Haldimand-Norfolk students return to school Feb. 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 3, 2021 SIMCOE – Haldimand-Norfolk students will be amongst 13 public health unit regions returning to school for in-person learning on Monday, Feb. 8.  “As we know, the January coronavirus figures were quite worrisome,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “We now see trends heading in a better direction, and the opening of … Continue reading “Haldimand-Norfolk students return to school Feb. 8”

Agricultural and horticultural societies to receive funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2021  Ontario to invest $5 Million to offset revenue losses due to COVID-19  PORT DOVER — Ontario Agricultural and Horticultural Societies impacted by the pandemic will receive funding to help them through the COVID-19 recovery in 2021.   Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, made the announcement this week … Continue reading “Agricultural and horticultural societies to receive funding”

Ontario extends off-peak electricity rates to provide relief for families, small businesses and farms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2021  Lower rates will help offset the costs of  staying home during COVID-19  PORT DOVER – The Ontario government is extending electricity rate relief for families, small businesses and farms to support those spending more time at home in response to the provincial Stay-at-Home Order.   The government will continue to hold electricity … Continue reading “Ontario extends off-peak electricity rates to provide relief for families, small businesses and farms”

Is your small business affected by the shutdown?

By MPP Toby Barrett Small business is the backbone of our economy. Since the pandemic started last March my office has been hearing from those impacted. That’s why our government has invested so much in supporting small business to get through these times. Tightened restrictions and shutdown were put in place to help stop the … Continue reading “Is your small business affected by the shutdown?”

Ontario increases protection in Haldimand-Norfolk long-term care homes

  PORT DOVER – MPP Toby Barrett has announced the Ontario government is investing an additional $1.434 million to increase prevention and containment efforts in long-term care homes across Haldimand-Norfolk during this second wave of COVID-19.   The new funding will reduce the risk of the virus from entering long-term care homes from the community by covering eligible expenses … Continue reading “Ontario increases protection in Haldimand-Norfolk long-term care homes”

Barrett announces Ontario Community Infrastructure Funding

For immediate release: Jan. 25, 2021  Province investing $5.1 Million for infrastructure projects in Haldimand-Norfolk  SIMCOE – The Ontario government is providing funding for infrastructure projects in small, rural and northern communities through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) to support municipalities as they build and repair roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure.  In 2021, Haldimand-Norfolk will receive more … Continue reading “Barrett announces Ontario Community Infrastructure Funding”

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”