incredibly proud of our announcement in this budget of a $4.9 billion investment to support our government’s commitment to increase the average daily direct care for long-term care residents from 2.75 hours to 4 hours by 2024 – a nation-leading promise to provide the best care in Canada.

 

 

Families have faced exceptional challenges as the pandemic has impacted the job market and disrupted the way we work. Students of all ages have had to adapt to new ways of learning, while parents have faced the challenge of balancing work and childcare under extraordinary circumstances.

To support families, our government is providing a third round of payments to parents through the Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit, totaling $1.8 billion since last March. The payment will be doubled to $400 per child and $500 for each child with special needs.

We’re also proposing a 20% enhancement to the CARE Tax Credit, which would provide an up to 90% tax credit on eligible childcare expenses for 300,000 families in Ontario.

 

 

The approval of COVID-19 vaccines is a significant step forward in putting the pandemic behind us. Team Ontario is mobilized to get vaccines into arms as quickly as they become available.

To vaccinate every person in the province who wants to be vaccinated, Ontario has made more than $1 billion available for a province-wide vaccination plan. Including $3.7 million to provide safe, accessible transportation for people with disabilities and older adults with limited mobility to their vaccination appointments.

I believe in the resilience of Scarborough Agincourt and of Ontarians. Together we can defeat the virus and pave the way to economic recovery and prosperity.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, and your government remains focused on protecting your health and our economy. We all need to continue to do our part by following public health advice and being kind to our neighbours.

Stay safe, we are almost there!

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Update 21 March. 2021

Public Safety Alert

Dear Neighbour and friend,

The 42 Division brought to my attention an increase of vehicle thefts that are occurring in Scarborough Agincourt and northern Scarborough. This is quite disturbing. 

Therefore, I would like to share with you a Public Safety Alert from 42 Division on recent increases in vehicle thefts - targeting Lexus RX350 and Toyota Highlanders. 

All 42 Division subunits are combating to stop these auto thefts, but they need the public’s assistance in being vigilant, protecting their vehicles and reporting any suspicious activities to police immediately.

Below you will find the 42 Division Alert and some tips to protect yourself.  

Please do not hesitate to contact my office for help. 

 

 

 

 

 

VACCINATION

With over 50% of Ontarians aged 80+ having received their first dose of the vaccine, the government is expanding appointments ahead of schedule through its online booking system to individuals aged 75+, effective Monday March 22, 2021.

For residents of Scarborough Agincourt, to book a vaccine appointment please visit the link below.

or call 

1-888-999-6488

You can also book your vaccination appointment at the below Pharmacies DIRECTLY



 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Update 10 March. 2021

Get a COVID-19 vaccine at a pharmacy

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-covid-19-vaccine

What you need to know before, during and after a COVID-19covid 19 vaccination at a pharmacy.

Pharmacy pilot

Starting March 10, 2021, select pharmacies in Kingston, Toronto and Windsor are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people between the ages of 60 and 64, as part of Ontario’s pharmacy pilot.

You must have an appointment to get vaccinated at a participating pharmacy. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Who can get vaccinated at a pharmacy

You may be eligible to book an appointment to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine at a participating pharmacy if you:

  • were born between 1957 and 1961 (60 to 64 years old)
  • have a valid Ontario health (OHIP) card, or other form of valid government-issued identification

Participation in the pharmacy pilot program is voluntary. You are encouraged to speak with your health care provider to determine if the AstraZeneca vaccine is right for you before booking an appointment. You should discuss:

  • vaccine options
  • information about efficacy
  • the timing of future vaccine options

Your primary care provider may also be able to vaccinate you.

 

Other eligible groups

At this time, vaccinations at participating pharmacies are only for people aged 60 to 64.

Other groups may be eligible for vaccination as part of Phase One of Ontario’s vaccine distribution plan through their:

  • residence or care provider
  • workplace (for example, hospital or other health care setting)

Check if you are eligible.

What to bring with you

  • your Ontario health (OHIP) card
  • face covering or mask (wear one at all times)
  • assistive or accessibility devices, if you need them
  • snacks (if you must eat every so often for medical reasons)

If you do not have a valid Ontario health card

If you do not have an Ontario health card, you may still get the COVID-19covid 19 vaccine using a different type of government-issued identification.

Other forms of identification may include a:

  • birth certificate
  • First Nations ID
  • passport
  • MRN (medical record number)
  • driver’s license
  • out of province ID

 

 

 

At the pharmacy

The pharmacist will tell you about the process before the COVID-19covid 19 vaccination begins and answer any other questions you may have.

The pharmacist will also ask you to consent to:

Providing your sociodemographic data is voluntary. You will be able to receive the vaccine whether you provide the information or not.

How long the process takes

Getting the shot should only take about 5 minutes.

After the pharmacist administers the vaccine, you will be asked to wait for 15 minutes to make sure you are feeling well.

You may be asked to wait longer if the pharmacist is concerned about a possible vaccine allergy.

Vaccination receipt

After you get the shot, pharmacy staff will give you a written or electronic receipt to:

  • confirm you received the vaccine
  • provide instructions for scheduling your second dose

You must keep this receipt and bring it to your appointment for the second dose of the vaccine.

Follow public health measures

  • Wear a face covering or mask
  • Keep at least 2 metres away from people you do not live with
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often

 

Bringing people with you

If possible, please avoid bringing people with you if they do not have an appointment.

If you need someone with you, ask the pharmacy ahead of time to confirm if this is possible.

After your appointment

After the first dose, the pharmacist will provide you with instructions on scheduling an appointment to return to the same pharmacy to get your second dose.

Your pharmacist will help make sure you get the second dose at the right time.

You must bring your receipt from the first dose to your second appointment.

Changing, cancelling or missing appointments

To reschedule or cancel an appointment, contact the pharmacy where you booked your appointment directly.

 

 

 

Pharmacy Vaccine Locations

Pharmacy pilot

Starting Wednesday, March 10, 2021, select pharmacies in Scarborough-Agincourt are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for people born between 1957 and 1961 (age 60 to 64) as part of Ontario’s pharmacy pilot.

Before you book

You must:

  • have a valid Ontario health (OHIP) card, or other form of valid government-issued identification

Appointment and location details

Appointment only.

 

Call to make an appointment (See below):

 

Rexall

3607 Sheppard Avenue East

Scarborough, ON

M1T 3K8

Hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Phone number: 416-291-0402

Website: www.rexall.ca

 

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Village Square Pharmacy

2942 Finch Avenue East

Scarborough, ON

M1W 2T4

Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Phone number: 416-492-4167

Website:

www.guardian-ida-pharmacies.ca/en/ontario/scarborough/village-square-pharmacy-7005106

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

2330 Kennedy Rd.

Scarborough , ON

M1T 3H1

Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight)

Phone number: 416-299-3532

Website: www.shoppersdrugmart.ca/covid19

 

Loblaw

681 Silver Star Boulevard

Scarborough , ON

M1V 5N1

Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone number: 416-292-3656

Website: www.nofrills.ca/covid19

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

2901 Sheppard Ave. East

Scarborough , ON

M1T 3J3

Hours: Monday - Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Phone number: 416-491-4444

Website: www.shoppersdrugmart.ca/covid19

 

Walmart

3850 Sheppard Avenue East

Scarborough , ON

M1T 3L4

Hours: Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Phone number: 416-293-2429

Website: www.walmart.ca

 

Victoria Commons Pharmacy

2555 Victoria Park Ave, Unit 6

Scarborough, ON

M1T 1A3

Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Phone number: 416-551-7237

Website: viccomhealth.com

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Update 08 March. 2021

 

As supplies gradually begin to stabilize, the government continues to offer first doses of COVID-19 vaccines to residents in long-term care, high-risk retirement, and First Nations elder care homes. However, the news that Health Canada has approved the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is very encouraging. The province's decisions on who will get the AstraZeneca vaccine will be based on guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). 

