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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 efforts made by our community members.

 

To learn more about how you can help your community during the pandemic, please feel free to contact my office.

 

Tel    416-297-6568  

Email [email protected]

Kind regards,

 

Aris Babikian, MPP
Scarborough-Agincourt

 

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

Apr 29, 2020


Dear Neighbour ,

Since my last newsletter, the government and I have been working tirelessly to safe guard the of health out seniors, protect front line healthcare providers, and other vulnerable population in our province. We are also working hard to ensure our small businesses survive, and that students finish their academic year and graduate. Many initiatives and policies were launched to achieve the above.

My office staff have been working hard six days a week answering your questions, securing and delivering much needed PPEs to institutions, and delivering masks to our most vulnerable residents. They truly have been with me since this crisis began. Their work and dedication has been a benefit to our community.

We have also been working with the Premier’s Office and members of the cabinet and relaying your concerns and questions to ensure you are heard at Queen’s Park.    

I was honoured to be called on April 14 to participate at the Legislative Assembly’s special session to extend the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days. 

At the April 14 Legislative Assembly special session to extend the Declaration of Emergency by 28 days

 

Here is summary of latest policies and activities:

 

Education/ School Closures and Extension to Keep Students, Staff and Families Safe

As part of our efforts to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19, the Minister of Education decided to keep public schools closed until May 31.

  • Publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020.
  • To date, over 20,000 iPads have been sent to targeted families in need.
  • The free Rogers wireless data will be available until the end of June.
  • The Ministry of Education will replace the remainder of Professional Activity (PA) days and examination days with instructional time.
  • The introduction of an expanded summer learning program that will focus on credit recovery, supports for vulnerable students, and course upgrading.

https://www.news.ontario.ca/edu/en/2020/04/school-closures-extended-to-keep-students-staff-and-families-safe.html?fbclid=IwAR0U2OWvaHiDeIa-VYjeA4aNBhhBVoxH75cGMvOZSaoPLhnP1Ncf9J6y808

Screenshot of Scarborough Health Network social media posting

 

Empowering Seniors

The Ontario government is delivering much-needed support to Ontario's most vulnerable citizens, including seniors and persons with disabilities, during the outbreak of COVID-19.

  • The province is investing $11 million to help deliver meals, medicines and other essentials to those in need.
  • Doubling the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payments
    • The double payments will continue for six months and provide an additional $75 million to 194,000 vulnerable seniors who may need more help to cover essential expenses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • GAINS provides a monthly, non-taxable benefit to low-income Ontario seniors. This payments is provided on top of the federal government’s Old Age Security pension and federal Guaranteed Income Supplement payments to ensure seniors have a minimum income level.
    • Payments are automatically doubled for current GAINS recipients ― no additional applications are required. Payments are issued on the 25th of each month, or the first business day prior if the 25th falls on a non-business day.
  • Starting April 24, individuals received up to $166 per month.
  • Couples will receive up to $332 per month.

Those without Internet access or who require service in a language other than English or French, can dial 211 or 1-877-330-3213 (toll free). TTY service is also available by calling 1-888-340-1001.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-providing-additional-relief-to-the-provinces-most-vulnerable.html

Delivering masks to Sheppard Village's frontline healthcare providers

 

Ontario Ramping Up Protection for Long-Term Care Residents

In recognition of the dedication, long hours and increased risk of working to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government is providing frontline staff with a temporary pandemic payment.

Those eligible to receive the payment will be staff working in long-term care homes, retirement homes, emergency shelters, supportive housing, social services congregate care settings, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, as well as those providing home and community care and some staff in hospitals.

This increase will provide:

  • Four dollars per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages.
  • In addition, employees working over 100 hours per month would receive lump sum payments of $250 per month for each of the next four months.
  • This means that eligible employees working an average of 40 hours per week would receive an additional overall compensation of $3,560.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-supporting-frontline-heroes-of-covid-19-with-pandemic-pay.html

In Addition  

The Ontario government has developed a robust action plan with key measures to add critical new measures to prevent further outbreaks and deaths from COVID-19 in long-term care homes, including:  

