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Decisions Newsletter

The following are decisions made by Regional Council on Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, January 22, 2009



 Topics in this Issue:
- 2009 Budget
- Peel Children's Charter of Rights; The Right to a Caring Home Environment
- Positive Experience with the Home in Peel Program
- Home in Peel Affordable Ownership Program – Information Update
- Peel Regional Official Plan Review (PROPR) – Regional Official Plan Amendment – Sustainability and Energy
- Resident Assessment System for Long Term Care Homes

Regional Council – Budget

2009 Budget

 

At the January 14, 2009 Regional Council – Budget meeting, Regional Council approved the 2009 Current Budget at a total value of $1,480,369,000.

For more information on the 2009 Region of Peel Budget please visit www.peelregion.ca/finance/2009-budget/.

(RCB-2009-10, RCB-2009-11)
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Delegations/Presentations
Peel Children's Charter of Rights; The Right to a Caring Home Environment
 

 Regional Council received a delegation from Josephine Bau, Member, Peel Children’s Charter of Rights Committee, Alexis Deece-Cassidy, Director of Practice and Program, Child Development Resource Connection Peel and her daughter, Aleisha Deece-Cassidy regarding the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights; The Right to a Caring Home Environment.

Many children in the Region of Peel do not have the opportunity to live in a caring home environment due to a variety of economic and social factors. Josephine Bau reported that Peel Children’s Aid served 5,745 families in 2008 and that 739 children were cared for in foster or group homes last year.

For more information on the Peel Children’s Charter of Rights please visit http://successby6peel.ca/.

(2009-6)
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Positive Experience with the Home in Peel Program
 

Regional Council received a delegation from Jesus and Johanna Lalic on how their lives have changed after having been accepted to the Region’s “home in Peel” program.

Regional Council congratulated Human Services staff who work with the “home in Peel” program which helps many in Peel achieve their dream of owning a new home.

For more information on the home in Peel program please visit www.peelregion.ca/housing/home-in-peel/.

(2009-9)
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Human Services
Home in Peel Affordable Ownership Program – Information Update
 

Regional Council authorized staff, based on the success of the “home in Peel” program, to advocate to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for the extension of the Affordable Home Ownership Program (home in Peel) until March 31, 2010.

The “home in Peel” program provides down payment funding assistance to low-to-moderate income residents who are currently renting a unit so they may purchase a home in Peel Region. Home ownership is an important final step in the housing continuum, as people move from paying market rent to owning their own home. This, in turn, frees up rental units for others in need of affordable housing.

The demand for this program has been outstanding. Since the program was launched in May 2008; over 800 applications have been received and 80 purchasers have become first-time homeowners; 30 of these purchasers previously lived in social housing, which will now free up market rent units for others in Peel. Two hundred and two others have been approved and are in the process of finding a suitable home in Peel.

Average sale price for homes is $196,882 (which includes townhomes, condominiums, detached and semi-detached homes in Brampton and Mississauga).

For more information on the “home in Peel” program please visit www.peelregion.ca/housing/home-in-peel/.

(2009-10)
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Environment, Transportation and Planning Services
Peel Regional Official Plan Review (PROPR) – Regional Official Plan Amendment – Sustainability and Energy
 

Regional Council approved a schedule for public open houses and a public meeting regarding the Regional Official Plan Amendment related to sustainability and energy policies. The public meeting and open houses provide opportunity to inform the public and obtain their input with respect to the proposed Regional Official Plan Amendment.

The open houses are scheduled for Wednesday, February 18, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Region of Peel Headquarters, Council Chamber Lobby, 5 th floor, and Thursday, February 19, from 6:00 p.m. at the Caledon Community Complex. The public meeting will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.

For more information on the Regional Official Plan Amendment related to sustainability and energy please visit www.peelregion.ca/planning/officialplan/list-amendmts.htm.

(2009-40)
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Health
Resident Assessment System for Long Term Care Homes
 

Regional Council approved the implementation of a common assessment tool at all five Region of Peel Long-Term Care facilities called “Resident Assessment Instrument – Minimum Data Set”, which will take place this year. High quality and consistent data on the health needs of seniors is becoming increasingly important as the Long-Term Care (LTC) sector grows and residents’ care needs become more complex. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has launched a Long-Term Care Homes Common Assessment Project as part of a larger effort to introduce common assessment tools to the entire health care sector.

For more information about Long-Term Care in the Region of Peel please visit www.peelregion.ca/ltc/.

(2009-52)
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Meetings at a Glance

Next General Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 5, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Waste Management Subcommittee
Thursday, February 5, 2009 – Immediately
following the General Committee Meeting

Next Peel Youth Violence
Prevention Steering Committee

Monday, February 9, 2009 – 9:00 a.m.

Next Regular Council Meeting
Thursday, February 12, 2009 – 9:30 a.m.

Next Peel Housing Corporation Meeting
Thursday, February 12, 2009 – 11:30 a.m.

For a complete listing of the 2009 Council and Committee meeting schedule, please follow the link below:

2009 Council and Committee Meeting Schedule


All meetings are held in the Region of Peel Council Chamber, Fifth Floor,
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite A, Brampton, unless other wise noted.

*Peel Youth Violence Prevention Steering Committee meeting will be held in the 5th Floor Boardroom, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Suite A, Brampton.

For additional information on any of the items in Decisions,
please contact the Region of Peel, Clerk's at 905-791-7800, ext. 4526.

Decisions is published after each Regional Council meeting.
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Revised: Thursday April 16 2009

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