You’re Invited to Community Conversations About “TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto” on April 25 & 27 and May 3 & 9, 2016

The following video presents What YOU Can Do About Climate Change:

“Reducing your carbon footprint just got easier. This video uses animations and humour to teach people how they can personally help prevent global warming.
This is just one of the free educational products available in the “Climate Insights 101″ series. Created by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) — a collaboration of British Columbia’s four research intensive universities.”

The City of Toronto has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050 to help reduce the most negative impact of climate change.

“TransformTO is a project that will engage Toronto residents and businesses in imagining the transformative changes we will need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, while at the same time improving public health, enhancing our local economy, and reducing social inequalities….

Reducing our emissions to address climate change will involve a community-wide effort. TransformTO will be co-created with ideas, advice and input from residents, businesses, community organizations, and research institutions, and analysis will help us identify what is technically feasible as we look to create the best path to a low carbon future.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=ba07f60f4adaf410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Two separate but related documents will be created:

  • A short-term strategy (2017-2020) outlining the actions that will allow Toronto to meet its 30% greenhouse gas emissions target by 2020 through policy and programming.
  • A long-term (2020-2050) approach that will identify how we can reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 while generating a healthier, more prosperous and equitable city.

TransformTO community conversations: 

Events will begin with an open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation and conversations from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seating is limited. Please register online.

  • Monday, April 25 at Metro Hall, 55 John St. Register
  • Wednesday, April 27 at Ken Cox Community Centre, 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. Register
  • Tuesday, May 3 at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. Register
  • Monday, May 9 at North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St. Register

Residents can learn more about TransformTO and register to attend at: toronto.ca/transformto.

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12-Apr-2016

Residents invited to community conversations to help shape Toronto’s low-carbon future

Residents are invited to help shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city by participating in a series of community conversations in April and May, as part of TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto. Read more of You’re Invited to Community Conversations About “TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto” on April 25 & 27 and May 3 & 9, 2016

Ontario Will Improve Autism Services + Samsung Look at Me Project in Toronto April 1, 2016 #WhoEyeAm

The following video presents Light It Up Blue with Autism Speaks and Blue Man Group:

“In honor of people with autism worldwide, individuals everywhere will wear blue, and iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, schools, universities, bridges, retail stores, and thousands of homes will light blue beginning on April 1 and throughout Autism Awareness Month! Pledge to wear blue at https://www.autismspeaks.org/liub

This is an update to these blogs:

Autism Speaks Canada and Samsung invite you join the celebration at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on April 1, 2016, at 5 pm @SamsungCanada and @AutismSpeaksCanada. ‪#‎WhoEyeAm‬  #‎LIUB.

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Ontario Investing $333 Million to Improve Autism Services

New Autism Program to Reduce Waitlists and Provide Better Services for Families

March 29, 2016 12:56 P.M.
Ministry of Children and Youth Services

As part of the 2016 Budget, Ontario is investing $333 million over the next five years to launch the new Ontario Autism Program, which will provide children and youth with critical interventions faster, and provide services that are better matched to their needs.

The newly expanded children’s autism program will make it easier for families to access services for their children by reducing wait times, providing more flexible services based on children’s needs, and serving more children and youth. It will also help children receive intensive therapy services during the key early developmental years. Read more of Ontario Will Improve Autism Services + Samsung Look at Me Project in Toronto April 1, 2016 #WhoEyeAm

Government of Canada’s First Federal Budget 2016: “Growing the Middle Class”

The following video (duration 46 min:01 sec) presents Budget 2016:

“Minister Morneau’s First Budget Restores Hope for the Middle Class, Ottawa, March 22, 2016.”

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Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, recently tabled the new Government of Canada’s first federal budget, Growing the Middle Class, which includes the following key highlights:

Growing the Middle Class comes at a time when the Government of Canada has both the capacity and the willingness to act. Budget 2016 takes action to revitalize the economy and create opportunity for all Canadians, by focusing on the middle class and those working hard to join it.”

  • As of January 1st, the government’s Middle Class Tax Cut ensures roughly 9 million Canadians receive a bigger paycheque every payday.
  • New Canada Child Benefit: Starting in July of 2016, nine out of ten families will receive more money than they did under the previous government.
  • To create jobs, there will be new investments in infrastructure that total more than $120 billion over the next decade.
  • As an immediate first step, the government will invest $11.9 billion in modern and reliable public transit, water and wastewater systems, affordable housing, and in retrofits and repairs to protect existing projects from the effects of climate change.
  • Help Canada become a low carbon economy. Establish a $2 billion Low Carbon Economy Fund.
  • Support both students and post-secondary institutions.
  • Support clean technology to better position Canada in the rapidly shifting global economy. Clean technologies that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil.
  • Unprecedented investments in First Nations, Inuit Peoples, and the Métis Nation—totalling $8.4 billion over five years—in areas that include education, infrastructure, and skills training. The government will ensure access to clean drinking water for every child, including those who live on reserves.
  • Enhance the Canada Pension Plan; and fulfill our sacred obligation to Canada’s veterans.

