March 1st Newsletter

Published on March 01, 2019
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Update from your Member of Provincial Parliament

The Ontario Legislature resumed for the winter session on February 18, and our government has been hard at work implementing our plan for the people of Ontario. In this update, you will find information about government announcements and initiatives impacting the residents of Eglinton-Lawrence.

As always, please contact my community office directly at (416) 781-2395 for information or assistance with any programs or services offered by the Government of Ontario. You can also keep up to date with the latest news, request a congratulatory certificate, invite me to an event, share your feedback or request a meeting by visiting my website at

Investing in Hospital Upgrades, Repairs and Maintenance

On February 13, I was at Baycrest to announce a provincial investment of $2,998,481 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. This funding will support the modernization of seven hospital elevators, three air handling units, improve accessibility and complete the Nurse Call project.
Ontario is investing $175 million in repairs and upgrades to 128 hospitals across the province this year through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

 Strengthening Trust Between the Police and the Public

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to join the Toronto Police Service's 13 Division for a ride along to learn more about the challenges faced by both our police service and by our communities on a daily basis. 
Our government has introduced the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act to strengthen the trust between police and the public by treating police with fairness and respect, enhancing oversight, and improving governance, training, and transparency.

In the Community

Meeting with residents at the Terraces at Baycrest to hear their feedback and concerns
Visiting Yoga Centre Toronto, the recipient of a $33,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Breaking Down Barriers to Better Patient Care

The Government of Ontario has announced a long-term plan to fix and strengthen the public health care system by focusing directly on the needs of Ontario’s patients and families. Ontario’s new plan would improve access to services and patient experience by:

• Organizing health care providers to work as one coordinated team, focused on patients and specific local needs. Patients would experience easy transitions from one health provider to another (for example, between hospitals and home care providers, with one patient story, one patient record and one care plan).

• Providing patients, families and caregivers help in navigating the public health care system, 24/7.

• Integrating multiple provincial agencies and specialized provincial programs into a single agency to provide a central point of accountability and oversight for the health care system. This would improve clinical guidance and support for providers and enable better quality care for patients.

• Improving access to secure digital tools, including online health records and virtual care options for patients – a 21st-century approach to health care.

Ontario’s renewed patient-centric approach is paired with historic investments in long-term care for seniors and improved mental health and addictions services for families. 

As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, I look forward to working closely with Health Minister Christine Elliott in delivering on our committments to the people of Ontario. 


Changes to the Ontario Autism Program

The Ontario government currently invests $321 million each year in autism supports that under the current system leave 3 out of 4 children behind. 

Under the government’s proposed reforms, families may receive a Childhood Budget until their child turns 18. Supports will be targeted to lower and middle-income families. The amount of the budget will depend on the length of time a child will be in the program.

As the mother of a wonderful child who happens to be on the autism spectrum, I am proud our plan will ensure all children in Ontario can get diagnosed and obtain some supports from their government quickly. I also appreciate how this policy lets parents have some choice about what services are most appropriate for their child. 

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Robin Martin MPP, Eglinton-Lawrence
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