Ontario: Instant Government Services & Info Via Your Mobile Devices

Instant Government Services Info Via Your Mobile Devices
Instant Government Services Info Via Your Mobile Devices

Now you are just a click away from Ontario (Canada) government info and services such as driver’s licence and health card renewals.

By using your mobile devices, you can now access the Service Location Finder to:

  • Find the latest information about the services the centre offers and hours of operation
  • Get on-the-spot directions to local offices or kiosks
  • Learn about the various ways to access government services, including online, service counter and kiosks.

Here are the highlights of Ontarians connecting with ServiceOntario via online Service Location Finder:

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Ontario’s Drive Clean Test Exemptions of Vehicles Less Than Seven Years Old, September 1, 2011

As an Ontario driver, you will be pleased to know that you can save some money and time through the proposed provincial changes to Drive Clean Testing program which will continue helping to protect the environment.

Effective September 1, 2011, Ontario Drive Clean Testing will have the following exemptions on vehicles from being tested as part of their registration renewal:

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Ontario Woos Hollywood to Create Jobs and Growth in Film and TV Industry

No wonder Hollywood producers love coming to Ontario, Canada, to make their film and television productions!

Ontario is very ingenious to woo Hollywood and other foreign producers by offering the following hot incentives that directly assist the film and television industry:

  • OMDC also provides FREE location scouting and FREE assistance to productions considering locating in Ontario;
  • favourable economic environment;
  • the best technical and creative people in the industry;
  • state of the art production facilities, equipment and studios;
  • diverse locations to choose from;
  • a variety of weather conditions;
  • knowledgable industry professionals ready to help them at every turn.

Here’s how Ontarians benefit from the booming film & TV industry in Ontario:

  • In 2010 alone, film and television production accounted for more than 23,000 direct and indirect jobs and contributed almost $2 billion to the economy in Ontario.
  • Every million dollars of film and TV production in Ontario generates 24 full-time direct and spin-off jobs.
  • Ontario’s tax credits to support the film and television industry are valued at $290 million annually.
  • In 2010, provincially supported film and television productions directly contributed $964.3 million to the economy – an increase of 43.6 per cent (up $293 million) from 2008.
  • Ontario recently provided $9 million over three years to the Canadian Film Centre to expand its training programs.
  • Foreign production in Ontario increased by $145.5 million, more than 100 per cent increase from 2008 to 2009.

Film and television productions that involve Ontario include:

  • “Total Recall”, one of the largest Hollywood productions ever to shoot in Toronto begins filming next month at Pinewood Toronto Studios.
  • Dream House, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Craig.
  • Summit Entertainment’s “Red“, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren.
  • Spyglass Entertainment’s “The Vow”, starring Ontario native Rachel McAdams.
  • Warehouse 13, which airs in both Canada and the United States, is currently filming its fourth season of production in Ontario.

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Ontario Woos Hollywood to Create Jobs and Growth in Film and TV Industry
Ontario Woos Hollywood to Create Jobs and Growth in Film and TV Industry

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Happy Earth Hour in Ontario, Canada!

Today is the big day!

Earth Hour will start this evening from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recorded 207,473 total Earth Hour pledges in Canada!

Kudos Ontario for these great green works:

  • “Conserve energy and generate peak demand savings of more than 1,700 MW of electricity since 2005, which is the equivalent to taking more than half a million homes off the grid.
  • Create thousands of new, good jobs in the province.
  • Clean up the air we breathe – last year, four coal units were closed, the equivalent of taking two million cars off Ontario’s roads.
  • Over 70 buildings owned by the Ontario government will participate in Earth Hour.
  • In 2003, Ontario had 19 dirty coal units and just 10 wind turbines.
  • Today, the province has more than 800 wind turbines and by the end of 2014 all coal units will be closed.”

Every green action taken by every one counts in creating a cleaner and healthier Canada for us and future generations.

Happy Earth Hour in Ontario!
Happy Earth Hour in Ontario!

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Happy World Water Day: Launching Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence!

