Salma Zahid
Salma Zahid
Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre
May 16, 2021 update to constituents of Scarborough Centre
May 16, 2021

Local Updates

Recap: Line 2 is coming to the Scarborough Centre

Four major transit projects have been announced for the Scarborough Subway Extension, which will have three stops to Line 2 from Kennedy Station: Lawrence Avenue E at McCowan, Scarborough Town Centre, and Sheppard & McCowan.


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Building affordable housing at 7 Glamorgan

Scarborough is facing a housing crisis that requires immediate attention. I joined Minister Ahmed Hussen, Mayor John Tory and Councillor Michael Thompson to announce 57 new self-contained new modular housing will be purpose built at 7 Glamorgan to provide an accessible, affordable, and amenable life to those who will soon call it home.

The Government of Canada, through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Affordable Housing Innovation Fund, is contributing approximately $4.27 million in grants and recoverable loans to support this City-led project.


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Learning with Leaders: A Power of Mentoring Event 

A virtual event with both a facilitated panel discussion and small group career mentoring discussions was held in partnership with MENTOR Canada.

Participating young leaders had the opportunity to connect with career mentors representing diverse career pathways and experiences.

Canada Summer Jobs are open for applications!

Employers in Scarborough Centre are now looking to hire local youth through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

For 2021, 519 positions have been funded by the federal government with 102 local organizations. That's more than 500 local youth that will gain valuable work experience and earn money this summer, and more than 100 local organizations that will benefit from the energy and ideas of local youth.

This year, CSJ will inject more than $2.24 million into the economy of Scarborough Centre and create lasting memories for Scarborough youth.

Investing in Scarborough Centre Long-Term Care Homes to protect against COVID-19

The Government of Canada has teamed up with provincial counterpart to announce joint federal-provincial funding for two long-term care homes in Scarborough Centre to help improve ventilation, and health and safety, for residents and staff.

  1. Hellenic Home for the Aged will receive $560,000 in federal and $140,000 in provincial funding to replace five rooftop units to ensure AC is fully operational in all areas of the facility and install a building automation system to control air quality, as well as upgrade exhaust fans in resident shower and spa rooms and replace hot water tanks to provide consistent hot water for infection control purposes and increase airflow in confined spaces.
  2. City of Toronto – Bendale Acres will receive $320,000 in federal and $80,000 in provincial funding to upgrade humidifiers and AHUs by making ventilation modifications to increase fresh air intake, increase air change rates per hour and implement UVC technology to supplement ventilation, which will enhance the ventilation system in the home.

National Updates

Vaccine doses arriving in Canada

Canada received 2 million doses each week during the month of May, and will continue receiving 2.4 million per week during June. 

As the numbers show, our government is doing all it can to speed up vaccine doses into Canada for delivery to the provinces and territories, who are responsible for getting needles into arms.

In Scarborough, there are three primary ways you can get your vaccine shot.

What happens after you’re vaccinated? As more and more people become fully vaccinated, restrictions can start to be lifted based on the conditions in your area. For now, we must all keep following public health measures as more Canadians get vaccinated.

Investing in making our schools safer for students and teachers

The Federal and Provincial governments have announced $656.5 million in funding ($525.2 million from the federal government) to provide critical infrastructure upgrades to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province’s schools, including here in Scarborough Centre.

The majority of funding will support ventilation projects that improve air quality in classrooms across the province. Projects include HVAC renovations to improve air quality, installing water bottle refilling stations to improve access to safe drinking water, investing in network and broadband infrastructure to support remote learning, and space reconfigurations such as new walls and doors to enhance physical distancing.

Projects have been approved at 24 schools in Scarborough Centre: John McCrae, PS, Knob Hill PS, Maryvale PS, Wexford PS, Donwood Park PS, Buchanan Public School, Donwood Park PS – Annex, Lord Roberts Jr PS, General Crerar PS, Our Lady of Wisdom, Charles Gordon Sr PS, St Kevin, Dorset Park PS, Precious Blood, Ellesmere-Statton PS, St Nicholas, Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, St Victor, Glamorgan Jr PS, St Lawrence, Glen Ravine Jr PS, Edgewood PS, Winston Churchill CI, St Andrews PS.

Budget 2021: A foundation to build back better

With Budget 2021 we’re helping Canadians get through the third wave and are building the foundation for an economic recovery that lets us build back better.

We’re making sure COVID-19 supports are there for Canadians while we need them by:

We’re building a foundation to build back stronger:

We’re supporting seniors by:

And we’re supporting youth by:


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