  • Restricting long-term care staff from working in more than one long-term care home, retirement home or health care setting.
  • Aggressive Testing, Screening, and Surveillance: enhancing testing for symptomatic residents and staff and those who have been in contact with persons confirmed to have COVID-19; expanding screening to include more asymptomatic contacts of confirmed cases; and leveraging surveillance tools to enable care providers to move proactively against the disease.
  • Managing Outbreaks and Spread of the Disease: supporting long-term care homes with public health and infection control expertise to:
    • contain and prevent outbreaks;
    • provide additional training and support for current staff working in outbreak conditions.
  • Growing our Heroic Long-Term Care Workforce: redeploying staff from hospitals and home and community care to:
    • support the long-term care home workforce and respond to outbreaks,
    • intensive on-going recruitment initiatives.
  • Redeploying hospital and home care resources into homes.

https://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-ramping-up-protection-for-long-term-care.html

Supplying 100 bags of pita bread to the Salvation Army Birchmount Community Food Bank

 

Ontario Enables Auto Insurance Companies to Provide Driver Rebates During COVID-19

The province has amended a regulation under the Insurance Act to help ease the financial pressure on working people and families during this public health crisis.

By amending this regulation insurance companies would be able to provide auto insurance premium rebates to consumers for up to 12 months after the declared emergency has ended.

  • Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to remove existing restrictions on rebating so auto insurers can provide additional consumer relief.
  • The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) is an independent regulatory agency designed to improve consumer and pension plan beneficiary protections in Ontario. FSRA is responsible for monitoring compliance with and enforcing the Insurance Act and its regulations.

https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2020/04/ontario-enables-auto-insurance-companies-to-provide-driver-rebates-during-covid-19.html


 

Ontario Provides Urgent Relief for Small Businesses and Landlords

The province is committing $241 million through the new Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA). The total amount of provincial-federal relief that would be provided is more than $900 million, helping to ensure small businesses are ready to reopen their doors when the emergency measures are lifted.

  • The Province’s $241 million investment in OCECRA is part of the $17 billion Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.
  • OCECRA will provide forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners experiencing potential rent shortfalls because their small business tenants have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • To receive the loan, property owners will be required to reduce the rental costs of small business tenants for April to June 2020 by at least 75 per cent and commit to a moratorium on evictions for three months.

As part of Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19, the government has implemented a series of cash flow supports amounting to $10 billion to help support jobs and the economy, including:

  • Starting January 1, 2020, Ontario reduced the small business Corporate Income Tax rate from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per cent.
  • Doubling the Employer Health Tax exemption for 2020, cutting taxes by $355 million, benefiting roughly 57,000 employers;
  • Eliminating penalties and interest to businesses who miss filing or remittance deadlines for various provincially administered taxes for five months starting April 1, 2020, providing up to $6 billion in cashflow for about 100,000 Ontario businesses;
  • Postponing the planned property tax reassessment for 2021, providing stability for Ontario's property taxpayers;
  • Deferring the upcoming quarterly (June 30) remittance of education property tax to school boards by 90 days, providing municipalities with the flexibility to, in turn, provide property tax deferrals of over $1.8 billion to local residents and businesses;
  • Implementing the new Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit for businesses that make eligible capital investments in designated regions of the province where employment growth has significantly lagged behind below the provincial average.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-provides-urgent-relief-for-small-businesses-and-landlords.html

 Donating 2,500 pieces of N95 & KN95 masks, shields, and goggles to the Birchmount Hospital.

 

New $200 million Funding to Support Municipalities, Food Banks, Homeless Shelters and Individuals 

The Ontario government is providing $200 million in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province's most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The province will be providing municipalities and organizations that administer social services with funding to support them in their response to COVID-19. The funding will help municipalities and social service agencies providers such as shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits continue to deliver their critical services, hire additional staff, and find ways to promote social distancing and self-isolation to keep clients safe and healthy. Ontario's municipal service managers will determine local needs and distribute the funding, ensuring clients are receiving the support they need.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-protecting-the-most-vulnerable-during-covid-19-crisis.html

 

Ontario Significantly Expands Hospital Capacity to Prepare for Any COVID-19 Outbreak Scenario

Ontario has significantly expanded hospital capacity in preparation for any COVID-19 outbreak scenario.