Happy World Water Day: Launching Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence
Happy World Water Day: Launching Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence

Ontarians are very fortunate to have Lake Ontario and other parts of the Great Lakes to the tune of $1.8 billion in sales of clean water and clean water technologies to the world due to the following reasons.

  • “Ontario borders on four of the five Great Lakes which contain 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water and hold 95 per cent of North America’s fresh surface water.
  • We have more than a quarter of a million lakes, rivers and streams and rich groundwater resources – not to mention a multitude of plants and animals that necessarily thrive in such lush surroundings.
  • The Great Lakes Basin — Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and their watersheds — covers an area of 750,000-square kilometres. That’s an area larger than New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
  • More than 98 per cent of Ontario residents — 11 million people — live within the Great Lakes Basin. Most live near the shores, in eight of Canada’s 20 largest cities, which include Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor and Sarnia.
  • The people of Ontario depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water.
  • Over 70 per cent, or three out of four residents, get their drinking water from the Lakes.
  • The Ontario portion of the Great Lakes water supply provide recreational enjoyment, economic values (industries, farming, fishing, shipping), and power as a source of renewable and non-renewable energy. For example, lake winds power turbines to create electricity, while deep beneath the bottoms of some lakes lie stores of oil and natural gas.”

So, with the world-wide increasing demand for clean, fresh water, it is very important to protect Ontario’s portion of the Great Lakes Basin water supply for us and our children to use and enjoy now and in the future.

For 2011, the  Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence is focused on water and toxics reduction because the government wants to protect our fresh water from pollution, whether it’s from industrial sources, sewage systems, chemicals in use at farms, or any other source – even rainwater containing particulates from polluted air.

Protecting water at its source is a good move forward by the government and everyone in ensuring that every Ontarian has access to safe drinking water.

So nominate a friend, community member or business in recognition of their efforts to help protect and conserve our environment. You can even nominate yourself.

Please note that the ministry will be accepting nominations for the Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence until May 6, 2011.

Please click here for application criteria and program detail.

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. May 6, 2011.

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Remote Drug Dispensing Machines Are Coming to Your Neighbourhood

Remote Drug Dispensing Machines Are Coming to Your Neighbourhood
Remote Drug Dispensing Machines Are Coming to Your Neighbourhood

As more Canadians are getting older and living longer, our society must be innovative in making changes to our daily living routines so that there are more conveniences, safety and speed in obtaining our bare necessities.

Ontario will be rolling out remote dispensing machines across the province, which will fill out prescriptions in real-time consultations with offsite pharmacists using two-way video monitoring.

The dispensing drug machines provide safety and convenience with 24/7 access to pharmacy services across the province. This is very convenient for Ontarians who live in remote and rural communities because they would not need to travel far to get their prescription medications.

The remote dispensing machine works like an ATM (automated teller machine). The main difference is that there is real time interaction between you and the Ontario-registered pharmacist via a two-way video monitoring within the machine.

Besides cash, snacks, candies, tickets and drugs, what are the next items to be dispensed from a machine closer to home?

Will the next items be groceries and basic household items such as bread, milk, eggs, cheese, tofu, vegetables, fruits, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.?

Please note that for reasons of safety, narcotics will not be available through remote drug dispensing machines.

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AbitibiBowater Will Create More Clean Electricity and Jobs in Northern Ontario by 2013

AbitibiBowater Will Create More Clean Electricity and Jobs in Northern Ontario by 2013
AbitibiBowater Will Create More Clean Electricity and Jobs in Northern Ontario by 2013

There’s good news abuzz about AbitibiBowater, Thunder Bay’s clean energy plant.

AbitibiBowater has been functioning as a biomass-fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) project.

However, AbitibiBowater will soon start its expansion and by January 2013, AbitibiBowater will provide more clean, electrical power by 40megawatts which is equivalent to the additional power for 38,000 homes for Northwestern Ontario.

This greater supply of clean electricity for Northwestern Ontarians will also add 56 permanent jobs.

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