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Dear residents of the Pontiac,

As the summer nears its end, the employees at the MRC Pontiac are back at the office and have been very busy working on many exciting projects. I, alongside the team at the MRC and the Regional Council of Mayors, hope that all Pontiac residents have enjoyed a safe and healthy summer so far.

Unfortunately, cases of COVID-19 are currently on the rise in the Outaouais. I am once again asking for residents to be vigilant in their preventative measures to avoid further spreading the virus in our region. This is especially important if you are in direct contact with individuals who are elderly, immunocompromised, or at high-risk of serious injury from COVID-19. I have been informed by the CISSSO that the vaccination centre in Campbell’s Bay will remain open until December 31st. Appointments for vaccinations and booster shots can also be booked at the CLSCs in Mansfield and Quyon. Please visit the Clic Santé platform for more information or to book an appointment:  https://portal3.clicsante.ca/.

Recently, the MRC’s economic development department announced the launch of two call for projects through the Regions and Rurality Fund (FRR). On August 8th, a call for projects, for Stream 2 of the FRR (Development Projects to Improve Living Environments), was announced that offers roughly $412,939 to local organisations and municipalities for the implementation of sustainable development projects aimed at improving the quality of life of citizens. Yesterday, August 18th, a new program and call for projects was also launched through Stream 4 of the FRR (Support for Vitalization and Intermunicipal Cooperation). This program offers around 2.5 million dollars to eligible non-profit organisations, cooperatives, band councils of aboriginal communities and municipalities and private businesses to submit proposals of structuring projects aimed at the vitalization of the whole territory. The total amount allocated through Stream 4 of the FRR is 5 million dollars to be spent by the end of 2025. All proposed projects must be in line with the vitalization framework as developed by the MRC’s vitalization committee, which is made up of the MRC’s vitalization agent, MRC staff, a representative from Carrefour Jeunesse emploi du Pontiac, a citizen member and the mayors of all ten Q5 municipalities as defined by the economic vitality index developed by the Québec Institute of Statistics for the MAMH (Campbell’s Bay, Alleyn-et-Cawood, Bristol, Chichester, Fort-Coulonge, L’Île-du-Grand-Calumet, Otter Lake, Portage-du-Fort, Rapides-des-Joachims, and Waltham). This program gives the MRC Pontiac an exciting opportunity to spend money where we feel that it will have the greatest impact for the overall vitality of the county.

Another funding program that was recently announced is the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ)’s RénoRégion program where the MRC Pontiac has received approximately $260,000 for low- and moderate-income homeowners to have work done to correct major deficiencies in their homes. I encourage all residents who quality for this program to submit their applications for minor renovations in order to make their homes more habitable.

This past Wednesday, August 17th, we held our first monthly meeting of the TNO Council and the Regional Council of Mayors since taking a break for the month of July for the holiday period. We are very much looking forward to the fall when we will start working on our budget for 2023 and will be continuing along with many exciting projects, such as our territorial marketing campaign as well as our vitalization efforts.

As the school year quickly approaches, I understand that a lot of parents are currently experiencing anxiety as there is an uncertainty about bus transportation for the local school boards. I have been speaking to representatives from the schools and I am hoping that the situation will be resolved soon. I will keep everyone posted if I hear of any new developments on this through my Warden Jane Toller Facebook page and the MRC website. Despite this, I want to wish a smooth and happy start of the school year to all of our Pontiac students.

Finally, I hope that all residents have a great weekend and a great end to their summer holiday period. I look forward to speaking further about many of the projects that we have been working on for the past couple of years which will be coming to fruition this fall. Stay tuned Pontiac! Thank you.

-Jane Toller

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