Ward 1 News from Councillor Kelvin Galbraith
April 2021 UPDATE Edition
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Greetings from Councillor Galbraith
  • Burlington Now in Lockdown/Stay at home Phase
  • COVID-19 Updates from City of Burlington
  • COVID-19 Updates - Halton Region including COVID-19 Vaccination status
  • COVID-19 Updates from Province of Ontario, Federal Government and Other helpful links
  • COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
  • We’re All in This Pandemic Together – Please Be Kind
  • Ward 1 Mailer – Coming to Your Mailbox Soon!
  • Ward 1 Virtual Ward Meeting – May 13
  • North Aldershot Planning Area Virtual PIC May 17
  • Plains Road Improvement Virtual PIC coming soon!
  • POSTPONED - BurlingtonGreen’s Community Cleanup
  • Ward 1 Construction Updates
  • Ward 1 Development Updates
  • News From City Hall Community Resources, News & Links
  • Local Boards and Community Involvement 
  • Stay Connected
Hello Ward 1 friends and neighbours!
Spring is here and usually that is a great time to rejoice and get outside for social activities, but we unfortunately still have the ongoing pandemic looming over us. We can still get outside but need to be selective with our activities and with whom we do them. This would be a great year to start that vegetable garden or do the backyard project that you have been putting off for a few years. There is hope on the horizon as the vaccination program is moving forward. More and more people, vulnerable and essential workers are being vaccinated which is getting us closer to herd immunity and a new level of normal.

As many of you know, I am a fitness club owner and fitness enthusiast myself. Since we are all limited in our activity options at the moment (no gyms, sports and recreation activities are permitted at this time) I have noticed the increase in walkers amongst the community. If you are competitive and like numbers like me, try downloading a health app and tracking your steps. Most iPhones do come equipped with a health app that does this for you as long as the phone is on you when you are walking or running. Try to compete with yourself or family members on who can complete the most steps in a week or month. In the end, everyone will benefit from a healthier lifestyle and a little friendly competition amongst friends and family members. The benefits from engaging in any physical activity are as much mental as they are physical. With all the stresses that people have been going through during this long pandemic, fitness can certainly be a benefit for all.

See you out there on the streets!
** PLEASE NOTE, I and my staff are working remotely from home - we are online every weekday and ready to take your questions and concerns. If you are unable to reach me, you can contact my assistant Tara at tara.thorp@burlington.ca or for service requests such as potholes or street light maintenance etc, you can contact city@burlington.ca

There is much information in this newsletter but if you feel that I have missed something or you would like an update on anything else in Ward 1, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

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Kelvin Galbraith
Ward 1 City and Regional Councillor
City Of Burlington
kelvin.galbraith@burlington.ca
BURLINGTON NOW IN LOCKDOWN/STAY AT HOME PHASE
The City of Burlington continues to take appropriate action to prioritize the health and well-being of our community and staff. Our goal is to keep the public and staff safe and help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Masks or face coverings are mandatory in enclosed public spaces. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres. For information about masks and face coverings please visit burlington.ca/coronavirusfaq.

A complete list of the public health and workplace safety measures for each zone under the colour-coded response framework is available at the Province of Ontario’s website.

The Province has announced further restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19, beginning Saturday, April 17 at 12:01 a.m. These stringent Provincial restrictions will be in place for all regions of Ontario, including Halton Region, as part of the Stay-at-Home Order.

Both the provincial declaration of emergency and the Stay-at-Home order have been extended for an additional two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Stay-at-Home order currently in effect requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

Impacts to City services and programs:

City Hall
City Hall, located at 426 Brant St., will remain closed.
Please visit burlington.ca/onlineservices to access a variety of City services online.
For more information, contact Service Burlington during regular business hours at 905-335-7777 or city@burlington.ca.

Burlington Transit
Burlington Transit is an essential service and will continue to run as scheduled including specialized transit and trips to vaccination clinics. The transit terminal at 430 John St. will remain open to provide PRESTO services including SPLIT passes. Presto services are available at Shoppers Drug Mart or online at prestocard.ca. Transit schedules are available online at myride.burlingtontransit.ca.

Parking
Parking enforcement is limited to safety-related issues such as fire routes, accessible parking, no parking/stopping areas and blocked parked areas. City parking time-limit restrictions have been relaxed to help those working from home or self-isolating. Parking permits and exemptions are not required until further notice. For more information on parking, visit www.burlington.ca/parking.

