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

NEWS RELEASE

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

Ontario’s Draft Plan to Improve Pollinator Health & Reduce Pollinator Losses: Send Your Comments before March 7, 2016

The following video presents “Creating Pollinator Habitat in Ontario”

“One of the major issues that ALUS is trying to address is the recent decline of pollinators. Bayham ALUS project coordinator Kyle Mauthe explains how demonstration farm M&R Orchards has planted native wild flowers to create pollinator habitat.”

This is an update to the following blog, Ontario’s Rules to Reduce Neonicotinoid Pesticide: Protect Bees: Submit Comments Until May 7, 2015.

The Government of Ontario aims to protect pollinators by addressing the four main stressors that pollinators face: loss of habitat and nutrition; diseases, pests and genetics; pesticide exposure; climate change and weather.

The Province is proposing a draft Pollinator Health Action Plan, a component of its comprehensive Pollinator Health Strategy, as a plan for government, stakeholders and the public to work in partnership to enhance the state of health of Ontario’s pollinators, both managed and wild, and to strengthen their populations.

Public Consultation:

This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting January 22, 2016.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.

Other Public Consultation Opportunities:

In addition to submitting comments via this notice or in writing, you can:

  • Email your comments to pollinatorhealth@ontario.ca and,

Pollinator Health Action Plan survey

“Share your thoughts and recommendations on our draft Pollinator Health Action Plan and help us improve pollinator health in the province. Your feedback will be considered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs when we report back to the public with a final Action Plan in spring/summer of 2016.”

Image grab from video above

Image grab from video above

NEWS RELEASE

Province Seeking Public Input on Improving Pollinator Health

Ontario Taking Action to Reduce Pollinator Losses

January 22, 2016 1:00 P.M.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ontario is seeking public feedback on a draft action plan to improve pollinator health and reduce pollinator losses.

Pollinators, including honey bees, are essential to Ontario’s agricultural sector and contribute approximately $992 million worth of economic activity annually to the economy. The province became the first jurisdiction in North America to protect bees and other pollinators through new rules introduced on July 1, 2015, to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017. Read more of Ontario’s Draft Plan to Improve Pollinator Health & Reduce Pollinator Losses: Send Your Comments before March 7, 2016

Toronto Black History Month Creative Writing Contest for Ages 11 – 17: Submit Entries by Feb.16, 2016

Mackenzie House celebrated Black History Month 2015: The exhibit "A Glimpse of Black Victorians" was on display. Visitors printed a copy of the Provincial Freeman; its creator, Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first black woman to edit & publish a newspaper in North America. Image Courtesy of Toronto's Historic Sites (operated by the City of Toronto)

Mackenzie House celebrated Black History Month 2015: The exhibit “A Glimpse of Black Victorians” was on display. Visitors printed a copy of the Provincial Freeman; its creator, Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first black woman to edit & publish a newspaper in North America. Image Courtesy of Toronto’s Historic Sites (operated by the City of Toronto)

To recognize Black History Month, Mayor John Tory is introducing the Mayor’s Black History Month Creative Writing Contest, which is designed for youth to engage on the topic of Black history and the achievements and contributions made by the community in Toronto.

Good Luck! / Bonne chance!

In addition to the contest, many City divisions are hosting Black History Month activities throughout February.

Celebrate Black History Month with FREE programs for everyone at the Toronto Public Library branches across the city.

NEWS RELEASE

Mayor Tory launches writing competition for young people to celebrate Black History Month in Toronto

Mayor John Tory is launching a writing competition to help celebrate Black History Month. Mayor Tory is inviting Toronto youth 11 to 17 years of age to share a story about black Torontonians, past or present, who have contributed to Toronto’s diverse heritage and identity.

“Throughout the history of Toronto, African-Canadians have contributed so much to make Toronto the world-class city it is today,” said Mayor Tory. “Black History Month is a time to honour the legacy of black Canadians. Through this contest, youth will have the opportunity to share a story about a black Torontonian who has touched their lives, whether it’s someone from the pages of our history books or a teacher in a classroom today.” Read more of Toronto Black History Month Creative Writing Contest for Ages 11 – 17: Submit Entries by Feb.16, 2016

Help Decide the Future of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway East at a Public Forum #5 Meeting or Live Webcast on January 19, 2016: Registration is Required

The following video presents Gardiner Expressway options:

The Hybrid option was endorsed by Toronto City Council as the preferred alternative for the Gardiner Expressway East on June 11, 2015.

The upcoming public meeting on January 19, 2016, will present the results on the evaluation of the alternative designs for the Hybrid option, as well as urban design concepts for the study area.

What is the hybrid option?
Following direction from the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee of Toronto City Council, an additional hybrid option that combined the maintain and replace alternatives was prepared to preserve expressway linkage and functionality between the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway, as well as:

  • Re-decking of the existing elevated expressway east of Jarvis Street;
  • Re-decking of existing Gardiner-Don Valley Parkway ramps;
  • Removal of about 750 metres (eastbound lanes) and 850 metres (westbound lanes) of the existing Gardiner on/off ramps west of Logan Avenue;
  • Addition of two new ramps (two lanes each) in the Keating precinct:
    • about 470 metres of new westbound on-ramp; and
    • about 425 metres of new eastbound off-ramp;
  • Realignment of Lake Shore Boulevard from Cherry Street to Don River; and
  • Construction of a new multi-use pathway, as well as some pedestrian and intersection improvements.

More background about the hybrid option is provided at http://gardinereast.ca/sites/default/files//documents/Backgrounder%20for%20Gardiner%20EA%20–%20Hybrid.pdf (pdf).

Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, approximately east of Jarvis Street. (Photo: City of Toronto)

Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard, approximately east of Jarvis Street. (Photo: City of Toronto)

The Gardiner East EA (Environmental Assessment) Facilitator’s Office invites you to the join them at an upcoming public meeting – Public Forum #5 – where you can: Read more of Help Decide the Future of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway East at a Public Forum #5 Meeting or Live Webcast on January 19, 2016: Registration is Required

Toronto Residents: User Fee Town Hall on Jan.11 & Toronto’s 2016 Budget Talk on Jan.12, 13 or 14

The following video presents 2016 Toronto Budget: Get Involved:

  • Learn how to get involved in the Toronto City Budget.

NEWS RELEASE

7-Jan-2016

Residents invited to join the discussion about Toronto’s 2016 budget

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee will hear public presentations on the preliminary 2016 tax supported budgets next week. Members of the public can make a presentation at one of the budget subcommittee meetings on January 12, 13 or 14 at locations across the city.

In addition, a User Fee Town Hall, where residents can learn more about proposed increases to user fees, is scheduled for January 11 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.

Members of the public who want to share their views on the budget are asked to register by sending an email to buc@toronto.ca or call 416-392-4666 before noon on Monday, January 11 indicating choice of location, date and time. Individuals may only make one presentation to the budget subcommittees, which will meet at the following locations and times. Read more of Toronto Residents: User Fee Town Hall on Jan.11 & Toronto’s 2016 Budget Talk on Jan.12, 13 or 14