Dear Neighbour,

I hope you are enjoying your summer!   This year, to help celebrate Ontario's 150 th,  the 2017 FUN PASS now includes
2 FREE child admissions to 18 different Ontario attractions that will be fun and memorable for the entire family!  

For more information, please click here

Peter Milczyn
Provincial News

Bill 148:  Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act Consultation Tour of Ontario, July 2017
As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, I have been travelling around the province with my MPP colleagues on the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (SCFEA), to hear feedback on the new labour legislation regarding minimum wage, Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.  The Committee is composed of MPPs from all three of the political parties. In the past week we have travelled to Thunder Bay, North Bay, Ottawa, Kingston and Windsor to hear various delegations present feedback that has been insightful and useful - thanks to the different cities for hosting us!

Province of Ontario Funding Announcement at PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs, 5353 Dundas Street West, Suite 300, July 7, 2017
I was happy to visit PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs in my riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, to meet with Executive Director Barb McFater, tour the facility, sit down and chat with students, observe some of  their classes and make a funding announcement on behalf of the province of Ontario. Ontario is providing more free skills training for adults to help equip people with essential literacy, math and digital skills to help prepare them for the changing economy. Over the next four years, an additional $185 million will be provided to Literacy and Basic Skills providers like PTP to support programs that help people get jobs, continue their education and training, and contribute to their communities. $20 million will be invested this year, and $25 million, $55 million and $85 million in the following years.  These are permanent increases to base funding for the program - meaning that by 2020-21, funding will have doubled.  Part of this year's investment of $20 million will be used to give all LBS service providers in Ontario an increase in funding.  I was pleased to announce  that the Etobicoke-Lakeshore site of PTP Adult Learning and Employment Program will receive a funding increase of $77,568, or 14.9%,  this year to provide the important services that they offer to our community. Great news!
Repairs and Upgrades Coming to St. Joseph's Health Centre this year
Province investing in Renewed Facilities to deliver High Quality Health Care
Ontario is continuing to strengthen and support hospitals with repairs and upgrades this year, to provide patients with high-quality care in a safe and healthy environment.
St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto will receive $2,707,352 this year to revitalize its facilities. 

To read my news release. please click here.
Ontario Putting Fans First
Proposed New Ticket Rules to Ban Excessive Mark-ups
Ontario is proposing tough new rules for buying and selling tickets to give fans a fair shot at seeing their favourite music, sports or theatrical events.

The Ticket Sales Act will be introduced in the fall and, if passed, would prevent excessive markups in the resale market, provide fans with more upfront information and prevent ticket fraud, while strengthening enforcement of Ontario's ticket laws.

For more information, please click here
Ontario to Recognize Outstanding Age-Friendly Communities
Province Introduces New Age-Friendly Community Recognition Program
Ontario is launching a program to recognize communities across the province that have made outstanding progress to be inclusive and accessible for people of all ages.

For more information, please click here
Ontario Providing More Opportunities for Diverse Communities to Thrive
Applications Now Open for Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program
Ontario is providing more opportunities for newcomers and multicultural communities to succeed, with a new grant program focused on promoting diversity and reducing barriers to inclusion.

For more information, please click here
Trillium Park at Ontario Place by LANDinc and West 8 opens in Toronto
Together with representatives of the Ontario government, including Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto-based landscape architects LANDInc in partnership with West 8 have announced the opening of the first phase of the Ontario Place Urban Park and Waterfront Trail, to be knowns as the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail. Designed on the site of a former Ontario Place parking lot, the new lush 7.5 acre site includes a crisscross of parklands, trails and amenities.

For more information, please click here
Municipal Matters
Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration Contract: 16ECS-Tl-01SP
Start Date: July 17, 2017
End Date: December 2017
*Timeline is subject to change.

The City of Toronto has started Stage 1 construction of the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration. Work during this stage will occur in stages along Bloor Street on the east side of Kipling Avenue, and on Kipling Avenue and the Bus Ramp (see map). This project is part of the Council-approved 2016 - 2025 Capital Budget and Plan, and supports the development of Etobicoke Centre as a vibrant mixed-use transit-oriented community.

