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If you require immediate assistance, please email us at jfraser.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or call us at

613-736-9573.


Free Tax Filing

Our office is able to help you file your 2024 taxes. For more information please either send our office an email or give us a call.

**Please note that the tax assistance is meant for low to modest income households with a simple tax situation.**


Other Tax Support Services

EBO Financial Education Centre: This centre offers income tax services year-round and can even process taxes covering several years. For more information and eligibility, call (613) 746-0400, email info@centre-ebo.com, or visit their website.


Free Flu Shot and COVID-19 Vaccines Available for All Ontarians

Starting October 30, Ontarians will be able to receive their free flu shot and the new, most recent COVID-19 vaccine at local pharmacies, public health units and primary health care providers across the province. Staying up to date on vaccinations continues to be the best way for people to stay safe and healthy this respiratory illness season and avoid unnecessary visits to the hospital.

You can book a COVID-19 vaccine through participating pharmacies, through public health units or via our website or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY: 1-866-797-0007 toll free) from Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Eastern Time.




Grand Opening of Studio Space Ottawa – March 1st

It was great to attend Studio Space Ottawa’s grand opening and officially announce the Capital Fund grant of $102,000 they received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.


Sudanese-Canadian Association Ramadan Iftar – March 17th

Ramadan is the holy month of the year for Muslims here in Canada and around the world. I was honored to be invited to join members of our community as they gathered and broke their fast.


Helping with Furniture Visit – March 23rd

I had the pleasure of congratulating Helping with Furniture, an organization here in Ottawa South that helps newcomers to Canada access furniture donated by residents, on their recent $31,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) funding.


Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre Announcement – March 23rd

I joined stakeholders and community members at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre to officially announce the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s $102,400 Resilient Communities Fund grant funding to support the EORC’s essential work supporting community members here in Ottawa South.



On March 27th, I rose in the Legislature to ask the Premier why his 2024 Budget does not address the needs families are facing right across Ontario.


On March 6th, I rose in the Legislature to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who passed away on February 29th, 2024. 


Support Access to Spine Care Petition:

Our office has taken on a constituent’s request to collect signatures to support the calls to the government to increase support for people suffering from conditions like scoliosis.

To help and sign the petition, please download the PDF file, print it out, and collect physical signatures so that MPP Fraser can present this petition to the Legislature.


Provincial Updates. Government of Ontario.

Provincial News

Ontario Releases 2023 Public Sector Salary Disclosure

Minimum Wage in Ontario is Raising

Funding for Ottawa

Ontario Honours Individuals for Outstanding Civic Leadership

Ontario Honours Exceptional Young Volunteers


Attention Drivers! Remember to renew your licence plate before your birthday!

Your vehicle must have a valid licence plate and be insured to drive legally in Ontario. The licence plate renewal period varies depending on type of vehicle and if you choose to renew for 1 or 2 years. Renew online at: Vehicle registration | ontario.ca or visit a Service Ontario location.

When you renew:

  • you will no longer receive a sticker
  • you do not have to pay licence plate renewal fees
  • law enforcement will be instantly aware your licence plate was renewed

Get ServiceOntario digital reminders!

Get free reminders by email, text message, or phone call 60 and 30 days before it’s time to renew your licence plate, driver’s licence, health card, or Ontario Photo Card.
Mailed renewal notices for driver’s licence holders and vehicle owners will continue for:

  • individuals aged 70 years and older
  • individuals with a driver’s licence class A, B, C, D, E, or F

Apply online: Get ServiceOntario digital reminders | ontario.ca


The Order of Ontario

The Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat of the Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism delivers honour and award programs that celebrate Ontarians’ outstanding achievements and recognize individual contributions to a variety of sectors and communities.

The Order of Ontario is the most prestigious honour we administer. As the province’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Ontario is reserved for Ontarians from all fields of endeavour and backgrounds whose excellence has left a lasting legacy in the community, province, Canada and around the world. Each year, a select group of individuals are appointed to the Order. They represent the best of our province.

Among our goals for delivering the Order of Ontario program is ensuring those appointed to the Order represent the full breadth and depth of the people who make our province great. That is why we are encouraging you and/or your organizations to nominate an individual for this honour. The deadline for the 2024 nominations is March 31, 2024. 

Please consider drafting and submitting a nomination for someone in your community who you feel merits this important honour. For more information or to make a nomination please visit: The Order of Ontario | Ontario.ca.

Please also consider nominating individuals for other honours and awards at: www.ontario.ca/page/honours-and-awards.


