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Toronto, Peel and North Bay-Parry Sound Public Health Regions Returning to Strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework

TORONTO — The Ontario Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is transitioning Toronto, Peel and North Bay Parry Sound District public health regions out of the shutdown and into the revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “Framework”), with the Stay-at-Home order no longer in effect. In addition, seven other public health regions are being moved to new levels in the Framework. All decisions were made in consultation with the local medical officers of health and are based on the latest trends in public health indicators and local context and conditions.

“Our government is taking a safe and cautious approach to returning to the Framework and due to our progress, all regions of the province will soon be out of the provincewide shutdown,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Despite this positive step forward, a return to the Framework is not a return to normal. As we continue vaccinating more Ontarians, it remains critical for everyone to continue to follow public health measures and stay home as much as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.”

Based on a general improvement in trends of key indicators, North Bay Parry Sound District will be returning to the Framework at the Red-Control level. Toronto Public Health and Peel Public Health are also making progress, but as their case rates still remain high, they will return to the Framework at the Grey-Lockdown level.

In addition, based on the latest data, the following seven public health regions will also be moving to the following levels in the Framework:

Red-Control

  • Peterborough Public Health;
  • Public Health Sudbury and Districts; and
  • Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit.

Orange-Restrict

  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit; and
  • Timiskaming Health Unit.

Yellow-Protect

  • Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit; and
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

All changes will be effective Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Please visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse for the full list of public health region classifications.

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Ontario Provides Additional Support for Municipalities During COVID-19

TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing an additional $500 million to help the province’s 444 municipalities address ongoing COVID-19 operating costs. The new financial relief will help ensure the delivery of critical services and keep capital projects on track.

“Our government continues to adapt and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves, and we know our municipal partners are on the front lines of this effort — providing the critical services people depend on every day,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Our municipalities have been clear that they need ongoing operating funding in 2021, and it’s important that we step up and provide more financial relief. At the same time, we need the federal government to join us and provide our municipal partners with the additional support they deserve.”

Ontario’s funding is being prioritized to help municipalities hardest hit by the pandemic and can be used to address the unique needs of each community based on COVID-19 related operating pressures. This funding is being allocated based on a combination of a base amount using Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) household data and an amount based on the proportion of provincial COVID-19 cases (from January 1, 2021 to February 18, 2021) in the municipality’s respective Public Health Unit.

This provincial investment builds on the $1.39 billion in operating funding that was provided to municipal partners through the joint federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement. The second phase of the Safe Restart Agreement was allocated to all Ontario municipalities in December, to ensure that no community entered 2021 facing an operating deficit from 2020.

“This additional $500 million for 2021 builds on a record of provincial government support under the 2020 Safe Restart Agreement and the life-saving Social Services Relief Fund,” said Graydon Smith, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. “It will help offset the impact of COVID-19 on 2021 municipal budgets in every part of Ontario. By protecting the municipal services people and business rely on most, and preventing delays in capital projects, this funding is an important investment in Ontario’s economic recovery.”

“Municipalities are important partners in the fight against COVID-19,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. “We know the global pandemic has created significant financial challenges for communities across the province. That’s why we have been there with support from the very beginning. I encourage our federal partners to step forward with additional investments as all three governments work together to protect people’s health and jobs.”

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Public Notice: Notice of Study Commencement Ken Whillans Drive Extension (South of Church Street) Municipal Class Environmental Assessment The Study

The City of Brampton has initiated a Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) for Ken Whillans Drive Extension, south of Church Street (see map). This road extension was identified in the City of Brampton Transportation Master Plan Update, 2015.

The Class EA Study will evaluate traffic and connectivity needs, identify alternative road alignments, safety and operational improvements, land use implications, active transportation considerations, natural environment impacts and mitigation measures.

The Process

This notice signals the commencement of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study. The Study process includes public and stakeholder consultation, development and evaluation of alternatives, an assessment of the impacts of the proposed improvements, and develop a preferred design in consultation with adjacent property owners, regulatory agencies, Indigenous communities, members of the local business community and the public. The Study is being carried out in accordance with the planning and design process for Schedule ‘B’ projects as outlined in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015), which is approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

Public and stakeholder consultation is a key element of the Class EA process to discuss issues related to the project, including alternative solutions, evaluation criteria, environmental impacts and mitigation measures. A Public Information Centre (PIC) will be held to offer an opportunity to review the Study alternatives and provide input into the Class EA process. PIC date and details will be provided as the study progresses. Upon completion of the study, an Environmental Project Report (EPR) will be prepared and made available for public review and comment

Comments Invited

If you have any questions or comments regarding the study, or wish to be added to the study mailing list, please contact one of the Project Managers identified below:

Ghazanfar Mohammad, P.Eng., PMP                                      Altaf Hussain, P.Eng.

City Project Manager                                                                  Consultant Project Manager

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