Recreation Services, Parks, all Amenities and Facilities
City of Burlington facilities and recreation programming remain closed, and all indoor programs have been cancelled.
Outdoor gatherings in all City parks, such as Spencer Smith Park, Lowville Park and Beachway Park, are limited to members of the same household. Those living alone may join one exclusive household.
Outdoor recreation amenities will close, effective April 17 at 12:01 a.m., including: playgrounds, sports fields, outdoor courts, skate parks, dog off-leash areas and Tyandaga Golf Course. If you need some fresh air and activity, it’s okay to walk, cycle or jog through your neighbourhood park, but please do not linger. Please stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from everyone else in the park or on a trail and take your waste home with you to dispose of it. Options to stay active at home are available online at burlington.ca/activeathome.
 
Roads, Parks and Forestry
Essential services provided by the Roads, Parks and Forestry Department will continue as needed. Residents with questions or issues can email RPF@burlington.ca or call 905-333-6166.

Construction
Non-essential construction sites as defined under the Provincial emergency order will be put on hold and closed off for public safety until restrictions are lifted.

Please stay home and only go out for exercise in your own neighbourhood and essentials such as groceries. Let’s continue to work together to keep each other safe from new COVID-19 variants. More than ever, we need to support our local healthcare heroes who continue to care for those who need it and preserve hospital capacity.

As the situation evolves and staff receives and reviews the updated order from the Province of Ontario, we will continue to comply and keep you informed on available essential services and what must be closed to keep City of Burlington staff and residents safe.

Burlington is a City where people, nature and businesses thrive. City services may look different as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19. The City’s commitment to providing the community with essential services remains a priority. Sign up to learn more about Burlington at Burlington.ca/Enews and download the free City of Burlington app.

Visit Burlington's COVID-19 page for more information.
ONGOING COVID UPDATES FROM CITY OF BURLINGTON
City of Burlington Council, Senior Management and Communications are updating the city's COVID-19 webpage daily. Many answers can be found regarding city services and outside resources. Residents are highly encouraged to visit and subscribe to this page to receive updates: https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/corona-virus.asp

Residents may visit the Community resource page which provides links to many resources from volunteering, donations, where to get support, applying for grants, mental health supports, and community resource mapping. Rather than repeat all of this information here, we encourage you to visit the page to find links to organizations that can help you:
To access this page and discover these many resource links, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/covid-19-community-resources.asp

If your issues are not addressed on the above page, please visit the City's COVID-19 FAQ page https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/coronavirus-covid-19-faqs.asp

Due to the daily updates from the provincial and federal government, information is constantly changing - if you cannot find the answers you are seeking, please contact City Hall at city@burlington.ca and staff will endeavour to get information for you.
COVID 19 UPDATES FROM REGION OF HALTON
Current situation
For the latest information on COVID-19 in Halton region please read below:
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Program Update: Halton Region is expanding eligibility to Halton residents who are 50 years of age and older (born in or before 1971) who cannot work from home starting Monday, May 3. For more information, please read the April 29 media release.
  • Halton Region is expanding eligibility to residents who are 16 years of age and older living in the Milton L9E postal code area (a designated hot spot) effective Friday, April 30. For more information, please read the April 27 media release.
  • Pregnant individuals are now eligible to book a vaccination appointment through our online booking system. View a complete list of who is currently eligible in Halton
  • Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order: On April 16, 2021 the Province announced strengthened enforcement of the Stay-at-Home Order and additional travel restrictions and public health measures to stop the rapid growth in COVID-19 case rates and pressures on the healthcare system. New province-wide measures are in effect as of Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. More information to come; to learn more and get the latest information:
  • Read the Province’s April 16 news release
  • Visit the Province’s website
  • Businesses should contact the Province's Stop the Spread Information Line at 1-888-444-3659 for specific questions about COVID-19 provincial regulations.
  • Emergency child care: Local child care operators are supporting eligible front line and health care workers with children age four to 12 who may not be able to accommodate their child’s learning/care at home during the period where are operating virtually as part of the Province-wide Stay-at-Home Order and Shutdown. This targeted emergency child care program is offered at no cost to eligible parents. Learn more about emergency child care.
  • Celebrate safely this Spring: Learn how to celebrate Spring safely during the provincial Stay-at-Home Order. Watch Dr. Meghani’s latest video for information on how to help limit the spread of COVID-19 during spring celebrations
  • Class Order: In response to rising cases and to align with Provincial requirements, Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health has made important amendments to the Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Effective October 5, the amendments revise and clarify the self-isolation requirements and other legal obligations of those who are cases of COVID-19. To learn more, please read the Class Order, Class Order Fact Sheet or the October 2 media release.
Province-wide Stay-at-Home Order & Shutdown
On April 16, 2021 the Province announced strengthened enforcement of the Stay-at-Home Order(external link) and additional travel restrictions and public health measures to stop the rapid growth in COVID-19 case rates and mounting pressures on the healthcare system. New province-wide measures took effect on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Both the provincial declaration of emergency and the Stay-at-Home order (O.Reg 265/21(external link)) have been extended for an additional two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Emergency orders currently in force(external link) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act have been extended until at least May 20, 2021.

