MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

I hope you and your family are keeping safe and staying warm!

We are coming up on a year of fighting COVID-19, and this current second wave has been especially challenging.  If anyone has any concerns or challenges accessing supports, please call my office at 416 281-2787.  

For more information on Ontario’s lockdown, including a full list of restrictions and recommendations, click here.

This week we celebrated my 8th Annual MPP Mitzie Hunter Levee virtually.  Thank you to all who attended and a specially thank you to everyone who submitted a video, we truly have an inspiring community that will fill you with hope, when click here to watch the full video.

We also celebrated Lincoln Alexander Day.  We honour his legacy and contributions to public service and racial equality.  He was the first Black MP and federal cabinet minister, also our first Black Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe. 

Warm regards,


In this newsletter, you’ll find:


8th Annual MPP Mitzie Hunter Levee

In case you missed it. The 8th Annual MPP Mitzie Hunter Levee was held on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 virtually. It features members for our community of Scarborough-Guildwood, also music, trivia and my special new year message!

Before and After School Survey

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) would like to better understand the Before-and After-School Program needs of Kindergarten to Grade 6 children. Parents who are interested in a Before-and After-School Program at schools that currently do not have a program will be able to express their interest through the online survey link here. Information collected through this survey will help identify where new Before-and After-School Programs may be needed for the 2021-22 school year.

The 2021-22 Before-and After-School Program Interest Survey will be available from January 18 to February 28, 2021. Parents may also complete this survey by phone through the TDSB Child Care Services Office at 416-394-2072. If you have children who will be attending more than one school, parents should complete a survey for each school.

Parents who have questions about this survey and would like to speak to a TDSB member may contact the TDSB Child Care Services Office at 416-394-2072 or


Scarborough Business Association’s Cyber Breakfast

Congratulation to the Scarborough Business Association on its first Cyber Breakfast of 2021.  It was great to hear Dan Kelly, President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and his perspective on the challenges facing businesses during this second wave of the pandemic.


Scarborough Hospital Infrastructure

In case you missed it.  Back in the beginning of December I questioned the government on their plans to fund a new Scarborough hospital and provide an isolation centre for families that need a safe place to isolate while they recover from COVID-19, and not risk spreading the virus to others in home and community.

Keep Warm 

Toronto opens up warming centres as the temperatures drop below minus 15 Celsius tonight. The Scarborough Civic Centre at 150 Borough Dr. is opens at 7pm to welcoming individuals looking to keep warm. They offer a place to rest, snacks and washroom facilities. A referral to an emergency shelter is available to anyone who needs it, or call 311.

COVID-19 Testing in Scarborough 

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or thinks they may be infected (even without symptoms) can get tested at a Pop-up Assessment Centre in Scarborough.

Milliken Park Community Centre
4325 McCowan Road
Every Wednesday

Scarborough Village Recreation Centre
3600 Kingston Road
Every Thursday

The Scarborough Health Network operates an indoor COVID-19 Assessment Centre, in partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough, located at 1265 Military Trial in the Highland Hall building.  For an appointment at this Centre or for more information, please click here.

Small Business Support Grant

The Ontario government announced that Ontario Small Business Support Grant.  A minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses whose operations have been restricted due to the Provincial lockdown. Small businesses can use this funding in whatever way is best for their individual businesses needs.
Eligible small businesses include those that:

  • Were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincial lockdown.
  • Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level.
  • Have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019. New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria.

Technical details about grant eligibility can be found here.


We’re working hard to serve the community. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to bring an event or special story to our office’s attention, please get in touch with us!