Habitat for Humanity Build Program and Partnership with Peel Region
Regional Council received an update from Thomas Fischer, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Brampton, regarding the Habitat for Humanity Build Program. The funding provided by the Region of Peel significantly accelerates the Program and allows more homes to be built, faster. In addition to constructing new homes, Habitat for Humanity also purchases, renovates and sells homes to families on a no-interest mortgage geared to income basis.
Ebrahim Khan, Partner Family Member, Habitat for Humanity Mississauga, spoke of his family’s experience in working with Habitat for Humanity and moving into their new home which has greatly benefited the family. He expressed his family’s appreciation for the program and to the organizations, such as the Region of Peel, that help families secure safe, well-built, affordable homes.
Regional Council approved entering into a formalized partnership with Habitat for Humanity Brampton and Habitat for Humanity Mississauga, increasing funding for Habitat for Humanity Peel Affiliates from up to $75,000 per unit to $90,000 per unit for up to 50 units from 2012-2017.
Regional Council proclaimed the week of July 9 – 15, 2012, “Pride Week” in the Region of Peel. Pride Week celebrates Peel’s rich, diverse community and affirms the Region's support of a positive, safe and inclusive environment for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgendered Community (LGBT).
Professional Engineering Services to Support a Schedule 'C' Class Environmental Assessment Study for Improvements to Airport Road
Regional Council approved the awarding of a contract for professional engineering services for improvements to Airport Road from 1.0 km north of Mayfield Road to 0.6 km north of King Street in the Town of Caledon, to IBI Group in the estimated amount of $302,650.
The professional engineering firm will be responsible for the technical studies to support a Schedule ‘C’ Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the widening of Airport Road from two to four lanes. Construction for the two to four lane widening is scheduled to start in 2017.
Regional Council approved the submission of an application to PPP Canada to obtain funding under the P3 Canada Fund for the Region of Peel’s long term waste disposal (thermal conversion) facility and directed staff to follow the P3 Canada Fund process for procurement of the long term waste disposal facility.
Regional staff met with representatives from PPP Canada to discuss funding opportunities for a long term waste disposal solution and to understand the requirements and process of obtaining P3 Canada funding for the thermal conversion facility. PPP Canada will fund up to 25 per cent of eligible construction costs of approved projects through grants, repayable contributions, loans and loan guarantees. Adhering to the PPP Canada process will reduce the risk of delays later in the project.
Regional Council received an update on the Peel Public Health Diabetes Prevention Project. Data from the Ontario Diabetes Database (2007) indicates that approximately 10 per cent of Peel residents aged 20 years and older, have been diagnosed with diabetes. This is higher than that of the Provincial average of 8.3 per cent. Individuals of South Asian descent are at a significantly greater risk for developing diabetes. One quarter of Peel's residents report belonging to the South Asian community.
Peel Public Health's Diabetes Prevention Project seeks to increase awareness of diabetes and addresses associated risk factors, with particular focus on the South Asian population. This program receives ongoing funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, which is subject to annual renewal. Due to ongoing need for the program, Peel Public Health has submitted a request for funding of approximately $330,000 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The request is pending Ministry approval.