Ontario Power Authority 2014 Community Conservation Award
Regional Council received a delegation from Richard Whitehead, Regional Councillor, congratulating the Region of Peel on receiving the Ontario Power Authority 2014 Community Conservation Award.
The Region of Peel was one of three recipients of the Ontario Power Authority 2014 Community Conservation Award which is awarded to municipalities that provide: i) conservation leadership; ii) innovation and market transformation; and, iii) corporate and community engagement.
The Region of Peel received the award for energy conservation actions completed by departments across the organization. In accordance with Peel’s Energy and Environment Sustainability Strategy, staff will continue to implement actions in the Region of Peel's Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan, further building upon successes and providing energy conservation leadership.
New Funding for Community Support Services for seniors
Regional Council authorized the Commissioner of Health Services to implement the approved expanded services in the Long Term Care Community Support Services Program.
The Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) invited the community sector to submit proposals for initiatives that would address LHIN identified priorities. Peel staff submitted five proposals with goals to deepen and enrich programs and maximize opportunities for residents of Peel.
The LHIN will evaluate proposals and recommend approvals to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in September 2014. Approved initiatives will be fully-funded by the LHIN, making these improvements cost neutral to Peel Region.
Staff will report back to Regional Council on LHIN approval of proposals.
Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario Program (IAH) 2014 Extension Update
Regional Council received an update from the Commissioner of Human Services on the Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario Program (IAH) 2014 Extension.
In 2014, the Province of Ontario announced the extension of the IAH Program. The joint initiative between the provincial and federal governments will provide $800 million for investment in affordable housing over the next six years and support the creation of 20,000 affordable housing units, 275,000 housing repairs and improvements and rental and down payment assistance to over 90,000 households.
The extension of the IAH program, with funding from the provincial and federal governments, will allow the Region of Peel as Service Manager, to further invest in affordable housing in our community. The funding will be instrumental in helping to implement the ten year Housing and Homeless Plan objectives and reaching the overall goal: "Everyone has a home and homelessness is eliminated".
Transfer of the Assets and Operations of the Peel Children's Safety Village
Regional Council approved the transfer of the assets and the future operating responsibilities of the children's safety village located at 7605 Kennedy Road, Brampton to the Regional Municipality of Peel. The Region of Peel will make these assets available to Peel Regional Police to enable operation, maintenance and management in a manner consistent with current and anticipated future operations. The Peel Children's Safety Village (PCSV) is a non-profit corporation with charitable tax status, with the objective of educating children in traffic and safety concerns. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded solely through charitable donations.