It is now September and that means that kids across Ontario are headed back to class! This school year, students will be able to enjoy a more normal, full-time, in-person learning experience that includes extra-curriculars, field trips, sports, and other important activities. Students, teachers, and other school-based staff will be returning to school with strict safety protocols in place, enhanced cleaning, low-barrier testing, and provincewide improvements to air ventilation – all supported by public health experts.
Thanks to an investment of more than $600M in ventilation improvements, every school in Ontario is safer. We are also ensuring that the highest possible standards are met and deployed 70,000 standalone HEPA filter units and other ventilation devices, higher grade filters and supporting more frequent filter changes. We are also requiring standalone HEPA filter units for all junior and senior kindergarten classrooms to help better protect our youngest learners. And HEPA units in every learning space, within schools that do not have mechanical ventilation.
Yesterday, I joined Minister Stephen Lecce to greet Grade 3 students at St. Margaret's ,who were very excited to be back on their first day. I was so happy to see the passion and joy the children had participating in their classroom work. I know these students have a bright future ahead!
The Ontario government is publicly launching the technology and standards that will build Ontario’s digital identity ecosystem, which will empower simpler, faster and better access to more convenient and secure online services. As one of the first jurisdictions in North America to publish this information, Ontario continues to demonstrate its commitment to digital and data transparency, and is making progress on becoming a world-leading digital jurisdiction.
When fully launched, Ontario’s Digital ID (identification) will allow people and businesses to prove who they are both online and in person with built-in safety features that protect users’ privacy and personal information. It will be a convenient and easy identification solution that is made with the security and encryption necessary for today’s highly digitized world, which protects personal data while performing secure transactions and accessing online services.
Over time, Ontario’s Digital ID will open up more opportunities for individuals and businesses across all business sectors. This initiative is yet another way that the government is working with the marketplace to support economic growth, new investments and technological innovation.
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. We encourage you to continue to contact us at (416) 781-2395 or email [email protected]. We remain ready to assist.