What do the arts in Ontario look like, sound like, feel like? We’ve aimed to provide an answer in just 60 seconds, with Arts for All Ontarians – a video that provides a whirlwind tour of what Ontario Arts Council (OAC) funding has helped make possible since our founding in 1963. Featuring grant recipients from across the province and the decades, the video is a highlight reel of how OAC’s investments have benefited Ontario’s communities, economy, quality of life and identity as a province. 


Ontario’s Financial Services Regulator Encourages Consumers To Verify Credentials With New Online Tool

 

Ontario’s financial services regulator (FSRA) is launching an education campaign encouraging all consumers to check the credentials of the person they are getting financial advice from.

FSRA is making it easy for consumers to do this through a new online tool. The Check Credentials Tool will help individuals verify whether their financial professional holds the necessary credentials to use the Financial Planner or Financial Advisor (or similar) title in Ontario. These titles indicate that the professional has met minimum education standards, is supervised, and adheres to a code of conduct.

“In many cases people are entrusting their life savings to financial professionals and they expect that these people are properly trained and supervised,” said Huston Loke, Executive Vice President of Market Conduct, FSRA. “We encourage consumers to check credentials and we are making it easy through our new Check Credentials Tool.”

Research conducted by FSRA suggests consumers may not be spending enough time seeking out a qualified financial professional and verifying their credentials. Fifty per cent of respondents spent more time researching their last cellphone purchase than they did their financial professional.

In less time than it would take to order groceries online, consumers will be able to find out if their Financial Planner or Financial Advisor, or someone with a similar title, has the right credential to use the title, if they are in good standing, and if they have had any disciplinary action taken against them. Similar titles could include Financial Wealth Planner or Financial Investment Advisor.

Alongside the tool, FSRA encourages consumers to be empowered to ask questions of their financial professional to see if they meet their specific needs. This can include questions about their education and credentials, services they provide and products they sell. Visit Check Credentials to access and learn more about the Check Credentials Tool and for questions to ask.

FSRA continues to work on behalf of all stakeholders, including consumers, to ensure financial safety, fairness, and choice for everyone. Learn more at www.fsrao.ca.


Upcoming grant application deadlines

Capital stream: March 6, 2024 at 5 PM ET

Seed stream: June 26, 2024 at 5 PM ET

Grow stream: November 6, 2024 at 5 PM ET

Youth Opportunities Fund

System Innovations Grant:
• Application deadline: March 6, 2024 at 5 PM ET

Youth Innovations and Family Innovations Grant:
• Expression of Interest deadline: April 17, 2024 at 5 PM ET
• Application deadline: July 10, 2024 at 5 PM ET

Visit otf.ca for more information about our grants, resources and supports.


211 is completely free, confidential and calls are answered 24/7 in 150+ languages. If you prefer, you can also text the number 2-1-1 or use the online chat at 211ontario.ca Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.


How your property is assessed

We determine the assessed value of each property based on several variables, and we use different approaches to value properties depending on the property type. Click on the links below to learn more: 

Property assessment and taxation toolkit

To better help property owners understand the relationship between property assessment and taxes, as well as the key roles different levels of government play, MPAC has developed a toolkit. 

View the toolkit here.


When everyday people step forward to make a lifesaving connection, the impact is significant Lives are changed. Lives are saved.

Book now at Blood.ca


More than 90% of Ontarians are in favour of organ donation.


However, only one in three Ontarians have registered their consent to donate. It only takes two minutes to register…

BeADonor.ca is the simple, electronic and quick way for you to register your consent for organ and tissue donation. It only takes a moment to register with results that will be long-lasting and positive. Register today.


In our community. Ottawa South

OrKidstra:

Music: the power to change lives, OrKidstra is an Ottawa-based charity which helps empower kids and build community through music!

Make music, make friends with OrKidstra!

Starting April 2024: Join us for our FREE and fun after-school music programs in the heart of Heron Gate!

Contact OrKidsra at 613-897-5437 or visit their website at www.orkidsra.ca for more information.


Canterbury Community Association Annual Gigantic Garage Sale – April 14th

The Canterbury Community Association’s Annual Gigantic Garage Sale is just around the corner! Come out to the Canterbury Community Centre (2185 Arch Street) on Sunday, April 14th from 10a.m. to 1p.m. to see the wide selection of items being sold!



Scouts Canada – 137th Ottawa Scouts group is pleased to announce we have partnered with RainBarrel.ca to host a $65 RAIN BARREL FUNDRAISER!

