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Grand Opening of Maison de L’Est – April 26th

It was great to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Hospice Care Ottawa Francophone Hospice site, Maison de L’Est. It was also nice to see many of my provincial and municipal colleges there. 

On April 22nd, I rose in the Legislature to ask the Premier why his office staff grew to 48 staff making over $100,000 each more than the average Ontario family income.

On April 24th, I rose in the Legislature to demand the government put forward a substantive motion to overturn the keffiyeh ban at Queen’s Park.

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 to Establish New Regional Office in Ottawa

Ontario Cracking Down on Cellphone Use and Banning Vaping in Schools

Ontario Expanding Access to Palliative Care in Ottawa

Ontario Supporting the Futures of Children and Youth

Ontario Raising Highway Speed Limits

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 | 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 |

2024 Census Test

As part of its standard process, Statistics Canada conducts a comprehensive test of the revised census questionnaire and collection procedures two years before every census. The census test is designed to improve the clarity of the census questions and effectiveness of the collection procedures, helping to ensure accurate and efficient data collection for the 2026 Census of Population and the 2026 Census of Agriculture.

In turn, the data collected in the census are used in setting electoral boundaries and calculating federal, provincial, and territorial transfer payments, for example. They also inform the development of government policies, programs, and processes that directly impact your constituents.

About the 2024 Census Test

The census test will take place between May 6 and June 28, 2024, spanning across all 10 provinces. Approximately 198,000 households and 10,000 agricultural operations have been randomly selected to participate in this test.
Out of the total sample, 89,000 households were randomly selected from Nova Scotia, Québec, and Saskatchewan. Statistics Canada enumerators will assist respondents in these communities in completing their census test questionnaire

The remaining 108,700 households were randomly selected from all 10 provinces. These households will be required to complete census test questionnaires but will not receive in-person follow-up visits from census enumerators.

Participation and confidentiality

Households selected to participate in the 2024 Census of Population Test will receive a letter containing instructions on how to fill out a questionnaire. The easiest way to complete the census test questionnaire is online. However, paper questionnaires will be available on demand. If a household is selected for the census test, it is legally required to participate.

All information is collected under the authority of the Statistics Act and will be kept strictly confidential. Census test data are collected for test purposes only and will not be released to the public.

The 2024 Census of Agriculture Test, by contrast, is voluntary. Nevertheless, Statistics Canada relies on the responses from farmers across Canada to assess their understanding of the questionnaire content.
This year, Statistics Canada is introducing a new participation method for a selected number of households (around 8,700). These households will be given two options. They can:

  • fill out a questionnaire, or
  • allow Statistics Canada to count the members of their household using pre-existing information already provided to the government.

If households choose this latter option, no further action is required from them, and their legal obligation to participate in the census test is fulfilled.
For more information

For more information, visit the 2024 Census Test page. To learn more about other milestones related to the 2026 Census, visit The road to the 2026 Census.

If you have any questions, please contact InfoStats at

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

Upcoming grant application deadlines

Seed stream: June 26, 2024 at 5 PM ET
Grow stream: November 6, 2024 at 5 PM ET

Youth Opportunities Fund

Youth Innovations and Family Innovations Grant:
• Application deadline: July 10, 2024 at 5 PM ET

Visit 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 Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Value Matters – Awareness Campaign

MPAC recently launched Home Values Matter, a new awareness campaign that aims to help homeowners and prospective homeowners better understand the role MPAC plays in property assessment.

We’ve launched a new Home Values Matter page to host helpful resources for Ontarians and have started promoting these tools with our new Home Values Matter YouTube video.

You can view our recent social media posts on this campaign at the below links. X (Twitter)Linked-In, Facebook.

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.

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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… 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’s FREE after-school music programming is coming to Heron Gate starting on April 17!

OrKidstra is an Ottawa-based social development program that empowers kids, ages 5-18, from equity-deserving communities in Ottawa by teaching life skills – such as teamwork, commitment, and pride in achievement – through the universal language of music.

Starting on April 17, 2024, OrKidstra will introduce its FREE KidSingers (choir) program at the Heron Gate Community Hub (2850 Cedarwood Dr, rear entrance). At OrKidstra’s after-school Heron Gate Hub, students will participate in 8-weeks of programming, starting with one-hour KidSingers classes (choir) on Wednesdays between 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM. Students will enjoy healthy snacks and take part in music lessons together in a creative space of belonging and growth. Make music, make friends at OrKidstra!

Registration is now open and limited spaces are available! Please visit OrKidstra’s application page and create a registration account today. To learn more about OrKidstra, visit

ABOUT ORKIDSTRA: OrKidstra provides kids from equity-deserving communities with free access to musical instruments and music lessons. OrKidstra currently serves almost 700 kids from over 62 linguistic and cultural backgrounds in West Centretown and Vanier, and now in Heron Gate. OrKidstra’s programming provides students with a voice that transcends differences and creates a community that celebrates diversity, commitment, and excellence

Nominations now open for the 2024 VOscars Volunteer Awards

Is there an individual or organization in your community who deserves a big pat on the back for making Ottawa a happier, healthier, more caring city?  Recognize their volunteer contributions by nominating them for one of Volunteer Ottawa’s seven VOscars Volunteer Awards.   Online submission forms are now available on the Volunteer Ottawa website and will be open until June 14.