Please note: Halton Region Public Health has no authority to provide exemptions to provincial regulations.

What this means for Halton residents
  • Stay home and only go out for essential reasons such as getting groceries and medicine, attending a medical or vaccination appointment, or for essential work.
  • Stick to your household. Only have close contact with the people you live with - wear a mask and keep a two metre distance from everyone else.
  • No indoor or outdoor gatherings. Only spend time indoors and outdoors with the people in your household.
  • If you live alone or with a caregiver, you can have close contact with only one other household.

Gatherings:
All indoor and outdoor social gatherings and organized public events are prohibited unless limited to those living in the same household and one other person from outside that household who lives alone.
Amendments to Ontario Regulation 82/20 took effect 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Ontario Regulation 295/21).

Weddings, Funerals and Religious Ceremonies:
Reduced capacity of weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 10 people indoors or outdoors. Social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions are prohibited, unless limited to those living in same household and one other person from outside that household who lives alone. Drive-in services are permitted.
Amendments to Ontario Regulation 82/20 took effect12:01 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2021 (Ontario Regulation 297/21).

Outdoor Recreation:
All outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, and soccer fields, tennis and pickleball courts, skate parks, BMX parks, baseball diamonds, and Frisbee golf are closed.
Outdoor recreational amenities that are parks or recreational areas may be open to permit persons to walk through.
People cannot use outdoor picnic sites and tables or outdoor fitness equipment in park and recreational areas.
An outdoor recreational amenity that is an off-leash dog area, park bench, outdoor playground, outdoor play structure or outdoor play equipment may be open.
Physical distancing of two metres (six feet) must be maintained from those outside your household for all outdoor recreational areas permitted to be open.
Amendments to Ontario Regulation 82/20 took effect Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Ontario Regulation 297/21 and 299/21).

Retail:
Reduced capacity limit to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. This includes supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food, and pharmacies.
All other public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the Province-wide emergency brake(external link) (i.e., curbside pick-up and delivery only), continue to apply.
Amendments to Ontario Regulation 82/20, took effect 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Construction:
All non-essential workplaces in the construction sector are closed.
Specific permitted activities are set out in the regulation.
Amendments to the Ontario Regulation 82/20 took effect 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021(Ontario Regulation 297/21).

Travel:
Travel into Ontario from the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec is restricted, with limited exceptions such as work, health care services, transportation and delivery of goods and services, exercising Indigenous treaty rights, a primary residence in Ontario, moving to Ontario, or humanitarian or compassionate reasons.
New Ontario Regulation 293/21 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act – “Persons Entering Ontario From Manitoba or Quebec”, took effect 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2021.

Strengthened Enforcement Powers:
Police Officers and Provincial Offences Officers (i.e. By-law Enforcement Officers) who have reason to believe an individual may be participating in an outdoor public event or social gathering as prohibited under the Shutdown rules, and who believe it is in the public interest to determine if the individual is in compliance with those rules, can require the individual to provide information for the purpose of determining if they are in compliance
This additional enforcement tool will only be in effect during the Stay-at-Home Order and only to enforce the Stay-at-Home Order.
Please refer to the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) for further information about enforcement in Halton region.
Amendments to Ontario Regulation 8/21 took effect Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Ontario Regulation 298/21).
For the latest information on what is open, what is closed and restrictions, please refer to the Province’s website https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions
COVID-19 Vaccination Status
Halton Region continues to follow Provincial direction on prioritization and Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. Halton Region does not have the authority to grant exceptions and Halton’s ability to vaccinate residents is dependent on supply for the Provincial and Federal governments.

At this time, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being provided at Halton community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. Please note that vaccine availability is based on federal and provincial allocation, and it is not possible to guarantee which vaccine will be provided at community clinics. The AstraZeneca vaccine is available at participating pharmacies for residents aged 40 years or older. All COVID-19 vaccines being provided have been approved by Health Canada, and are safe and effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

Public Health is working closely with partners to roll out the vaccine as quickly and equitably as possible. Planning is underway to ensure that everyone in Halton who wants the vaccine can receive it, following the vaccination of priority populations.

Who is eligible, how and where to get vaccinated

Where to get vaccinated
Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics:

How to book an appointment
Book an appointment online to be vaccinated at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Centre or call 311 if booking support is required. Please do not call if you are not currently eligible. 

