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JULY 21, 2021

Province Funding Projects in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock to Help Protect the Great Lakes

The Ontario government is investing $94,500 for two local projects in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock to help protect and improve the Great Lakes.

“This is a great initiative to support local projects that protect and restore coastal, shoreline and nearshore areas of the Great Lakes,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.

These projects are part of 44 community-based projects to receive $1.9 million in funding through the Great Lakes Local Action Fund.

“The health of the Great Lakes is closely connected to our province’s health and prosperity – supplying water to our communities, sustaining traditional activities of Indigenous peoples and providing healthy ecosystems for recreation and tourism,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities – building a better future for clean, green growth.”

Organization NameProject NameProject DescriptionFunding Amount
Haliburton County Community Co-operativeTri-Region Community-Based Benthos Biomonitoring ProjectCreating a sustainable, citizen-based model of benthos biomonitoring in the Haliburton, Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes areas to identify early indicators of lake issues.$50,000.00
Kawartha ConservationEnhancing nearshore water quality and aquatic plant management in the Kawartha Lakes, Lake Ontario Drainage BasinImprove water quality and aquatic plant management through citizen science and implementing cost-effective recommendations to improve nearshore conditions along waterfronts.$44,500.00

Supporting local actions that protect the Great Lakes is a key commitment in our plan to protect our land, air and water.  


  • Ontario launched a call for applications for the Great Lakes Local Action Fund in the fall of 2020.
  • 20 per cent of the world’s fresh water is found in the Great Lakes, making it the largest lake system in the world.
  • 95 per cent of the province’s agricultural lands are in the basin of the Great Lakes.


JULY 15, 2021

Ontario Increasing Supports for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking in Kawartha Lakes

KAWARTHA LAKES – The Ontario government is investing more than $780,000 over the next five years in a new community-based program to provide more young victims and survivors of human trafficking in Kawartha Lakes with the services they need. With this funding, Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes will provide a four-month stabilization program for youth, including residential services, individualized programming and skills development. Providing better protection and increased supports for children and youth who have been sexually exploited or are at risk is a key focus of Ontario’s strategy to combat human trafficking.

“Programs created to support young victims and survivors of human trafficking are critical in their healing process, allowing them to rebuild their lives,” said Jane McKenna, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues. “Our investments will go a long way to increase services dedicated to children and youth who have been trafficked. They will also mean more young people have access to the help they need to stay safe and recover.”

This new program is funded through Ontario’s Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund to increase services across the province. The government is investing a total of $96 million in community-based services and Indigenous-led supports for victims and survivors of human trafficking over five years as part of the province’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy 2020-2025.

“For many decades, Women’s Resources has been a staple in our community, providing women and children with a safe haven as they flee from violence, abuse and sex trafficking. That’s why, I’m so pleased they’ve been awarded this funding for the new Survivor Stabilization Project,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock. “Victims of sex trafficking need a safe and secure environment to begin to heal from the trauma of this horrible crime and this new project will help provide a steady ground so victims can become survivors.”  

In total, 27 new projects are being funded through the Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports and Indigenous-led Initiatives funds to provide a more comprehensive network of supports across the province. This investment is part of Ontario’s $307-million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy, which aims to raise awareness, protect victims and intervene early, support survivors and hold offenders accountable.

“The trauma of human trafficking is significant. Emotional and physical recovery can be a long journey with victims returning to their abusers time and time again, out of fear and dependency,” said Lori Watson, Executive Director of Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes. “This funding will allow us to develop a stabilization program to support survivors from initial intake until they are established in secure housing, increasing their sense of safety, well-being and skills, all of which will mitigate the risk of revictimization.”


  • Ontario is a hub for human trafficking, accounting for the majority of police-reported incidents in Canada.
  • In 2019, 65 per cent of known human trafficking victims identified by police were under the age of 25 and 22 per cent were under 18.
  • Ontario’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy represents the largest total investment in dedicated anti-human trafficking supports and services in Canada.


JUNE 30, 2021

Ontario Supports the Modernization of Communities in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

The Ontario government is providing up to $458,750 to help improve the delivery of critical programs and services in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. The funding is being delivered through the Municipal Modernization Program and will support the following projects:

  • Township of Brock Digital Modernization Implementation
  • Township of Brock Corporate IT Strategic Plan
  • Township of Cavan Monaghan Information Technologies Modernization
  • City of Kawartha Lakes Fire Department Service Delivery Review

“COVID-19 has demonstrated the need to modernize the important programs and services municipalities provide,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “Not only will these projects help ensure community members will benefit from innovative and streamlined solutions, they will also save taxpayers’ dollars.”