Each rain barrel includes a leaf and mosquito filter basket, an overflow adaptor, a spigot and an overflow hose.

Rain barrels are $65 each and can be pre-ordered online at https://rainbarrel.ca/137thscout/

Please order before April 12 to help us reach our minimum goal of 75 barrels purchased.

Pre-orders will be available for pick up on Saturday April 20 from 1 PM to 5 PM In the parking lot of the Gloucester Presbyterian Church, 91 Pike Street

Our goal is to raise money for youth to attend the Icelandic Jamboree this July 2024!

You can help us meet our goal by sharing this information with family, friends and others.
See Rain Barrel’s FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

https://rainbarrel.ca/contact/#product for product specific questions or contact Yvonne: gc@137thottawascouts.com or sunshine137th@hotmail.ca or 613-526-1434 for location specific questions.

Please order today https://rainbarrel.ca/137thscout/ 


Advancing the wellbeing of Ottawa’s older adults.
As a bilingual and inclusive Council, their vision is respected, informed and engaged older adults living in an age-friendly city.

Visit them at 217 – 815 St. Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, Ontario K1K 3A7 and for more information give them a call (613) 789-3577, send them an email coa@coaottawa.ca or visit their website at The Council on Aging of Ottawa – The Council on Aging of Ottawa (coaottawa.ca).


Cheo - Kids come first.

Catching up on routine immunizations

If your child has missed a vital immunization required for school this fall, we can help! The Kids Come First Health Team, has launched their Vaccination and Up-to-Date campaign to tackle just that, and they are taking appointments now!

Find out the requirements and book your child’s vaccination today!


Community Safety and Policing Act (CSPA) comes into effect April 1st

(Ottawa) — In December 2023, the Province announced sweeping changes to the law governing policing in Ontario with Bill 68, Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA) that included 30 proposed Regulations that apply and extend to municipal police service. The new Bill, scheduled to come into effect on April 1st 2024, will replace the current Police Services Act (1990) and will focus on addressing community safety, enhancing police oversight, modernizing policing, and establishing consistent mandated training requirements.
Some key changes to note include:

The OPS presented a report to the Police Services Board yesterday and highlighted a phased approach for the implementation of the new Regulations. Our approach will consider five key factors: 

  • The policing needs of the community.
  • The geographic and socio-demographic characteristics of the police service’s area of policing responsibility.
  • The extent to and manner in which the policing function is effectively provided in similar communities in Ontario.
  • The extent to which past provision of the policing function by the police service has been effective in addressing the policing needs of the community.
  • Best practices respecting the policing function. 

For years the Ottawa Police Service and the Ottawa Police Services Board have written to the Province and requested changes to the PSA, including the modernization of the discipline process, to provide the Chief of Police the ability to suspend a member without pay when the member has engaged in conduct that constitutes misconduct or unsatisfactory work performance.

Now, under the CSPA, officers can be suspended without pay if they are charged with a serious offence, while not in performance of duties, and the Chief intends to commence proceedings to seek termination.

The OPS is also pleased to see a new active attacker regulation that addresses assistance to victims and their families. It also updates required equipment standards, to increase safety for our officers.

New Public Complaints Process

The Law Enforcement Complaints Agency (LECA), formally known as the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) will take effect as an important change to the public complaints process. LECA will retain authority over all public complaints about the conduct of police officers and issues of a systemic nature and will have the power to investigate, even absent a public complaint if it is in the public interest to do so.

The Ottawa Police Service has been working to ensure our policies and practices are in compliance with the CSPA and understand the new Act and Regulations’ impact on our Service’s operations, policies and procedures.

You can consult the full CSPA that will soon come into effect on the Government of Ontario’s Website.


Fraud Prevention Month – Protect yourself from scams

 

(Ottawa) – Each year, Canadians lose millions of dollars to fraud. Educating yourself on common scams is the easiest way to prevent becoming a victim of one. 

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t fall for high pressure sales tactics that don’t allow you to think over a decision or that require you to provide personal, banking or credit card information before you have even accepted an offer. Any reputable company will put the offer in writing and give you time to think it over. 
  • Do your due diligence. Check companies with the Better Business Bureau, ask for references and visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to find out about the latest scams and where they are active. Taking a little time is worth the effort if it avoids you becoming a victim. 
  • If you didn’t request a service, don’t accept unsolicited offers by phone, computer or at your doorstep. Always do your homework first to ensure you are dealing with a reputable company and get a contract with the scope of work being done, a timeline and the fees. 
  • No government agency or legitimate business will ask you to purchase gift cards or bitcoin in order to settle an account. 
  • Be careful where you share your personal information, particularly on social media. Over-sharing personal details can make it easier for fraudsters to make false credit applications in your name. 
  • Scams work because fraudsters don’t give you time to think about what is being asked. Call a trusted family member to discuss it or call your local police service. 
  • Talk about common types of fraud with friends and family, especially older and vulnerable people.