Additional Construction Notices will be distributed as construction progresses to provide further information

For more information, please click here
Community Consultations, Grants and Award Programs
Capital and projects with provincial impact outreach
Ontario Trillium has announced the next round of outreach for  Capital grants and  projects with provincial impact.
They have organized over 50 half- and full-day workshops and webinars where our experienced staff will take people through applications for Capital grants and projects with provincial impact.
Learn more about the webinars and workshops, and see the upcoming locations  here  .
For a full list of workshops and webinars, see the  OTF Eventbrite list, or check out the  OTF Events Calendar.
Ontario Seeking Feedback on Additional Changes to Travel Industry Act (TIA) - Deadline July 24, 2017
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services re-announced that as of January 1, 2017, Ontario travel agents and wholesalers are now required to display the total cost, including all taxes and fees, in any advertisements that include price of travel. All-In-Pricing reduces confusion and prevents surprises for consumers who purchase travel services in the province, such as all-inclusive vacations.
To help further protect consumers buying travel services and reduce burden on businesses, our government is looking for feedback on possible additional changes to requirements for Ontario travel agents and wholesalers. Currently underway is a public consultation on the latest phase of the Travel Industry Act (TIA) Review to help modernize the industry.
We are encouraging consumers and travel industry stakeholders to read the report and share any feedback by email or using the form on the report page, by July 24, 2017.
Ontario Seeking Public Input on Federal Plan to Legalize Cannabis - Deadline July 31, 2017
The province is asking for your thoughts on how Ontario should approach cannabis legalization in a way that protects youth, prevents harm and ensures that Ontario's roads continue to be among the safest in North America.

In April 2017, the federal government introduced the Cannabis Act, which, if passed, will legalize and regulate cannabis across Canada by July 2018. The federal plan calls on the provinces and territories to establish a framework to regulate the distribution, sale and consumption of cannabis, among other matters.

Starting today, people across the province can have their say on important decisions related to the legalization of cannabis by participating in an online survey. Individuals and organizations will also be able to give their input by completing a consultation paper. To participate, visit before July 31.
Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program - Deadline - August 1, 2017
Apply for grants to support projects that promote diverse and inclusive communities in Ontario.
This program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations that focus on newcomers and ethno-cultural groups for projects that promote diversity and inclusion. This is to make it easier for newcomers and ethno-cultural communities to fully participate in all facets of life in Ontario.

Eligible projects can receive $1,000 to $8,000 each. Up to $3 million is available this year. Organizations can apply for funding for one project.

Please click here for more information.

Women's economic empowerment consultation - Deadline August 15, 2017

The Ontario government has released a public engagement paper and online survey with the proposed approach to women's economic empowerment  and  now we are asking for your help.
The paper and survey ask for the input of stakeholders, experts and those active in local communities in order to develop a provincial strategy to support the economic empowerment of women -  so that all women and girls can reach their full social and economic potential.
Attached is a letter for you to send to your local stakeholders, a news release, tweets and helpful key messages for your use in meetings and to answer questions for your constituents. You are encouraged to share the engagement paper, and online survey within your communities before August 15, 2017. Both the paper and survey can be found at
MyOntario - A vision over time
Ontario is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. It's a special moment in our history and a great opportunity for Ontarians to explore our past and imagine our future.

Become storytellers, historians, record keepers and visionaries by contributing to MyOntario - a conversation among Ontarians. Share stories, images or videos about the places that inspire you and help define who you are. We want to hear from you in your own words, in your own way.

Your submissions will be posted to our MyOntario page - creating a dynamic, multimedia and multi-perspective cultural map of the province.

Please click here for more information.
College of Physicians and Surgeons - Nominate a Physician  Deadline October 2, 2017
Do you know an outstanding physician in your community?

The College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSO) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Council Award.

The Council Award honours outstanding Ontario physicians who have demonstrated excellence and embody society's vision of an "ideal physician".

The criteria for selecting a physician for the Council Award are outlined in the award brochure.

Four awards are presented each year, one in each of the following categories: Academic Specialty, Community Specialty, Academic Family Practice and Community Family Practice.