We are ready to administer the COVID-19 vaccine and expand vaccination sites as doses are received from the federal government. We will be expanding the number of sites where Phase Two populations can receive a vaccine:

  • Starting March 15th, the province will launch an online booking system and a provincial customer service desk to answer questions and support appointment bookings at mass immunization clinics. This will initially support individuals over the age of 80 as part of Phase One, eventually extending to more groups during Phase Two.
  • Phase two vaccination sites will include: municipally run vaccination sites, hospital sites, mobile vaccination sites, pharmacies, clinics, primary care settings, and community locations such as community health centres and aboriginal health access centres. A pilot for pharmacy vaccine administration is planned for mid-March in select regions, including Toronto,
  • We will have a baseline capacity to vaccinate nearly 40,000 people a day in the coming weeks, and we have the ability to triple or quadruple this capacity with notice.

Phase One of Ontario's vaccination rollout is well underway. Over 80 per cent of long-term care residents are fully immunized and public health units are working with homes to vaccinate staff and essential caregivers as a priority. By focusing early vaccination efforts on long-term care residents, combined with public health measures, Ontario has notably rapidly reduced infections and the daily death rates in long-term care homes.

With vaccine supply stabilizing and over two million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine expected from the federal government before the end of March, the province to enter Phase Two of its vaccine rollout. Between April 2021 and July 2021, up to nine million Ontarians will be vaccinated.

During Phase Two, groups that will receive the vaccine include:

  • Older adults between 60-79 years of age;
  • Individuals with specific health conditions and some primary caregivers;
  • People who live and work in congregate settings and some primary caregivers;
  • People who live in hot spots with high rates of death, hospitalizations and transmission; and,
  • Certain workers who cannot work from home.

Other important information:

  • An on-line portal will be available for bookings by March 15, 2021 (except for bookings in pharmacies – see below for details);
  • You will NOT need an OHIP card to get a vaccine. If you do not have one, please take a driver’s license or passport with you for your appointment;
  • You are encouraged to arrive for your appointment 10 – 15 minutes ahead of time. Please do not arrive an hour or two ahead of time as you may have to stand in line for your time slot. If you have an appointment, you will get a vaccine;
  • Please do not leave your health unit and travel to another area. All health units will be given enough doses for everyone;
  • Please do not try to book an appointment yet if you are not in phase 1 or 2.

Options to receive a vaccine:

  1. Hospitals including Scarborough Health Network.
  2. Mobile Unite
  3. Pharmacies. They will have their own booking system so contact your local pharmacy directly and do not use the provincial system for booking at a pharmacy;
  4. Your Family Doctor;

Quick Facts:

  • Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan is happening in three phases.
  • This phased approach is based on expert advice of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force and is aligned with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
  • Each public health unit is responsible for implementing a local vaccine plan in keeping with Ontario’s Ethical Framework and guidance provided on the phases of Ontario’s vaccination program.
  • How that plan is implemented and the specific mix of vaccination approaches will look a little different across the 34 public health units to reflect local needs, populations, and capacity.
  • Ontario is leading the country in the total number of vaccines administered and has fully immunized more individuals than all provinces and territories combined.

Last updated on March 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

For full vaccination, the vaccines approved for use require 2 doses, administered a few weeks apart.

  • Daily doses administered:   21,882
  • Total doses administered: 912,486
  • People fully vaccinated: 273,676

 

Scarborough Vaccination

 

 

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

 

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Update 22 Jan. 2021

Major Victory for residents of Scarborough Agincourt

Scarborough Agincourt, Jan. 21- It is with great pleasure that I inform you that our combined efforts and advocacy with the residents of Scarborough Agincourt has paid off.

The High Tea Scarborough application for a cannabis store at Splendid China Mall has been withdrawn. There is no further application for that location. This success was due to the collaboration of our office with the following: The Heathwood Ratepayers Association, Businesses and the management of the Mall, and our Valued Community Members. 

The letter writing campaign, petitions, text messages, and phone calls culminated in the removal of the application. On December 12, 2020, MPP Babikian made a submission to The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) raising his strong objection to the High Tea Scarborough Application and urging AGCO to reject the application.

In his letter to AGCO, MPP Babikian stated “As the MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt and a resident of this riding, I am writing to you to raise my strongest objection to High Tea Scarborough application…The location of this store in a mall is quite disturbing and diametrically conflicts with the letter and spirit of the Act. Malls are places where families visit and spend time with their children. Furthermore, large numbers of both youth and children gather with their peers to meet and have fun at this location. By licensing this location, we will be jeopardising the safety and health of families and youths.”

“Furthermore, I feel licensing at this location will not be protecting youth. Such locations will provide an opportunity to other illegal activities to flourish and become menace to our society.”

Babikian goes on by saying: “As elected and appointed officials, we are entrusted with the well-being of the public. We have the moral obligation to safeguard our society and make sure that future generations have the opportunity to fulfil their potentials in a virtuous environment.” The Scarborough Agincourt MPP concluded his letter by pleading to AGCO “…to reject Application #1059238 and prevent future tragedies to our families, residents, and business.”

MPP Babikian wrote a similar letter to oppose the Green Bud cannabis store application on 63 Silver S. tar Blvd. No decision has been made. The application is still in progress.

“I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to Denis Lanoue (Heathwood Ratepayers Association), Terrance Ma (Splendid China Mall), the tenants of Splendid China Mall, and Scarborough Agincourt residents for their vigilance and exercising their democratic and civil rights to uphold our values and traditions,” stated MPP Babikian.  

MPP Babikian is pledging to Scarborough Agincourt residents that he will oppose any cannabis store application anywhere in the Scarborough Agincourt region.

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Contact: Anita Chow

 

To help small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown and tightened restrictions, the Ontario government has opened applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The Grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses.

Visit the special portal created @ https://agincourtsupports.ca/ to help small business apply for the grant in addition to many other provincial and federal programs dedicated to help small business.

While we still have a lot of work ahead of us, we can all look confidently to the future as we find the resolve to do our parts and put COVID-19 behind us. The COVID – 19 challenge is the most serious challenge our generation and many preceding generations have faced.

We will be able to overcome this menacing disease and defeat it together.

https://agincourtsupports.ca/

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

 

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON
M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Dear Neighbour, 

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, declared a second provincial State of Emergency.

Provincial modelling shows that growth in COVID-19 cases has accelerated, leading to increased hospitalization rates and ICU occupancy. Click here to access the latest models from Ontario's Science Table.