Ontario is providing up to $24 million to support the modernization of 224 small and rural municipalities across the province. A total of 254 projects will receive funding under Intake 2 of Ontario’s Municipal Modernization Program.

Mayor Letham, City of Kawartha Lakes commented, “Kawartha Lakes Fire Service operates over an extensive geographic area with 20 stations. We employ approximately 350 staff, the majority of which are Volunteer Firefighters. Given the significant size of the service, and ongoing budgetary pressures associated with maintaining equipment and facilities, we will use the funding for a third-party review of the fire service budgets. We thank the Province, and our local MPP Laurie Scott, for their commitment to assist municipalities to modernize services to continue meeting the needs of our communities.”

“This funding will help the Township of Brock modernize service delivery and better assist local residents,” said John Grant, Mayor of the Township of Brock. “Thank you to the provincial government for providing this funding that will allow us to reallocate funding to other areas of need.”

“We are very pleased with the investment the Provincial Government is making in rural communities,” said Scott McFadden, Mayor of the Township of Cavan Monaghan. “Locally, these funds will enable us to move forward with strategies to strengthen our technology capabilities.” “We can upgrade outdated technology and processes thus mitigating risk, increase operation efficiency and enhance citizen service,” he added.

Municipalities will use the funding to find efficiencies and implement a wide range of initiatives to digitize, streamline and/or integrate programs and services with neighbouring communities. The funding will also help municipalities administer the cost saving measures in time for the 2022 municipal budget cycle.

“Today marks another milestone in our government’s commitment to supporting municipalities as they look for ways to improve service delivery in our communities,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “To put it simply, identifying and implementing modern solutions means money is diverted away from wasteful service delivery and stays in the pockets of local taxpayers.”

Ontario has committed up to $125 million over four years through the Municipal Modernization Program to help small and rural municipalities modernize services. Under Intake 1, the Province invested $11.8 million in 180 modernization projects and identified over $100 million in savings and efficiencies.

JUNE 29, 2021

Brock CHC’s New Home Closer to Construction

A much-needed new health care facility for Brock Township and surrounding area residents has now entered the final stages of development.

Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) is pleased to announce that the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has approved the Brock CHC Capital Project Stage 3.2 Submission, which included preliminary designs (architectural, mechanical, electrical), building elevations, cost estimate and more.

On receiving the official approval letter, Peter Elliott, Chair of the Brock CHC Building Committee, expressed gratification that the requirements of this detailed phase in the capital project had finally been achieved. “This is a very significant step in the building process. Our Board, staff and architect have worked diligently for over six years to receive this approval. The community will finally begin to see movement on the lot as we work toward construction of the new CHC facility”.

The announcement was made at Brock CHC’s Annual General Meeting on June 24, 2021. MPP Laurie Scott shared her enthusiasm with the members and staff in attendance. “This has been so important to the Brock Township community and area. We have gone through the years with patience and determination, and the reality is we will soon be able to walk through those doors that we have all championed for.”

In anticipation of Stage 3.2 approval, work on Stage 4.1 (involving working drawings, site plan approval, tender-ready construction cost estimate and general contractor pre-qualification) has been well underway and is almost ready for submission. This will be followed by the tender period, award and contract and construction of the new building. Work will begin on the lot as early as this summer with Elexicon Energy bringing services that fit the site plan requirements.

“We are very excited to see this project moving quickly now,” said Janet McPherson, Executive Director. “The community has shown tremendous support and patience over the years.”

The Ontario government announced approval for Brock Community Health Centre (Brock CHC) to design and construct a new health care facility in 2011. The new facility is scheduled to break ground in 2022.

Quick Facts:

  • Brock CHC receives funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Central East Local Health Integration Network.
  • The organization has a mandate to provide primary health care, diabetes education, health promotion and related health services to the residents of Brock Township and surrounding areas.
  • Brock CHC currently operates out of temporary rental accommodations.
  • The new centre will accommodate organizational programs and services, and will also provide a community health hub for Durham’s northern communities, increasing access to allied health care services and community organizations.

