Jon Reyes

Jon Reyes

Waverley constituency report

Jon Reyes is the PC MLA for Waverley.

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Government working to help Manitobans

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Government working to help Manitobans

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

It’s been just over a year since we swore in our new Manitoba premier, Heather Stefanson. Our Progressive Conservative team has spent this past year working hard and getting results on behalf of Manitobans.

We have been working to help make life more affordable. Our PC government cut the PST that the NDP raised, we changed the personal tax exemption to reduce income taxes and we have begun phasing out the unfair education property tax. This year, we increased the education property tax rebate to 37.5 per cent — averaging over $580 per household. We also announced that child care will average $10/day in Manitoba by the fall of next year.

Our government strengthened Manitoba Public Insurance, which has been able to provide more than $700 over the past two years in driver’s registration rebates. We implemented a more competitive minimum wage that will reach $15 per hour by next fall, and we provided affordability cheques to those who need them most.

Faced with the unprecedented challenge of a global pandemic, our government has been making strides on our recovery and have been bolstering health care. We promised 400 new nurse training seats to address the worldwide nursing shortage, and we have since delivered on that promise.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

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Waverley MLA Jon Reyes speaks at the announcement of a new $12.5 million simulation and training centre at RRC Polytech which will be an important step towards adding 400 new nursing seats in Manitoba.

École South Pointe playground receives grant

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École South Pointe playground receives grant

Jon Reyes 2 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2022

Canadians were saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who served as Queen of England and Queen of Canada. She was honoured by the Manitoba government with commemorative events and observances. May she rest in peace; God save the King.

Over the past few weeks, I was happy to participate in events of the African, Israeli, Mexican and Pakistani communities, along with Premier Heather Stefanson, many colleagues and community leaders. These various community associations have been helping the community to realize important goals with self-improvement, food programs, and community engagement.

I am so pleased to see the growth and development of our community. Our Progressive Conservative government has made key investments in capital infrastructure and community facilities to provide safe, modern, state-of-the-art recreational spaces for residents, visitors, and future generations to enjoy — including the construction of the Phase 2 playground expansion at École South Pointe School. A $75,000 grant from Building Sustainable Communities was awarded to help fund this project and I know many kids are excited to put the playground to use.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon, MLA Obby Khan and I announced four additional respiratory therapy seats in each year of the University of Manitoba’s three-year bachelor’s degree program to address labour shortages and strengthen health care in Manitoba.

Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2022

Principal Ruthanne Dyck of École South Pointe School and Waverley MLA Jon Reyes in front of the school’s nearly completed Phase 2 playground expansion.

It’s an interesting and eventful time of year

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It’s an interesting and eventful time of year

Jon Reyes 2 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

From meetings on immigration with immigrants and oversight committees to roundtables with educational sector stakeholders and ministers, this quarter has been interesting, exciting, and eventful. Canada Day was spectacular this year with 6,000 participants at its peak.

There was a tremendous turnout on July 1 in Bridgwater and South Pointe as Waverley constituents and others from around the city came and celebrated Canada Day. I was happy to have participated in the Canada Day drumming event, along with Premier Heather Stefanson, many colleagues and community leaders. I also met different communities during the Eid Mubarak and Eid Al Adha celebrations. These associations have been helping the community to realize important goals with self-improvement, food programs, and community engagement.

As the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration, I have been listening and engaging with many stakeholders, community leaders within the educational space and immigrant communities in different parts of Manitoba. The meetings and feedback I gather from these productive conversations are essential in moving our province forward. There will be an immigration public consultation meeting in Waverley on Aug. 10 at the Winnipeg Grand Mosque located at 2445 Waverley St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

As part of Budget 2022, the Manitoba government is committing $100 million over three years to create the new Arts, Culture and Sport in Community Fund (ACSC), which was officially announced by the premier on July 25. This fund will flow up to $34 million this year to community organizations to build capacity within these sectors to better meet the needs of non-profit immigrant communities, skilled workers and artists, cultural and sports programs already running in Winnipeg.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

MLA Jon Reyes volunteered at the Bridgwater Trails block party on Windflower Road, where he met many residents and constituents.

Building communities, welcoming refugees

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Building communities, welcoming refugees

Jon Reyes 2 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

I am glad that life can now operate at some level of normalcy. Manitobans have demonstrated their strength, vigilance, and patience over these past two difficult COVID years. To support the recovery of workers and businesses impacted by the pandemic, the Manitoba government recently announced $1 million in funding to support the economic recovery of sectors hardest hit by COVID-19.

Also, we are pleased to provide an additional $15 million to support road repairs and reduce the financial burden on the City of Winnipeg and all municipalities during these unique times, when they are facing significant road infrastructure challenges as a result of this year’s extraordinary weather conditions.

