2007 Region of Peel Employees’ United Way Campaign
Regional Chair Emil Kolb, David Szwarc, Chief Administrative Officer and Paul Tetzlaff, Deputy Chief, Peel Regional Police presented a cheque for $371,523 on behalf of the 2007 Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police Employees’ United Way Campaigns to Shelley White, Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Peel. This amount is the second highest amount on the list of donors from Peel, and will help United Way funded agencies deliver some 109 human care services and programs to Peel residents.
For more information on the United Way of Peel Region please visit their website
Regional Council approved entering into an agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to prepare research in support of successful integration of immigrants in Peel.
The Immigration Project research supports the community planning process and the long term planning objectives of the Region of Peel with strategic research into the determining factors in successful integration of immigrants and their families. The project has strong cross-representation and staff collaboration with the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group.
The research will inform Regional Council and the community planning process in Peel, as well as federal and provincial policy for supporting other communities to better include and engage newcomers. Results will be supplemented by focus groups and interviews of immigrants and non-immigrants in Peel and used to prepare a long term community action plan.
Immigration is the primary driver of growth in the Region of Peel and will be responsible for the areas future economic growth. The Region of Peel is collaborating with its community partners for a fully integrated response that maximizes resources and eliminates duplication.
Regional Council has approved the Region of Peel’s participation in the global Earth Hour 2008 campaign on March 29, 2008. Earth Hour 2008 is an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) being run internationally where participants will switch off their lights for a dedicated hour on Saturday, March 29, 2008, from 8 to 9 p.m. Over 900 businesses have signed up to participate in Earth Hour, with more than twenty cities around the world, including Chicago, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, San Juan, the island of Bali, and Sydney. Toronto has signed up to participate in Earth Hour with Mississauga, Brampton, Markham and Newmarket putting forth reports to municipal councils for approval to participate. Approved Regional facilities will turn off all non-essential lights on March 29, 2008, from 8 to 9 p.m.
For more information on Earth Hour 2008 please visit their website.
Peel Region Residents’ Attitudes Toward the Region of Peel
Regional Council received a summary of information about Region of Peel services gathered through Environics Research Group‘s quarterly survey called “Focus Ontario”. The summary of the survey’s findings include: Three quarters of Peel residents express overall satisfaction with the Region of Peel; the majority of residents feel they were treated fairly, that staff were courteous, knowledgeable and competent; eighty-four per cent of respondents agree that they received what they needed from their service experience, and almost two-thirds were satisfied with the overall quality of service delivery.
For more information about the Environics Research Group please visit their website.
Highlights from the 2006 Census and Peel Data Centre Update
Regional Council received information on the first of four data releases from the 2006 Census for the Region of Peel, the area municipalities and upper tier municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The focus of this data release was on population growth, household formation as well as immigration and languages. From 2001 to 2006, Peel’s population increased 17 per cent, from 988,948 to 1,159,405. Also the immigrant population grew faster than the non-immigrant population in Peel, and the GTA. In Peel, multiple family households increased at twice the rate of all households between 2001 and 2006. Punjabi was the most common solely spoken non-official home language in Peel in 2006.
Regional Council received information regarding the development of a strategic plan for medical services in Regionally-operated long-term care centres. At each long term care centre, the Medical Director oversees a variety of health care professionals who provide services to the Peel Long Term Care residents. These work-plans have addressed recruitment and retention, electronic health records, professional issues, service expectation and resident risk. Future directions will include standardized Medical Director reports to Regional Council, Local Health Integration Network relations and future long-term care resident profiles.