July 23rd Weekly Update

Published on July 23, 2021
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Dear Neighbour, 
Happy Friday! Many of my constituents have been reaching out in order to get some clarity on the validity of expired Ontario government-issued identification and license plate stickers. These products, if expired on or after March 2020, are still valid until further notice, but can be renewed online or in person, if individuals feel comfortable going to a ServiceOntario location. 

The Ontario government is also making it easier to renew important documents by introducing the option for people to receive digital reminders – including email, text or voicemail – to renew their licence plate stickers, driver’s licences and health cards. The new service will allow Ontarians the option to receive digital reminders 30 and 60 days in advance of their renewal date. 
 
Enhancing ServiceOntario’s online services is part of Ontario’s plan to improve the way people and businesses interact with government. Signing up for digital reminders is simple and fast at Ontario.ca/Reminders.
The Ontario government is investing $10 million towards the Digital Main Street program for 2021-22 to help over 13,000 small businesses expand their digital presence and market their services online. As businesses enter Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, the renewed program will provide small businesses with $2,500 grants, technical training, and digital resources to help them reach more customers in person and online, positioning them for a stronger recovery.

Small businesses across Ontario with a brick-and-mortar location and one to 50 employees can apply for $2,500 Digital Transformation Grants, which they can use to purchase new technology and digital services.

With this additional funding, Digital Main Street will continue to support diverse small business owners throughout the province. To date, the program has provided over 20,000 businesses with support for their digital expansions, while generating jobs for more than 1,600 students and recent graduates.

Sunnybrook Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre 
I was very pleased to see the work in progress at the soon-to-be Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital. Dr. Andy Smith, President and CEO of Sunnybrook Health Sciences gave us a in-depth tour. 

Sunnybrook’s Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre will be the first of its kind in Canada. Once constructed, it will be a state-of-the-art facility that will lead the way for revolutionary solutions to the most devastating brain disorders of our time, including: stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, mood and anxiety disorders.

It will also be home to the Murphy Family Centre for Mental Health where comprehensive inpatient treatment and care will be provided for youth and adults.

 
I was also very honoured to join the Minister of Labour this week to make an important announcement that should have a positive impact on youth in our riding. 

The Ontario government is investing $5.8 million in free online training to help 100,000 workers gain the skills they need to find good jobs and restart their careers. Courses will focus on building skills most in-demand by employers in fields such as information technology, finance and business administration.

This funding is part of the government’s $115 million Skills Development Fund to address challenges to hiring, training and retraining workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To apply, workers can contact their local employment service provider, or go to linkedin.firstwork.org to sign up.

My constituency office is open Monday to Friday from 10AM to 4PM. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to drop by. Please note that you must have a face-covering to enter and capacity is limited to 2 people at a time. In efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to continue to contact us at (416) 781-2395 or email [email protected]. We remain ready to assist.

 
Stay safe, 
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence
 
To book a COVID-19 vaccination, visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call 1-888-999-6488
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