To help answer your questions on the State of Emergency and the new Stay-at-Home orders, we've put together a list of the most common questions we've been asked so far.  To learn more about the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit which provides up to 10 paid sick days for workers without paid sick leave through their employer, click here.

We've also receive a lot of questions about the supply of the COVID-19 vaccine. By January 31st, the government of Canada will receive 1.2 million doses, which is enough to vaccinate 600,000 Canadians.

 
As of  January 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m, Ontario administrated:
 
14,460 Daily doses administered
189,090 Total doses administered
19,333 Total vaccinations completed
 
Additional deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine happen weekly with Moderna vaccine deliveries taking place every three weeks. Though we know the frequency, we do not have a firm guarantee on the number of doses in each delivery. Click here to read today's vaccination update.
 
As the supply of vaccines increases (Canada will receive another 4 million doses between February and the end of March), we will continue to roll-out the vaccine based on Ontario's three phase plan outlined below. In the mean time, by staying home as much as possible we can protect both ourselves and the ones we love.

 

Aris

 

 

Update on Tendercare Living Centre long-term care home

As of Jan. 15, there were no new resident COVID-19 cases and no new staff cases at the long-term care home. There are six (6) active resident cases in the home and 104 resolved cases, indicating that it has been 10 days since their lab test confirming COVID-19 and the resident is no longer showing COVID-19 symptoms.

The Centre welcomed back 48 staff who returned to work at the home. Tendercare long-term care home is moving steadily toward resolving the outbreak. The vaccination of the staff and residents have already been completed. 102 residents and 113 staff have been vaccinated.

In the last day, two (2) residents have passed away from COVID-19-related causes.

I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and the loved ones of the victims of this devastating disease.  

I am grateful for the all work and support that the teams from the Local Public Health Unit, the Local Health Integration Network, Scarborough Health Network, North York General Hospital, doctors, nurses, PSW and others are providing and have provided to the home.

Getting the Vaccine

Ontario’s vaccination plan provides vaccines, as recommended by the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force in alignment with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). The NACI provides the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with independent, ongoing medical, scientific, and public health advice. We are nearly 2 months in to the roll out of our three-phased vaccine distribution plan.

Phase 1

Started: December 15, 2020

Vaccinations will be available to: health care workers (in hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes), essential caregivers, long-term care and retirement home residents and urban Indigenous populations. Learn more

 

Phase 2
Starting: Later this winter when more doses become available to Ontario.

Vaccinations will be expanded to: all members in phase 1; additional congregate care settings (for example, shelters); adults over 70 in expanded regions and other priority populations, based on available vaccine supply. Learn more

Phase 3

Starting: When vaccines are available for everyone who wants to be immunized.

Vaccines will not be mandatory. The ethical framework, data and available vaccine supply will be used to prioritize groups in this phase. Learn more

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State of Emergency

Provincial State of Emergency

Provincial Emergency

 

On January 12, 2021, the Ontario government declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). The state of emergency will remain in place for at least 28 days.
 

 

What's Open/Closing?

What's Open/Closed?

Ontario's State of Emergency will put in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures. Discount retailers and big box stores that sell groceries (Walmart and Costco) must ensure shoppers maintain physical distancing and are limited to 25 percent capacity. To ensure compliance, the Ministry of Labour is launching an inspection blitz of big box stores across the province.This declaration and its associated orders, are in place for the next 28 days. 

 

Play it Safe: Stay at Home

Stay-at-Home Order

 

A Stay-at-Home order has been issued effective 12:01am on January 14, 2021. The goal of this order is to limit people's mobility and reduce the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 
 

 

Sept17-20_Reopening Schools

Back to School

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), schools in Hamilton, Peel, Toronto, York and Windsor-Essex will not reopen until February 10th. As recommended by Special Education experts, the most vulnerable children, who cannot participate in remote learning, have remained in class. The CMOH will advise the Ministry of Education by January 20th whether schools in Halton will reopen as scheduled on January 25th.  

 

Do you have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.

Get the COVID Alert App

Get the COVID Alert App

Be notified if someone you’ve come in contact with later tests positive. COVID Alert is a partnership between the Ontario and federal government. The App was developed by the province's Ontario Digital Service team and volunteers from Shopify and Blackberry. It uses Bluetooth and doesn’t collect any personal data. Learn more
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COVID-19 Testing

 

Scarborough Health Notwork offers COVID-19 testing by appointment only. Testing is recommended for people who are experiencing symptoms or who meet provincial criteria. The Assessment Centre is located at our Birchmount Hospital @ 3030 Birchmount Rd. 
The Testing is an important part of reducing the spread of COVID-19.
 
 

I've been laid off. What now?

If you've been laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for either Employment Insurance (EI) or the the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB). The CRB pays $500 per week for up to 26 weeks. Please note that you can apply to one of these two support programs (at the same time), not both.

ScienceTable

COVID-19 Modelling

Since the start of the Province-wide Shutdown on December 26th, the latest modelling trends in key public health indicators have continued to worsen. To inform Ontario's response to the pandemic the COVID-19 Science Advisory Table's scientific experts and health system leaders regularly evaluate and report on emerging evidence.
Read the report

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON

M1S 1S6

[email protected]

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

The Provincewide Shutdown

Dec. 25, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a Provincewide Shutdown.

The Provincewide Shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, December 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

The Shutdown would put in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures similar to those in other jurisdictions. It would help stop the trend of high COVID-19 transmission in communities, preserve health system capacity, safeguard vulnerable populations and those who care for them, and save lives.

Additional restrictions will minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

The government is also providing $12.5 million to implement a High Priority Communities Strategy to contain the virus in high-risk communities. Additional funding of $42 million will also be available to establish isolation centres. 

The province will work with our local municipal partners to establish new isolation centres to help those who may need to isolate following testing.

 

New School Protocols

While transmission in schools remains low, all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary schools are to move to teacher-led remote learning when students return from the winter break on January 4, 2021. This action is being taken in support of the Government's broader efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For schools in all other Public Health Unit regions, elementary school students are planned to be able to return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021, and secondary school students will continue learning remotely until January 25, 2021, at which point they may resume in-person learning.

During this period, child care centres, authorized recreational and skill building programs and home-based child care services will remain open. 

I will provide additional details in my next newsletter.

 

The New Ontario Small Business Support Grant

The government recognizes that small businesses impacted by these necessary public health measures will require additional support so they can continue serving their communities and employing people in Ontario once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. That is why the government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to eligible small business owners to help navigate this challenging period.

I will provide additional details in my next newsletter.

Aris

 

FOR Organized Public Events and Social Gatherings (including Religious Services, Rites or Ceremonies), Schools, Child Care, Post -Secondary Institutions AND Businesses Permitted to Open and Sector Specific Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures, VISIT:

 

 

Do you have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.

 

 

Get the COVID Alert App

Get the COVID Alert App

Be notified if someone you’ve come in contact with later tests positive. COVID Alert is a partnership between the Ontario and federal government. The App was developed by the province's Ontario Digital Service team and volunteers from Shopify and Blackberry. It uses Bluetooth and doesn’t collect any personal data. Learn more

 

COVID-19 Resources

I've been laid off. What now?