May 27, 2021

Ontario Invests in 21st Century Skills Development and Introduces Tuition-Free PSW Program in Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes

PETERBOROUGH – The Ontario government is transforming virtual learning across the province by supporting nearly 400 innovative projects at colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes. Locally, Trent University and Fleming College will receive over $2 million towards 11 innovative virtual learning projects to help provide students with more choice and access to high-quality postsecondary education and retraining opportunities.

“These exciting projects will help people develop in-demand skills by providing access to innovative educational technologies and better position them in the workforce,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.

“People’s lives are busy; working full time and raising families. They don’t always have the time to enroll in part-time courses in person to sharpen their skills or knowledge,” MPP Dave Smith said. “In our rapidly changing economy, access to these online resources will support workers in their professional development and growth,” MPP Smith added.

The 11 projects are part of the province’s Virtual Learning Strategy announced last December and support key priority areas that include creating or adapting digital content, equipping faculty and students with skills and resources to teach and learn online and identifying educational technologies to support online courses and programs. Some of the programs include:

  • Fleming College, in collaboration with other educational institutions, is creating a series of eight micro-credential courses in the field of Virtual Reality. Working with subject matter experts, industry partners and employers, this micro-credential series will prepare learners with the high-demand skills and competencies employers are looking for in the industry.
  • Trent University is creating and developing a micro-credential course in nursing leadership to help nursing students prepare for a leadership role in the healthcare environment.

Trent University will receive $916,992 for their program development and Fleming College will receive $1,100,908 for a collective total of $2,017,830. This is part of the Ontario government’s investment of more than $70 million to implement Ontario’s Virtual Learning Strategy, including $21.4 million announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy.

“These projects will build on and advance the skills and capacity of students and faculty at Trent through multi-media channels, such as virtual lab sessions, career development, and knowledge communication skills,” says Dr. Cathy Bruce, vice president of Research and Innovation at Trent. “The projects that are being led at Trent University contribute to the training of knowledgeable and highly qualified personnel that will in turn support post-pandemic economy recovery.”

“Ensuring that Ontario’s postsecondary institutions offer responsive and flexible digital courses and programs will help students build the skills and competencies they need to be competitive in today’s economy,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Our Virtual Learning Strategy is aimed at creating a platform that will allow all post-secondary institutions to compete in the new and necessary environment of learning from home.”

Last month, Fleming College started accepting applications for Ontario’s new accelerated training program for Personal Support Workers, this includes both Peterborough and Lindsay Fleming College campuses.

“Our historic plan to build a modern long-term care system, in which residents receive 4 hours of direct quality care per day, requires strategic investments; investments that guarantee results for the seniors that deserve it,” MPP Dave Smith said. “Years of neglect cannot be fixed overnight, but today’s announcement is another concrete series of steps in creating a system that puts care at its centre,” MPP Smith added.

“This tuition-free accelerated program is another example of how our government is working to build a 21st century long-term care system and train more people to deliver the care our seniors deserve,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.

“As many aspects of our lives and learning have transitioned to online over the past year, we have had to adapt quickly. The investment from the Ontario government will help Fleming dedicate more resources towards virtual learning to prepare for a future of hybrid delivery and provide more options for students,” said Fleming President Maureen Adamson. “Also, at a time when there’s a demand for personal support workers in our communities, Fleming is happy to contribute its expertise in health care training to offer the accelerated PSW program.”

The program is part of the Ontario government’s $115 million investment to train up to 8,200 new personal support workers; as part of the governments’ overall strategy to hire 27,000 new nurses, personal support workers and allied health professionals within the next few years.

The Accelerated PSW Training Program is a tuition-free opportunity for 6,000 new students and is expected to only take 6 months to complete, rather than the typical 8 months. After three months of coursework and experiential learning in a clinical setting, students will complete the final three months in paid onsite training in a long-term, home or community care setting.

The province is also offering tuition assistance to in-process PSW students who started the program at one of Ontario’s publicly-assisted colleges in January 2021. These students will be eligible to receive a $2,000 grant to help complete their studies, as well as a stipend to complete their clinical placement as part of their training.


Learn more about the new virtual micro-credential programs

Learn more about how to access the PSW programs

MAY 7, 2021

Ontario is Expanding Innovative Models to Deliver Better, Connected Care in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

The Ontario government is launching new 9-1-1 models of care to 33 municipalities across the province.

Currently, paramedics are required to bring 9-1-1 patients to hospital emergency departments, even when there are other appropriate care and treatment options available within the community.