Several pharmacies in Halton are now are offering the AstraZeneca vaccine to individuals aged 40+. The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective in preventing severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Booking through a pharmacy is another option for eligible residents to get their vaccine and gain protection from COVID-19 as soon as possible. Earlier appointments may also be available through this program. Find a location and book now

Please visit this page to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine updates sent to your inbox: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccines

For More Information:
COVID 19 UPDATES FROM PROVINCE OF ONTARIO /GOVERNMENT OF CANADA & OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
Ontario Cases:
Canadian Cases:
If you are looking for links to the federal benefits and services that are available to Canadians, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

Other resources to contact:
  • Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
  • Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
  • World Health Organization: www.who.int
  • For information on Ontario's social, health, community and government services: 211.ca
  • For those whose second language is English, the province has provided COVID-19 information in multiple languages - see the link in the Help Stop The Spread Section of https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
  • COVID-19 Family Isolation Resources https://halton.cioc.ca/record/OAK0006
  • Halton Women's Place: Continue to provide shelter for those seeking assistance and counselling for those who need it online. If you or someone you know need assistance please visit their website. Their shelters are currently at capacity and they are in need of more resources to support their hundreds of clients. If you can, please donate here.
  • SAVIS of Halton: All counselling and programming is online - Resources are still needed, to donate please click here. For those who need immediate help please call their emergency line: 905-875-1555 or visit their website.
  • Halton Distress Centre: Still operating all services online and over the phone. Please visit their website for more information.
  • Oakville: 905-849-4541
  • Burlington: 905-681-1488
  • North Halton: 905-877-1211
  • Blood Services - Many people are still in need of blood at this time. To book an appointment to donate please visit their website or call (1-888-236-6283)
  • Kids Help Phone - Remains open and accessible to all Canadians – youth, in particular – 24/7 via phone and text uninterrupted. Have increased texting services to manage the bulk of the volume increase. Many volunteers are still needed, if you would like to volunteer your time please click here. If you are in need of their support please call: 1-800-668-6868 or visit their website for more information. 
  • Centre for Addiction And Mental Health Foundation - Creating a knowledge hub that will answer all common COVID-19 concerns and questions as well as tops for coping with stress and anxiety. Once this knowledge hub is launched we will be sure to share with you the link to access it. Please contact CAMH if you need help coping with anxiety while in isolation or quarantine here
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
Now that Halton has been in the Shutdown/Stay At Home Order for a few weeks, some businesses remain open while adhering to increased restrictions. When visiting our local businesses please respect their rules and follow protocols with regards to social distancing and masking. 

Please support your local business if you can.
Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Guarantee -
Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs. Learn more here
Ontario Introduces Paid COVID-19 Leave - Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit 

On April 29, legislation was approved that requires employers to provide employees with up to $200 of pay for up to three days if they are missing work because of COVID-19 as part of the Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit. This program will be retroactive to April 19, 2021 and effective until September 25, 2021.

By providing time-limited access to three paid leave days, the province is ensuring employees can pay their bills as they help stop the spread of the virus, including by getting tested, waiting for their results in isolation or going to get their vaccine. The province will partner with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to deliver the program and reimburse employers up to $200 per day for each employee.

The Ontario government continues to work with the federal government to further support vulnerable workers by doubling payments made through the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) program. 

More details on the program are coming soon, please visit the Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit webpage here to learn more.

To read the press release, please visit HERE
Digital Main Street Program
Helping small businesses create and enhance their online presence to reach more customers through the $57 million Digital Main Street program. More information can be found here: https://digitalmainstreet.ca/
Burlington Economic Development is also leading a Digital Service Squad (DSS) in Burlington to help get more businesses online. Information on Burlington DSS can be found here: https://investburlington.ca/covid19/
Digital Service Squad program extended in Burlington! Small businesses can get free customized support to build a digital presence
As of March 22nd 2021, we are happy to announce that the Digital Service Squad program has been extended and will continue to service Burlington businesses for the coming months. However, no new grant applications will be accepted at this time. 
The Squad will continue to conduct its first complimentary audit of your digital presence, and then help you develop a Digital Transformation Plan.  
DSS services can include:
  • Training you or your staff on a basic website build.
  •  Improving your existing online presence (through a Google My Business account, Social Media channels, 360º photos and more).
  • Introducing you to Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) techniques.
  • Setup of E-commerce, Point of Sale (POS) and Customer Database programs.
We are delighted to continue our work with Burlington small businesses, and activate various digital marketing tools for businesses to target new audiences and markets.
  
