The project is ahead of schedule and will be completed mid May. The contractor is installing the curb and will be starting to pave next week. On Monday, May 1st (weather dependent), lane restrictions at the intersection of Talbot Street and First Avenue will be in place from 9pm until 7:30am the next morning to complete the paving of the intersection. Westbound traffic on Talbot will be able to turn northbound onto First Avenue, Eastbound traffic on Talbot will be able to turn northbound onto First Avenue, and Southbound traffic on First Avenue will be able to turn westbound onto Talbot Street, all other movements will be restricted.
Wage Subsidy Program
The Wage Subsidy program was introduced in 1987 to improve the salaries and benefits of child care workers and to make licensed care more affordable for all parents. The program provides funding to child care service providers, which enhances staff stability.
Wage Subsidy specifically refers to the combined amount of the former Direct Operating Grant, Wage Enhancement Grant and Provider Enhancement Grant. The Direct Operating Grant was introduced inn 1987 to enable licensed child care centers and home child care programs to increase salaries and benefits of staff and to maintain affordability of services. The Wage Enhancement Grant was introduced in 1991 to assist child care organizations, which were unable to commence pay equity adjustments under the original Pay Equity Act, to increase compensation to employees. The Provider Enhancement Grant was introduced in 1992 to enable child care operators to provide additional compensation to home child care providers.
The child care providers through the Child Care Wage Subsidy Utilization Statement report wage subsidy on a yearly basis. This process allows Ontario Works staff to monitor the funding outflow on a yearly basis. The utilization statement documents how wage subsidy funds were used in the past year and must be completed by the providers in receipt of wage subsidy. The Utilization Statement requires child care programs to account for all staff positions funded by wage subsidy and the total salary/benefits during the time period specified in the statement. The total of these items is then reconciled against the total amount of the wage subsidy received by the child care provider during the time period specified in the utilization statement.
Wage subsidy calculation forms are distributed to all child care providers in the St. Thomas-Elgin area every year to ensure each centre is receiving wage subsidy at their operating capacity.
Please be advised that construction will start on Elm Street from Centennial Avenue to east of Tyke Road for underground storm sewer installation. The construction will start on Monday, May 1, 2017 with traffic control and lane restriction in place until the end of May 2017. Please follow traffic control signs and personnel on site in order to navigate through the construction zone safely.
The City is excited to announce the Edward Street Road Rehabilitation Project will start in April. The Burwell Road Rehabilitation project will begin after Edward Street has been completed. Construction is expected to be complete in July 2017. For more information visit the Construction Projects page.
The Elgin St. Thomas Age-Friendly Committee is developing a community plan for residents of Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas. An Age-Friendly community is one where policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environments support and enable older residents to lead healthy, active lives and stay involved in their communities.
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