A new model of care will be piloted in Central East Ontario including Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County and Durham Region to ensure paramedics have more options to provide safe and appropriate treatment for patients while helping to protect hospital capacity during COVID-19. The patient will remain in ultimate control of the care they receive and can at any time request to be taken to the emergency department.

RegionsModel TypeDescription of Pilot Project
Central East Ontario (Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service; Region of Durham Paramedic Services; Haliburton County Paramedic Service; Northumberland Paramedics; Peterborough County/City Paramedics). Treat and Refer Model for Palliative Care Patients  Palliative care patients calling 9-1-1 will have the option to be treated on-scene for pain and symptom management, including pain or dyspnea, hallucinations or agitation, terminal congested breathing, and nausea or vomiting. Following treatment on-scene, patients have the option for paramedics to coordinate the patient’s follow-up care directly with the patient’s primary palliative care provider or with a local hospice for further treatment and wrap-around care.

Each pilot project will be in place for one year and evaluated to assess outcomes, identify where program adjustments may be needed, and how to implement new models of care throughout the province.


“Under this pilot, paramedics can provide direct care to palliative patients and refer them to alternative health care destinations. This is another example of how our government is continuing to find solutions to challenges COVID-19 presents while helping to shape our health care model for the future.”

Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

“This is a unique program that will provide important additional care to residents in the community to help support palliative care patients and their families.”

Tim Waite, Chief/Director, Haliburton County Paramedic Service

“The Paramedic Services are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the Treat and Refer Model for Palliative Care Patients pilot under the new 9-1-1 models of care. Many patients with life-limiting illnesses prefer to be cared for in their homes and communities. The ability to receive care in this setting has been associated with improved comfort of end stages of life for patients, families and caregivers. This patient-centered initiative will enhance the ability of paramedics, as part of a coordinated care team, to provide the option for patients receiving palliative care to have symptoms or changing care needs managed at the right place (in-home), the right time, and based on the needs of the individual.”

Randy Mellow, Chief of Paramedics, City of Kawartha Lakes

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen more than ever how critical it is for patients to receive timely and effective care – when and where they need it. As Ontario’s hospitals face unprecedented capacity pressures during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, these new models of care will enable our world-class paramedics to support our most vulnerable patients in the most appropriate setting, while avoiding unnecessary emergency department visits.”

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health


  • Under the Treat and Refer model, specially trained paramedics treat palliative care patients on-site in their home, which can include administering medication for pain or dyspnea, hallucinations or agitation, terminal congested breathing, and nausea or vomiting. Once the patient has been treated, paramedics would directly coordinate follow-up care with a local hospice or the patient’s primary palliative care team to provide longer-term treatment options. This model is currently only available for palliative care patients in select regions.
  • Patient eligibility criteria varies from model-to-model. Paramedics responding to 9-1-1 calls for select palliative care patients will conduct an assessment on-scene for eligibility to participate in new models of care. If patients are not registered, paramedics would ask the patients on-scene if they would like to be registered with their local centres in order to be eligible for the next time they dial 9-1-1.


MAY 6, 2021

Ontario Provides Funding for Public Schools in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock for the 2021-22 School Year

This week, the Ontario government announced new support for a safe and successful 2021-22 school year, including an additional $1.6 billion in resources to protect against COVID-19 and $561 million more in ongoing investments in public education for the 2021-22 school year through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN).

Total GSN funding is projected to be $25.6 billion and reflects the third straight year it has increased under the current government, and on a per-student basis is estimated to rise to $12,686, which is the highest amount ever.

Locally, the Ontario government will continue to support students in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock by providing millions in funding for COVID-19 preventative measures and funding through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) program.

School Board2021-2022 Projected GSN Funding
Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB$416.9 million
Trillium Lakelands DSB$207.1 million
Durham DSB$826.1 million
Durham Catholic DSB$250.0 million
Peterborough V N C Catholic DSB$185.6 million

“Our government is committed to getting students back in the classroom as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “These historic investments in public education are necessary to support our students and provide the resources needed to overcome the year of global disruption.”

“Our government is investing more in public education than any government in Ontario history,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education. “As we continue to work with the Chief Medical Officer of Health to evaluate the safe resumption of in-class learning, our number-one priority remains safety in the classroom. To deliver on that priority, our government is making more than $1.6 billion available to protect school safety while investing in the long-term success of students with more support for reading, math, mental health, and special education needs.”

