Council Proclaims September "Literacy Month"
in the Region of Peel
year, September 8th marks International Literacy
Day, celebrated by United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
On a local scale, several groups have partnered
together to raise awareness of events promoting
literacy and lifelong learning in the Region of
the month of September, Ontario Works, Children's
Services and the Peel-Halton-Dufferin Adult Learning
Network will work to highlight the importance
of literacy programs available to Peel residents.
A variety of events will be held across the Region,
including the Brampton Festival of Learning, Drop
Everything and Read in Mississauga, and Pajama
Night Read Together in Caledon.
year in Peel, adult literacy programs delivered
more than 275,000 hours of training to more than
2,100 learners. Commemoration of Literacy Month
acknowledges literacy as a foundation for individual
success, and future social and economic development
in the Peel community.
Council Congratulates Province Following Announcement
of the Southern Ontario Highways Program (SOHP)
June 16, 2006, the Ontario Government announced
its five-year plan for improvement and rehabilitation
of highways in Southern Ontario. $3.4 billion
has been pledged to reduce congestion and improve
safety on highways.
with investing in transit infrastructure, the
Southern Ontario Highways Program (SOHP) is intended
to expand the provincial highway system by 130
kilometres; repair 1,600 kilometres of highways
and 200 bridges; and maintain the Ontario record
of having the safest roads in North America.
the Region of Peel, key road projects will include
the continued development of High Occupancy Vehicle
(HOV) lanes on Highway 403; a new interchange
and widening of Highway 401 in Mississauga; and
the extension of Highway 410.
is also requesting the Ministry of Transportation
(MTO) to design and expedite other Peel-based
road projects and to add them to the SOHP, in
concurrence with the program mandate to improve
quality of life for growing municipalities.
Public Meeting to
be held on Thursday, September 7, 2006 Regarding
Regional Official Plan Amendment Number 18
The public meeting will commence at 9:30 a.m.,
followed immediately by the regularly scheduled
General Committee meeting in the Council Chambers
at 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton.
The purpose of holding the public meeting is
to inform the public and to obtain their input
with respect to a proposed amendment to the Region
of Peel Official Plan. The draft amendment will
include updates to both urban and rural population,
household and employment forecasts until the year
2031. The draft will be circulated to the Province
of Ontario, the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga,
and the Town of Caledon for their review.
Railway Bridge to
be Widened on Dixie Road near Steeles Avenue in
Council approved the recommendations of an Environmental
Study Report (ESR) for Dixie Road, which will
see the current four lanes expanded to six lanes
north of Steeles Avenue. A main feature of this
expansion will be the twinning and widening of
the existing Canadian National Railway (CNR) bridge
structure over Dixie Road.
Region, GO Transit and CNR will enter into an
agreement for cost-sharing of these works. CNR
will be the project lead for the proposed bridge
structure works, which will also accommodate an
additional railway track - part of the GO Transit
10-Year Growth Program. Construction on Dixie
Road will commence in 2008.
Region Approves Delivery
Plan for New Affordable Housing Program
The delivery plan for participation in the Federal/Provincial
Affordable Housing Program (AHP) will see $39.1
million in Wave 1 for rental and supportive housing
projects within the Region, and makes Peel one
of the first municipalities in Ontario to endorse
a delivery plan.
Approval of the delivery plan means that staff
can now proceed with the application process to
obtain $1.25 million from the AHP. This funding
will be used to support the capital costs for
the Walker Road Expansion Project - a two-storey,
25-unit senior's housing project located at 20
Walker Road in Caledon East. The new facility
will also feature a drop-in centre for seniors
The Wave 1 allocation represents the most ambitious
affordable housing funding program since the early
1990s and will help the Region provide opportunities
to achieve the greatest possible number of affordable
housing options for Peel citizens.