Local Press Release

Keeping people living with dementia safe and engaged thanks to OTF Resilient Communities Fund Grant

MPP Michael Parsa and MPP Laura Smith met with the team at the Alzheimer Society of York Region to hear how a $149,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is making an impact.

Ontario Investing in More Accessible Communities

The Ontario government is providing up to $1.5 million this year to not-for-profits and organizations across the province so they can develop tools and educational resources to raise awareness about the value and benefits of accessibility and help make Ontario open to people of all abilities.

Ontario Advancing Contract for Yonge North Subway Extension

Today, the province issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Advance Tunnel Contract, marking a significant milestone in its plan to reduce gridlock, connect people to jobs and make travel between York Region and Toronto faster and easier.

$36,000 OTF Grant gives Opera York support to reconnect to the community

On Friday night as the cast for Opera York’s production of Mozart’s Magic Flute were readying to take the stage, Philip Trow, President of Opera York welcomed MPP Laura Smith and MPP Daisy Wai to say a few words about the impact of a $36,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant that the group received last year from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). 

Ontario Provides More Money for Public Transit in York Region

The Ontario government is providing more money to support the expansion and improvement of public transit services in York Region. The funding is part of the province’s gas tax program which will allocate more than $379.5 million to help 107 municipalities operate and improve local transit.

MPP Laura Smith Congratulates Navillera Korean Dance Company on Being a Recipient of the Seniors Community Grant

The Ontario government is investing in its seniors in Thornhill by funding projects that will help seniors stay safe, fit, active, healthy and socially connected across the community with Seniors Community Grants. Recently, MPP Laura Smith paid a visit to Navillera Korean Dance Company, who received $24,000 to continue to offer 16-week Korean Traditional Dance workshops for seniors in the Vaughan area.

$249,700 grant enabled the Tirgan Centre for Art and Culture to Continue Moving Forward  

On Friday, MPP Laura Smith and MPP Michael Parsa stopped in at the Tirgan Centre for Art and Culture to hear how a $249,700 Community Building Fund grant that was awarded in late 2021 helped the Centre with needed operational costs over the last year. The grant which has now concluded, was awarded by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

York University Markham Campus Topping Off Ceremony

We are building Ontario! It was a pleasure to attend the official York University Markham campus topping off ceremony today alongside my colleagues Minister Jill Dunlop, MPP Billy Pang, and MPP Logan Kanapathi. It was humbling to witness the final steel pillar placed on what will soon become a hub of learning and activity.

Ontario Investing over $30 million to Support York Region’s COVID-19 Recovery

The Ontario government is investing over $30 million in additional one-time funding to support York Region Public Health with costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario Expands PRESTO Credit Payment to More Local Transit Agencies

Starting January 23, riders on Durham Region Transit, York Regional Transit, Burlington Transit and Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) can tap credit cards to pay fares on a PRESTO device, including credit cards on a smartphone or a smartwatch.