Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Issues

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

On December 6th, MPP Jill Andrew tabled her bill, An Act to Proclaim Eating Disorders Awareness Week, in the legislature. If passed the bill would proclaim the week beginning February 1 in each year as Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

You can read the full bill here.

Add your name to show your support here.

Restoring Arts Funding

The Ontario Government has cut funding to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

The ICF was established following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and supports traditional culture, languages, teaching, protocols, knowledge, youth and Elder-led and engaged community cultural projects. The funding cut from $5 million to $2.75 million will mean that the ICF will be losing almost 50% of it's funding. This will have a severe impact on the ICF including laying off Indigenous staff in permanent positions.  

The OAC is also being cut by $5 million, from $69.9 million to $64.9 million. This is going to immediately impact the ability for the OAC to provide services to Ontarians. The arts are an essential part of our society and cultural identity, and we would like to see these cuts reversed. 

Add your name to show support here.

Children and Youth Advocate

Our Government has decided to close the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. This office offer protections for some of the most vulnerable children in Ontario and it's closure will leave them without a dedicated advocate at Queen's Park. Please help us fight this crass decision. 

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The Government of Ontario has proposed changes to how families covered under the Ontario Autism Program are funded. Many autism services can cost more than $60,000 dollars a year, and under the new plan no family will receive close to that amount. 

Sign to support families with autism here.

The Government of Ontario is planning on moving forward with cuts to library services in rural parts of Ontario. The Ontario Library Service - North and the Southern Ontario Library Services programs ensure that smaller libraries in rural communities have equal access to all of Ontario's library collections - these cuts would take that away.

Add your name to show support for libraries here.