  • The province has added 1,035 acute care beds
  • 1,492 critical care beds
  • Taken steps to ensure hospitals have the staff available to care for a sudden surge in patients.
  • Ontario has a total of 20,354 acute care beds with a potential for an additional 4,205 more.
  • Of Ontario's 3,504 critical care beds, 2,811 are now equipped with ventilators, up from 1,319 when the outbreak first started.
  • Processing over 10,000 tests per-day

https://www.news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-significantly-expands-hospital-capacity-to-prepare-for-any-covid-19-outbreak-scenario.html

Our heartfelt appreciation to ARZ Fine Foods for its generous donation of 300 bags of pita bread to Scarborough food shelters

 

Province Calls for Innovative Solutions to Combat COVID-19
Ontario Investing $20 Million to Advance Medical Research

  • A diverse field of COVID-19 research will be eligible for funding and may include, but is not limited to, researching the COVID-19 strain, developing a vaccine, enhancing testing procedures, or improving modelling tools to help track the virus.
  • In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities is supporting researchers currently conducting Ontario Research Fund and Early Researcher Award projects by allowing salary payments, changing reporting deadlines and extending projects that would have otherwise been completed before March 31, 2021.
  • Ontario is combatting COVID-19 by working with colleges to get trained paramedic students into the workforce to support frontline health care workers. Colleges will provide training opportunities and a streamlined path to early graduation and practice for paramedic students with valuable skills needed by the health care sector.

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/province-calls-for-innovative-solutions-to-combat-covid-19.html

Other Initiatives

  • The province is investing $40 million in the Residential Relief Fund. The funding will assist developmental services, child welfare, victims shelters, and organizations delivering social services to vulnerable First Nations individuals and families with COVID-related costs, such as the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and enhanced staffing.
  • In addition, the government is providing $148 million to municipal partners that administer social services with funding to support the province's most vulnerable as part of the province's $200 million in social services relief funding in response to COVID-19.


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

Apr 11, 2020


Dear Neighbors, 

In the last few weeks, our constituency office has been responding to your phone calls and emails. The inquiries have come from individuals, health care providers, long-term care centers, seniors' homes, and retirement institutions. In addition to your calls, I have personally reached out to a number of our non-profit organizations, social service institution, ethnic communities, faith groups, and ethnic media to find out how they managing, what are their needs, and how I can help. We can not ignore our small- and medium- size businesses which are very important stakeholders and are the backbone of our economy. 

My office has responded to your questions and concerns by phone and email. We endeavor to respond to your questions and concerns on the same day or within 24 hours. We cannot promise to have an answer to every question because the COIV-19 pandemic is unpredictable and changes from day-to-day if not by the hour. We are doing our best to help you. We have raised your concerns daily with various ministers and their staff to respond to you in a timely and efficient manner.  I kindly ask for your patience and understanding as we go through these difficult times.

Preparing mask packages for delivery

To keep our constituents updated with the latest COIVD-19 and Government of Ontario action plan to stop the spread of the virus, our office is publishing--twice-a-week--an electronic newsletter which we are sending by email to our constituents. If you would like to receive it please send us your email address at [email protected].  

Delivering PPEs to SHN

The most challenging aspect of our work has been securing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to front-line health care workers and the most vulnerable in our community. I am pleased to say that today I was able to secure 10,500 pieces of PPEs for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and 3,000 masks to various long-term care, seniors' homes, and retirement institutions. I would like to the take the opportunity to thank the following community organizations, businesses, and individual donors who made this effort possible.

Distributing masks to Vintage Garden seniors

The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
Fuzhou ChangLe Guild of Canada
Investar Global Financial Group
Link Global Food Inc
Emily Law
Lynn Qi
Lei Cai

These donations reaffirm the drive by the Ontario Government and Premier Ford to mobilize the private sector to partner with governments at all three levels to help combat COVID-19. The donations also demonstrate that Ontarians, regardless of background, stand shoulder-to-shoulder and heed calls from the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Government to work together to defeat the COVID-19 scourge. Heartfelt acts like these show how the Ontario Spirit can bring communities together at these difficult times.

Handing masks to Tendercare retirement home 

On April 7, I participated, with four Scarborough-Agincourt elected officials, in a teleconference with our residents to hear their views, suggestions, and to answer their questions.

On April 1, I joined Minister Rod Phillip for a productive video teleconference to update National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada members on the most recent developments re COVID-19 and our government's plan to fight the pandemic and hear their concerns and suggestions.

Video conference with Minister Phillips    

In regard to my constituency office operations, we decided to reduce the presence of staff to one per day. The three staff members will be on duty on rotating days. Our office is closed for face-to-face meetings. We are answering your questions and requests by phone and email. The office hours have been reduced to Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:00. The office is adhering to the government policy of social distancing and wearing protective equipment to make sure that everyone is safe and secure.

