Strategy to protect farm workers and food supply

By MPP Toby Barrett  Farm workers are essential to both the provincial and federal economies. COVID-19 has demanded many changes in all workplaces; however, drastic and immediate changes on farms posed challenges this season to keep workers safe while ensuring food production continued.  The Ontario Government has taken a leadership role by working with federal … Continue reading “Strategy to protect farm workers and food supply”

Barrett highlights importance of forestry industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 20, 2020  QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett highlighted the importance of the forestry industry, both provincially and in the riding, during Question Period this week.  “In the early days of COVID-19, the province identified essential workplaces that needed to remain open. Among those were the mills, the processing facilities of Ontario’s … Continue reading “Barrett highlights importance of forestry industry”

Grant to assist with business PPE costs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 18, 2020 QUEEN’S PARK – Main street businesses that incurred costs associated with COVID-19 safety measures can now apply for a grant to cover the costs from the Ontario government. The grant will cover up to $1,000 for the costs of personal protective equipment for eligible businesses. Small businesses with two … Continue reading “Grant to assist with business PPE costs”

Ownership of Douglas Creek Estates lies with the people of Ontario: Barrett

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 18, 2020 QUEEN’S PARK – On February 28, 2006, the Douglas Creek Estates subdivision was occupied by force. Over the past 14 years, area people and their institutions of policing, justice and government have done everything in their power to right this wrong, without success.   Recently, Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk, rose again in … Continue reading “Ownership of Douglas Creek Estates lies with the people of Ontario: Barrett”

Ontario protecting agri-food workers and food supply chain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2020 Comprehensive new strategy designed to prevent spread of COVID-19 QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario government has launched a comprehensive strategy to prevent COVID-19 transmission and protect farm workers.  Toby Barrett ,MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, said this strategy will safeguard our food supply chain. Announced earlier … Continue reading “Ontario protecting agri-food workers and food supply chain”

A budget for health, jobs and economic recovery

By MPP Toby Barrett   On the heels of a world health crisis, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips tabled a budget to protect people’s health; support their jobs and the economy; while setting the stage for recovery.   Total spending is projected to be $187 billion running a deficit of $38.5 billion and paying out $12.5 billion to service a … Continue reading “A budget for health, jobs and economic recovery”

Delivering Broadband with First Connections in Norfolk County

TURKEY POINT – Canada and Ontario are delivering on their commitment to create even more economic and educational opportunities in rural, remote and underserved areas of the province through an improved, modern broadband network in Southwestern Ontario. Today, the province celebrated the first customers to receive high-speed internet in Norfolk County through the Southwestern Integrated … Continue reading “Delivering Broadband with First Connections in Norfolk County”

The longest continual battle of the Second World War

By MPP Toby Barrett  I grew up on war stories. Both my father and grandfather signed up in the fall of 1939 when Canada declared war on Germany.  My father spent his war years on the North Atlantic, doing convoy duty in the longest continual battle of the Second World War — a battle in which Canada … Continue reading “The longest continual battle of the Second World War”

Tax cuts create jobs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2020 SIMCOE – Ontario’s provincial budget introduced several tax cuts and other measures designed to provide business relief. The government is planning to invest $4.8 billion in initiatives that will support jobs now, while removing barriers that would hold Ontario back from a strong recovery from COVID-19. Among the major initiatives … Continue reading “Tax cuts create jobs”

Ontario budgeting additional hours for long-term care residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2020 SIMCOE – One of the important planks in today’s budget was an investment to increase the hours of direct care for long-term care patients to an average of four hours per day. Ontario’s Action Plan now sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to make available … Continue reading “Ontario budgeting additional hours for long-term care residents”