Services will be available until June on a first come first serve basis. Get more information online here or connect with the team to get started digitalmainstreet@burlington.ca.
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business
The Province is providing $8 million to help small business and registered charity customers with energy bills. Learn more about this program here: https://www.oeb.ca/rates-and-your-bill/covid-19-energy-assistance-programs/covid-19-energy-assistance-program-small
TOURISM COVID-19 BUSINESS ADVOCACY, SUPPORT, TOOLS AND UPDATES
POST Promise
•   The POST Promise is a training & education platform which results in a voluntary declaration from a business to help consumers feel confident that a business is doing their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Burlington businesses are encouraged to join Team Burlington and the City of Burlington by adopting this promise.
Government of Ontario
•   Main Street Relief Grant for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) providing up to $1,000 for PPE costs to eligible small businesses across Ontario with 2 to 9 employees operating in the following sectors: retail, accommodation and food services, repair and maintenance or personal and laundry services.
•   Property Tax and Energy Cost Rebate Grants for businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures. This provincial application-based grant provides a rebate to eligible businesses for property taxes and energy bills. Learn more and apply to one or both of these grants by clicking here.
•   Online Training to Promote Safe Workplaces - Free online workplace health & safety training. Contact Employment Ontario
•   COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan Guidebook
•   Ontario Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program Portal (OCECRA) Property owners click to apply & review eligibility.
•   Resources to Prevent spread of COVID-19 - guidelines and posters for various business sectors including food services and agriculture
•   Destination Ontario Research - information on forecasted economic outcomes, a micro-economic outlook, a travel outlook and media consumption information. Click here.
Ontario Legislature Passes Budget Bill to Protect Health and Jobs
 As provinces across the country continue to battle the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the introduction of more contagious variants of concern, the Ontario legislature has passed Bill 269, Protecting the People of Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2021 and enacted into law the next phase of the province’s ongoing response.
 
The government’s total investments in protecting people's health have grown to $16.3 billion, including $1 billion to enable and support COVID-19 vaccinations, which has seen Ontario administer more vaccines than any other province or territory in the country. As soon as the province receives more vaccines from the federal government, it will be able to further accelerate its rollout to protect more people from COVID-19.
 
In addition to historic investments in the province’s health system, the Ontario government is providing $23.3 billion to protect the economy. Ontario's COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion. Additional highlights of Ontario's plan include:
  • Making it safer to re-engage with workplaces, businesses and communities with $2.3 billion for testing and contact tracing.
  • Protecting frontline heroes and vulnerable people with $1.4 billion for personal protective equipment, including more than 315 million masks and more than 1.2 billion gloves.
  • Investing an additional $5.1 billion to support hospitals since the pandemic began, creating more than 3,100 additional hospital beds. This includes $1.8 billion in 2021-22 to continue providing care for COVID-19 patients, address surgical backlogs and keep pace with patient needs.
 
Protecting the economy
 The 2021 Budget provides tax relief that will help families with the cost of childcare, help workers with the cost of training and encourage regional investment and job growth.
 
Bill 269 includes the following three changes to the Taxation Act, 2007 that will bring direct relief to people and businesses in the midst of this crisis:
 
Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit
 The new Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit is a temporary, refundable Personal Income Tax credit for 2021, helping workers get the training they may need for a career shift, to re-train or to sharpen their skills. The credit will provide up to $2,000 in relief for 50 per cent of eligible expenses, for a total of an estimated $260 million in support to about 230,000 people in 2021.
 
Childcare Access and Relief from Expenses (CARE) Tax Credit
 To support parents with the cost of child care and help them get back into the workforce, the government is providing a 20 per cent enhancement of the CARE tax credit for 2021. This will increase support from $1,250 to $1,500 per family, on average, providing about $75 million in additional support for the child care expenses of over 300,000 families.
 
Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit
 To encourage business investment in certain regions of the province that have lagged in employment growth in the past, Ontario is temporarily doubling the Regional Opportunities Investment Tax Credit rate to 20 per cent from 10 per cent, resulting in total tax credit support of about $155 million by 2022–23.
 
Included in the $23.3 billion in investments to protect our economy through COVID-19 and beyond is unprecedented support for families and workers, jobs and Ontario's small businesses.

WE'RE ALL IN THIS PANDEMIC TOGETHER - PLEASE BE KIND
We get it. We’re in another Provincial State of Emergency that includes a Stay-at-Home Order, with additional restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19.

People are tired of having to stay home, wear masks, wash their hands a lot and anxious about vaccines.

This is why it is more important than ever to be patient and be kind to your neighbours, fellow residents and workers that serve you in our community.

From the beginning of the pandemic, the health and well-being of our community and staff has been and continues to be the City of Burlington’s top priority. The City continues to coordinate efforts to protect the public and staff from the spread of COVID-19, while maintaining essential City services. We ask that you be considerate and kind to City staff doing their jobs.

Frontline City personnel have been working tirelessly to serve the public, despite the risk, throughout this pandemic and City staff continue to work remotely whenever possible to ensure seamless delivery of programs and services.

