Our office is open
Our new address is 1883 Bank St. Unit D (beside MP David McGuinty’s office and Chadha Medical) and still at the corner of Bank and Walkley
If you require immediate assistance, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 613-736-9573.
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
Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy our Strawberry Social
We will be out in the community at neighbourhood events over the summer and are currently planning more constituency office events.
Stay Tuned and have a great summer!
Upcoming in July
Egyptian Heritage Month
Canada Day – July 1
Congratulations to all the graduates – elementary, secondary and post-secondary!
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.
What you need to know before you book travel
For many of us, buying travel is an exciting time as we prepare to go on vacation, a business trip or to visit family or friends around the world. Often, we shop around to see where we can get the best deal, including through various online sources. But did you know that where you book can impact the consumer protection available to you, should something go wrong?
About the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO)
As Ontarians, we are fortunate to live in one of three provinces, including Quebec and British Columbia, that offers consumer protection for travel services. That means all travel agencies, booking websites and tour operators working in Ontario must be registered with the TICO and must follow rules that promote consumer protection. TICO oversees the travel industry on behalf of the government of Ontario.
Don’t give up your consumer protection
When you book with a TICO-registered travel agency or website, you automatically get access to consumer protection. If you book directly with a supplier (such as a hotel or airline) or with a travel agency or website that is operating outside of Ontario, you forfeit TICO’s consumer protection.
TICO-registered travel agencies and websites provide knowledgeable advice, professional service and all of the information you need to ensure you can make the right travel choice for you. When booking, be sure to look for the TICO logo and registration number, or double check the company’s registration online at www.tico.ca.
TICO is responsible for administering the Travel Industry Compensation Fund, financed entirely by fees paid by Ontario travel agencies, websites and tour operators.
The key thing consumers need to know is that to receive the protection of the Compensation Fund, travel must be purchased from a TICO-registered travel agency or website. By purchasing from a TICO-registered travel agency or website, you are automatically covered.
The Compensation Fund covers up to $5,000 per passenger for travel services that were not received because of the bankruptcy of an Ontario travel agency or website, Ontario tour operator or any airline or cruise line. There are certain caps on how much can be paid out for the entire failure.
The purchase of travel insurance and out-of-province medical insurance is always recommended as another way to protect yourself for unforeseen events. Travel agencies are required by law to communicate the availability of insurance tied to your travel needs.
Is it too good to be true?
If you come across a travel deal that seems too good to be true, do some due diligence before hitting book. As with most things, you typically get what you pay for, so it’s a smart idea to do some additional research. If in doubt, speak with a travel agent to see if the deal is legitimate to avoid falling victim to a scam. Remember, once you book, there is no looking back. You are subject to the terms and conditions of the purchase.
For more information
To learn more about TICO, the consumer protection available to Ontario’s travellers and how TICO can help if something goes wrong, visit www.tico.ca. TICO can also be found on: Instagram @ticontario, Facebook @ticontario and Twitter @TICOntario.
Changes To The Statutory Warranty
|Tarion is making significant enhancements to the new home warranty program with a new Customer Service Standard (CSS) which will improve the warranty process and create a more transparent, fair, and accountable new home warranty and protection program for homeowners.|
Following the implementation of interim measures in September 2020, and multiple public consultations in 2020, 2021, and 2022 to solicit feedback on proposed changes, Tarion has now made regulatory changes to improve the Customer Service Standard, effective July 1, 2023, by:
Creating a new requirement that Tarion must schedule a conciliation inspection within 15 days of the request being made and make changes to the current timeline requirements for conducting the conciliation inspection and issuing the conciliation assessment report.
To ensure a smooth transition process, the following changes will take effect for people who have a date of possession on or after May 1, 2024:
Extending the initial homeowner submission period by 10 days (now 40 days).
Making the interim 10-day grace period at the end of the first-year warranty period permanent.
Creating a mid-year submission at six months.
Allowing homeowners to add items to a running list of potential defects at any time during the first-year warranty period.
Expanding when homeowners can ask for a conciliation inspection during the first-year warranty period by removing the 30-day timeline for a homeowner to request a conciliation and instead allowing them to request a conciliation for each submission from the time it is submitted up until the next submission date.
Additional information and stakeholder education will be provided in advance of the May 1, 2024, in-effect date.
These improvements to the CSS build on previous changes Tarion has made, such as launching a new homeowner e-learning hub, creating a simple and cost-effective mediation process for homeowners, and increasing the warranty compensation limits for freehold homes, condominium common elements, and hazardous substances.
We are making these changes and creating a stronger new home warranty and protection program to protect all Ontarians and increase consumer confidence when making one of their most important purchases, a new home.