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Minister Morneau’s First Budget Restores Hope for the Middle Class

March 22, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance

The Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, today tabled the new Government of Canada’s first federal budget, Growing the Middle Class, a plan that takes important steps to revitalize the Canadian economy, and delivers real change for the middle class and those working hard to join it. Read more of Government of Canada’s First Federal Budget 2016: “Growing the Middle Class”

Canada’s Draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy to Create a Sustainable Economy & Protect the Environment: Canadians, Give Your Comments Before June 24, 2016

The following video presents Obama, Canadian PM to Reveal Climate Change Strategy for 2050:

The tense US-Canada relationship is thawing as President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau collaborate on climate change policies. At the start of Trudeau’s state visit to Washington on Thursday, the leaders released a joint statement on climate change and the Arctic. They pledged to work closely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement reflects the sharp turn Canada made in environmental policies when it elected Trudeau in October. His predecessor had placed the expansion of Canada’s oil and gas industry at the center of the country’s relationship with the U.S. The new climate statement says Canada and the U.S. will reveal its strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the middle of the century.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada is looking for your input on the draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

  • Goal: Taking Action on Climate Change
    In order to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions levels and build resilience to climate change.
  • The new strategy outlines how 37 federal government departments and agencies are working to create a sustainable economy and protect the environment for the next three years.
  • The strategy also outlines the Government of Canada’s environmental sustainability contributions to the 2030 Agenda, a set of global sustainable development goals.
Planning for a Sustainable Future. The draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy includes 5 goals, 36 measurable targets, and 37 federal departments and agencies. The 5 goals are: Taking action on climate change; Clean technology, jobs and innovation; National parks, protected areas and ecosystems; Freshwater and oceans; Human health, well being and quality of life.

Planning for a Sustainable Future. The draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy includes 5 goals, 36 measurable targets, and 37 federal departments and agencies. The 5 goals are: Taking action on climate change; Clean technology, jobs and innovation; National parks, protected areas and ecosystems; Freshwater and oceans; Human health, well being and quality of life.

“I am inviting all Canadians to take a look at the draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and help us improve it. Your feedback will ensure that our plan reflects the knowledge and perspectives of Canadians and will help us shape the final strategy.”

– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Canada’s strategy for sustainable development

  • The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) is the government’s plan and vision for a more sustainable Canada. A draft 2016–2019 strategy was recently released for consultation.
  • Tell Environment and Climate Change Canada what you think of the draft 2016–2019 strategy, at http://www.fsds-sfdd.ca/#/en .
  • Please share the above link to the draft strategy with others, so they can comment too.
  • You can also visit the Let’s Talk Sustainability discussion space to join in on the conversation about sustainability.

Public input is essential in building a solid strategy. We want to hear from a wide range of Canadians and get your views on what a sustainable Canada looks like. We also want to hear your ideas about what sustainability targets government should aim for over the next three years—and how those targets can best be measured and reported.

The 2015 Progress Report on the FSDS was tabled in Parliament in February 2016. This report provides available scientific information about the progress made under the 2013–2016 FSDS. It tells us where we are today and the sustainable development challenges ahead.

Read more of Canada’s Draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy to Create a Sustainable Economy & Protect the Environment: Canadians, Give Your Comments Before June 24, 2016

Non-Repayable Ontario Student Grant Starting in 2017-18 Academic Year: Tuition Free for Many Canadian Students in Ontario

The following video presents Ontario Budget 2016:

Ontario is making college and university more accessible and affordable for low- and middle-income students and their families through the new Ontario Student Grant.

  • The non-repayable Ontario Student Grant will start in the 2017-18 academic year.

Making Tuition More Affordable

“The OSG will make average college or university tuition free for students with financial need from families with incomes of $50,000 or less, and will make tuition more affordable for middle-class families.

Under the new OSG:

  • Students from families with incomes under $50,000 will have no provincial student debt.
  • More than 50 per cent of students from families with incomes of $83,000 or less will receive non-repayable grants that will exceed average college or university tuition.
  • All students will be the same or better off as under the Ontario Tuition Grant.

Ninety per cent of dependent college students and 70 per cent of dependent university students from families with incomes under $50,000 will receive grants greater than their average cost of tuition.

In addition, the Province will:

  • Increase access to interest-free and low-cost loans for middle- and upper-income families.
  • Expand financial support for mature and married students.
  • Raise the Ontario weekly assistance maximum levels for individuals and married and sole-support parents.”

http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/budget/ontariobudgets/2016/bk1.html

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New Ontario Student Grant Making Tuition Free for Tens of Thousands of Students

College and University Becoming More Accessible and Affordable

March 1, 2016 9:30 A.M.
Office of the Premier

Ontario is making college and university more accessible and affordable for low- and middle-income students and their families through the single-largest modernization ever of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto today to present details about the new Ontario Student Grant, which was announced in the 2016 Budget. Under the new grant program, the government will replace a number of existing provincial assistance programs with a single, targeted, non-repayable Ontario Student Grant starting in the 2017-18 academic year. The changes to OSAP will make average tuition free for more than 150,000 eligible low- and middle-income students, and will reduce the cost for many more by:

  • Providing the majority of eligible students whose parents earn the median annual income of $83,300 or less with enough in grants to more than cover their tuition costs
  • Eliminating provincial student loan debt for eligible students whose parents earn less than $50,000
  • Ensuring that no eligible student receives less non-repayable aid through the new grant than they currently do through the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant.

