Active Transportation Plan and Implementation Strategy
Regional Council received a delegation from Brian Hollingworth, Director, IBI Group, Toronto and Margie Chung, Principal Transportation Planner, Region of Peel regarding the Active Transportation Plan (AT Plan) and Implementation Strategy.
Active Transportation means using human power to travel between places. Walking, cycling and using a wheelchair are all forms of active transportation.
The AT Plan and Implementation Strategy outlines proposed policies, programs and recommendations for infrastructure improvements aimed at making Peel communities more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly.
Regional Council approved the AT Plan and Implementation Strategy and will be forwarding the report to the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon for their endorsement and anticipated direction to staff to work collaboratively with Peel Region to implement the AT Plan.
The report will also be forwarded to neighbouring Conservation Areas, Regions, Cities and Towns, Local School Boards, the Ministry of Transportation and Metrolinx for their information.
Regional Council endorsed the ‘Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Action Plan, 2021’ after receiving a presentation from Nick Ferri, Chair, and Janet Horner, Co-ordinator, Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee.
The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Action Plan outlines a 10 year vision for the Golden Horseshoe area to be globally renowned as a vibrant food and farming cluster, characterized by profitable farming operations, a thriving hub of food processing, food retail and food service businesses, extensive research capacity, innovative technology, and a wide range of healthy and safe products.
Regional Council also supported the formation of a Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance with the Regions of Durham, Halton, Niagara and York, the Cities of Hamilton and Toronto, the Ontario Ministries of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the GTA Federations of Agriculture and other partners.
The Regional Chair will work with the leadership of the proposed Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance to develop a joint funding request to the Province and to assist the Alliance in its efforts to secure additional funding for the Action Plan.
Regional Council received a presentation from Graham Clyne, Executive Director and Suset Silva, Communications Manager, Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI), regarding the “Enrolled by Six: Peel Post-Secondary Strategy”.
The Enrolled by Six: Peel Post-Secondary Strategy is a regional strategy led by PCYI to engage all partners and sectors to enrol every single eligible child in the Region of Peel for the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for post-secondary education.
The CLB is free to any child born after 2004 living in a family that earns less than $42,000 a year. In the Region of Peel, there are 32,000 eligible families that have not enrolled for the CLB, representing a minimum of $60 million in available funds.
Regional Council received a communication from Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, approving the Appointment of Dr. Monica Hau to the position of Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel.
Peel Health was fortunate to recruit Dr. Monica Hau, a well qualified public health physician to replace Dr. Kathleen Dooling while she is on a two year educational leave.
Regional Council authorized the execution of an agreement with Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc. (“Hydro”) for the provision of the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP).
The Region of Peel was approached by Hydro One Brampton to be the lead agency to administer the first component of LEAP – Emergency Financial Assistance.
As a lead agency, the Region will be responsible for intakes, program coordination and financial management and reporting.
LEAP is a grant program intended to provide emergency financial relief to eligible low-income customers of utilities and unit sub-metering providers needing funds to assist with current utility arrears.
The Region of Peel will receive funding from Hydro in the amount of $75,000 annually, to administer the program as mandated by the Ontario Energy Board.