If you've been laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for either Employment Insurance (EI) or the the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB). The CRB pays $500 per week for up to 26 weeks. Please note that you can apply to one of these two support programs (at the same time), not both.

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

Although this year has been difficult and our celebrations will look different, I hope you get time to observe the season with loved ones living in your household.

From my family to yours, I hope you relish this time of peace, love, and joy.

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

 

During these challenging times, businesses in Toronto can apply for temporary property tax and energy cost rebates. For additional details, visit:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/businesses-get-help-covid-19-costs


Lockdown – grey

Proposed measures for lockdown (grey) are included below.

 

Organized public events, social gatherings and religious services, rites and ceremonies

  • No indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household
  • Limit for outdoor organized public events and social gatherings, physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Limit for weddings, funerals and other religious services, rites or ceremonies where physical distancing can be maintained:
    • 10 people indoors
    • 10 people outdoors
  • Virtual and drive-in gatherings, events services, rites or ceremonies permitted

Restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments

  • Indoor and outdoor service prohibited
  • Take out, drive through and delivery permitted, including sale of alcohol

Sports and recreational fitness facilities

  • Closed for indoor and outdoor except for high performance and professional athletes
  • Community centres and multi-purpose facilities (for example, YMCA) allowed to be open for permitted activities such as child care services

Meeting and event spaces

  • Closed with limited exceptions for:
    • day camps for children
    • recreational and skill building programs under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
    • alcohol or substance abuse counselling
    • court services
    • government services
    • mental health support services

Retail

  • Retail permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted)
  • Exceptions where in-person shopping is permitted:
    • supermarkets, grocery stores and convenience stores
    • hardware stores
    • other retailers selling groceries
    • beer and wine and liquor stores
    • pharmacies and safety supply stores
  • 50% capacity limits in retail outlets permitted to open for in-person shopping
  • Motor vehicle sales permitted to be open for in-person shopping by appointment only and other safety restrictions
  • Garden centres, plant nurseries permitted for curbside pick-up or delivery; indoor by appointment only
  • Outdoor markets permitted
  • Malls open, with:
    • retail outlets in malls permitted to be open for pick-up or delivery only (in-person retail shopping not permitted)
    • full access to businesses and organizations permitted to be open (for example, pharmacy, dentist)
    • food court open for take-away only
  • Requirement to maintain 2 metres while standing in line and flow management

Personal care services

  • Closed

Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments

  • Closed

Cinemas

  • Closed, except for:
    • drive-in cinemas
    • rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event

Performing arts facilities

  • Closed to spectators
  • Rehearsal or performing a recorded or broadcasted event permitted
  • Performers and employees must maintain 2 metre physical distance except for purposes of the performance
  • Singers and players of brass or wind instruments must be separated from any other performers by plexiglass or other impermeable barrier
  • Drive-in performances permitted

Amusement parks, water parks

  • Closed

Bathhouses and sex clubs

  • Closed

Boarding kennels and stables

  • Permitted to open for animal’s owner to visit the animal, assist in the care or feeding of the animal or, as applicable, ride the animal

Campgrounds

  • Campsites must be made available only for trailers and recreational vehicles that are used by individuals who are in need of housing, or are permitted to be there by the terms of a full season contract
  • Only campsites with electricity, water service and facilities for sewage disposal may be provided for use
  • All recreational facilities in the campground and all other shared facilities in the campground, other than washrooms and showers, must be closed
  • Short-term campground rentals that were reserved on or before November 22, 2020 are permitted; no new reservations after November 22, 2020 permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing

Cannabis

  • Permitted by curb-side pick-up and delivery

Driving instruction

  • In-person driving instruction not permitted
  • Virtual permitted

Household services

  • Domestic and cleaning and maintenance services permitted, including:
    • housekeepers, cooks, maids and butlers
    • personal affairs management
    • nanny services and babysitters
    • other domestic personnel
    • house cleaning
    • indoor or outdoor painting
    • pool cleaning
    • general repairs
  • Outdoor cleaning and maintenance services permitted

Horse racing

  • Training only, no races
  • No spectators

Hotels, motels

  • Permitted to operate except for any pools, fitness centres, meeting rooms and other recreational facilities that may be part of the operations of these businesses

Libraries

  • Open for curbside, delivery and pick-up
  • Patrons permitted to enter libraries for contactless drop-off and pick-up, and to access computers, photocopiers, or similar services
  • May open for permitted services (for example, child care services, AA meetings)
  • No classes

Marinas, boating clubs, golf courses and driving ranges

  • Marinas and boating clubs permitted to operate for fuel supply, watercraft repair and servicing, watercraft docking and watercraft launching services for essential purposes
  • Clubhouses, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, fitness centres or other recreational facilities on the premises closed to the public, with limited exceptions
  • Golf courses and driving ranges:
    • Outdoors permitted
    • Indoors closed
  • Indoor shooting ranges closed

Media industries

  • Film and television production, including all supporting activities such as hair, makeup and wardrobe, are permitted to open if they meet the following conditions:
    • No studio audiences may be permitted to be on the film or television set
    • The set must be configured and operated in such a way as to enable persons on the set to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons, except where necessary for the filming of the film or television production
    • Persons who provide hair or makeup services must wear appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Film and television post-production, visual effects and animation studios are permitted
  • Book and periodical production, publishing and distribution businesses are permitted
  • Interactive digital media businesses, including computer system software or application developers and publishers, and video game developers and publishers are permitted

Motorsports

  • Closed

Museums and other cultural amenities (for example, art galleries, science centres)

  • Closed

Nightclubs

  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a restaurant, bar, or other food and drink establishment (take-out, drive-through and delivery service only)

Personal services

  • In-person personal services not permitted, including:
    • personal shoppers
    • party and wedding planners
    • personal organizer services
    • personal physical fitness or sports trainers
    • house sitters

Photography studios and services

  • Closed

Real estate agencies

  • Permitted to operate; property showings by appointment only

Short-term rentals

  • Existing reservations as of November 22, 2020 honoured regardless of when the rental occurs
  • No new reservations after November 22, 2020 permitted, except for individuals who are in need of housing
  • This does not apply to hotels, motels, lodges, resorts and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences

Strip clubs

  • Only permitted to open if they operate as a restaurant, bar, or other food and drink establishment (take-out, drive-through and delivery service only)

Tour and guide services

  • Closed

Animal services

  • Services that are permitted include:
    • Veterinary services and other businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters and research facilities
    • Businesses that provide services for the training and provision of service animals
    • Businesses that provide pet services, including pet grooming services, pet sitting services, pet walking services and pet training services

Zoos and aquariums

  • Closed to the public
  • Drive-through events permitted
  • Permitted to operate for the care of animals

 

 

 

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: [email protected]


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca


 

Ontario Budget 2020: 

Protect, Support, Recover

 
Dear Neighbour, 

Today, Minister Philips announced the 2020 Ontario Budget. This Budget will build on Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, which was updated in the summer to make available a projected $30B in response to the global pandemic. More importantly, it will make available every necessary resource to continue to protect people's health going forward, and it will expand the support our government has provided to those still facing financial hardship due to the pandemic, including families, workers, vulnerable people, seniors, and employers. 