Read more of Non-Repayable Ontario Student Grant Starting in 2017-18 Academic Year: Tuition Free for Many Canadian Students in Ontario

“startupheretoronto.com” is a New Website & Startup Finance Events 2016 in Canada at No Cost

The following video presents Toronto Tech Startup:

“Toronto’s vibrant technology startup community. Those familiar with the community will tell you that it boasts some of the brightest minds in the business — entrepreneurs, mentors and financiers. In many respects, it can be compared to the emerging tech communities in New York City or Tel Aviv. The difference, however, is that Toronto lacks both local public awareness and a unifying voice and identity for its indigenous startup community.
This film gives you a general insight and the feel for what’s taking place in the Toronto tech culture. You Will hear several perspectives and see the role of some of the key players driving the growth of e-commence in Toronto and across Canada.”

Image Courtesy of StartUp HERE Toronto

Image Courtesy of StartUp HERE Toronto

Here are some exciting 2016 news for entrepreneurs.

StartUp HERE Toronto

To support the growing startup community along the broader Toronto-Waterloo innovation corridor in Ontario, Canada, the City of Toronto recently launched a website, startupheretoronto.com, which showcases Toronto’s startup news and events all in one place.

  • The StartUp HERE Toronto website was built and will be managed in partnership with Toronto startups, incubators, accelerators, funders and educational institutions.
  • To learn why Toronto is the place to build and grow your startup, please visit http://startupheretoronto.com/why-here/ .
Left: City of Toronto Mayor John Tory: Image Courtesy of Startup HERE Toronto

Left: City of Toronto Mayor John Tory: Image Courtesy of Startup HERE Toronto

City of Toronto Mayor John Tory will travel to Kitchener-Waterloo on March 23 as part of his work with City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic to promote increased collaboration and improved connections between the regions.

  • Also, the two mayors will participate in a dual city mission to San Francisco and Silicon Valley in April, where they will communicate the region’s strengths, encourage investment and promote the Toronto-Waterloo regional corridor as an important home to talent and innovation.

There are four key items that will inform the city’s innovation agenda: talent attraction and retention; civic engagement, developing Toronto’s reputation as a digital testing ground, and creating an innovation friendly regulatory and procurement environment.

Startup Finance Events in Canada: FREE admissions

Startup Canada invites you to join them for the FREE Startup Finance events, in Canada, which will equip you with the tools, resources, and mentorship to grow a sustainable, scalable and fully fundable enterprise. This program is delivered by Startup Canada, in partnership with Intuit Canada and the Fundica Roadshow. Refreshments will be provided.

The experience: 

  • Inspiring keynotes from well-known local entrepreneurs
  • Expert panels sharing insights on Canada’s funding continuum
  • Breakout sessions on starting up, making the perfect pitch, scaling up, and business modeling
  • QuickBooks Crash Courses
  • Mentor mash-ups featuring expertise on starting up lean, opening a bank account, angels, venture capitalists, crowdfunding, accelerators, taxes and business valuation

Disclaimer: By registering for this event, you agree your information (name, address, and email address) will be available for use by Startup Canada, Intuit Canada, and the local organizer, to better connect you to services to help you grow your business.

Toronto Event

  • Date: February 25 at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
  • Location: Telus Centre for Performance and Learning | 25 York Street, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2V5, Canada

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Event Read more of “startupheretoronto.com” is a New Website & Startup Finance Events 2016 in Canada at No Cost

Ontario (Canada) + India: Trade Agreements Worth Over $240 Million and More Than 150 High-Value Jobs to Be Created in Ontario

The following video presents Ontario Business Mission to India:

Image Courtesy of Ontario Government

Image Courtesy of Ontario Government

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne recently concluded her trade mission (February 1 – 5, 2016) in India.

  • Premier Wynne signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with five Indian states during the mission. These agreements will make it easier for the regions to work together in areas of mutual interest.
  • Ontario has International Trade and Investment Offices in Mumbai and New Delhi that can help Indian companies do business in Ontario and provide information to Ontario businesses about opportunities in India.
Image Courtesy of Ontario Government

Image Courtesy of Ontario Government

Some Key Highlights of the Trade Mission

February 1

$98 Million in Agreements Announced on Day 1 of India Trade Mission

Ontario-based Novo Plastics announced it will start the production and sale of the world’s first plastic exhaust system in India.

  • This ground-breaking technology was made with support from the Ontario Innovation Demonstration Fund.

Ontario businesses and educational institutions announced several new partnerships in New Delhi, including: Read more of Ontario (Canada) + India: Trade Agreements Worth Over $240 Million and More Than 150 High-Value Jobs to Be Created in Ontario