In order to support a safe return to classroom learning in September, Ontario is investing $1.6 billion in targeted COVID-19 resources that will be used for expenses such as enhanced cleaning protocols, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and critical supplies and equipment, and temporary staffing supports.

The Ontario government is supporting learning recovery and renewal by investing an additional $85.5 million to help students across the province address the effects of learning disruptions as a result of COVID-19. Investments will support reading and math for young learners, student re-engagement, and mental health and well-being supports. These learning recovery and renewal measures will include partnering with School Mental Health Ontario to support educators and enable timely interventions; additional teaching resources including math leads and coaches; and summer learning and special education supports, among other initiatives. These steps will position Ontario as a leading jurisdiction in unveiling a suite of learning recovery initiatives in advance of the next school year.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has made unprecedented investments to support student mental health, including over $80 million projected in 2021-22, which is more than four times the investments made in 2017-18. For the 2021-22 school year, Ontario will also be providing school boards with $3.2 billion to support students with special education needs through the GSN – the highest investment recorded in Ontario.


  • COVID-19 resources will provide school boards with $1.6 billion for a wide range of supports, such as additional staffing to support remote learning and social distancing through smaller class sizes and support for remote learning technology, including improvements to connectivity within school buildings.
  • School boards have been instructed to not require parental decision on in-person or remote learning before June 1, 2021, at the earliest.
  • The 2021-22 COVID-19 supports do not include any federal government investments.
  • The Ministry of Education provides operating funding to Ontario’s 72 district school boards and 10 school authorities through the annual GSN education funding model. Funding to school boards is provided on a combination of per-student, per-school, and per-board basis.
  • In addition to Ontario’s annual investment of approximately $1.4 billion to support the repair and renewal of schools and $550 million for new schools, additions and major renovations, school boards will have access to $656 million in combined federal-provincial funding under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
  • The government also allocated $100 million to school boards during the 2020-21 school year to support immediate measures to optimize air quality and ventilation in schools, which helped ensure over 95 per cent of school boards reported improvements this school year.

APRIL 29, 2021

Funding to Support Local Community Infrastructure Projects Across the Township of Cavan Monaghan and the Township of Brock

The Ontario government is continuing to invest in local community infrastructure projects across Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock through Community, Culture & Recreation stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

Joint provincial, federal and partner funding for eight projects across Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock will help deliver vital services for communities, foster greater social inclusion and improve the quality of life for residents with a combined total of over $12 million.

Three of the projects are located in the Township of Cavan Monaghan totaling a combined $1,571,250 in joint funding to support the renovation of the Millbrook Arena to a multipurpose community hub, renovating the Bruce Johnston Branch of the Cavan Monaghan libraries and the rehabilitation of the historically designated Old Millbrook School.

One of the projects is located in the Township of Brock totalling a combined $7,480,000 in joint funding to renovate and expand the Sunderland Memorial Arena & Community Centre.

Once complete, these projects will improve the quality and safety of recreation facilities in the community, while also creating more modern and accessible recreation options for residents and future visitors.


“Community hubs like these are so important to people and families in our community. They provide recreational use and an opportunity to socialize with other residents. Our government will continue to support these important projects that help our communities grow and support economic development.”

Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

“It is wonderful to be a part of the investments today from both the Provincial and Federal government’s made into the riding of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.  They will create local jobs and provide economic activity. I would like to congratulate all successful applicants that received funding through the ICIP program.”

Jamie Schmale, MP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

“On behalf of the residents of Brock Township we are very excited that our grant submission for the Sunderland Arena was selected.  We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Federal and Provincial Governments for this wonderful opportunity.  We also want to extend special thanks to the Sunderland Lions for their work and financial commitment to this project and we recognize the exceptional commitment and dedication of this amazing group to this project.  I know our late Mayor Debbie Bath Hadden was the key driving force behind this application and I know she would have been very pleased to see this happen.”

John Grant, Mayor of the Township of Brock

“Cavan Monaghan is a small but growing Township in close proximity to Highways 115 and the 407.  In recent years, we have been experiencing rapid growth as people are attracted to this community for the history, heritage and quality of life it offers.  With this increased growth also comes increased expectations for adequate recreational space and programming to serve a growing population.  Thanks to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), these funding commitments of the federal and provincial governments will allow Cavan Monaghan to protect the health and well-being of our local residents by preserving these long-standing cultural facilities.”

Scott McFadden, Mayor of the Township of Cavan Monaghan