Provincial

Ontario Increasing Funding for Kinship Service, Adoption and Customary Caregivers

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The Ontario government is taking additional steps to help provide vulnerable children and youth with stable, nurturing homes by investing more than $2.95 million to help support kinship service and customary caregivers, adoptive parents and legal custody guardians. These new funds will assist in better preparing caregivers to welcome children and youth in their homes and provide ongoing help with ...

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Mobile Live Fire Training Unit Hits the Road for Firefighter Training

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Ontario is launching the first of two new Mobile Live Fire Training Units to help support fire services’ firefighter training needs. The new mobile training units, part of the province’s plan to expand and modernize access to firefighting training, will bring additional high-quality, hands-on training directly to fire services in all regions of the province. “As we work to build ...

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Ontario expands Second Career Program

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The Ontario government is providing financial support to workers by expanding the Second Career Program and proposing to extend the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit. The training program would be expanded to serve more people on social assistance, those who are self-employed, gig workers, youth, newcomers, and others who need a hand up, while the tax credit would be extended ...

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Ontario Enhancing Supports for Veterans and their Families expanding True Patriot Love Foundation

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The Ontario government is investing more than $529,000 through the True Patriot Love Foundation to expand access to specialized mental health services and support for Ontario’s veterans returning to civilian life. The funding will be directed to community-based programs offering group counselling, and supports for women who suffered sexual trauma during combat. “Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to keep ...

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Ontario Increasing Access to Safe Housing for Survivors of Violence and Human Trafficking

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The Ontario government is investing $18.5 million over three years to support survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking by increasing access to safe and affordable housing, employment assistance and childcare through the Transitional and Housing Support Program. The funding will enhance access to services at five on-reserve Indigenous shelter and family healing programs and help alleviate long-term pressures on ...

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Safer Communities Contribute to a Stronger Ontario

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As Ontario marks Crime Prevention Week, the government is calling on Ontarians to get involved in their communities by taking a few simple steps to protect their own safety and make crime prevention a year-round habit. Crime Prevention Week, which runs November 7 to 13, is an annual awareness event in partnership with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. ...

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New Justices Appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice

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Attorney General Doug Downey announced the appointment of three justices to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective November 18, 2021. Justice Jennifer Lynne Myers was called to the bar in 2002. Since 2021, Justice Myers was an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Guns and Gangs Prosecution Unit at the Ministry of the Attorney General. For most of her career, Justice ...

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L’Ontario accélère l’accès à la justice en déplaçant davantage de services en ligne

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Le gouvernement de l’Ontario propose une nouvelle solution de justice numérique qui transformera la façon dont les gens gèrent leurs affaires juridiques devant la Cour supérieure de l’Ontario et la Cour de justice de l’Ontario. L’Initiative d’optimisation relative au numérique pour les tribunaux représente le plus grand pas en avant dans l’évolution numérique de la justice au Canada, remplaçant des ...

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Ontario accelerating access to justice by moving more services online

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The Ontario government is delivering a new digital justice solution that will transform how people handle their legal matters at the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice. The Courts Digital Transformation initiative will be the most significant single step forward in the digital evolution of justice in Canada, replacing outdated paper-based procedures with an online platform to manage cases, documents ...

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Ontario Supporting Indigenous and Emerging Artists

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The Ontario government is increasing support for the province’s arts sector with a $5-million grant program administered through the Ontario Arts Council. The funding will create more opportunities for Indigenous artists and arts organizations to reconnect with their audiences and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and help new emerging artists across all disciplines during a pivotal stage in their ...

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Ontario to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

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As part of the 2021 Fall Economic Statement, the Ontario government will introduce legislation that, if passed, would raise the general minimum wage from $14.35 to $15.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022. Under the proposed changes, the special minimum wage rate for liquor servers would be eliminated and they would be entitled to the general minimum wage. Students under ...

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L’Ontario fera passer le salaire minimum à 15 dollars l’heure

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Dans le cadre de sa mise à jour économique de l’automne 2021, le gouvernement de l’Ontario proposera un projet de loi qui, s’il est adopté, fera passer le salaire minimum général de 14,35 $ à 15,00 $ à compter du 1er janvier 2022. En vertu des modifications proposées, le salaire minimum des serveurs de boissons alcoolisées serait éliminé et ces ...

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Ontario Helping Protect Communities Against Racism and Hate

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The Ontario government is helping protect communities against racism and hate through the province’s new $1.6 million Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant Program. Eligible organizations, including community-based, not-for-profit organizations, can apply for grants of $40,000 over two years for independent projects, or $100,000 over two years for partnerships between two or more organizations. “Recent events, such as the horrific Islamophobic attack in ...

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OPP Pathway of Memories – 105 Memory Stones Donated in 2021

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the OPP Youth Foundation recognized this year’s Pathway of Memories recipients who had an inscribed memory stone dedicated in their honour, as well as those who donated a stone. A total of 105 memory stones have been donated this year, bringing the number of stones in the Pathway of Memories to 426. The Pathway ...

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