If you know of a physician who meets the selection criteria, please nominate him or her for the Council Award. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, October 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM. For further information, please contact Tracey Sobers at 416-967-2600 or 1-800-268-7096 ext. 402 or
Metrolinx News
Metrolinx Blog - The Link

Did you know Metrolinx has been sharing info in blog format?  To access the blog and read what's happening at Metrolinx, please click  here.
GO Fare increase will take effect September 2nd
On June 28th, 2017 the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved a fare increase of three percent that is scheduled to take effect on September 2nd. This modest increase helps us to continue to provide high value service that you have come to expect from us, as well as expand our transit network so that we can serve more customers. The cost of fares will increase as follows:

. Fares for trips that currently cost more than $5.02 with PRESTO and $5.65 without PRESTO will increase by approximately three per cent.
. Other fare types will increase accordingly, including concession fares (senior and student fares), and package pricing (group fares and family fares).
. There will be no increase on adult single fares for trips that current cost $5.02 or less with PRESTO, or $5.65 or less with paper tickets, in fact, the loyalty discounts for PRESTO card fares would remain unchanged.

The online fare calculator will be updated soon to show the new fares that will be in effect as of September 2, 2017  for all locations across our system.
MPP Peter Milczyn Out and About
Visit to Bishop Allen Academy CSS Grade 10 Civics Class, July 19, 2017
I was pleased to be invited to Mr. Pulcini's grade 10 Civics Class at Bishop Allen Academy CSS to talk to students about the role of an MPP and the vocation of public service. We discussed new provincial legislation such as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, and the impact it would have on youth within the workplace, as well as the importance of youth being actively engaged within their communities -  change begins locally!  It was a pleasure to meet with the students - thank you to Bishop Allen and  to Mr. Pulcini for giving me the opportunity!  

Canada 150 Celebration at Humber Bay Park West, July 1, 2017
On Canada Day 2017, we marked the 150 th  anniversary of our nation. As one of the four original members, Ontario has made groundbreaking contributions to the growth and development of today's Canada. To help celebrate this special anniversary, Ontario150 has been supporting almost 1,000 festivals, exhibits and celebrations across Ontario this year - including the Canada150 July 1 st  Celebration at our own Humber Bay Park West in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, supported through the Ontario150 Capital Program. I was very happy to attend and to speak on behalf of the province, following the Reaffirmation Ceremony on the main stage that capped off a great day of celebration.  Happy 150 th  Birthday, Canada and Ontario!

Canada Day Immigration Citizenship Ceremony, Centennial Park, July 1, 2017
I was honoured to once again attend this special annual citizenship ceremony, hosted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, held in Etobicoke to commemorate Canada Day. This year 40 candidates for citizenship took the Oath of Citizenship and became Canadian citizens. Family and guests were also invited to reaffirm their commitment to Canada by taking the oath alongside them. The ceremony was followed by a reception for the new Canadians.

Grand Opening of IC Savings newest branch, 5300 Dundas Street West in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, June 27, 2017
It was a pleasure to attend and speak at the official Grand Opening/Ribbon cutting of IC Savings newest branch, located at 5300 Dundas Street West in my riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. I enjoyed meeting the IC Savings Team. Congratulations to President and CEO Fausto Gaudio and Branch Manager Walter Macecevic!

Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Centre Celebration of Canada 150/Ukrainian Settlement in Canada 125, June 24, 2017
  I was happy to drop by the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Community Centre in my riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore on the occasion of their Celebration of Canada 150/Ukrainian Settlement in Canada 125. As immigrants, Ukrainians first settled in Western Canada, and with their hard work and determination, helped to build the great nation that we know today. Thank you to the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Centre for continuing to play an important role on the Etobicoke-Lakeshore community!
Stonegate Community Health Centre 25
th Annual General Meeting, June 24, 2017
I was happy to attend the 25th Annual General Meeting of Stonegate CHC, and to celebrate that milestone with them. I am proud to be a longtime supporter and proud that the Ontario government is providing funding for their new home within the Stonegate Plaza in 2018. To the staff, Board of Directors and many volunteers, sincere thanks for all that you do for the Stonegate community!