The 2020 Budget will consist of three pillars - Protect, Support, and Recover. Highlights of what the Budget will facilitate if passed by the legislature are included below:


Protect

  • We will increase average Direct Daily Care from a nurse or Personal Support Worker in Long Term Care Homes to 4 hours a day over the next 4 years. 
  • We will continue to implement the largest flu immunization program in Ontario's history by purchasing 5.1 million doses of the vaccine - the highest amount ever purchased. 
  • We will strengthen infection prevention and control across hospitals and Long Term Care Homes with an investment of $60 million. An additional $540 million in new funding will protect residents, caregivers, and staff in LTC Homes from future surges, including $405 million to help homes continue prevention and containment through enhanced screening, staffing supports, and purchasing additional supplies and PPE. 
  • We will accelerate efforts to reduce surgical backlogs while ensuring hospitals have the capacity to manage COVID-19 and the annual flu season by investing $283.7 million to address the backlog and enable over 60,000 surgeries.
  • We will hire 98 more Occupational Health and Safety Inspectors - a 24% increase - to help ensure workplaces across Ontario are doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With these new hires, Ontario will have more active inspectors than at any time in its history. 
  • We will fast track the development of four new Long Term Care Homes in Mississauga, Ajax, and Toronto to create 1280 LTC beds by the end of 2021, as part of the Accelerated Build Pilot Program, which supports the government's plan to create new LTC beds across the province. 

Support - For People

  • Another round of funding to parents, $200 per child up to age 12, and $250 for children and youth with special needs up to age 21 will be delivered through the Support for Learners Initiative.
  • A Seniors' Home Safety Tax Credit is proposed for the 2020-2021 tax year, with a 25% credit on eligible renovations up to $10,000 so Seniors can stay in their homes longer. Seniors would be eligible regardless of whether they owe income tax for 2021. Family members who have seniors living with them would also be eligible.
  • We will make substantial investments of $13 billion in capital grants over 10 years to build new schools and renew existing schools across Ontario to ensure that students have safe and modern environments to learn and thrive. 
  • We will continue the Ontario Community Support Program with a total investment of $16 million over two years to connect people with disabilities, older adults, and others with underlying medical conditions who are self-isolating with meals, medicines, and other essentials while they stay at home. Since April 2020, the program has delivered more than 230,000 meals and essential supplies to vulnerable individuals. 
  • The government is investing $70.3 million in the Special Services at Home (SSAH) program over three years, beginning in 2020-21, supporting families in caring for children with developmental and/or physical disabilities including autism. This investment will help respond to the recommendations of the Ontario Autism Program Advisory Panel on a needs-based autism program. We remain committed to supporting children and youth with autism, which is why we doubled Ontario Autism Program funding to $600 million annually, beginning in 2019-2020.

Support - For Businesses

  • We will provide more than $60 million in one-time grants of up to $1,000 for eligible main-street businesses - in retail, food, and accommodations, and other service providers with fewer than 10 employees - to help offset the unexpected costs of PPE. 
  • Eligible Businesses in areas with modified Stage 2 restrictions will be supported with up to $300 million to cover costs associated with property taxes and energy bills.
  • We continue to support the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' Ontario Made program further to our $500,000 investment in the program in July of this year. To date, there are close to 150 participating retailers in the program and more than 1,200 manufacturers have registered over 4,300 products as Ontario Made. We launched the new supportontariomade.ca website to connect consumers and supply chain partners to manufacturers of made-in-Ontario products through one directory. Visit the website by clicking the button below!

Recover

  • We will make permanent the increased Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption amount from $490,000 to $1 million. With this additional relief, about 90% of employers would pay no EHT, saving them $360 million in 2021-2022, which could be reinvested in jobs and growth. 
  • We will provide municipalities the ability to cut property tax for small businesses with the province to consider matching these reductions. This would provide small businesses across Ontario up to $385 million in total municipal and provincial property tax relief by 2022-2023 depending on municipal adoption. 
  • We will invest $500 million over 4 years to make government services more reliable, convenient, and accessible through the Ontario Onwards Acceleration Fund. 
  • We are connecting workers in the Tourism and Hospitality sector, and others most affected by the pandemic to training and jobs with an investment of $180.5 million over 3 years, including a skilled trades strategy, and an additional $100 million of dedicated investments through Employment Ontario for Skills Training, a redesigned Second Career Program, and $59.5 million to acquire in-demand skills. 
  • We will modernize the province's skilled trades and apprenticeship system through Ontario's Skilled Trades Strategy, which includes work to break the stigma around skilled trades, simplify the system and encourage employers to sponsor and hire apprentices. 
  • People across Ontario have shown true Ontario Spirit throughout the pandemic, stepping up to help friends, families, neighbours, and communities. To support these efforts, the Government intends to develop a new organization to oversee a pool of volunteers who pre-register to help during an emergency. It will be tasked with recruiting volunteers from diverse backgrounds, including age, geography, and skillset. We will consult the sector over the winter and hope to launch the organization in the spring. 

Infrastructure Investments

  • Ontario's planned infrastructure investments over the next 10 years total $142.9 billion, including $13.6 billion in 2020-2021, with projects including:
    • $680 million in additional investments over the next 4 years in broadband infrastructure, raising our total investment to a historic $1 billion. 
    • Investing $62.7 billion over 10 years for public transit projects, including the GO Rail expansion program and Hurontario LRT in Mississauga. 
    • Allocating more than $22 billion over 10 years to expand and repair highways and bridges across Ontario. 
  • Did you know Ontario has a website outlining infrastructure projects being planned or underway? Visit the website below and type Mississauga in the map to see all the great things happening in our community!

Auto Insurance

  • We are committed to fixing Ontario's broken auto insurance system and making auto insurance more affordable for Ontario's 10 million drivers.
  • We will increase innovation and competition in the sector by modernizing outdated and burdensome requirements. This includes permitting insurers to electronically terminate policy contracts, with consumer consent, to enable fully digital insurers to operate in Ontario.
  • We are also proposing to allow FSRA to pilot initiatives bringing new consumer-focused products and services to market that meet changing consumer needs. This work would complement recent action taken by FSRA to enable innovative usage-based insurance products to be offered in the market.
  • Insurance fraud leads to increased premiums across the Province. We will further deter fraudulent activities that drive up auto insurance costs by proposing changes that will allow insurers to reject vehicle damage claims where misrepresentation or fraud is involved. We have also established a task force to improve provincial oversight of the tow truck industry. 
  • We are increasing choice for consumers by enabling insurers to offer more coverage options, including optional not-at-fault property damage coverage (known as Direct Compensation - Property Damage) for drivers that determine insuring their older vehicle costs more than the vehicle is worth. We are also proposing to increase convenience for consumers by allowing credit unions to sell insurance in their branch, and online through a subsidiary or partnership. 

