Regional Council received an update on the rent supplement programs in Peel Region.
There is a variety of programs administered under the rent supplement umbrella, including commercial and stacked rent supplement, Strong Communities Rent Supplement, and Housing Allowances.
The total number of rent supplement units in Peel is 2,257.
The rent supplement program is an essential component of social housing because it provides an important opportunity to respond immediately to the ongoing and significant need for affordable housing in our community. Rent supplements are one approach to helping people with housing affordability issues.
Tenants / Members pay their portion of the rent, which is rent-geared-to-income (RGI), directly to the landlord, and the Region of Peel funds the difference between the market rent for the unit and subsidized rent.
Ontario Public Works Association Project of the Year Award
The Regional Municipality of Peel was awarded the Project of the Year Award for Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Facility.
The Ontario Public Works Association receives applications for the Project of the Year from all public sectors, and chooses a project of the year. The selection criteria are based on completion dates, management and control techniques, safety performance, environmental consideration, community relations and other special considerations on the project.
For 2007, the Clarkson expansion was chosen as the project of the year in the Environment Category Greater than $10 million.
The recognition by the Ontario Public Works Association further demonstrates that the Region of Peel and the Environment, Transportation and Planning Services Department continue to be recognized as an industry leader.
State of the Region's Health Report 2007 - Focus on HIV/AIDS
Regional Council received an update on the State of the Region’s Health Report 2007.
There were 58 new HIV infections in Peel Region in 2006. The incidence rate for HIV in Peel increased from 1.6 per 100,000 in 1986 to 4.6 per 100,000 in 2006.
Among persons under age 20, the incidence of HIV/AIDS was 0.3 per 100,000 in males and 0.7 per 100,000 in females. The high rates of sexually transmitted infections in this age group are concerning because the presence of other sexually transmitted infections increases the transmission risk of HIV. Studies have repeatedly shown that people are more likely to become infected with HIV when co-infected with another sexually transmitted infection.
Ongoing public health efforts to prevent and control the transmission of HIV/AIDS in the Region of Peel will be focused towards addressing the key risk factors and populations as identified in the report and increasing access to HIV testing. Efforts will also be directed towards improving the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Region of Peel.
Archives Awareness Week and Museum Month Proclamations
Regional Council proclaimed April 7 to 11, 2008 “Archives Awareness Week” in the Regional Municipality of Peel.
During Archives Awareness Week, the Region of Peel Archives will offer two days of ‘behind the scenes’ tours; and three free advice clinics: dating of and caring for family photographs; preservation of paper records; and introduction to genealogical resources. In addition, a series of articles for Pathways will introduce employees to the Archives, the collection and program.
Regional Council also proclaimed May 2008 “Museum Month” in the Regional Municipality of Peel.
During May, the Peel Heritage Complex will waive admission fees; special hands-on activities will be available to visitors. Free guided tours of special exhibits such as Jail, First Nations, Settlement, AVRO Arrow and Arctic Zoo galleries will be offered during one afternoon per week. In addition, a free workshop on caring for family treasures will be offered on a weekend. The Region of Peel Museum will participate in joint Museum Month promotional activities with the Museums of Mississauga and Historic Bovaird House in Brampton.