Now that the warm weather is here to stay, I hope that you are taking full advantage of our outdoor spaces, and staying active.
I know it’s been a long year. Last April, we were all doing our part to stay distanced and keep our social bubbles limited. We are in the same situation today – but one thing has changed – vaccines are rolling out.
Earlier this year, the federal government promised that COVID-19 vaccine shipments would ramp up in March. More than 6 million doses are now in the arms of Canadians and more than 10 million doses have been delivered to the provinces.
As you are reading this, many of you will have already received your vaccine, and thousands more are being vaccinated in our region each day. 80,000+ people living in Waterloo Region had received at least one vaccine dose by March 31st. Mass vaccination clinics are running at the former Rona store in Cambridge, as well as at local pharmacies, increasing the speed of our rollout.
Additional funding is also being allocated to help our biomedical industry. Novocol in Cambridge is receiving $32.7 million for the expansion of their fill-finish services. This investment is critical in building and expanding on homegrown vaccination facilities in Canada, so that we can strengthen our long-term pandemic response. I am happy to see businesses like Novocol bringing local industry to the forefront of our future protection against pandemics.
Our community also received new federal infrastructure funding in March. We announced over half a million dollars into North Dumfries recreational infrastructure. The total project funding, including provincial and municipal investment, is $1.3 million towards updated facilities, a baseball diamond refresh, and new tennis courts!
We have seen rising case numbers as we enter this third wave. We are not on the other side of this pandemic yet, so please do not stop your efforts to be COVID-19 safe. Canadians are still getting sick and dying from this pandemic, so we must not become complacent. Keep your distance, wear your mask, and stay out of the public whenever possible.
All my best,
Bryan May, MP