Under the City’s Zero Tolerance Policy and as part of the City’s social media commenting guidelines, unacceptable, abusive behavior will not be tolerated. Words hurt: Using abusive language can have a direct and harmful impact on the people who are doing their best to help you. 
WARD 1 MAILER - COMING TO YOUR MAILBOX SOON!
In an effort to reach those residents who do not subscribe to my monthly newsletters, my office will be sending out a Ward 1 Update brochure - watch your mailbox!

Within you will find information on COVID links, neighbourhood groups, your input on ward 1 issues, an upcoming Virtual Ward meeting, and much more.

If you do not receive yours, I am more than happy to send you a PDF copy via email. Please reach out to my office at ward1@burlington.ca
WARD 1 VITURAL WARD MEETING - MAY 13
We welcome you to join our upcoming Virtual Ward meeting. We will be discussing Burlington's Housing Strategy, Waterdown Road Updates, and other ward-specific news.

Meeting details:
DATE: May 13, 2020
TIME: 7:00pm
ZOOM LINK: https://bit.ly/2R7oMTe, or email ward1@burlington.ca to register
NORTH ALDERSHOT PLANNING AREA - VIRTUAL PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE - MAY 17 - PRESENTED BY HALTON REGION
The North Aldershot Policy Area is special policy area located within the City of Burlington which is currently primarily non-urban and accommodates unique environmental features including the Niagara Escarpment.

The review and update of land use permissions and policies in the North Aldershot through the Halton Region Official Plan Review includes consideration of growth potential and associated potential servicing requirements.

The Growth Concepts Discussion Paper includes an assessment to consider the merits of North Aldershot as a potential settlement boundary expansion area. An assessment was also undertaken to review opportunities and constraints for servicing in North Aldershot.

A virtual Public Information Centre will be held May 17th to discuss the North Aldershot Policy Area as part of ongoing consultation on the Growth Concepts component of the Halton Region Official Plan Review (visit Halton.ca for more information).

PLAINS ROAD ROAD IMPROVEMENTS AND CYCLE LANES VIRTUAL PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE COMING SOON!
Staff have advised that the Public Open House for Plains Road improvements and cycle lanes is coming soon (end of May or early June)
While meeting login details have not yet been confirmed, we will share them on social media as well as on the City of Burlington website. If you would like to attend, please email the ward 1 office at ward1@burlington.ca
POSTPONED - BURLINGTONGREEN'S ANNUAL COMMUNITY CLEANUP!
PLEASE NOTE THAT COMMUNITY CLEAN UP HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER ISSUED BY THE PROVINCE.

We look forward to resuming the city-wide cleanup when the province lifts the order, with plans to extend the opportunity through to the end of October.

In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy local nature responsibly.

City of Burlington staff are thankful for those who continue to participate in private cleanups throughout the city. However, it is unfeasible for the City to provide ongoing waste pick-up requests beyond Earth Day-related cleanups organized through Burlington Green in the spring. Garbage collected by residents voluntarily should be put out for their regular garbage day for Halton Region to pick-up. Alternatively, residents can drop off their garbage at the Halton Waste Management Site.

During the pandemic, the City has received an increase in the number of requests for assistance in disposing of waste collected by residents in their neighbourhood. The City is not resourced in such a way as to supplement residential garbage pickup where individuals have taken it upon themselves to collect garbage. If you are interested in organizing a neighbourhood spring cleanup, please visit the following site for more information: https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/litter-and-clean-ups.asp.

For further information about BurlingtonGreen’s Clean Up, please visit: burlingtongreen.org.
Ward 1 Construction Updates
City View Pavilion Construction Updates
As many will recall, construction of the City View pavilion started in September 2020 and is anticipated to be completed this summer. The park remains open for use during the construction period, including the sport fields, playground and trails.

The year-round building will support existing and future planned uses in the park. Specific components of the park building include:
  • Public washrooms
  • Universal washroom
  • Indoor public gathering area that can be used by all park users
  • Exterior space includes an outdoor terrace
  • Accessible parking and drop-off area
  • Interpretive displays highlighting the unique park setting
  • A public art installation 

For more information on this project, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/City-View-Park.asp
Beachway/Boardwalk Improvements
Great news for residents who visit the Beachway - the boardwalk is scheduled to be completed very soon (see pictures below). There will be two entrances from the beach to the boardwalk/washrooms/Snack Shack; one will be an accessible ramp (South side) and the other will be stairs (North side), and one entrance from the parking lot. Once the construction is completed, Roads, Parks and Forestry will work to clean the washrooms and the Snack Shack as they have been closed for some time now (paint, power wash, deep clean, remove vandalism). The two washrooms on the North side were renovated during this project.

