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Building on a government commitment made earlier this year, Canada is rolling out the final phase of its biometrics collection program.
As of today, foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa or work or study permit, will need to have their fingerprints and photo taken and can do so at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country. This means individuals will now save time and money by being able to give their biometrics within Canada.
The Ontario government is developing a new strategy to combat human trafficking that will be co-led by the Solicitor General and the Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues. The strategy is part of Ontario's commitment to protecting women and children and combatting gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse.
Ontario will reward its safest employers with an estimated $140 million for excellence in occupational health and safety as part of a first-of-its-kind in Canada program unveiled today.
The program, Supporting Ontario's Safe Employers, will formally recognize employers who successfully implement health and safety programs in their workplaces. The financial rewards will come in the form of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) rebates over a three-year period.
The Minister of Francophone Affairs announced today that 48 community organizations and businesses will receive a total of $ 1 million in funding as part of the redesigned 2019-2020 Francophone Community Grants Program.
The program supports the cultural and economic development of the province's Francophone communities. Based on feedback received from organizations, businesses and ministry partners in roundtables and meetings organized earlier this year, it was expanded for 2019-20 to target both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.
As part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, Ontario is investing in programs that keep seniors healthy in their communities longer.
Each year in Ontario, preventable dental issues like gum disease, infections and chronic pain lead to more than 60,000 emergency department visits by patients, of which a significant portion are seniors. Many low-income seniors face challenges accessing regular dental care because they cannot afford it, impacting their overall well-being.
Ontario is committed to helping seniors stay healthy, safe and socially connected within their own communities. Many seniors face challenges accessing programs and services that support their safety, mental and physical health, and overall well-being.
Ontario's Government is tackling shortages in the skilled trades by announcing $20.8 million in spending to attract more people to the trades and boost Ontario's skilled workforce.
The Government will increase spending on Ontario's Pre-Apprenticeship Training program by $2.5 million this year, giving an additional 200 people exposure to good jobs. The program is free for participants and always includes a work placement.
As part of its comprehensive plan to end hallway health care, Ontario is investing $27 billion over 10 years to build new and expanded hospital infrastructure.
Today, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, was joined by the Associate Minister of Mental Health, and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health, to announce that the province is investing up to $60 million to support the construction of the Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre, a new, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to brain and mental health at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Ontario is committed to helping seniors keep active, healthy, safe, independent, and socially connected in their own communities. Yet, many seniors face financial and other obstacles in accessing programs and services that will help support their overall health and well-being.
That is why Ontario is investing $14.1 million to support more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs in communities across the province.