Regional Council proclaimed June 2012, Seniors’ Month in the Region of Peel. Seniors’ month celebrates the many contributions made by seniors in the province each year. Over the next 20 years, the population of seniors in the Region is expected to double and Seniors’ Month recognizes and encourages positive and active aging. Furthermore, Seniors’ Month celebrates the vibrant and engaged senior’ population in the Region of Peel.
Regional Council proclaimed June 15, 2012, Human Rights Code Day. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Human Rights Code. The Human Rights Code aims to ensure that everyone is free from discrimination and harassment in the communities in which they live, work and play. Human Rights Code Day is a celebration of the Code’s purpose and signals that there is still work to be done in creating equitable and inclusive environments.
The Use of Recycled Aggregates by the Region of Peel
Regional Council received a report regarding the use of recycled aggregates in road capital and maintenance projects. As part of a sustainable roads strategy, the Region of Peel has effectively used recycled aggregates for many years in innovative ways. The Commissioner of Public Works, Dan Labrecque, noted that the Region will be hosting a conference in the Fall, with the area municipalities, to facilitate discussions on improving the efficiency and use of recycled aggregate materials. Members of Regional Council encouraged the continued efforts of the Region of Peel to find innovative ways to utilize recycled road construction materials.
2011 Peel Utility Billing and Utility Rate Review Project Update
Regional Council received an update on Peel’s Utility Billing Performance for 2011 and an update on the Utility Rate Structure Review Project. A summary of Key Performance Indicators demonstrates that the Region of Peel is committed to providing quality client care. In addition, addressing customer concerns continues to be a top priority. The report also stated that water meter accuracy is high and overall, Utility Billing had a productive and successful year in 2011.
One-time Funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Regional Council received a report regarding the receipt of one-time funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). Following the introduction of The Long Term Care Homes Act (2007) stakeholders voiced concerns associated with capital costs and required building upgrades. In December 2011, the MOHLTC announced the provision of one-time funding to assist with these expenses. The Region received a total of $190,000 which will be used to support the delivery of high quality care and improve the safety for residents in the Region of Peel’s five Long-Term Care homes.
Regional Council received an update on the Peel Immigration Web Portal project. The Peel Immigration Web Portal provides newcomers to the Region with access to various resources such as community and government services, as well as information on the employment and labour market. The Web Portal provides various resources to assist newcomers with their transition and settlement in the Peel community. The project received funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration to continue the implementation of a community-based marketing strategy and to develop an improved governance structure and sustainability plan.