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June 2024 Newsletter

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    Featured News

    Automatic licence plate renewals begin July 1

    Our government is helping drivers skip the line, so they can spend more time doing what they love.

    Starting July 1, 2024, automatic licence plate renewals for eligible vehicles will come into effect, saving drivers more than 900,000 hours every year.

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    Province Investing $6 Million in more than 280 Senior Community Grant Projects

    Our government is helping seniors stay fit, active, healthy and socially connected in their communities by investing up to $6 million in more than 280 Seniors Community Grant projects across the province this year.

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    Province Investing $15 Million in more than 300 Senior Active Living Centre programs

    Ontario is investing up to $15 million in more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs. The programs will also receive increased funding to help more seniors stay fit, active, and healthy.

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    Our Government Investing $225,000 from Indigenous Transportation Initiatives Fund

    Our government is investing a total of $225,000 to Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre, Marten Falls First Nation, and Red Rock First Nation through our Indigenous Transportation Initiatives Fund program to support economic growth, mobility and transportation safety!

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    Announcements & Investments

    Youth Wellness Hub coming to Thunder Bay

    I am very excited to announce that the provincial government is launching a new Youth Wellness Hub to serve Thunder Bay and the surrounding areas by 2025.

    This new hub will connect youth aged 12 to 25 and their families to convenient and free mental health, substance use, primary care, and Indigenous healing and well-being services in a safe, youth-friendly space. I am proud to acknowledge the many youth and adult allies who played a vital role in amplifying the youth voice through safe, inclusive, and meaningful engagement. These youth-adult partnerships shall form the very foundation of our YWH and empower youth as co-designers of service and program delivery improvements.

    The hub will be led by the Children’s Centre Thunder Bay and a network of community partners, including Anishnawbe Mushkiki, Dilico, Anishinabek Family Care, and the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre.

    A special thank you to Premier Ford, Minister Sylvia Jones, and Associate Minister Michael Tibollo for their steadfast support in launching Youth Wellness Hubs across Ontario. Additionally, a big thank you to Diane Walker and Rob Dueck, whose tremendous work made this achievement possible.

    This hub has been much needed in our community and is the result of two mental health and addictions roundtables we held with both ministers earlier last year. I cannot emphasize enough how great this Youth Wellness Hub is for our communities. Thank you again to everyone who helped make this possible.

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    Province Investing in Greenstone

    I had the honour of joining Premier Ford, Minister Greg Rickford, and PA Will Bouma in Greenstone for an important announcement and letter signing.

    The provincial government is committed to working with our First Nations partners by investing in highway infrastructure, skills development and more to support economic and resource development in Northern Ontario.

    Learn more:…/ontario-and-first-nations…

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    Community Spotlight

    Local Paramedics receive Ontario Medal of Paramedic Bravery

    I was honored to attend a ceremony last week where Syed Ali and Raphael Desautels received the Ontario Medal for Paramedic Bravery. This prestigious award is a testament to their incredible courage and selflessness.

    Syed and Raphael, both based in Atikokan, put their lives on the line to perform a rescue under extremely challenging conditions.

    Their commitment to serving and protecting our community, even in the face of great personal risk, is truly inspiring. We are immensely proud to have such outstanding individuals among us.

    Thank you, Syed and Raphael, for your extraordinary bravery and unwavering dedication.

    2024 Firefighter Graduation

    Congratulations to the 2024 Firefighter Graduates!

    As someone who has had the honor of serving as a volunteer firefighter for 21 years, I understand the rigorous training, unwavering dedication, courage and integrity required to join this noble profession. Your commitment to protecting our communities is truly commendable.

    Thank you to the parents, sibling, friends and spouses who have supported you in this journey, and to the educators and instructors in the fire service for ensuring you learn the skills required to fight fires, preform rescues, and save lives.

    Welcome to the firefighting family, and thank you for your service. We look forward to seeing the incredible impact you will make as you serve and protect our communities.

    Awareness, Showcase and Appreciation

    National Indigenous Peoples Day

    June 21st was National Indigenous Peoples Day.

    We recognized and celebrated the rich history, resilience, wisdom, and culture of Indigenous peoples across Ontario.

    Abby Dent Representing NWO in 2024 Paris Olympics

    Incredibly proud to have Northwestern Ontario represented by Abby Dent, who will be competing in the Paris 2024 Olympics as part of Canada’s women’s eight rowing team. Congratulations and good luck, Abby!

    Meeting with Cory Hubbard

    It was a pleasure to meet with Cory Hubbard from forest Forward Inc.

    Thank you for taking the time to meet with me, looking forward to future conversations!

    Local Ministerial News

    Message from Minister Tibollo on the Thunder Bay Youth Wellness Hub

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