Ontario government supporting recovery from pandemic

Published on October 14, 2021

The October MPP column in Community Voice 

At Evik Diagnostic Innovations of Kanata with CEO Vladimir Evtodienko


The pandemic has challenged and continues to challenge our health and safety, and our economy. In response, the Ontario Government has taken extraordinary measures, guided by the latest science and evidence, to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants and to keep Ontarians healthy and safe.

As MPPs return this month to the Ontario Legislature for its Fall Session, we are focused on supporting a recovery in our communities. Ontarians’ health remains the top priority. However, the government is taking steps to ensure our business sectors rebound and that we become re-engaged in our community.

In Kanata and West Carleton, I am supporting local businesses – from shop retailers, to technology companies to the agriculture businesses. I am also assisting local volunteer and community groups who are helping families and individuals make it through their challenges.

Here are some recent funding announcements that are supporting our community.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provincial Government has been offering a wide range of support to businesses, including grant payments. Local businesses have benefited from this help. In the last year, more than 450 local businesses were provided Ontario grants totaling $12.1 million.

Evik Diagnostic Innovations of Kanata recently received $513,200 towards its $1.5 million investment to ramp up the production of a laboratory test mixture that is used in diagnostic devices. There is increased demand for this product from medical device manufacturers due to COVID-19.

The Ontario Government is investing millions of dollars to support arts and culture, heritage, tourism, and the sport and recreation sectors. The funding is put in place to assist organizations that are recovering from the impacts of the pandemic and to meet the needs of their communities. Locally, here are some recent funding announcements:

  • Diefenbunker Cold War Museum was given $104,600 towards operating costs and program delivery
  • Huntley Curling Club received $50,000
  • International Love Project, a Kanata not-for-profit that organizes events and festivals, received $50,000
  • West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association received $142,086 to help rehabilitate an interprovincial rail bridge used by sledders

As your MPP, I also profile local volunteer efforts that are making a difference in our community. Recently I highlighted the good work of the Kanata Food Cupboard and the West Carleton Food Access Centre. In the coming weeks, I will promote our local Legion Branches and their work to host Remembrance Day ceremonies. Check on my MPP website for this community volunteer news.    


Please do not hesitate to connect with me and my Community Office staff if there is something we can do for you and your family.