Launch a great career in public service at Halton Region

As Regional Chair, I often hear from residents and businesses about the positive impact Halton staff have on this community. Our dedicated employees deliver essential programs and services that enhance the quality of life for everyone living and working in Halton.

A career in public service is especially rewarding because it comes with the knowledge that your work supports individuals, families, businesses and entire communities. If you have a passion for helping others, I encourage you to consider joining us.

engineeringHalton delivers exceptional public service through teamwork and continuous improvement. We prioritize employee well-being by promoting health, safety and wellness, as well as professional growth via training and leadership development programs. Our positive and supportive work environment helps everyone achieve their potential, and we recognize the individual contributions of each employee.

Our team is the foundation of our success, and supporting Regional staff helps them fulfill Council’s vision of ensuring top value for taxpayer dollars while building healthy, complete communities. This strong relationship between the Region and its staff is why Mediacorp Canada Inc. has named Halton one of Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for the last six years.

Halton Region offers exciting career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including:

  • healthcarehealthcare, such as registered nurses and registered practical nurses, long-term care and geriatric specialists, and early childhood assistants/educators;
  • technical/engineering, such as GIS, SCADA and civil engineering professionals;
  • water distribution, wastewater collection and water and wastewater treatment;
  • social and human services, such as case managers and employment specialists; and
  • corporate administration, such as financial, planning, IT, policy, communications and human resource-related roles.

businessWe also help students and new graduates gain hands-on experience in their chosen fields by recruiting summer students and interns at the beginning of each year. These hardworking individuals benefit from ongoing mentorship and exposure to all aspects of public service while supporting our programs. The opportunities help young people succeed and allow us to leverage their insights to enhance Halton’s service delivery.

Recruitment is an ongoing activity, and we post openings on our website throughout the year. To view our current listings or apply to launch a great career with us, visit halton.ca/jobs. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn to learn more about our services and find new opportunities to join our team. Together, we can keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

 

Join us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the HWMS

HWMS 25th Anniversary - Option AOn Saturday, September 30, the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) turns 25! To celebrate this milestone, Halton Region and waste management staff will host a free community open house and Doors Open event for residents to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Halton Waste Management Site. The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton.

Over the past 25 years, Halton residents have demonstrated their commitment to community waste reduction and keeping our region sustainable for generations to come. To celebrate the success of our waste diversion programs and the efforts of Halton residents, the event boasts a variety of activities for the whole family including:

  • a guided bus tour of the Waste Management Site;
  • an up close look at landfill machinery and waste collection vehicles;
  • a chance to meet the site’s resident hawk;
  • fun and environmental crafts for kids; and
  • food trucks!

You can learn more about the upcoming 25th anniversary open house by visiting halton.ca/hwms25. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #hwms25. The event is wheelchair accessible and there is free parking on-site.

The HWMS is Halton’s one-stop solution to encourage residents to practice the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The 3Rs help to increase the Region’s waste diversion rate, which extends the life of the Waste Management Site and generates long-term savings for us all.

When the landfill site opened in 1992, it was expected to last only 20 years or until the year 2012. Through your continued use of our curbside waste collection programs like the Blue Box for recycling, Green Cart for organic food waste, Yard Waste for brush and leaves and bulk and appliance pick up to make proper disposal easier for you, I am proud to say that the life of the landfill is now projected to the year 2044, saving taxpayers over $15 million!

You can learn more about Halton’s waste collection programs and view the waste collection calendar at halton.ca/waste. Thank you for your continued commitment to waste reduction and environmental sustainability in Halton. I hope to see you on September 30!

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

 

Halton resources to get you on track for the school year

It is the first week of September and parents and children across the region are starting to settle into the back to school routines. I remember how busy the start of the school year was for my children and want to let parents know that halton.ca offers many great resources to help you and your child transition to the new school year.

  • Ready, Set, Go! is an online resource for parents of children starting kindergarten. You can access resources including school calendars, checklists to prepare your child for school and health information on topics such as growth and development. This section also links you to the many resources available in the Halton community to parents with young school-age children.
  • Ready, Set, Whoa! is an online resource for parents of teens entering high school. On these pages you will find resources including blogs, videos and links to community resources that can help you and your child manage the change and challenges faced when the high school years begin.
  • HaltonParents connects you with public health nurses and child development staff who provide a wealth of information about parenting topics that cover all years from birth to young adulthood. Our HaltonParents team are active daily on Twitter, Facebook and the HaltonParents blog, providing tips and advice to help you in your parenting journey.
  • Halton.ca/immunize provides a great explanation of what parents need to do to ensure immunization records are up to date for school. You can find out what immunizations are required for school and use our online reporting tool to update your records. All immunization records must be reported to your child’s school and the Halton Region Health Department.
  • Halton.ca/healthyliving links you to resources that can help you and your family build physical activity and healthy eating into your daily routine. Walking and cycling to school are great ways to be active. Our page on cycling and pedestrian safety for children can help you teach your child how to be safe when being active on the way to school on their bike, scooter or when walking.

Keeping you and your family safe and healthy is an important priority for Halton Region. I encourage you to take time to access the resources I have listed above. Supporting parents and families helps make Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Get ready for back to school by updating immunization records

At Halton Region we want to make getting ready for back to school as easy as possible. Some immunizations are required to attend school, so it is important to make sure immunizations are up-to-date and reported to the Halton Region Health Department.

