As the vaccine supply continues to expand in Canada and across our province, Ontario continues to expand eligibility for residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This week, the following groups became eligible through the provincial booking system:
Individuals who are 18 and over in 2021 and live in one of the 114 hot spot communities. In Eglinton-Lawrence, this is postal codes beginning with M5N, M6A, M6B, and M6E.
Individuals turning 50 and over in 2021
Individuals with high-risk health conditions
People who cannot work from home who fall under Group One (including remaining elementary and secondary school workers)
Bookings can be made through the provincial booking system at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or by calling 1-888-999-6488. Additional appointments are added to the system by Toronto Public Health on a regular basis as additional vaccine supply is confirmed.
In addition to clinics offered through the provincial booking system, a number of local Hospitals and Ontario Health Teams offer their own vaccination clinics:
North Toronto Ontario Health Team / Baycrest Arena This clinic, located at 140 Neptune Drive in our riding, is by appointment only. Bookings can be made at https://elvaccineclinic.ca/ or by calling the VaccineTO call centre at 1-888-385-1910.
Humber River Hospital / Downsview Arena This clinic is currently operating as a pop-up on a first come first serve basis. On Saturday May 8 and Sunday May 9, they will be accepting residents 18+ who live or work in a limited number of postal codes, including M6A, M6B, and M6E. Please see the graphic below for full details.
As eligibility at Humber River Hospital's clinic can change from day-to-day, I recommend checking their Twitter account for the most up to date information: https://twitter.com/HRHospital
Women's College Hospital
On Saturday May 8, Women's College Hospital will be operating a pop-up clinic at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, located 23 George Street in the former City of York. Everyone aged 18+ who lives or works in a Toronto hotspot, including M5N, M6A, M6B, and M6E, is eligible for this popup. Please see full details in the graphic below.
This week, I joined Minister Lecce to announce that for the third straight year, public education spending will increase under our government. $2 billion more is being invested for the 2021-2022 school year, including:
$1.6 billion in COVID-19 resources to protect schools;
$85.5 million investment in Ontario’s Learning Recovery Plan
$561 million increase in the Grants for Student Needs (GSN), rising to $25.6 billion.
Ontario’s per-student amount is rising to an estimated $12,686, an increase from 2020-21 levels and the highest ever per-student amount. On top of our historic investment in public education, Ontario alone (without federal support) is renewing the $1.6 billion in COVID funding to support schools with everything from the hiring of staff to additional resources for remote learning technology to math tutoring expansion to support for student mental health.
Today is National Youth and Child Mental Health Day. To ensure Ontarians of all ages can access the safe, effective mental health and addictions supports they need, our government has invested $176 million as part of our Roadmap to Wellness to enhance and expand mental health and addictions services. This includes over $84.3 million in targeted annual investments into specialized supports for children and youth.
In addition, our government has invested $194 million to immediately expand mental health and addictions supports to address the growing need for these services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes targeted supports for children and youth, culturally-safe programs for Indigenous peoples, as well as investments in virtual care that Ontarians can access whenever and wherever they need them.
If you or your child is struggling, I urge you to please reach out for help. Parents can find a Children’s Mental Health Ontario child and youth mental health centre close to home by visiting CMHO.org/Findhelp. No OHIP or referrals are required. Kids Help Phone is also always just a call or text away. Young people can text TALK to 686868 and adults can text WELLNESS to 741741 for 24/7 support. Join us on National Child and Youth Mental Health Day and let the children and youth in your life know that help is available.
My constituency office is open for appointments only. 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.