July 2020 E-Newsletter

Published on July 31, 2020

July 2020

Hello Friends,

I hope you are having a safe and healthy July.

Thanks to collective efforts of our frontline health care workers and people in York Region, to stop the spread of COVID-19, more people will be able to get back to work as additional businesses and services in certain regions across Ontario can begin to enter Stage 3 of Ontario’s Framework to Reopening the Province.

Throughout these months, the residents of Markham-Unionville will be receiving a call from my office to hear about concerns or questions you may be having during this COVID-19 outbreak.

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



Markham-Unionville Updates


Markham-Unionville Tour

As part of MU’s Stage 2 reopening, Minister of Finance, Hon. Rod Phillips, MPP Kanapathi, and I toured Main Street Unionville and had the pleasure to talk to local businesses.




Visiting Local Businesses

As Markham-Unionville enters Stage 2, I have been visiting and stopping by local businesses to discuss how they are adapting to the new normal. I look forward to visiting and talking to more businesses.


Visiting Care Homes

It was a pleasure stopping by Union Villa Long-Term care and Bethany Lodge to meet with the residents from a distance and share with them my summer 2020 newsletter. It was great to see them again!



Fundraising for Venezuela

Thank you to Markham-Unionville constituents, Joyce & Alex Cheung and volunteers, for hosting a fundraising event on Canada Day to raise money to support people in Venezuela during this difficult time.


Entering stage 3

Markham-Unionville will be entering Stage 3 as of Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. For more info, click here


@ Queen's Park

Ontario Place Support July 20 - It was a pleasure to join the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Industries, Hon. Lisa MacLeod, as she announced our government’s $2M in funding to Ontario place to support onsite activities. For more info, click here
Cultural Media Roundtable July 20 - I had the pleasure of joining the cultural roundtable hosted by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Hon. Steve Clark, and Associate Minister of Transportation, Hon. Kinga Surma. Great questions were asked about housing, transportation and Bill 197.  

Cultural Media Roundtable July 14 - I had the pleasure of joining the cultural media roundtable hosted by the Minister of Health, Hon. Christine Elliott. Great questions were asked about Stage 3, health and safety protocols and more. 


Question Period July 6 – I had the honor to ask Premier Ford to update and provide more information on the government’s recent announcement on free online health and safety training for job seekers. To watch, click here 


Member Statement July 6- In my Member Statement, I highlighted the celebration of Canada Day in Markham-Unionville, places of worship gradually reopening, Stage 2, and businesses and care homes following health and safety protocols. To watch my Member Statement, click here 

Question Period July 8 - I had the pleasure of asking the Associate Minister of Mental Health and Additions, Hon. Michael Tibollo, to explain to the Legislature what our government has done to address mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak. To watch, click here.

Motion 85 July 13 - I voiced my support on Motion 85, Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight. I also had the opportunity to express my appreciation to local businesses in Markham-Unionville for following health and safety guidelines since the riding entered Stage 2. To watch my speech, click here

FAO Report on Autism Services July 21 - I attended the briefing hosted by the Financial Accountability Office (FAO) on the Ontario Autism Project. Thank you to FAO for your report. I would also like to thank the members of the advisory panel and all members of the autism community for the months of hard work involved in putting forward those recommendations..


Provincial Updates


Long-Term Care Modernization

We are modernizing the way we fund long-term care construction and home upgrades in Ontario. This will address capacity challenges, quickly, and will help get seniors off of wait lists and into 21st century long-term care. For more, 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


Digital Main St Application

Small businesses can apply for grants up to $2500 each to assist them in building and enhancing their small business’ online presence. For more info, click here or Digital Transformation Grant ($2500), click here



COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

Our government is providing $9M to help those struggling to pay their electricity bills due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications for CEAP are now open! Contact your local utility to apply. For more, click here


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