Modernizing Government Services

  • The government is making the lives of people and businesses simpler, and we are committed to making Ontario a leading digital jurisdiction. In the next two years:
    • 70% of the services people use the most, like enhanced virtual health care and business permit approvals, will be available digitally. 
    • 50% of the most common ways people interact with the government, like driver's license renewals, will be digital.
    • Digital-first does not mean digital-only. ServiceOntario locations will continue to offer the same services and supports, so people who want to use them can do so. 
    • Improvements to ServiceOntario's online platform have resulted in increased capacity to fulfill online transactions, and 30% faster processing times on high-volume transactions such as license plate sticker renewals. This makes it easier for Ontarians to take advantage of over 40 services available online 24/7.

As always, my staff and I are here to assist and help you with any of your concerns or questions. Please feel free to contact my office at 416 297 6568 or email me at [email protected] for any inquiries. 

For updates on COVID-19 in Ontario, please click here

In the meantime, please stay safe. 

Sincerely,

Aris Babikian

Member of Provincial Parliament

Scarborough-Agincourt 
 
You can also keep up with Aris Babikian @        

Background Information

Additional Resources

Reminder

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: [email protected]

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

      

 

 

Minister Lecce and MPP Babikian Announce Major Funding for

David Lewis Public School

 

The Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, and Scarborough MPP Aris Babikian joined David Lewis high School staff, educators, and parents to announce that the Government of Ontario has approved $5.7 million for our community.

This major funding will help the School accommodate about 184 students and create 40 child care spaces, once it’s built. The announcement is part of the Ontario government's $550M investment to renovate older schools, build new ones, and expand affordable childcare for working parents across our province.

“This government firmly believes that your children deserve to learn in state of the art, modern, technologically connected and accessible schools,” said Minister Lecce. “We will continue to take action, like the David Lewis Public School addition, to ensure students are safe today and well into the future by approving more new school buildings and permanent additions and increasing access to child care for working parents.”

MPP Babikian said: “By approving this project to build a new school in the growing area of Scarborough Agincourt, it will help alleviate some of the accommodation pressures on our community and give nearly 200 more students a place to learn, play and grow.”

“The new addition to David Lewis Public School will make life a little easier for hard-working parents, and provide more learning opportunities for young people. One of our government’s priorities is investing in new school infrastructure — to build a modern education system that puts children, students, and families first,” he added.

 

Background Information

Additional Resources

Reminder

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: [email protected]


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to Everyone

Dear Neighbour,

 

We are seeing alarming public health trends with the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 rising, hospitalization rates are growing, and community outbreaks are entering our nursing homes and vulnerable congregate settings.

Today, our government is introducing additional targeted public health measures in the Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto public health unit regions. These modified Stage 2 restrictions will be for a minimum of 28 days and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

New Public Health Measures for Ottawa, Peel and Toronto

Effective Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., these targeted measures are being implemented in Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto modified Stage 2 include:

  • Reducing limits for all social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained. The two limits may not be combined for an indoor-outdoor event;
  • Prohibiting indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food court areas in malls;

 

  • Closing of:
    • Indoor gyms and fitness centres (e.g., yoga studios, dance studios);
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments;
    • Cinemas;
    • Performing arts centres and venues;
    • Spectator areas in racing venues;
    • Interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, etc.;
  • Prohibiting personal care services where face coverings must be removed for the service;

 

  • Reducing the capacity limits for:
    • Tour and guide services to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
    • Real Estate open houses to 10 people indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained.
    • In-person teaching and instruction (e.g., cooking class,) to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, with exemptions for schools, child care centres, universities, colleges of applied arts and technology, private career colleges, the Ontario Police College, etc.
    • Meeting and event spaces to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and
  • Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages).

Schools, child care centres, and places of worship will remain open in these communities and must continue to follow the public health measures in place. Before-school and after-school programs will also be exempt from these new restrictions.

 

 

Dear Neighbour,

 

  • This was not an easy decision but a necessary one to potentially prevent something much worse.
  • That’s why we are making the difficult, but necessary decision to accept the health advice, and impose further restrictions in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region by moving them into a modified Stage 2 for a period of at least 28 days in response higher than average rates of transmission.
  • Protecting the health and well-being of the people of Ontario is our government’s first priority.
  • We need to act quickly now so we can keep our schools open, protect the province’s most vulnerable, and avoid the need to take harsher measures in the future.
  • We need everyone to follow the public health guidelines if we are going to stop the spread and contain the second wave.

 

Support for small businesses ($300 million)

 

 

As these necessary public health measures come at a cost to small businesses, Ontario has planned to and will make $300 million available to assist significantly affected businesses with fixed costs, including property taxes, hydro and natural gas bills.

This support will be provided by the province and will be made available in any region where these measures are necessary. More details will be released in the coming days.

This funding builds on the actions the government has taken to support small businesses throughout the pandemic, including putting in place a temporary moratorium on commercial evictions, making $60 million available for a $1,000 grant for small businesses to offset the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE), and exploring options to permanently allow restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a takeout or delivery order.

Ontario will build on the historic collaboration with the Government of Canada to ensure workers are protected, businesses are supported, and that this support arrives as soon as possible.

 

Ontario Building a Modern, Connected and Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions System

 

Our government is providing an additional $176 million this year to help expand access for critical mental health and addictions supports during COVID-19. This funding is part of the province's investment of $3.8 billion over 10 years and enables Ontario's comprehensive plan, A Roadmap to Wellness, to deliver high-quality care and build a modern, connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system.

 https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58717/ontario-building-a-modern-connected-and-comprehensive-mental-health-and-additions-system

 

Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan

 

 

Our government has developed a $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan to ensure the province's health care, long-term care and education systems are prepared for the immediate challenges of the fall, including a second wave of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season. Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 will enable the province to quickly identify, prevent and respond to surges and waves of the virus to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians.

Details at the below link:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58610/ontario-delivers-28-billion-covid-19-fall-preparedness-plan

 

For additional details, please visit: 

 

Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health Measures in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region

English: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58767/ontario-implementing-additional-public-health-measures-in-toronto-ottawa-and-peel-region

French: https://news.ontario.ca/fr/release/58766/lontario-instaure-des-mesures-de-sante-publique-supplementaires-a-toronto-ottawa-et-dans-la-region-d

 

Background Information

Additional Resources

Reminder

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: [email protected]


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

Covid19-update

Aug. 06, 2020

Ontario Releases Plan for Safe Reopening of Schools in September

 

The Ontario government is announcing the safe reopening of schools for in-class instruction beginning this September. The government has unveiled a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of students and staff, and provides school boards with resources and flexibility, while accommodating regional differences in trends of key public health indicators. This plan was developed in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the COVID-19 Command Table and paediatric experts.

Elementary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will reopen provincewide, with in-class instruction five days a week. Secondary schools with lower risk will reopen with a normal daily schedule, five days a week, while most secondary schools will start the school year in an adapted model of part-time attendance with class cohorts of up to 15 students alternating between attending in-person and online. Students from Grade 4-12 and school staff will be required to wear masks.

"It's been hard on families to balance work and child care, while kids have been separated from friends and other kids their own age. We want to get our kids back to school, but it has to be done safely," said Premier Ford.

