In partnership with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the Ontario Social Impact Voucher (OSIV) program will provide 200 vouchers worth up to $3,000 each to eligible social entrepreneurs across Ontario to access relevant training programs such as business planning or marketing to help scale up their business.
OCE will select delivery organizations as service providers for eligible social entrepreneurs and enterprises awarded a Social Impact Voucher through an open call.
The application process for delivery organizations is open from May 9, 2016 to June 13, 2016.
Social entrepreneurs and enterprises will apply to the OSIV Program once delivery organizations are selected.
A maximum of one voucher will be allocated per eligible social enterprise.
The application process for social entrepreneurs and enterprises will open from August 29, 2016 to July 31, 2017.
Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI).
The following video presents The 5 most amazing places we saw at Doors Open Toronto:
“Last weekend, curious citizens across the city were given access to a wide range of Toronto’s most interesting buildings at the 13th annual Doors Open Toronto.
The best places we saw include a building that reacts to the weather, the city’s most breathtaking library, the place your tap water comes from, and a massive pile of sugar.
Directed by Graham Runciman for The Grid.”
The 17th annual Doors Open Toronto returns on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016, offering FREE and rare access to more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.
The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of Re-used, Re-visited and Revisedwill explore the adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto’s architectural history.
The weekend activities kick off on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Design Exchange with the event’s first-ever keynote speaker, acclaimed designer Karim Rashid.
His talk The Future of Design will “explore how the future of the aesthetic world will cross all disciplines so that design, art, architecture, fashion, food and music fuse to increase everyone’s experiences and bring greater pleasure to the material and immaterial world.“
Seats for this event are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Enjoy and Good Luck! / Profitez-en et bonne chance!
Doors Open Toronto announces exciting lineup of buildings and programming
Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf has announced its lineup of buildings and enhanced programming for May 28 and 29. The 17th annual celebration of design will offer free and rare access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto.
This year’s event features more than 130 buildings, including over 40 new participants, an exciting speaker series and citywide walking tours. Details are now available at toronto.ca/doorsopen.
“The city’s buildings come alive during Doors Open Toronto weekend, giving residents the opportunity to discover and explore unique buildings and vibrant neighborhoods,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage Torontonians to visit the event’s many destinations, including City Hall.”
“Doors Open Toronto allows the public to learn more about the heritage and design that helps make this city great,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. “Each year there are new buildings, walks and other activities for all to experience.”
“Great Gulf is excited to return as presenting sponsor of Doors Open Toronto celebrating architecture, heritage and design. Focused on the intersection of great design and art to enrich the human experience, we share this passion with Doors Open through our commitment to create the best architecturally designed buildings,” said Great Gulf President Christopher Wein. “We encourage you to join us in experiencing this incredible event with members of the international architectural and design community.”
The weekend activities kick off on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Design Exchange with the event’s first-ever keynote speaker, acclaimed designer Karim Rashid. One of the most prolific and recognized designers of his generation, his talk The Future of Design will explore how the future of the aesthetic world will cross all disciplines so that design, art, architecture, fashion, food and music fuse to increase everyone’s experiences and bring greater pleasure to the material and immaterial world. Seats for this event are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are three other talks as part of the OpenInsights Speaker Series, exploring a variety of themes: Architecture is Art?; Bomb Girls – Trading Aprons for Ammo; and Why New Ideas Need Old Buildings.
Toronto City Hall will be a key destination during the Doors Open Toronto weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visitors to the building can experience rare access to the Mayor’s office and the 27th floor observation deck, as well as to the council chamber.
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.
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.
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 “
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.“
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.
“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.
“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.“
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.”
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.