We want to thank those who participated in the past consultations on the proposed changes. The feedback and input we received has been crucial for improving the new home warranty process.
The Legislative session ended on June 8. I look forward to being in the community and attending events over the summer.
In Our Community
|Catching up on routine immunizationsIf your child has missed a vital immunization required for summer camp or school in the fall, we can help! The Kids Come First health team, has launched their Vaccinate 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!
From Ottawa Public Health
Drowning Prevention/Water Safety
Summer is upon us and pools, beaches and water parks are now open.
Did you know that drowning can occur in as little as 2.5 cm (1 inch) of water?
There are many things you can do to keep you and your family safe around water. Here are some important water safety tips:
- Stay within arm’s reach of children at all times, when in and around water
- Ensure children and weaker swimmers are wearing a life jacket or a personal floatation device when, in and around water
- Distraction free supervision – don’t text, read or run in and out of the house when children are near or in water
- Ensure that your backyard pool is not accessible to children by using multiple layers of protection (e.g.: fences, self-closing gates)
- Don’t consume drugs or alcohol when supervising and swimming with children
- Keep safety equipment and a phone close
- Register yourself and your family in swimming lessons. Swimming is a life skill that lasts a lifetime.
For more information on water safety, please visit: Ottawa Public Health and https://www.lifesavingsociety.com/water-safety.aspx
It’s beach season!
Daily water sampling at the City of Ottawa’s supervised beaches began on Saturday June 17.
Water quality results are available at https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/beaches. You can also find the most recent results on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Every day our summer students take five samples from each supervised beach to a lab for testing. That will be 1440 samples, or 288 litres of water, this year!
Our students make observations around water clarity, wind speed and direction, wave action, and bird activity. They also analyze rainfall and water level data to help us make the best predictions of water quality that we can.
When the most recent results for water quality fail to meet Provincial standards we issue a swimming advisory, telling the public that swimming is not recommended at those locations.
Other seasonal inspection work includes outdoor pool, splash pad and wading pool inspections. There are over 50 wading pools and 150 splash pads inspected every summer!
Beaches, outdoor pools, wading pools, and splash pads are all great places to cool off on a hot summer day.
A Special Air Quality Statement has been jointly issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) on June 28, 2023 because of high levels of air pollution (smoke plumes) which are occurring due to wildfire smoke from forest fires in Quebec migrating into the City of Ottawa.
In Ottawa, high levels of air pollution will move into the area through the afternoon or the evening, resulting in deteriorated air quality. These conditions are expected to continue on Thursday and possibly on Friday.
Ottawa Public Health notifies service providers of vulnerable residents when hazardous levels of air pollution are forecasted to advise on how to deal with these conditions.
It is recommended that you:
- Download the WeatherCAN app to your mobile device to stay informed of all weather alerts, and
- Monitor the Air Quality Health Index and the health messaging to plan activities accordingly.
The MECP measures air quality in the City of Ottawa, provides hourly readings and next day forecasts on the province’s air monitoring network, and calculates the Air Quality Health Index (AHQI), which informs Ontario residents about regional air quality conditions.
Small children, pregnant people, older adults, people with lung or heart conditions, and people involved in strenuous outdoor work or sports are at greatest risk from poor air quality and should monitor their symptoms and take precautions if warranted until the air quality improves.
Air pollutants including smoke from wildfires can irritate the lungs, eyes, nose, and throat and can cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. People with heart or lung conditions may be more sensitive to the effects of smoke and should monitor their symptoms and take steps to reduce their exposure to smoke and, if necessary, and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
When wildfire smoke is affecting our air quality, residents and visitors should:
- Pay attention to local air quality reports since air quality may be poor even though you may not be able to see smoke. Information is available at www.airhealth.ca and www.airqualityontario.com and on our Ottawa Public Health website.
- Make a plan to avoid breathing in smoke. Depending on your risk factors, and what resources you have available to you, consider postponing outdoor exercise until the air quality has improved. If your breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop the activity and go indoors.
- If you experience any feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression, contact your mental health care provider for advice or visit Ottawa Public Health’s Mental Health resource web page.
- Consider staying indoors, shutting doors and windows, and putting your HVAC system on recirculate.
- Be aware of your symptoms. Call 8-1-1 Health Connect Ontario for non-emergency medical advice and seek medical attention if needed.
- Follow your asthma or personal care plan if you have asthma or other chronic illnesses.
- If needed, consider visiting a location like a shopping mall with filtered air.
- Keep your vehicle windows closed and set the ventilation system to recirculate.
- If you must spend time outdoors, consider wearing a well-fitted respirator type mask such as a NIOSH certified N95 or equivalent respirator.
- Check on neighbours, friends, and family and share this information.
Residents who have questions about the impact of poor air quality on their health can call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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.