Second Annual BIA Summer Festival, June 24, 2017
I enjoyed hosting a table/tent with my staff and chatting with residents at the Second Annual BIA Summer Festival. Our office offered complimentary coffee and cookies and "children's tattoos" - including Canada ones! - applied on site. Live bands, a scavenger hunt with great prizes, facepainting, and arts and crafts were offered. A shuttle bus stopped at all activity stations, and also ran a "brewery crawl" to our local craft breweries: Great Lakes, Cool, Black Oak and Big Rock. Kudos to the BIA and many volunteers for their hard work in making this day a success!
Annual Memorial Service for Victims of Air India 182 Victims' Families Association (AIVFA), Humber Bay Park East Monument in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, June 23, 2017
Staff from my office attended the Annual Memorial Service for the Victims of Air India Flight 182, held at the memorial site located in Humber Bay Park East in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, and laid a wreath on behalf of the Government of Ontario.  This year, we commemorated the 32nd anniversary of the Air India disaster, in which a total of 329 people were killed by the bombing of the flight, including 268 Canadians. The Government of Canada has identified June 23 as the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. Thank you to Etobicoke's Dr. Bal Gupta, Chair, Air India 182 Victims' Families Association (AIVFA) for organizing the memorial in Humber Bay Park East every year, helping to ensure that we never forget this tragedy.  We will remember.

JobStart 37th Annual General Meeting  at The Assembly Hall in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, June 21, 2017
My staff attended JobStart's recent AGM at the Assembly Hall in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, where they presented Years of Service scrolls from the Government of Ontario to JobStart staff. This outstanding agency has been providing innovative employment services to residents of Etobicoke-Lakeshore since 1980, and boasts many successful partnerships with the community. A highlight of the evening was the formal recognition of their recent  Ontario Trillium Fund grant by OTF Board member Maggie Broda. Congratulations!

Etobicoke-Lakeshore School Graduations, June 2017
Congratulations to the Etobicoke-Lakeshore students who graduated last month! I had the pleasure of attending several of your graduations. It's time to set your sights on the future and plan to continue with your successes as you move forward to the next phase of your lives! I'm proud of all of you.
Local Farmer's Markets
Market Days at Montgomery's Inn
4709 Dundas Street West
Join us year-round on Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m.!
Winter Market (indoors): Now open, January 4 through late May 2017
Summer Market (outdoors): Reopening on May 24, May 2017!

Featuring fresh-baked bread from the Inn's wood-fired oven, local and organic produce, meat, cheese ready-to-eat meals and snacks.

Be sure to visit the Inn for food tastings and other activities. Tours are free of charge during Market Days!

For a list of vendors, please click here

In the parking lot of the Church on the Queensway
1536 The Queensway,

June 2 - October 27, 2017
Every Friday | 8am - 2pm

For more information, please click here

FoodShare's Mobile Good Food Market comes to Stonegate every
Friday from 5 - 6:15 pm.
For more information, please click here

What's Happening
Foodland Ontario's 40
th Anniversary Celebration Promoting Good Things Grown in Ontario - Summer Sampling Stations in Etobicoke-Lakeshore!
  Did you know that Ontario products are available year-round?  Look for the Foodland logo and buy local, wherever you shop. Buying local helps supports good jobs here at home, farmers, communities and our economy.

Sampling on:  July 28th and July 30th at  Sobeys,  1255 The Queensway
Thursdays & Fridays - between  2 p.m. and  7 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays - between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Lakeshore Arts
Lakeshore Arts offers a variety of exciting programs for young and old.  For a complete listing of programs and events, please click  here

Lakeshore Arts is Seeking New Board Members
Application deadline Sept 15th, 2017
Lakeshore Arts is seeking engaged, committed and enthusiastic volunteers who value and are willing to champion community arts to submit applications to the Board of Directors. The Board consists of members who possess a variety of skills, knowledge and perspectives. Please see full description here and application form here.