ImmunizeReportHalton has made it easier for parents and guardians to report and request immunization records:

  • You can now report immunizations using our online reporting form – you can even take a picture of your immunization record and send to us through our webpage!
  • If you’re unsure what immunizations the Health Department has on file, you can fill out the convenient online immunization records request form to request a copy.
  • You can also update your records on-the-go by downloading and using the OneHalton app.
  • If your child is unable to get immunized or if you choose not to, you must have a notarized exemption on file with the Health Department in order to meet school attendance requirements.

As always, parents or guardians can also report or request records in person or by dialing 311.

Look for important letters from the Halton Region Health Department

As we continue to enforce the Provincial Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA), the Halton Region Health Department periodically sends letters to students in target age groups who have outdated immunization records. In spring 2017, we sent out letters to families of students born in 2008 and 2009; we’re currently sending letters to families with students entering grades 9 to 12 this school year. If you received one of these letters, please report your child’s immunizations as soon as possible to the Health Department to avoid possible school suspension.

If your child requires certain immunizations, please visit your family doctor. If you are in need a family doctor, please visit halton.ca/newdoctor.

Working together, we can protect ourselves, our children and our community from vaccine preventable diseases. Thank you for helping us keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Working together to keep our roads safe this summer

With plenty of warm days ahead of us, summer activities across the region are still in full swing. Whether you’re out enjoying the region’s attractions and festivals or simply getting together with friends and family, please remember to drive safely so everyone can continue to enjoy a great summer.

Move to the right for sirens and lights

Every year, Halton paramedics respond to more than 50,000 calls and transport more than 30,000 people. When they deal with potentially life-threatening situations, you can help paramedics by moving to the right for sirens and lights. By clearing the way, you help paramedics reach or transport their patients as quickly as possible.

Stop on red

RedLightCameraHalton has 12 red light cameras at intersections across the region and will add another five cameras by the end of the summer. These cameras, which take a picture of vehicles entering an intersection after a light has turned red, help remind people how important it is to keep your eyes on the road and drive with care. To learn more about how red light cameras work and how they help improve the safety of our intersections, please visit halton.ca/stoponred.

Drive sober

SafeRoads_SignPlease remember to drive responsibly and if you plan on drinking, don’t drive. If you’re on our roads and think you see an impaired driver, call 911 to report it. Impaired driving is a crime in progress and one call could save a life!

Share the road

ShareTheRoad_SignThanks to our many beautiful parks and trails, world-class velodrome, and strong community interest in recreational and competitive cycling, Halton has become the home of cycling. This summer, I’d like to remind everyone to share the road while traveling throughout Halton. Both cyclists and drivers have a responsibility to obey the rules and share the road with each other.

Thank you for helping us keep Halton’s roads safe and enjoy the rest of your summer!

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Be prepared for severe summer weather

EmergencyPrepWEBAs we move into August, it’s important to remember that great weather can quickly take a turn for the worse. Floods, tornadoes and lightning storms are more frequent during the summer—storms can also bring down power lines and cause wide-spread power outages across a municipality or region.

The Region works closely with our community partners to help protect residents and businesses from emergencies, including severe weather. Through planning, joint exercises and ongoing evaluation, we ensure that we are ready to respond in a crisis; however, emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that involves individuals, all levels of government and local organizations. By preparing your home and family, you can help reduce the impact of severe weather and improve the resilience of our entire community.

Follow the steps

You can prepare for any emergency, including severe weather, by following these three simple steps:

  • Know the risks—identify potential hazards in your community and stay informed about emergencies through alerts from the province or your local news provider.
  • Make a plan—determine what each member of your household would do during and after various emergencies, also considering neighbours, family and friends who may be particularly vulnerable.
  • Get a kit—assemble, buy or refresh the items your household would need to stay safe for 72 hours, including supplies for older adults, children and pets.

Staying up-to-date on current weather conditions can also help you prepare or react when a severe warning is in effect. Check the radio or television, visit halton.ca/severeweather or call 311 for updates and information.

When you are prepared and keeping up-to-date on important information, first responders can focus their attention on those in immediate need during an emergency situation. By working together, we help keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

To learn more about emergency preparedness, visit halton.ca/beprepared. To learn about how the Region is adapting to climate change to increase resiliency and support the needs of the community, visit halton.ca/actionplan.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Building a Better Halton

Infrastructure investments support a high quality of life in Halton

With the summer construction season in full swing, Halton Region is busy making infrastructure improvements across the region. Through our Building a Better Halton Plan, Halton Region is investing $4.1 billion over 10 years into capital infrastructure projects, including $1.9 billion to fund state of good repair projects.

MidHaltonSignBuilding a Better Halton is Halton Region’s infrastructure construction plan for roads, water and wastewater projects across the region. These projects keep our traffic moving, ensure access to clean drinking water and protect the environment, which helps maintain a high quality of life in Halton that is second to none.

Helping residents get where they need to go safely and on time is an important priority for Halton Region. By visiting our website and social media channels, residents can stay informed of up to date planning and construction activities.

To learn more about regional improvements happening in your neighbourhood this summer, view the map below and click on the icons for each project to find out more information.

To find out more about improvements we are making across the Region year-round, visit halton.ca/construction, follow us on Twitter, and look for a Building a Better Halton sign at construction projects and investments happening near you. Thank you for working with us to keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.