Bold action to eliminate surgical backlogs and reduce wait times

I hope you and your families are keeping well!

Last February, I announced here some innovative steps our government had taken to improve healthcare outcomes in Scarborough and across Ontario. After one year, I am proud to announce that we have seen promising results.

Your Health, Your Results

Last year, our government announced bold action to eliminate surgical backlogs and reduce wait times for publicly funded surgeries and procedures. That is why we integrated community surgical and diagnostic centres to speed up how quickly people are able to get surgeries and procedures using their health card.

As we near the one year anniversary of this initiative, we have seen that the waitlist for surgeries is down by 16,000 and continues to decline. Since January 2023, 79% of people are now getting their surgery within the targeted wait time. This is a remarkable improvement and we are excited to be expanding this initiative to include more procedures.

Ontario will continue making bold, innovative and creative changes to make it faster and easier for people to conveniently connect to care closer to home.

Keeping Seniors Safe

in Long-Term Care Homes

We need to ensure that our seniors are receiving the best possible care in long-term care homes across the province, which is why our government is launching a new investigations unit for long-term care homes to ensure every resident lives with dignity and experiences the quality of care they deserve.

This new 10-person unit supported by an investment of $72.3 million, will be an effective deterrent and tool when escalated enforcement is needed to improve compliance and ensure resident safety.

Highlighting a Young

Entrepreneur in Scarborough

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to go to so many events in our community and meet so many new people. Recently, I met a young girl named Salinah Remtulla who is making a name for herself at only 10 years old by running her own small business called Salinah’s Sweets and Treats.

Salinah is a talented and passionate young girl who is also committed to giving back to the community. I am excited to see what the future has in store for Salinah.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our office at 8130 Sheppard Ave. East, Unit 105, by email at, or give us a call at 416-283-8448.