Marco Mendicino

Hello Eglinton-Lawrence!

I hope you have all been enjoying the beautiful summer weather in Toronto! I have been enjoying my time in our community immensely and it has been a pleasure to reconnect with so many of you over the past two weeks.

This week I will be in Israel, travelling to both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for The Conference for Chairs of Parliamentary Friendship Groups with the Knesset. It is an honour to represent Canada in these crucial meetings that will continue to strengthen the strong, enduring relationship between Canada and Israel.

Applications for the National Housing Co-Investment Fund (NHCF) are on-going! Applicants can apply through two streams of funding, the New Construction Stream or the Repair and Renewal Stream. The NHCF will create 60,000 new affordable homes, repair 240,000 affordable and community homes, create or repair 4,000 shelter spaces for victims, create at least 7,000 new affordable homes, and create at least 2,400 new affordable homes for people with developmental disabilities.

Public Safety Canada’s Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) is now receiving applications. If you have a project proposal that will help make your community safer from a pattern of hate-motivated crime, you can apply to obtain funding for enhancement of security infrastructure. Approved projects could receive up to 50% of total project costs to a maximum contribution of $100,000. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organisations at risk of being victimised by hate-motivated crime such as places of worship, recognised private schools and community centres. Click here to access the online application form. The deadline to apply is July 31st.

On July 5th, Minister Ahmed Hussen, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that as part of our government’s Canada Summer Jobs program, over 290 jobs have been made available to at-risk youth in Toronto. A summer job helps a student to develop new skills and gain valuable work experience while also earning money for the year of studies ahead. Youth who face significant barriers to employment are now being provided with opportunities to work and better support their future endeavours. In addition to opportunities for at-risk youth, 5,700 jobs are being funded in Toronto by the Canadian government. Young Canadians can visit to connect with employers who are hiring in their communities.

As always, my constituency office is open and here to help! Feel free to drop by, MondayFriday from 10am-4pm.