August 2020 E-Newsletter

Published on October 09, 2020

August 2020

Markham-Unionville Updates

  Local Announcement  

Procceed of Crime Funding

I joined my York Region MPP colleagues to announce our government's $600,000 investment to York Regional Police to tackle human trafficking and support the fight against gun and gang violence.



Virtual Roundtable


Safe Reopening of Schools Virtual Roundtable

I hosted a roundtable to hear questions parents of Markham-Unionville are having at this time. Thank you to the Minister of Education, Hon. Stephen Lecce, local YRDSB Trustees, Ron Lynn, Allan Tam, local YCDSB Trustee, James Ecker and parents of Markham-Unionville for participating in the roundtable.


Residential Landlord Virtual Roundtable

I hosted a roundtable to hear from residential landlords of Markham-Unionville on questions and thoughts they are having at this time. Thank you to the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affair and Housing, Parm Gill, and participants for attending this roundtable.



Visiting Constituents, Local Businesses and a Church

Certificate - I had an opportunity to present Karim and Reshma a certificate for their 26 years of marriage. Congratulations, and I wish them many more happy years to come!



St. Panteleimon, Anna & Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church - I had the opportunity to stop by to deliver the church an Ontario Provincial Flag. I also had the opportunity to attend their celebration of the Church Saint days, Eve of St. Panteleimon.



YMCA - It was great to stop by Markham Rudy Bratty YMCA today to understand their new normal and observe how the facility is implementing protocols to ensure the health and safety of staff and visitors. Thanks for having me!


Hub Climbing - I toured Hub Climbing's rock climbing gym and observed their current protocols to ensure the health and safety of staff and members. I've also learned of an innovative product created by the industry that combines chalk and hand sanitizer in one! Thank you for having me!



Casa Victoria Fine Dining - My staff and I had lunch at Casa Victoria Fine Dining and Banquet. Restaurant and customers were all following health and safety guidelines and protocols. Food was delicious!



Virtual Meetings and Interviews


Contact North - I had a great conversation with Contact North / Contact Nord, as they shared with me more about their organization and how they provide post secondary online learning and job leading services to communities

OMNI Focus Cantonese - I had an informative interview on the City of Toronto and Peel Region entering Stage 3, FAO report on healthcare and York University’s Markham Campus. To watch my interview, click here.

Provincial Updates


Additional Steps to Better Protect Students and Staff

We are adding layers of prevention to our reopening plan, including unlocking an additional $500M to ensure greater distancing, support improved ventilation & improved remote learning. For more info, click here  For more info on Ontario’s Guide to Reopening Schools, click here.




2019-20 Capital Priorities

Our government is investing over $500 million to build 30 new schools and make permanent additions to 15 existing facilities across the province. This investment will also generate nearly 900 new licensed child care spaces. For more, click here


COVID-19 Alert App

To help Ontarians stay safe as the province carefully reopens, the COVID Alert app is now available in Ontario for free download. For more info, click here.



Safe Restart Agreement

Our government, in partnership with the federal government, is providing municipalities with $1.6 billion as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. For more info, click here


Ontario COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Update:

Mental Health Support Services:

Stop the Spread Business Information Line: 1-888-444-3659

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000

Ontario Together: 1-888-777-0554

We will continue to work with our partners in government and the healthcare sectors to protect you and your loved ones.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office. Stay safe and healthy.


Billy Pang, MPP

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