Fencing will remain up until everything is completed and staff are aiming to open in early summer. There are currently portable washrooms in the parking lot.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) came out this spring for Summer Concession Operations at the Beachway (for the Snack Shack) and closed on April 20th. More info on this to follow

At the Beachway Pumphouse (North of the Boardwalk), Burlington Beach Rentals will be back and operational from approximately June 1st to September 30th.

Out office will continue to share updates on this project as they become available.
Plains Road West Bell Line Relocation Work
Please note that Bell Canada’s contractor Avertex has now started work at Plains Road and Waterdown as of Monday March 8th. Below you will see the project timeline that was provided to our office. if you have any questions regarding this work, please contact Robert Stuart, Project Manager at robert.stuart@burlington.ca
Ward 1 Development Updates
284-292 Plains Road
(Pre-Application)
On April 26, residents, staff and several council members attended a Pre-application Consultation Virtual Meeting, on behalf of 284 Plains Road Development Inc. (Corley Developments Inc.)

As per their announcement mailed out earlier this week:
"Weston Consulting is hosting a virtual pre-application community meeting to discuss a proposal to redevelop the property located at 284 & 292 Plains Road East.
The proposed development would consist of a 9-storey residential building, containing 156 residential dwelling units, and 195 parking spaces.

If 284 Plains Road Development Inc. chooses to pursue this redevelopment, it would require an amendment to the City of Burlington Official Plan and Zoning By-Law. The current Official Plan designation of the site is Urban Corridor, and the current Zoning is Residential Medium Density (RM1).

No development applications have been submitted to the City of Burlington at this time, and the City has not made any decisions on this proposal.

During the meeting, City Planning Staff provided an overview of the development application review process, as well as the planning policies in effect on site. Weston Consulting provided an overview of the proposed development.

Residents can subscribe to this proposed development’s webpage at www.burlington.ca/284plains to receive any updates about this proposal.

Comments and questions for Weston Consulting can be sent to the following address:
Martin Quarcoopome
Weston Consulting
201 Millway Avenue, Suite 201
905-738-8080 extension 266

After the application has been submitted to the City, notice will be sent to residents within 120 meters of the site, and details of the application will be publicly available at:
www.burlington.ca/284plains. At that stage residents can provide comments and questions to City staff.
1600 Kerns Road - Application Received
Please note that our office has been advised that the application for 1600 Kerns Road has been received and deemed complete by the City. This application is for a Zoning By-law Amendment to permit a four-storey retirement home on the subject lands.

Staff are preparing the webpage which will be posted in the coming days. Notice to the public will be coming soon.

As a reminder, Fieldgate Retirement Living hosted a public pre-application meeting on in 2019 to share their plans to propose an amendment to the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw for the property at the above-noted address. The Proposal originally included a 5 storey retirement home with ground floor retail.

Due in large part to community feedback at and following the meeting, a small working group was been formed which included the developer, their consultant, City of Burlington Staff, Councillor and residents.

Our office will continue to provide updates on this application. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at ward1@burlington.ca
National Homes (Brant) Inc. - 2100 Brant Street
Area residents received notification that the owners of the property located at 2100 Brant Street have begun the process to remove trees and install siltation control fences on the property beginning April 12, 2021.
 
The works were anticipated to start on April 13 occurring inside the area on site within the property limits.  
 
Representatives from National Homes are in contact with the Contractors daily and if there are any concerns, please reach out to 
 
National Homes Contact: Pavi Thavarajah
 
Please do not attempt to approach the construction site as it is dangerous to yourself and the operators on site.
 
To review all current Ward 1 development projects, including an option to subscribe to the page for updates, please visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/ward-one.asp
If there is a particular project you are interested and would like to receive updates on that development, please visit the individual development page and choose Subscribe
News From City Hall
Summer is approaching, and the City of Burlington is hopeful that Summer Camps and a new Park Play program will be able to run, with registration for both opening May 1, 2021 at 9 a.m. As always, any City-run program will be subject to the Provincial and public health regulations and could be cancelled as we continue to respond to this pandemic.
Emergency Preparedness Week (EPW) is an annual Canada-wide initiative encouraging all Canadians to take actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. In line with the pressures of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and this year’s EPW theme of Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything, the City of Burlington is launching the first of multiple screenings of the film The Great Disconnect 
The City of Burlington will receive $59,700 from the Ontario Government’s Inclusive Community Grants program. These funds will be used to install hearing loop systems in City of Burlington recreation centres to help individuals with hearing aids and cochlear implants get clearer sound, participate more fully and enjoy their experiences in programs and activities.
The City of Burlington climbed five spots from 2019, to rank 9 th on North America’s Most Open Cities Index for 2020 , published by Public Sector Digest (PSD).
The Open Cities Index was launched by PSD in 2015 as Canada’s first study to benchmark municipal open data initiatives across the country and has since expanded to include organizations from across North America.
Reposting on behalf of the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario.
Burlington, Ontario, April 9, 2021— Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. Together, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.
Today, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; Effie Triantafilopoulos, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Long-Term Care and Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington; and Her Worship Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor of the City of Burlington, announced joint funding for the revitalization of the Civic Square in downtown Burlington.
Together, We Are Burlington 
Everyday in Burlington, someone does something for a friend, a stranger or their community. Many times, no one knows the action or even the impact it has. Sure, the city has some larger than life events and local personalities that are exciting, award-winning and newsworthy, but it’s the random acts of community that really build our strength, sense of belonging and defines who we are as a city.