Generous PPEs donation from Fuzhou ChangLe Guild of Canada

I would like to issue an APPEAL  to our citizens and businesses to help me secure much-needed PPEs and other essential materials such as canned food and other grocery products to help our community's most needy. You may donate products or money to secure products.    

Finally, I am very much interested in hearing your views, comments, and concerns so that we can work together to address them.

If any of your friends or relatives would like to receive my twice-a-week electronic updates, please ask them to email me their email address at [email protected]. We will keep the address confidential and not share them with a third party.

You can also follow our daily updates on my website and social media.  

God Bless and Keep Safe.

Aris Babikian


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

Apr 04, 2020


Dear neighbours,

I know there’s anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it has been affecting everyday life. I want to assure you, that the Government of Ontario is working tirelessly to monitor, prevent and respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus. As the situation changes, day by day, hour by hour, the government will continue to monitor the outbreak and escalate our response as necessary. The health and well being of Ontarians is the top priority, here is a quick update on our actions so far.

 

Here are summary of the action plan

 

Public Gathering:

 

The Ontario Government issued a new emergency order on March 28th under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. This order is already in effect.

 

Protecting Workers:

 

The Government of Ontario has passed two legislations to protect workers in quarantine, isolation, or caring for family at home. The legislation will eliminate the need for a doctor’s note to take leave due to COVID-19, and provide job protection for employees who are unable to work because they are:

  1. Under medical investigation or supervision for COVID-19.
  2. Acting in accordance with an order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
  3. In isolation or quarantine.
  4. Acting in accordance to the direction of Public Health Officials
  5. Directed by employer not to work.
  6. Providing care to a person for a reason related to COVID-19 (e.g. school or daycare)

 

Securing Healthcare:

 

  • $3.3 billion additional funding in healthcare.
    • $2.1 billion in new and urgent funding to combat and contain the spread of COVID-19 outbreak
    • $1.2 million to improve healthcare system
  • $341 million for additional acute care and critical care beds.
  • Securing 72 assessment centres, 1000 new acute care & 500 critical care beds.
  • Covered the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet OHIP coverage criteria.
  • Waived the 3-month waiting period for Ontario Health Insurance Plan coverage.
  • Added 1,600 more lines to expand access to Telehealth.
  • Ordering 10,000 ventilators and increasing testing capacity as we reduce the backlog of tests.
  • 13,000 health care workers have signed up to help our efforts to stop the spread!
  • Providing $12 million in emergency funding to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports for everyone in Ontario.

 

Education:

 

  • Public schools, private schools, and child care centres will remain closed until May 4.
  • To better equip students out of school and to engage them with educational activities the Ministry of Education has launched an e-learning initiative creating an online portal to study at home.

    For more information visit: ca/LearnAtHome https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

 

 

  • OSAP borrowers will not be required to make any OSAP loan payments between March 30 to September 30, 2020 and no interest will accrue on student loans during this time.
  • Our government is providing additional 25 million financial supports for colleges, universities, and indigenous institutes across the province to address campus specific needs.

 

Relief to Families and Business /Keeping Everyone Safe:

 

  • $3.7 billion in direct support for people and jobs.
  • Up to $10 billion available to ensure that businesses improve cash flow during this difficult time.
  • $1.5 billion Hydro relief via off-peak electricity rates.

  • Investing $200 million in social services to support their response for COVID-19.
  • Emergency order to combat price gouging in Ontario. Offenders will face stiff penalties and/or jail time.
  • Investing an additional $148 million in critical housing supports for our most vulnerable.
  • Extending validation periods for driver’s licences, health cards, licence plate stickers, and Ontario Photo Cards that has expired as of March 1.

  • No new eviction orders will be issued until further notice. In addition, Sheriff’s offices will postpone any scheduled enforcement of eviction orders.
  • Six Canadian banks (RBC, TD, BMO, Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank) will provide mortgage payment deferrals for up to 6 months.
  • Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for any Canadian returning from travel, including health care workers, whether they have symptoms or not.
  • Temporarily have exempted stores from local noise bylaws, allowing 24/7 deliveries.

 

Relief to Seniors/ Long Term Care:

  • Doubled the Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) payment to low-income seniors for six months.
  • Investing over $240 million to provide additional capacity in Long-Term Care homes.

 

 

  • Families of residents in Long Term Care can now call our ‘Family Support and Action Line.’ This line is available to LTC families, staff, residents, and the general public to call to receive information or raise concerns during COVID19.