Our Government worked with our public health experts, Ontario Health and the medical experts at SickKids to develop a plan that ensures students can return to the classroom five days a week in a way that protects the health and safety of our children, teachers, and school staff."

Parents will continue to have the option to enroll their children in remote delivery, which respects their fundamental role in making the final determination of whether they feel safe with their children returning to school.

Based on the best medical advice available, the province is implementing additional public health protocols to keep students and staff safe when they return to school in September. To support the implementation of these protocols, the government is providing over $300 million in targeted, immediate, and evidence-informed investments, including:

"This plan reflects the best medical and scientific advice with a single aim: to keep your child safe," added Minister Lecce.

 

Background Information

Additional Resources

Reminder

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: [email protected]


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca


Covid19-update

July 31, 2020

Toronto into Stage 3

Friday, July 31

TORONTO — Additional businesses and public spaces will be reopening as the Ontario government allows the City of Toronto and Peel Region to move into Stage 3 of reopening the province on Friday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m. This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health.

“While more restaurants, theatres and businesses can hang up their Open for Business sign, we're asking everyone to follow public health advice and act responsibly," said Premier Doug Ford.

Ontario is also supportive of proposals made by the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health relating to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments that are permitted to be open. For more information on the restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, as well as the public health and workplace safety restrictions necessary to keep people safe, visit Ontario.ca/reopen:

 https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario?_ga=2.264778639.1616828657.1596138009-1641502178.1527286685

New Gathering Limits


Businesses that are unable to open or resume full activities due to Stage 3 restrictions, or businesses that have ideas to safely amend Stage 3 restrictions or requirements, can visit the above link to submit a reopening proposal for consideration. Government and public health officials will review proposals and contact businesses for feedback or clarification and provide an initial response within 10 days.

 

It remains critically important for everyone to continue following public health advice as more businesses and services reopen in Stage 3. This includes practicing physical distancing with those outside your household or social circle, wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so, staying home when ill, and washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health, public health experts and other officials have advised the following, high-risk places and activities are not yet safe to open, even if a region has entered Stage 3:

  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements
  • Overnight stays at camps for children
  • Private karaoke rooms
  • Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments.

Quick Facts

  • Stage 3, gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people indoors and a maximum of 100 people outdoors, with physical distancing in place.

 

 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/framework-reopening-our-province-stage-3?_ga=2.1063345.1616828657.1596138009-1641502178.1527286685#section-2

 

  • Gathering limits do not apply to settings such as restaurants and bars, however these settings must be configured so that patrons seated at different tables are separated by a distance of at least two meters, plexiglass or some other impermeable barrier.

 

(https://www.ontario.ca/page/emergency-information?_ga=2.71122448.1616828657.1596138009-1641502178.1527286685)

 

For additional details, please visit:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/framework-reopening-our-province-stage-3?_ga=2.97418911.1616828657.1596138009-1641502178.1527286685#section-2

 

Additional Resources

 

For public inquiries call ServiceOntario, INFOline at 1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)

 

What you need to know to stay safe

 


 

 

Reminder

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: [email protected]


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

 

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Covid19-Update

July 11, 2020


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

Covid19-update

June 09, 2020

Reminder

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: [email protected]

 


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

June 02, 2020

 


Italian and Filipino Heritage Month

June is the month we honor the achievements and contributions of the Filipino and Italian communities in Canada.

During the June heritage month of the two communities, we pay tribute to their sacrifices to build our country. Furthermore, we honor their efforts to enrich our society by bringing their rich culture, dedication to the family, and their strong work ethic. As well, we honor as their ongoing contributions to building a stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive Canada.

Let's join these two vibrant communities this month to celebrate the values of diversity, openness, and respect for our differences that unite us all and make our country stronger.

Seniors’ Month

June is also Seniors Month in Ontario. It is that special time of the year when once again we honor the sacrifices our seniors have made to make Canada the best country in the world.

It is our duty and privilege to support and protect them in their sunset years.

I encourage you to contact the seniors in their life, to offer to get their groceries, medicines, or to simply call them to check in and keep them company. These are some of the many ways we can look after them, especially at these difficult times.

Hydro Relief

Today, Minister Greg Rickford issued a statement to update Ontarians about the government’s move to continue the time-of-use suspension and introduced a fixed, flat electricity rate, known as the COVID-19 Recovery Rate.  This flat rate of 12.8¢/kWh will be applied to all time-of-use customers bills, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

The government is committed to supporting Ontarians electricity consumers as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. As we continue to work and learn from home, we are extending the suspension of time-of-use price to provide Ontarian’s with greater stability and predictability of their electricity bills.

By introducing this new fixed rate Ontarians have greater flexibility to use electricity as needed during the traditional on-peak and mid-peak periods, and we are able to move forward with the time-of-use suspension in a fiscally responsible manner.

Beginning June 1, 2020, this flat rate will be in place until October 31, 2020, reflecting the continued increase in time spent at home by Ontarians during the day.

Our government continues to support Ontario’s electricity consumers as we respond to COVID-19 by providing stability and rate relief to the millions of Ontarians who are doing their part to stay home. 

Since March 24, 2020, we have invested just over $175 million to deliver emergency rate relief to residential, farm and small business electricity consumers by suspending time-of-use (TOU) electricity pricing. This investment was made to protect the people of Ontario from a marked increase in electricity rates as they did their part by staying home to prevent the further spread of the virus.

See the Minister's statement here:

EN: 

https://news.ontario.ca/mndmf/en/2020/05/ontario-provides-consumers-with-greater-stability-and-predictability-with-their-electricity-bills.html

FR: 

https://news.ontario.ca/mndmf/fr/2020/05/lontario-offre-aux-consommateurs-une-meilleure-stabilite-et-une-plus-grande-previsibilite-en-ce-qui.html

 

 

Dental Professionals Opening

 

The Government of Ontario has allowed the reopening of health practices around the province. It is important to note that the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario is finalizing guidelines for dental professionals.

Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario COVID-19 guidelines:

https://www.rcdso.org/en-ca/rcdso-members/2019-novel-coronavirus/covid-19--managing-infection-risks-during-in-person-care

Ontario has now amended Directive #2 

(http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/dir_mem_res.aspx)

to support the gradual restart of all deferred and non-essential and elective services, including in hospitals and for all regulated health professionals

 

(Ontario Regulated Health Professionals | Home)

 

The government have also asked that health care providers follow the appropriate regulatory college guidance when reopening. 

The health and well being of Ontarians is the government's top priority.  As we work to open economy, the Ministry of Health has been working diligently with our health care partners to ensure a safe process is in place.

It's important to note that this does not mean that all health services will be available on May 27. Rather, we have asked health regulatory colleges to develop guidance to ensure high-quality and safe clinical care be met before services can resume. Health Care providers must also consider which services should continue to be provided remotely and which services can safely resume in-person with appropriate hazard controls and sufficient PPE. 

To be clear, a health care provider's decision to reopen should be guided by the best available clinical evidence. 

Since the start of this outbreak, our government has been committed to providing the highest quality of care for those in Ontario during these uncertain times.

Regulated Health Professions

Reminder

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: [email protected]

 


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

May 24, 2020

 


Eid al-Fitr Mubarak to all residents of Scarborough-Agincourt and all Muslims celebrating!