The City of Burlington is asking residents to share stories at getinvolvedburlington.ca/together of what makes you proud to be Canadian and a Burlington resident, and how we come together as a city. Tell us about how you or someone you know has made a difference or has brought people together through random acts of community; moments of kindness or through small acts that may have made a bigger impact in your life or those around you.

Examples of stories could be as simple as neighbours helping each other or coordinating something that brings the community together. It could be a story about how you or someone you know were made to feel welcome and a part of the community. Of course, we also want to hear of the bigger things like volunteers and those who organize food drives, environmental clean-ups and advocate for a better life for everyone.

Starting March 29, share your story on getinvolvedburlington.ca/together by uploading your short video from YouTube or Vimeo (1 minute or less) or writing your story in 500 words or less. Registration to Get Involved Burlington is needed but only requires a postal code and email. Stories posted will be visible to anyone on the page and open to messages of kindness, inspiration and support. Check the site frequently to see new stories and be inspired.
Stories will be accepted until June 30, 2021 and City staff may reach out to request permission to feature your submission.
Get Involved Burlington!
The City of Burlington has an online engagement platform, Get Involved Burlington.
You can register for updates on city projects, participate in surveys, provide feedback, get engaged and have your say. The platform has tools including surveys, polls, mapping, discussion forums, storytelling and more. We look forward to hearing from you.
To stay up to date on all City of Burlington Media Releases, please visit https://bit.ly/2xxoVFr Be sure to subscribe to this page to be alerted of any new releases.
Ward 1 Community News & Resources
The Lighthouse for Grieving Children has been supporting grieving children and their families in our community for over 20 years.  Throughout Covid 19, we have continued to support our Lighthouse families remotely, connecting them with one another through virtual grief support groups and offering activities to do together at home. 
Help support Lighthouse by registering today at www.run4LH.com. Until March 20th, Adults are $40, children $20. Any questions, please email info@run4LH.com 
Free Little Libraries in Ward 1
We have received word of the growing number of Free Little Libraries in Ward 1 including ones on streets such as Shadeland Avenue, Botanical Drive, Fairview Place East, Enfield Road, Marley Road, Bayshore Boulevard, Spring Gardens Road, Eagle Drive and Finch Avenue.
This is a great resource, especially with its inherent social distancing. To find more Free Little Libraries, or to register your own, please visit https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/ or https://llwc.wordpress.com/maps/
Happy Reading!
Ward 1 Community Links
Local Boards & Community Involvement
In addition to serving as Ward 1 City and Regional Councillor, I have the opportunity to sit on a few other local boards and committees:
Royal Botanical Gardens Board
As a member of the Board of Directors for Ward 1's own Royal Botanical Gardens, I meet with a team of dedicated individuals, aimed at serving Burlington and beyond.
We meet roughly every 3 months, with the Annual General Meeting occurring in June.
For more information on the Royal Botanical Gardens, please visit www.rbg.ca
Tourism Burlington Board
Tourism Burlington is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors who represent various sectors of the Tourism, Industry and Business sectors in the City of Burlington. The Board meets September to November and February to May on the 3rd Thursday of the month, with the Annual General Meeting held in May of each year.
For more information on Tourism Burlington, please visit www.tourismburlington.com
Aldershot Village BIA (Business Improvement Area)

The Aldershot Business Improvement Area (ABIA) acts as a voice for Aldershot business while providing a professional approach to improving business opportunities for its members, enhancing its commercial profile and relationships with the community and the City of Burlington while building a strong local economic engine for Aldershot.

The ABIA identifies Aldershot as a distinct community for shopping, dining and doing business. Established in December 2004, we continue to partner with other Aldershot groups - The Aldershot Community Honour Roll, Partnering Aldershot, Alderfest Community Festival and others to build support for approximately 250 retailers and service professionals.
For more information on Aldershot Village BIA, please visit www.aldershotbia.com
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City of Burlington & Region of Halton
Ward 1 Councillor