If you have been a victim of fraud, please make a report online with the Ottawa Police Service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by phone at 1-888-495-8501 (toll-free).
You can read more about scams and tips to protect yourself. You can also visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre for information on popular scams and the Toronto Police Service for tips on how to protect yourself from scams.



An Update from Ottawa Public Health on the Respiratory Virus Season   
The levels of COVID-19 circulating in our community are high and similar to last week. Influenza activity in Ottawa is high and decreasing since last week. RSV activity is moderate and similar to last week.  
 
Ottawa Public Health wants to remind individuals, especially people at higher risk, to prioritize their health by taking proactive measures and making informed choices.  
 
Vaccination continues to be one of the best ways for people to help protect themselves against severe outcomes from COVID-19 and flu, including hospitalization. It’s not too late to get these important vaccines to help protect yourself and your family. Residents can get their vaccines at their local pharmacy. Please contact your local pharmacy, regular health care provider or visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca for vaccine appointment bookings.  
 
Your actions matter – every action taken to reduce the spread of viruses helps. By doing your part to protect you and your loved ones from respiratory illness, you’re also reducing the pressure on our local hospitals.  
 Stay up to date on your vaccines – including your updated COVID-19 vaccine and annual flu vaccine.  Stay home when sick – stay home until you are fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND your symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours for vomiting/diarrhea).  Do not visit loved ones in hospital, long term care or retirement homes when you have symptoms.  Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.  Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.  Disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home and workplace.  Wear a mask – wear a mask to protect yourself from respiratory viruses, to protect others at high risk, and when recovering from illness.  Visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/RespVirus for more information on reducing the spread, vaccines, and what to do if you’re sick – including where to get treatment (like Paxlovid) for COVID-19.  
 Ontario Health 811
A free, secure and confidential service you can call or access online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get health advice from a registered nurse or to find health services or information. Toll free TTY line: 1-866-797-0007. You can visit Health 811 for more information.
 
Helpful Links – Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health
 Stop Overdose Ottawa Webpage: StopOverdoseOttawa.ca
Public Online Learning Platform: OLearn (Ottawa.ca)
 Ottawa’s Overdose Response Strategy: What is Ottawa’s Plan?Harm Reduction Services: Ottawa Public Health – Harm Reduction Services

Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health Resources:English – Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health Resources ListFrench – Mental Health, Addictions and Substance Use Health Resources ListEnglish – African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) Mental Health and Substance Use Resources ListFrench – African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) Mental Health and Substsance Use Resources ListOttawaPublicHealth.ca/WellnessResourcesAndServices: Additional resources for children, youth and young adults, parents, newcomers, older adults, postpartum families, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, 2SLGTBQ+ communities, people experiencing violence, people experiencing loss, people looking for suicide prevention supports, health care workers, and people who are deaf and hard of hearing.Discarded Needles in Our Communities: Discarded Needles – StopOverdoseOttawa.caSafe Handling and Disposal of Sharps (Training Video)Needle Drop-BoxesReturning Medical Sharps to PharmaciesIntegrated Strategies to Collect Discarded NeedlesWorking with Individuals Who Use NeedlesWebsite for ParentsYouth and Opioids – What parents need to know – Parenting in Ottawa
 Multilingual Print ResourcesOttawa Public Health – Opioid Signage
Multilingual Opioid Overdose Recognition Cards:English – Signs of an Opioid Overdose CardFrench – Signs of an Opioid Overdose CardArabic – Signs of an Opioid Overdose CardSomali – Signs of an Opioid Overdose CardOverdose Detection Technologies Cards:English – National Overdose Response Service (NORS) & The Brave App CardFrench – National Overdose Response Service (NORS) & The Brave App Card

MPP John Fraser congratulatory scrolls.

Recognition

Have a special day coming up? Commemorative Scrolls are available from the province of Ontario to recognize events and special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other notable events like the anniversary of a church, a major act of heroism, recognizing outstanding community service, or winning provincial championships.

For 60th wedding anniversaries and 100th birthdays, greetings from His Majesty the King can also be obtained, but a minimum of eight weeks advance notice is required as well as proof of birth or marriage.