I am glad to announce, too, that Waverley constituency received $402,906 from the building sustainable communities program. Congratulations to South Pointe Advisory Council, the Manitoba Islamic Association, South Winnipeg Community Centre and the Winnipeg Chinese Senior Association on receiving funding that will benefit our communities. I have also announced $31,501 in Urban/Hometown Green team Funding for the Manitoba Islamic Association and South Winnipeg Community Centre to cover salary costs for youth workers and expenses for their respective projects.

At the end of spring, I was pleased to be joined by Marie-France Lalonde, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Joan Lewandosky, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Manitoba to see how the Ukrainian refugee reception centre and info desk operates as many Ukrainians access a range of provincial programs and services on their journey to making Manitoba their home.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

Waverley MLA Jon Reyes recently met with Ukrainian war refugees who were grateful and thankful to be in Manitoba.

Ukrainian immigration applications to be expedited

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Ukrainian immigration applications to be expedited

Jon Reyes 2 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022

I am truly proud of the way Manitobans demonstrated their strength, vigilance, and patience over these past two difficult years. We are now at a place where we may operate with minimal public health measures, and life can operate at some level of normalcy. I sincerely thank everyone for their perseverance, as all Manitobans were affected by this pandemic in their own unique and equally important way.

I would also like to remind you that if it has been six months since your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you are eligible for you booster dose. A third dose offers further protection against hospitalization and severe illnesses from COVID-19 variants.

After serving as the new Minister for Advanced Education, Skills, and Immigration for approximately two months, I am so proud of the work we have been doing. First and foremost, Premier Heather Stefanson and I have pledged that Manitoba will work together with the federal government do its part to take in Ukrainian refugees. We will expedite Ukrainian immigration applications through the provincial nominee program looking for a haven here in Manitoba. Our government condemns the unjust invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and we will stand with our Ukrainian brothers and sisters wholeheartedly.

I was very pleased to join Premier Heather Stefanson and Dr. Lloyd Axworthy to launch a new Immigration Advisory Council to strengthen the Manitoba provincial nominee program. I will proudly co-chair this council with Dr. Axworthy over the next several months as we support economic recovery and attract more newcomers to Manitoba.

Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022

Waverley MLA Jon Reyes is pictured with Orysya Petryshyn and Hanna and Roman Tsybukh during the Canada stands with Ukraine rally at the Manitoba Legislature on Feb. 26.

Offering gratitude and support

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Offering gratitude and support

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

Hello everyone! 

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude once again to our health-care workers, teachers, front-line workers, small business owners and their employees, and to all Manitobans for their strength and resolve. I am so proud of the way our community has come together in this pandemic.

With the Omicron variant, it is critical that Manitobans receive their booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you to the hundreds of thousands of Manitobans who did their part and got both initial doses of the vaccine. If you have not booked your third dose yet, please consider booking it today. If they do become infected, individuals with three vaccine doses are 139 times less likely to end up in intensive-care units compared to those who are unvaccinated. So let’s recharge our immunity. For more information and to book your vaccine appointment, please visit www.protectmb.ca/booster/

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Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

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MLA Jon Reyes has been distributing masks to Waverley constituents including Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Grey Cup Champion Adam Bighill, pictured here at Altea Active.

2021 was a good year for Waverley

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2021 was a good year for Waverley

Jon Reyes 2 minute read Friday, Dec. 31, 2021

As I look back on 2021, I am so pleased to see the growth and development of our community. Our Progressive Conservative government has made key investments in capital infrastructure and community facilities to provide safe, modern, state-of-the-art recreational spaces for residents, visitors, and future generations to enjoy.

Here are some of the highlights from this past year, specifically here in Waverley:

Our government recently announced a trilateral investment for the first phase of the South Winnipeg recreation campus. Over $31 million is being invested by the province in this $90-million facility. This local project will help ensure that residents of all ages can get together, meet, and share activities that keep them active and healthy. Investments in community infrastructure make our province and community a better place to live, work, and play.

We are also proceeding with the development of two new schools in Waverley West. This includes a kindergarten to Grade 8 school for an enrolment of 800 students, with a target completion date of December 2022, and a grades 9 to 12 school for an enrolment of 1,200 students, with a target completion date of June 2023. Both schools will be constructed on a single Waverley West schools’ campus, in the newly approved subdivision. These new facilities build on our government’s commitment to build 20 new schools over 10 years to meet the needs of our growing community.

Friday, Dec. 31, 2021

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Waverley MLA Jon Reyes (centre) was joined by (from far left) Paramjit Shahi, president of South Winnipeg Community Centre; Coun. Markus Chambers (St. Norbert-Seine River); ; community member Amit Bindra; Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West); and Pembina Trails school trustee Julie Fisher at the announcement of the South Winnipeg recreation campus.

Learning about the delights of Diwali

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Learning about the delights of Diwali

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

In this column, I am pleased to share some important announcements from the Manitoba government, along with highlighting our local community here in Waverley.

