Appointment to the Partners in Project Green: A Pearson Eco-Business Zone Steering Committee
Regional Council appointed Councillor Eve Adams to the Partners in Project Green: A Pearson Eco-Business Zone Steering Committee for a term ending November 30, 2012, or until a successor is appointed by Regional Council. Partners in Project Green will work with local businesses to transform the lands surrounding Toronto Pearson Airport into an internationally recognized eco-business zone.
Mixed Broken Glass Processing Agreement, Document Number 2010-475N
Regional Council approved a contract with NexCycle Industries Limited for the processing of mixed broken glass for a period of two years, in the estimated amount of $276,000 (subject to the volume and quality of the actual tonnage delivered).
Ontario Health Quality Council – Report on Ontario’s Health System
Regional Council received a report on the findings from the Ontario Health Quality Council’s 2010 Report on Ontario’s health system. The Ontario Health Quality Council’s 2010 Report assesses the quality in the hospital, long-term care and home care sectors. The Ontario Health Agency is an independent agency that monitors the overall provincial health system. The findings include that wait times for long term care beds have tripled over the past five years. In addition, that long wait periods are affecting emergency departments within hospitals throughout the province, but particularly in Peel’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). Region of Peel staff will continue to work closely with the LHINs, hospitals and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to implement practical solutions.
Prenatal Health Matters: Expanding Access to Prenatal Education through E-Learning
Regional Council received information regarding the Prenatal Health Education Program. The program is expanding the current prenatal program to include e-learning due to the increasingly diverse population and reduction of availability of similar programs at hospitals and within the community. The pilot e-learning program will offer an alternative method for expectant parents to receive prenatal education.
Update on Economic Conditions and Human Service Impacts
Regional Council received information on the Economic Conditions and the economy’s impact on the Region’s Human Service programs. The Canadian and Provincial economies have continued to emerge from the recession, with slow growth. In Peel, the third quarter economic variables were positive despite having a higher unemployment rate. The average Ontario Works caseloads for 2010 was higher than 2009, however the period from July to October the caseload averages have trended down. Also, the number of Peel residents using food banks or receiving food bank assistants have decreased in the third quarter when compared to 2009. Region of Peel staff will continue to monitor the economy and its impact on programs and report back to Council in spring of 2011.
Regional Council approved the participation in the provincial-led Short-Term Rent Support Program (STRSP). The STRSP is a province-wide $50 million program being launched by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH). The total allocation for the Region of Peel is $2,867,540 for a 30-month period starting January 2011 and ending March 2013. The Short-Term Rent Support Program amount in Peel Region will be set at $250 per month for approximately 400 households. There are no financial implications with STRSP as it is a 100 per cent fully funded provincial initiative.