With the holiday season beginning, and the new year approaching, it is a good time to review the progress we have made as a community.

I believe our government has a duty to address the concerns in our community, like the proposed Reid Road Reservoir quarry project. The quarry has potential risks to the environment and to the quality of life, health, and general well-being of residents in Milton. That is why I requested an immediate environmental assessment from the minister of the environment, conservation and parks.

As the Parliamentary Assistant for Housing, I have worked for more affordable housing services for families in Milton. I am proud to say we invested $900,000 for 24 new apartments for the Victoria Park Community Homes in Milton, to help those most vulnerable.

Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, I worked to make sure our community programs and services had proper funding. With grants to the Milton Community Resource Centre for $745,100, the Milton BMX track for $75,700, Community Living North Halton for $140,000, and the Italian Club of Milton for $121,300, I helped bring over $1 million into our community.

Milton continues to grow, and I supported this growth with investments in education. For the 2019/20 school year, education funding increased by $6.2 million for the Halton District School Board. I made sure over $9 million was approved for a new French school in Milton, and over $20 million was approved for the expansion of Bishop Reding. I was also pleased to announce a new $42.5 million high school in Milton, which is expected to open in fall 2021.

As we look back on the year, my work for our community continues. I am always humbled by having the great privilege of being your MPP.