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Ontario's Fall Economic Statement

Health Spending, Road Construction and cutting of temporary COVID-19 Funds

Queen’s Park is upping health spending while cutting back on COVID-19 support programs, as outlined in the province’s fall economic statement.

In the statement released Thursday, officials project there will be a $21.5-billion deficit for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which is less than the $33.1-billion projected by March’s budget. “This improvement reflects a stronger economic growth outlook, as well as more recent information about the impact of COVID-19 on the province’s finances,” reads a statement.

Time-limited funding issued during the COVID-19 pandemic is being phased out over the next few years. While $19.1-billion was given out during 2020-2021, that number went down to $10.7-billion for 2021-2022 and will fall further to $3.4-billion for 2022-2023. That fund will be fully phased out by 2023-2024.

Durham Region has previously expressed concerns about the pullback of COVID-19 funds, noting it could affect the homelessness support programs that were set up during the pandemic, including the hubs in Ajax and Oshawa.

Highlights of the economic statement include:

$548.5-million over three years to expand home and community care.

$30.2-billion over 10 years to build and upgrade hospitals.

$3.7-billion to build an extra 10,000 long-term care beds and upgrade 12,000 existing beds.

$342-million to train new nurses and personal support workers (PSWs) and upskill those currently employed. In total, 5,000 nurses and 8,000 PSWs will be hired or trained, staring in 2021-2022.

$57.6-million to hire 225 nurse practitioners into the long-term care sector, starting in 2022-2023.

$72.3-million over three years to double the number of inspectors patrolling the long-term care sector. $2.6-billion for construction and repairs of highways and bridges. This includes an unspecified amount of funding for controversial projects like the Bradford Bypass and Highway 413. Almost $1-billion for an all-season road network in northern

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Current DCA Member Trade Information is Essential

DCA Members,

Always review and make sure the DCA has your up-to-date information in the Membership and Classified Listings Section. It is important for your company to be displayed on the site correctly.  This web site is the source for DCA member trade information - current company data is essential.

 

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Health and Safety Excellence Program

Health and Safety Excellence Program - Why join?

Keeping your team safe and healthy at work is good for business. Our program provides a clear roadmap for you to improve safety in your workplace, whether you are just getting started or want to improve systems and processes you already have in place. The program connects businesses of all sizes with WSIB-approved providers to help you develop a program that is suitable for your business. https://www.wsib.ca/en/health-and-safety-excellence-program-learn-about-our-program

Sign up for a webinar - To learn more about our Health and Safety Excellence program and how you can earn rebates and recognition while we help you build and enhance your workplace health and safety programs and keep your business pandemic ready, sign up for one of our webinars. You will get the opportunity to learn more about the program, find out how to get started and ask questions. https://www.wsib.ca/en/health-and-safety-excellence-program-webinars

Pandemic Readiness - Our program boasts 36 health and safety topics to help build a comprehensive health and safety system, five topics address the immediate pandemic-related priorities and can help businesses safely resume operations and remain open. Risk assessment – assess COVID-19 related health and safety risks in your workplace, including any new or modified operations or work locations, such as transitioning to work from home offices. Control of hazards – control the spread of COVID-19 through implementation of engineering controls, administrative controls, safe work practices, such as hygiene and sanitation, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Emergency prevention and preparedness – ensure your organization is ready to address challenges resulting from COVID-19 and is pandemic ready. Emergency response – define a work plan to address COVID-19, prevent spread, and resume your business operations safely. Workplace health promotion – empower your staff and support employee mental health through the pandemic and foster a more engaged

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Construction Projects

DCA is your information source for construction projects and tenders in the Durham Region and Surrounding Areas.  The Information Corner and Project List bulletins keep you up-to-date on:

Projects out for tender            Closing Dates               Site Meetings                            Locations

Prequalifications                     Addendum                    Description of the work       

Bid Results                  

                                      

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