Regional Council received a delegation from Baldev Mutta, Chief Executive Officer, and Amandeep Kaur, Chief Operating Officer, Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS), who provided an overview of PCHS, whose mission is to improve the quality of life of the community with a vision of empowered communities.
PCHS assists a large portion of the Punjabi community in our area, providing services such as help with housing and settlement, addiction counseling, and providing aid and care for women, children and seniors.
Their challenges include rapid population growth affecting the wait lists for many services, developing equitable partnerships, and gaining funding for their innovative programs and services.
Dedication of a Veterans Memorial Roadway in the Region of Peel
Regional Council unanimously approved the designation and implementation of Regional Road 4 (Dixie Road) as the "Veterans Memorial Roadway".
The objective of the project is to honour Veterans by creating a commemorative roadway and placing signage along the route. The purpose of naming a roadway to honour Veterans is to recognize and keep alive the memory, achievements, and sacrifices made by those who have served and are serving Canada in the defence of freedom and who have contributed to the development of Canada as a nation.
Regional staff will proceed with Regional Road 4 (Dixie Road) as the preferred roadway, to receive the designation as a "Veterans Memorial Roadway" and continue with a public information centre in the fall of 2015. Barring no major concerns from the public, staff will continue with the installation of the signage to designate the road.
On July 17, 2015 the Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command officially approved the use of the poppy symbol on the preferred commemorative signage options.
Regional Council approved the Response Time Framework Standards for Peel Regional Paramedic Services for the year 2016.
Ontario Regulation 267/08 came into effect October 1, 2012, requiring each designated land ambulance delivery agent to establish and disclose to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Ministry) the response time standards expected to be achieved in the upcoming year for that municipality. Under the regulation, Regional Council is given the authority to establish response time targets for Peel, and through Paramedic Services, report annually to the Ministry on compliance for six call severity categories.
The response time standards are based on two types of call categories: Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the time of notification of call to when a defibrillator was at the side of a patient who has suffered a cardiac arrest; and the Canadian Triage Acuity Scale (CTAS) - a medically proven triage system for five categories of patients. CTAS is currently used at all hospitals and by paramedics.
Paramedic Services remains committed to delivering the highest standard of care in Ontario and continues to implement process improvements and strategies to meet Council approved response times.
Regional Council received an update on the Regional Procurement Strategy.
The Region's Procurement Strategy was developed as a result of an Internal Audit review of procurement practices with the goal of balancing organizational risk with efficient procurement processes. The Strategy involved a comprehensive review of the end to end procurement cycle and found opportunities to advance in the areas of procurement planning, vendor management and technology.
The Strategy is a multi-year plan that is updated to align with changes in the public sector procurement landscape and the evolving needs of the corporation. Work on implementing the Strategy in the areas of procurement planning, vendor management, technology and process improvements will continue to advance with a focus on vendor engagement and enhanced reporting over the next year.
Additionally, the Region of Peel is being recognized for the third consecutive time by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing in receiving the Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award. This award recognizes excellence in public procurement through the application of best practices.