Information on the Development of Ontario’s Strategy for Providing Care to the Population Aged 65 and Older
Regional Council received a delegation from Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai and the University Network Hospitals, and Provincial Lead, Seniors’ Strategy, who presented findings from his work in developing a Province-wide strategy in caring for Ontarians as they age, and provided suggestions for municipalities to consider with respect to the provision of current and future services.
In May 2013 Regional Council established the Aging Population Term of Council Priority Steering Committee to assess and determine the appropriate role(s) for the Region of Peel to support the aging population in Peel.
Regional Council received a delegation fromDr. Kathleen Dooling, Associate Medical Officer of Health,regarding the Immunization of School Pupils Act. Revisions to the Act will require students to be immunized against three additional diseases: whooping cough, meningitis and chicken pox. The new requirements will create a demand on resources for Peel
Public Health to distribute the new mandatory vaccines to Peel health care providers, implement immunization record screening, and immunize additional students in Public Health clinics.
Regional Council received an update on the Peel Renovates program and plans for program expansion. The Peel Renovates program assists low-income individuals, families, seniors and persons with disabilities with one-time funding assistance for home renovations that are required to address accessibility and safety concerns. The assistance is in the form of a grant to create safe housing and supports for program participants to remain in their home and live with greater independence. The 2014 Peel Renovates program will launch in late spring.
Paramedic Facility Co-locate at Highway 50 and Cross Country Blvd with the Corporation of the Town of Caledon
Regional Council approved entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Caledon to commence design and construction of a co-located Fire and Paramedic station to be located at Highway 50 and Cross Country Blvd. in the Town of Caledon.
The facility will be developed in co-operation with Town of Caledon staff with design and construction contracts being managed by the Town of Caledon as lead on the project. The Region will reimburse the Town for all costs associated with the design and construction of the Paramedic station. The Town of Caledon will be the owner of the entire site and the Region will enter into a land lease for the Paramedic station and common areas based on the Region’s proportionate share of the total building area. The estimated completion timeframe for this facility is 2016.
Updates to the Basement Flooding Remediation Program
Regional Council approved a comprehensive 2014 Basement Flooding Remediation program that provides rebates for voluntary downspout disconnections and backwater valve installations. The Voluntary Roof Downspout Disconnection Rebate Program (VRDDRP) is available for residential properties that were built before 1975 in previously flooded areas with a maximum subsidy of $75 per home or unit. The Sanitary Backwater Valve Rebate Program (SBVRP) is available for residential properties that were previously flooded, with a maximum subsidy of $700 per residential property.