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5 Things Friday

Changing Workplaces Review - Final Report

        The Changing Workplaces Review Final Report came out this week. It is Ontario’s first           independent review in more than a generation to seek recommendations for legislative changes to the province’s Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act.

        Ontario’s economy is strong and growing. Our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 16 years, and our GDP growth continues to lead all G7 countries.


50th Anniversary of GO Transit

        Ontario is celebrating the 50th anniversary of GO Transit and looking to the future as it transforms the  network into a true regional rapid transit system. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was at the Toronto Railway Museum this week to mark the anniversary by opening the museum’s newest exhibit - a fully restored original GO train coach - and highlighting the new investments that are underway.  GO Transit began operating on May 23, 1967, as a 14-stop commuter rail line from Hamilton to Pickering. Today, GO Transit  accommodates about 70 million trips per year on seven rail lines from Hamilton to Pickering. Moving forward, Ontario is undertaking the largest commuter rail project in Canada to bring even more GO rail service across the region. 


Interactive Opioid Tracker

        The opioid crisis in Ontario is a growing and evolving problem, and one we are continuing to work diligently to combat. Gathering accurate data on the impact of opioids is a key part of our Strategy to Prevent  Opioid Addiction and Overdose. As part of our commitment to openness and transparency,  Ontario is now launching the Interactive Opioid Tracker, which is a web-based tool that makes available a wide range of data on opioid-related morbidity and mortality. This tool will help us to better understand how opioid overdose and death is affecting people in Ontario and will strengthen our strategy as we work to combat this crisis in a targeted and informed way.


ONE Social Enterprise Partnerships & Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund

        Ontario is launching two programs that will help social enterprises access the capital, training and expertise they need to grow and scale up their businesses. The ONE Social Enterprise Partnerships is a new initiative designed to help social enterprises access business supports through the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), including regionally focused training, mentorship and business fundamentals to start and grow their businesses. The province is also launching the second round of the Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund, which will provide funding to not-for-profit organizations with expertise in supporting social enterprises.


South Asian & Asian Heritage Month Celebrations

        I was pleased to host members of the community at a South Asian & Asian Heritage Month  Celebration. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the incredible diversity of Halton and Ontario and to bring together community members with good food, good company and great cultural performances.




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