Ontario’s Digital Main Street program helps Haldimand County small businesses build and expand online stores during COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 21, 2021 HALDIMAND COUNTY — Ontario’s Digital Main Street Program and Student Digital Service Squads, launched as a $57 million partnership between the Ontario and federal governments, are helping connect tech-savvy students, $2,500 in government grants and online training with local small businesses who need help launching and expanding their online stores … Continue reading “Ontario’s Digital Main Street program helps Haldimand County small businesses build and expand online stores during COVID-19”

Unless it’s essential, all are asked to stay home

By MPP Toby Barrett  Following the December 26 province-wide shutdown, Premier Ford, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has now declared a second provincial emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.  Given the continuing spread of coronavirus, increasing pressures on intensive care units and troubling future … Continue reading “Unless it’s essential, all are asked to stay home”

Applications now open for Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant

Province providing up to $20,000 for eligible businesses impacted by provincewide shutdown FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 15, 2021 SIMCOE — The Ontario government has opened  applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have … Continue reading “Applications now open for Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant”

Fifteen years of lawlessness in Caledonia must end

By MPP Toby Barrett   Next month marks the 15th anniversary of the illegal occupation of Caledonia’s Douglas Creek Estates subdivision, and the consequent 15 years of road blockades, detours, intimidation, and confrontation.  Next month also marks the blockade of the Caledonia Bypass, one year ago on February 24, in support of the Wet’suwet’en Coastal Gaslink pipeline … Continue reading “Fifteen years of lawlessness in Caledonia must end”

Safer at Home Programs provide relief to Ontario families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Jan. 12, 2021  SIMCOE — The Ontario government is providing new financial supports for individuals, families and small businesses, as they do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the province’s health care system during the Provincewide Shutdown. The province is expanding the Support for Learners program to include secondary … Continue reading “Safer at Home Programs provide relief to Ontario families”

Helping Ontario farmers protect Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watersheds

Applications for LEADS program being accepted this month  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Jan. 11, 2021  SIMCOE — The governments of Canada and Ontario will soon be accepting applications for a new round of project funding to help farmers improve environmental sustainability and water quality in the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watersheds. In addition to protecting Ontario’s … Continue reading “Helping Ontario farmers protect Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watersheds”

Rural Economic Development program is now open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 8, 2020 SIMCOE – The province’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program is open to municipalities and non-profit organizations as part of the government’s commitment to creating jobs, boosting growth and encouraging investment in rural communities. The funding is to support activities that create strong rural communities in Ontario and opens doors to … Continue reading “Rural Economic Development program is now open”

Ontario enhancing protection for Species at Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Jan. 6, 2020  Increased investment to help preserve plants, insects,   fish and wildlife throughout the province   SIMCOE — The Ontario government is investing up to $4.5 million to help protect and recover plants and animals that are in danger of disappearing in the province, including nearly $1.9 million in Haldimand-Norfolk over the next few … Continue reading “Ontario enhancing protection for Species at Risk”

Life continued through the second half of 2020

By MPP Toby Barrett  The second half of 2020 started with our region emerging from Covid restrictions and life gaining more normalcy. Regrettably, by fall, Ontario succumbed to the second wave. I started July by writing about the new math curriculum that was introduced in the fall. This new curriculum was developed over two years in consultation … Continue reading “Life continued through the second half of 2020”

Looking back at the first six months of 2020

By MPP Toby Barrett Looking back at 2020, by and large, life and work went on, both locally and at Queen’s Park. The commencement of last year saw passage of the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act. Ontario was the first province in Canada to introduce such a provincially-operated enforcement system. On Jan. 25, the first case … Continue reading “Looking back at the first six months of 2020”