Reporting on 211, Driver’s Licenses, and the Seniors’ Community GrantPublished on July 16, 2020
The July MPP column in Community Voice
When searching for the contact information for a government program or service, call 211. Recently I met with Karen Milligan and Barbara Kieley from the Ontario 211. This important public resource service provides a province-wide phone system, chat service and website that connects people to social services and resources in their communities.
The 211 service is an effective “front door” for Ontarians who need help accessing social services and over 60,000 available support programs. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario 211 reports an increase in call volumes as many people seek support to connect with food banks, mental health resources and accessing funding programs. By dialing 211, you will be efficiently connected to the service and support you require.
Extended Expiry Period for Ontario Licenses, Permits and Documents
The Ontario Government is extending the validity of government driver, vehicle and carrier products and services that expired on or after March 1, 2020. These will remain valid and legal past the expiry date until further notice. This includes your driver’s license, driver training programs, license plate stickers, commercial vehicle operator’s registration and more. (Note that new vehicles and un-plated vehicles still require a visit to Service Ontario for registration and plating.)
Other Ontario products that expired on or after March 1, 2020, have an extended expiry date until further notice. These include your Ontario Health Card and Ontario Photo Card – and more. For a full list of documentation affected please visit www.ontario.ca/page/serviceontario.
It is important to note that you do not need an Ontario Health Card or OHIP to get screened or treated for COVID-19.
Notice to Seniors’ Groups in Kanata-Carleton
Applications for the Seniors’ Community Grant Program are now available. This grant program encourages seniors to get involved in their community and provides funding assistance from $1,000 up to $100,000. Projects can be focused on volunteerism, learning, social inclusion, mental wellbeing, physical activity and more. This year there is a focus on programing that can be delivered remotely or virtually. Seniors’ groups must submit their grant applications before the August 7th deadline. Call my office if you wish further information.
STAY IN TOUCH: My Community Office staff are currently working virtually – and we encourage constituents to stay in touch by phoning or emailing. Tiffany, Daniel and I will be pleased to assist with your requests or inquiries about provincial programs and services.