 

Ontario Together Fund:

 

We announced new $50 million Ontario Together Fund to provide immediate support to businesses, researchers, and organizations, to team up with us to development of essential equipment and supplies to combat Covid-19 and find a made-in-Ontario solution that will change the way our province combats the spread of COVID-19.

 

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 Mar 30,2020

 


Dear Constituents

In response to COVIDE 19 threat, the Government of Ontario declared a state of emergency in the province. All organized public events of over 5 people are prohibited, including parades, events and communal services within places of worship in our society.

 

Essential services and essential needs such as grocery stores, pharmacies, manufacturing facilities, and public transit will be available to everyone. Our government has been in contact with our food producers and major suppliers. I want to assure you that necessary food and supplies will continue to reach grocery stores. There is no need to horde or over-stock grocery.

 

 

Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, experts at the COVID-19 Command Table, and the Ministry of Education have directed all publicly-funded schools in Ontario to close for an additional two weeks following March break. This means Ontario schools have been ordered to close from March 14 to April 6 (this policy might extended). Furthermore, the Minister of Education launched the “Learn at Home” initiative. For additional details, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-at-home

 

 

Legislation to protect workers during COVID-19 was unanimously passed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The legislation will protect workers who are taking or may need to take unpaid leave during self-isolation or quarantine periods, or for those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or daycare closures. The details of the policy are listed at:

 

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/3/premier-ford-announces-job-protection-for-workers-during-the-covid-19-situation.html#

 

 

Our government stands shoulder-to-shoulder with employees and their families during these difficult and uncertain times. Your resilience, supported by coordinated action from all levels of government, is the bedrock of Ontario and Canada.

 

In addition, our provincial government has announced the first stage of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package, designating more than $304 million to increase capacity in hospitals, provide more tests and screenings through public health departments to further support and protect our frontline workers, first responders, and patients. The money will also support long-term care homes, residential facilities in development services, gender-based services, and protective care for children, and youth. In addition, more money will be allocated to protect seniors in retirement homes and support indigenous communities.

 

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-enacts-declaration-of-emergency-to-protect-the-public.html

 

 

We’re also extending the validity period for your driver and vehicle products and health cards to help reduce the number of people who visit these centres. Extensions also apply to driver licences, licence plate validation, Ontario Photo Cards, and Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration certificates, extending the due dates for medical or vision reports, among others. 

 

These changes reduce the need for in-person visits to ServiceOntario. This extension will be in place until, based on the advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials, the situation improves.

 

 

 

https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2020/03/ontario-extending-validation-periods-for-driver-vehicle-and-carrier-products-services-and-health-car.html

 

https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2020/03/statement-by-minister-elliott-and-minister-mulroney-on-how-ontario-is-protecting-ontario-drivers-dur.html

 

All full-time DriveTest Centres and part-time Travel Point locations are closed. The closures will take effect March 23, 2020 until further notice. 

 

https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2020/03/closure-of-drive-test-centres-in-response-to-covid-19.html

 

The Superior Court of Justice has cancelled jury panels for upcoming criminal and civil trials. Anyone who has received a summons for jury duty for an upcoming trial should not attend court.

 

 

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

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 Mar 25, 2020

 


Dear Constituents

Together We Will Defeat the COVID 19

Over the last number of days and weeks, I have heard from many concerned residents of Scarborough-Agincourt regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our community.

 

I can assure you that Ontario’s government is working around-the-clock to guarantee that every Ontarian is safe and that our citizens are protected and cared for at this uncertain time. We are leaving no stone unturned to Flatten The Curve. 

 

 

Ontario is working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada and local public health units to monitor and respond to this emerging situation. We should stand in solidarity with each other and try to overcome these trying times.

I look forward to working with the government to ensure that everyone in Ontario is safe and that we, as a province, manage this crisis together. Everyone should take comfort in knowing our highly-professional health-care providers are bringing their considerable experience to effectively monitor and respond to the crisis.

 

 

We can overcome the current difficult time only by banding together as a community and working to ensure that we defeat the outbreak. That’s the Canadian way. Accordingly, I appeal to everyone not to surrender to misinformation and fear. Let’s be considerate to our neighbours, seniors, children and the most vulnerable.

 

Regular electronic newsletter updates will follow.

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

You can also get 24/7 help by calling:

Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000

Aris Babikian, MPP

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

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

     

www.arisbabikianmpp.ca