The deadline for applications is Sept 15th, 2017. Any questions regarding the Board of Directors or the application process please contact

Mimico Library Presents: Mimico's Lost Passenger Pigeon
Participants will learn how to use clay, wire, plaster and found objects to create collective art installations.

Ages: For children aged 8-12 with their parents/caregivers.
Dates: July 20 and 21
Time: 2-4 pm

Registration: Please register in person or call 416-394-5330.
Lakeshore Mardi Gras 2017 - Colonel Sam Smith Park
Last year the event was a huge success and this year promises to be bigger and better!   Singles, couples, and families will enjoy the refreshing open-air ambience of the Lakeshore Mardi Gras in a natural park setting in the heart of the beautiful Lakeshore community. Taking place over a 4 day long weekend from August 4th to August 7th, the community-based event draws its inspiration from the world famous Mardi Gras held annually in New Orleans.

Participants will be able to sample a wide variety of cuisines, while enjoying Dixie, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Country bands in one of the largest and most beautiful parks in Toronto, Colonel Samuel Smith Park, on the historic Lakeshore Grounds.

Live music will play on the main stage and buskers will perform dazzling displays of entertainment.
There will also be a kid's zone, interactive games, and food vendors, a midway, and market vendors offering arts, crafts, jewellery and more.

For more information, please click here
Save the Date - Taste of the Kingsway
September 8 - 10th, 2017

For more information, please click here
Friday, Sept 22 from 7 to 9:30 pm
Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1 to 5 pm
Sunday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 5 pm

Taoist Tai Chi Etobicoke Location
35 Chauncey Ave.
Etobicoke M8Z 2Z2

Details and registration - or email
Following the weekend, you may participate in any class at any of our locations.
VPI Working Solutions
VPI Working Solutions provides employment programs, assessments and supportive vocational services that help residents of Ontario improve job readiness, explore training and get back to work.

The summer hiring season is almost upon us and we've put together resources to help students and youth connect with employers who are looking to hire.

For a complete list of all upcoming events and jobs, please click here
YWCA JUMP is a support program for newcomer women and girls 13+ funded by Citizenship, Refugees and Immigration Canada.  The program helps women and girls explore career options, build skills, search for jobs and integrate into Canadian society.

To view the upcoming calendar, please click here.   For more information, please click here to visit the YWCA JUMP website.

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre
To see what's happening at the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre, please click here
Toronto Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA)
The Toronto Region and Conservation Authority (TRCA) offers a number of fun and interesting activities for you and your family to do.

For a listing of all upcoming events, please click here
Lighting up the Lakeshore - Salvation Army
For a complete listing of upcoming events and activities, please click here
Etobicoke-Lakeshore Ontario Early Years Centre
For a complete listing of upcoming events and activities, please click here
Stonegate Community Health Centre
For a complete listing of upcoming events and activities, please click  here 
Stonegate Ministry
To review the latest newsletter, please click here 
LAMP Community Health Centre
For a complete listing of upcoming events and activities, please click here
Assembly Hall
For a complete listing of upcoming events and activities, please click here
Arts Etobicoke
For a complete listing of upcoming events and activities, please click here
Humber College of Creative and Performing Arts
For a complete listing of upcoming events and activities, please click here
All Saints Anglican Church - Kingsway Organ Recital Series
All concerts take place at:
Place: All Saints' Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St.
Time: 12:30-1:15 PM.
Free Admission with a freewill offering gratefully accepted.
A Journey Through Time - Village of Islington Mural Walking Tour
August 9th 2017 @ 10am and August 22nd at 7 pm
5048 Dundas St W.
This 90 min walk covering a 1 km stretch (2km loop) along Dundas St W will explore the 27 murals in the historic Village of Islington. Lola Macanowicz, chair of the BIA, will personally take you through the village on a guided tour of the murals. Come enjoy a great outdoor activity, while learning a bit of the local history and seeing the stunning, award winning, mural art upclose. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. 

The tour starts and stops at the VIBE Centre. 

To register for the free walking tour on August 9th 10am please click here 
To register for the free walking tour on August 22th 7pm please click here

Constituency Office
933 The Queensway
Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1P3