Shelley White, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Peel Region
Shelley White, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Peel Region (UWPR), announced that the Region of Peel and Peel Regional Police United Way Campaigns raised a combined total of $466,028 in 2014. The Region of Peel raised $378,628, surpassing the 2014 goal by over $53,000 or 16.5 per cent; as well as attracted the participation of close to 1,200 staff members in events sponsored by the Region of Peel. The UWPR provides much needed funds to 53 community agencies delivering programs and services to residents of Peel Region.
Additionally this year, the 2014 Region of Peel Employees' United Way Campaign was honoured with the Labour Award of Distinction for the Public Sector, recognizing CUPE 966; OPSEU 277; OPSEU 280; UFCW 175; and ONA. This award is presented to a workplace and its union members that have demonstrated a commitment to community and to furthering the values shared by United Way.
Early Learning and Child Care: System Transformation in Peel
Regional Council received the document "Early Learning and Child Care System Transformation in Peel 2010-2014: An Overview". The Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) system in the Region of Peel has recently undergone significant transformations with the inclusion of full-day kindergarten and the recent Provincial efforts to modernize child care in Ontario.
The Region of Peel, together with local and Provincial partners, has been working towards implementing initiatives to improve opportunities for Peel's children and families and to strengthen the ELCC system. At this time, Peel's ELCC system has been significantly improved. The new population based provincial funding formula and framework, introduced in 2013, has increased Peel funding by $54 million to stabilize the ELCC system. Regional Council's efforts, including the recommendations arising from the Early Learning and Child Care Task Force, the development of Peel's Local Funding Formula/Framework (2013, 2014), Peel's Special Needs Strategy and the Peel Inclusion Resource Services (PIRS) model have all assisted in achieving major milestones regarding Early Learning and Child Care
Proposed 2015 Early Learning and Child Care Funding Allocation
Regional Council approved the $12.4 million in new provincial funding be used to increase the 2015 Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) gross expenditures, with the 2015 Budget being adjusted accordingly. Further, Regional Council approved the proposed 2015 ELCC funding allocation approach and the addition of 9 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) complement positions for ELCC.
In 2015, the Region of Peel will receive an additional $15.9 million in 100% provincial ELCC funding over its 2014 allocation. $7.2 million is dedicated to support wage enhancement of front line childcare staff in the licensed sector, effective January 1, 2015. The proposed 2015 ELCC funding allocation will be distributed among key ELCC system priorities including: fee subsidy, special needs resourcing, special purpose and capital retrofit, capacity building and operating resources.
Additional resources will ensure the Region is well equipped to continue to effectively deliver on its evolving legislative responsibilities and accountabilities as service manager and build the capacity of the ELCC system to ensure Peel's children and families have inclusive access to high-quality licensed early learning and child care opportunities.
Update on Region of Peel's Financial Condition and Management Actions Related to Peel's Financial Strategy
Regional Council received an annual update on the Region of Peel's financial condition and management actions under its Long Term Financial Management Strategy. The Region's AAA credit rating was reaffirmed by both Standards and Poor's Ratings System and Moody's. Moody's noted Regional Council's strong financial governance and Long Term Financial Planning Strategy as "credit positive".
New and updated financial policies and processes have been implemented to help monitor, control and maintain the Region's financial condition and the 2015 Financial Condition Scorecard includes actions to mitigate longer term risks.