First and foremost, Premier Heather Stefanson and health minister Audrey Gordon have announced that the province is ready to launch the next phase of its vaccine campaign to protect children aged five to 11 from COVID-19.

The vaccine will be offered through provincial and regional vaccine clinics, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, urban Indigenous clinics, and pop-up community clinics. Walk-ins will be an option at some locations and in-school vaccinations will be offered in the coming weeks, both during and after school hours.

 To increase accessibility of the vaccine, the premier and minister noted a policy change has been made to allow pharmacists to immunize all children in this age group against COVID-19 and influenza, when the vaccine is approved. We are committed to protecting Manitobans from COVID-19, especially our children. Please visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/young-people.html for more information. 

Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

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Waverley MLA Jon Reyes recently visited École South Pointe School, where students taught him about Diwali, the festival of lights.

New schools in the works for Waverley area

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New schools in the works for Waverley area

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

Our government promised to meet the needs of our rapidly growing community here in Waverley through record investments in education and critical infrastructure.

Last month, I was pleased to join Education Minister Cliff Cullen, Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West), and Pembina Trails School Division trustee Kathleen McMillan at the announcement of a new high school and elementary school for 2,000 students in the local area.

Construction is scheduled to begin on the high school later this month with the elementary school construction having started in August.

Our government and Pembina Trails School Division have worked co-operatively on the 21-acre school campus, with construction totalling $67.8 million as the initial investment. I am also pleased to provide some logistical details about the project.

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021

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Waverley MLA Jon Reyes spoke at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for two new schools in the area.

Funding gives southwest rec a major boost

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Funding gives southwest rec a major boost

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Friday, Sep. 10, 2021

I hope all of you have been enjoying our warm summer! Over these past few weeks, I would like to remind everyone to remain to remain vigilant with regards to protecting fellow Manitobans against a fourth wave of COVID-19 while we are in process of reviving our economy.

This past month, we had a trilateral government announcement which includes funding from federal, provincial and municipal governments for the South Winnipeg Recreation Campus with $31.1 million coming from our Manitoba government in this $90-million project. These local investments help create healthy, inclusive and vibrant communities.

The funding will improve the facilities in southwest Winnipeg and will help my home  constituency Waverley as well.

In addition, I was very happy to participate in successful kids summer camps organized by the Yazidi Association of Manitoba at the South Winnipeg Community Centre and Family Dynamics. It was also a pleasure to bring greetings at the “Reactivate Community Member” appreciation event hosted by Altea Active in Bridgwater Centre.

Friday, Sep. 10, 2021

I hope all of you have been enjoying our warm summer! Over these past few weeks, I would like to remind everyone to remain to remain vigilant with regards to protecting fellow Manitobans against a fourth wave of COVID-19 while we are in process of reviving our economy.

This past month, we had a trilateral government announcement which includes funding from federal, provincial and municipal governments for the South Winnipeg Recreation Campus with $31.1 million coming from our Manitoba government in this $90-million project. These local investments help create healthy, inclusive and vibrant communities.

The funding will improve the facilities in southwest Winnipeg and will help my home  constituency Waverley as well.

In addition, I was very happy to participate in successful kids summer camps organized by the Yazidi Association of Manitoba at the South Winnipeg Community Centre and Family Dynamics. It was also a pleasure to bring greetings at the “Reactivate Community Member” appreciation event hosted by Altea Active in Bridgwater Centre.

Plenty to celebrate in the past few weeks

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Plenty to celebrate in the past few weeks

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2021

During the past few weeks, Manitobans have had so much to celebrate, while also being presented with important opportunities for education and ways to effect change.

June 27 was Canadian multiculturalism day, and I continue to be proud of representing such a diverse constituency here in Waverley. Our province and country are truly a place where people can come together, regardless of culture or tradition. But it is only through honouring the peoples that came before us, and acknowledging the harms and mistakes of the past, that we as Canadians can truly move forward together.

With that said, I echo the words of our premier regarding those who vandalize public property. Such acts are a major setback for those working toward real reconciliation and do nothing to advance this important goal.

Manitoba’s COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force hasbeen doing tremendous work organizing our province’s largest vaccination campaign in history.

Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2021

During the past few weeks, Manitobans have had so much to celebrate, while also being presented with important opportunities for education and ways to effect change.

June 27 was Canadian multiculturalism day, and I continue to be proud of representing such a diverse constituency here in Waverley. Our province and country are truly a place where people can come together, regardless of culture or tradition. But it is only through honouring the peoples that came before us, and acknowledging the harms and mistakes of the past, that we as Canadians can truly move forward together.

With that said, I echo the words of our premier regarding those who vandalize public property. Such acts are a major setback for those working toward real reconciliation and do nothing to advance this important goal.