Eid al-Fitr is a great feast celebrated when the Holy Fast of Ramadan ends. This is one of the two most prominent feasts within Islam. For Muslims this day is a time to reflect their achievements of the past, as well as consolidating their relationships with family and friends.

May this special day bring peace, happiness and prosperity to all those who are observing today

REMINDER

 

Don't forget to nominate a candidate for the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award.

For details of the nomination, email: [email protected]

 

Dear Neighbour,

The Ontario Government recently announced the framework to reopen our Province in a safe manner. The stage-by-stage approach will provide a safe roadmap for businesses to reopen. This framework outlines the method and principles that will be followed by businesses, services, and public spaces to responsibly re-launch Ontario’s economy back to a strong position. On May 19th, stage 1 of the Framework was launched. Retail businesses, health and community serve providers was permitted to reopen their services provided that public health metrics continued to trend in a positive directions. Only retail stores with a store entrance reopened considering they are in the means to while adopting workplace safety measures.

The government have released more than 90 health and safety measures to assist employers in multiple sectors, including construction, retail, facilities maintenance and manufacturing.

90 Safety Guidance Documents Link:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace

The Ontario Government announced the reopening of seasonal services and activities. These services were reopened  on Saturday, May 16th which included:

  • Golf Courses - with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out. 
  • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
  • Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract. 

In addition, Ontario's Phase One of Reopening on May 19th included:

  • Retail Services that are not shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances 
  • Seasonal Businesses and recreational activities - including training and sports competitions that can be played while maintaining a physical distance  
  • Animal Services, specifically pet care services 
  • Indoor and Outdoor household services
  • Lifting essential workplace limits on construction
  • Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling; in-person services, in addition to virtual services, delivered by health professionals; and scheduled surgeries,

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-announces-additional-workplaces-that-can-reopen.html

Our careful and gradual approach to reopening will allow business owners and service provider's time to ensure workplaces are safe for staff, consumers and the general public. Ontario will proceed cautiously and in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The government is committed to make decisions for the health and safety of people – this remaining always as top priority. 

To ensure that these first actions to reopen the province are a success, Ontarians should continue to adhere to public health measures, including practising physical distancing or wearing a face covering when physical distancing is difficult or not possible, as well as regular handwashing and staying home when ill.

To support business-owners, workers, and the economic recovery of the province, the Ontario Government has also launched a website to provide businesses with information on personal protective equipment (PPE) suppliers. View here: 

Workplace PPE Supplier Directory

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/workplace-ppe-supplier-directory?page=2#no-back

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus/#find-ppe

Ontario's Economic Recovery Plan

https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-after-covid-19

Additional Resources

  • Learn more about Stage 1 of reopening Ontario

https://files.ontario.ca/mof-framework-reopening-province-stage-1-en-2020-05-14.pdf?_ga=2.37008036.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

https://files.ontario.ca/mof-detailed-list-stage-1-openings-en-2020-05-14.pdf?_ga=2.28996280.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • Learn more about A Framework for Reopening our Province

https://www.ontario.ca/page/framework-reopening-our-province?_ga=2.95688088.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • Find workplace safety guidance documents to prepare for reopening

https://www.ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace?_ga=2.90519070.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • Information and advice to help your business navigate the economy during COVID-19

https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-support-businesses?_ga=2.2760244.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • Provide your input on the economic impacts of COVID-19.

https://www.ontario.ca/form/survey-economic-impacts-covid-19?_ga=2.2760244.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • See how your organization can help fight COVID-19

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus?_ga=2.69956884.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

 

  • Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19

https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-ontario-is-responding-covid-19?_ga=2.69956884.545760748.1589912592-1017142710.1589912592

USEFUL LINKS

Canada's Economic Recovery Plan

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

If eligible, students can now apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) 

  • You cannot apply for CESB if you have already applied for CERB & EI. 
  • To check eligibility and to apply, see below: 

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit/cesb-who-apply.html

Support for Businesses & CEWS 

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html?&utm_campaign=gc-fin-fin-covid-19economicemergplan-2021-0004-9968772463&utm_medium=search&utm_source=google-ads-100157175785&utm_content=text-en-433152654875&utm_term=cerb#businesses 


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

COVID19-Updates

May 18, 2020


Ontario Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable During COVID-19
 

Dear Neighbour,

In response to your input, the Ontario government is making the cost of prescription drugs more affordable. Effective May 13th, people enrolled within the Ontario Drug Benefit Program will have their co-payments waived until July 1, 2020 for any prescription of 30+ days that are dispensed. In addition, new or existing Trillium Drug Program households could also apply for an income reassessment to help reduce the financial burden this outbreak may have caused. 

During these unprecedented times, the Ontario government is doing everything they can to provide additional relief for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19.  That's why the government is taking action to help ensure Ontarians continue to have access to the prescription drugs they need, without it being a source of stress or financial burden. 

Should a Trillium Drug Program household face an income change in 2019/2020 of 10 per cent or more compared to their 2018 income, they can apply to have their deductible recalculated by completing and submitting the Annual Deductible Re-Assessment Form 

Eligible households who are not currently enrolled in the Trillium Drug Program and have high prescription costs can also complete and submit an application

(http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&SRCH=4&ENV=WWE&NO=014-3693-87E

and re-assessment form by e-mail or fax.

For additional help, please visit "Get help with high prescription drug costs" link

https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-help-high-prescription-drug-costs?_ga=2.110861445.1654590459.1589653779-1641502178.1527286685

You should also inquire about delivery options regarding refills, 10 days prior to the end of your prescription.
Should you be unable to pick your prescriptions, please do not hesitate to contact my office and we will help you get it delivered. 


For up-to-date information on the coronavirus and for accurate information visit Ontario’s dedicated website, which is updated every day, seven days a week, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

 

If you have questions or concerns please contact my office.

Aris Babikian, MPP

Suite 207
4002 Sheppard Ave. E
Scarborough, ON M1S 1S6

Tel    416-297-6568   
Fax   416-297-4962  

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca

COVID19-Updates

May 17, 2020


Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award


Dear Neighbour,

 

Scarborough, May 16 - During these turbulent times, I have seen our community band together in response to COVID-19. A heartwarming number of our local businesses, organizations, and individuals have taken action to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. People are delivering groceries, hot meals, and medicine to their neighbours; businesses are donating PPE to our frontline workers and food to our food banks. Organizations are stepping up their efforts to assist the most vulnerable in Agincourt.

 

As a small token of my appreciation, my office has created the Scarborough-Agincourt COVID-19 Community Service Award. It will recognize local residents who have stepped up to the plate and taken the initiative to help the vulnerable and needy.

 

If you or someone you know has contributed to the community in this manner, I encourage you to submit to our office their names and a brief description of their efforts. Please include a brief description of their achievement, name, address, email address, and phone number.

 

The weekly winner will receive a scroll of acknowledgement and a gift coupon to support our local business and economy.


On behalf of Scarborough-Agincourt, I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all who are making a difference by helping local residents. Our frontline workers in our seniors' homes, food banks, and hospital have expressed their gratitude for the effort