Awards for Individuals

Awards for Organizations

The VOscars Awards Gala is the highlight of the year for Ottawa’s volunteers, non-profits and community supporters. This year’s event takes place on Thursday, October 24 at the Preston Event Centre. Three finalists in each category will be announced in August and receive a complimentary ticket to the event including entertainment, a full meal with dessert, and the awards ceremony. 

Watch Volunteer Ottawa’s video, “Ottawa’s Volunteer Connection”,  to learn more about how volunteering can make a difference to you and the community!

Friends & Family of Jane Berlin

With support from the Alta Visa Community Association & Greenspace Stewardship Committee, Councillor Marty Carr, MPP John Fraser and MP David McGuinty. 

As a tribute to Jane we are having a community fundraiser to purchase a memorial bench for this true community leader. Jane Berlin was a champion who saved much of our greenspace from being developed…she embraced our community and made a difference. Her too short life and big heart was extraordinary in so many ways.

The bench will be located on Grasshopper Hill near a new Plaque and Red Maple tree that honours all those who served Canada in WWII. This ‘Living Memorial’ renovation project, which Jane fought for, was completed before she passed, and there isn’t a more appropriate place to honour her memory. 

Contributions can be made by cash or cheque made out to ‘AVCA Jane’s Bench’ and mailed or hand delivered to 1849 Camborne Crescent, Ottawa K1H 7B6. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please indicate in the memo line on the front of the cheque. If you prefer to send a direct cash transfer call the # below for details.

AVCA will hold the monies in trust until the bench has been installed. If donations exceed the $6,000.00 thousand dollars required, the monies would be used to create Jane’s wildflower garden in WRENS Way.  
For further information please contact Gillian 613 737 0508. 

Support the “Under the Tuscan Moon” Fundraising Event for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ottawa – April 30

Join Dian and Brandon Wilkie of Luxe Duo for a magical evening at the Ottawa Art Gallery on April 30, 2024, as they host Under the Tuscan Moon, a fundraising event benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ottawa. 

Among palate-tantalizing snacks and curated wines, the evening will feature a delightful concert and a silent auction with unique items and experiences from many local businesses. All proceeds will support the Ronald McDonald House, offering families comfortable accommodations, compassionate support, and a caring community during their most challenging times. Don’t miss this chance to make a difference!

• Buy Tickets: Under the Tuscan Moon Charity Event Tickets

• Participate in the Silent Auction: Online Silent Auction

• Make a Donation: Can’t attend the event, but would like to make a difference? Make a donation. (Tax receipts for donations of over $20 will be issued automatically)

Your support can bring hope and comfort to many families during trying times. We look forward to your participation and generous support.

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 or visit their website at The Council on Aging of Ottawa – The Council on Aging of Ottawa (

Cheo - Kids come first.
Catching up on routine immunizationsIf 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!

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.

Spring COVID-19 vaccines now available in the community to individuals at increased risk
 The Province of Ontario has launched a campaign to encourage COVID-19 vaccination for people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. In alignment with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations, the Ministry of Health is recommending that the following individuals who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 receive a dose of an XBB COVID-19 vaccine in Spring 2024:
 Adults aged 65 and above.Adult residents of long-term care homes and similar living settings for seniors.Individuals aged 6 months and older who have moderate to severe immunocompromised conditions.Individuals aged 55 and above who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Metis, along with their non-Indigenous household members who are also 55 and above.For these groups, it’s especially important to get the XBB COVID-19 vaccine this spring if they haven’t already received one in Fall 2023. This vaccine targets the XBB strain of the Omicron variant, offering added protection against severe COVID-19 and possibly against current variants.
Individuals may be eligible to receive an XBB COVID-19 vaccine if it has been 6 months from their previous COVID-19 vaccine or COVID-19 infection (whichever is later). All other individuals are not currently recommended to get an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose this spring and should wait until further guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Health, unless otherwise directed by their healthcare provider.
Getting your COVID-19 Vaccine:Many pharmacies will continue to provide the COVID-19 vaccine for the Spring campaign. Be sure to check first before you go.Visit the Provincial Vaccine Booking Centre to book an appointment at an Ottawa Public Health vaccine clinic.OPH offers free drop-in services to all residents of Ottawa at our accessible Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs.  
For parents and caregivers
OPH is strongly encouraging all parents and caregivers to ensure their children and youth are up to date on routine vaccinations, especially their measles vaccination. 
Families of children and youth facing barriers to immunization can book an appointment through Kids Come First.  
OPH is also offering routine childhood immunizations through its Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs on a drop-in basis for people who may be facing additional barriers to immunization and reporting.
More info is available at:
 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:
Public Online Learning Platform: OLearn (
 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 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.


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.