Manitoba’s COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force hasbeen doing tremendous work organizing our province’s largest vaccination campaign in history.

Re-opening depends on getting vaccinated

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Re-opening depends on getting vaccinated

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Saturday, Jun. 12, 2021

As we continue to face the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Manitoba, it is extremely important that we all do our part and get vaccinated.

Research has shown that as more of the population continues to receive vaccinations, the number of new cases decreases and the strain on the health-care system is lessened. Dr. Joss Reimer and the vaccine implementation task force continue to work tirelessly to ensure that as our province receives doses they get into the arms of Manitobans.

As eligibility for second doses appointments continues to rapidly expand, we will get closer to beating this virus and saving the lives and livelihoods of Manitobans.

Booking your appointment has also been made extremely easy. You can call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) toll-free to book your appointment, every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jun. 12, 2021

As we continue to face the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Manitoba, it is extremely important that we all do our part and get vaccinated.

Research has shown that as more of the population continues to receive vaccinations, the number of new cases decreases and the strain on the health-care system is lessened. Dr. Joss Reimer and the vaccine implementation task force continue to work tirelessly to ensure that as our province receives doses they get into the arms of Manitobans.

As eligibility for second doses appointments continues to rapidly expand, we will get closer to beating this virus and saving the lives and livelihoods of Manitobans.

Booking your appointment has also been made extremely easy. You can call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) toll-free to book your appointment, every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Two new schools planned for Waverley West

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Two new schools planned for Waverley West

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Tuesday, May. 18, 2021

I continue to be proud of the way Manitobans are remaining resilient and strong as we try to reduce the impact of the third wave.

Everyone has been affected in their own way and I assure you, I hear all of your voices. Luckily, as Manitoba’s vaccination campaign continues to reach thousands of Manitobans, there is truly a light at the end of the tunnel! But first, I have some exciting news for our local area.

Last month, I was happy to join Education Minister Cliff Cullen to announce the tendering of two new schools in Waverley West. As part of Budget 2021, $60 million was invested for these new state-of-the-art schools, one for Kindergarten to Grade 8 with an enrolment of 800 students, and the other for grades 9 to 12 for 1,200 students. I am happy to see these important projects move forward to provide students with enhanced learning facilities and opportunities for success.

As Manitoba receives the approved vaccines from the federal government, Dr. Joss Reimer and the vaccine implementation task force continue to ensure that whoever in Manitoba wishes to be vaccinated will receive their doses. Booking your appointment has also been made extremely easy! If you wish to phone, call 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) toll-free to book your appointment, open every day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. For online booking and more information about vaccinations, please visit https://protectmb.ca/

Tuesday, May. 18, 2021

Budget 2021 is a blueprint for recovery

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Budget 2021 is a blueprint for recovery

Jon Reyes 2 minute read Friday, Apr. 23, 2021

Our PC government recently released Budget 2021, with a focus on protecting Manitobans and advancing Manitoba’s economy beyond the pandemic.

This budget commits to investing more per person on healthcare (up $156 million), education (up $91 million for K-12) and social services (up $34 million) than any other province, increasing funding in these areas by nearly $1.5 billion.

We are delivering on our commitment to making life more affordable for working families through much-needed tax relief. We are moving forward with phasing out education property taxes for property owners, and will be rebating 50 per cent of education property taxes to residential and farm property owners. This will save an average home owner $1,100 over two years. We are also eliminating the retail sales tax on personal services and lowering vehicle registration fees by 10 per cent to provide Manitobans with more tax relief.

Manitoba’s robust health-care system has been central to this pandemic. That is why Budget 2021 increases overall health-care funding by $156 million from last year to a total of $6.98 billion, the highest level in Manitoba history. We are investing $50 million to reduce wait times for surgeries, $23 to expand access to cancer treatments and $2.7 million to expand dialysis treatments.

Friday, Apr. 23, 2021

Our PC government recently released Budget 2021, with a focus on protecting Manitobans and advancing Manitoba’s economy beyond the pandemic.

This budget commits to investing more per person on healthcare (up $156 million), education (up $91 million for K-12) and social services (up $34 million) than any other province, increasing funding in these areas by nearly $1.5 billion.

We are delivering on our commitment to making life more affordable for working families through much-needed tax relief. We are moving forward with phasing out education property taxes for property owners, and will be rebating 50 per cent of education property taxes to residential and farm property owners. This will save an average home owner $1,100 over two years. We are also eliminating the retail sales tax on personal services and lowering vehicle registration fees by 10 per cent to provide Manitobans with more tax relief.

Manitoba’s robust health-care system has been central to this pandemic. That is why Budget 2021 increases overall health-care funding by $156 million from last year to a total of $6.98 billion, the highest level in Manitoba history. We are investing $50 million to reduce wait times for surgeries, $23 to expand access to cancer treatments and $2.7 million to expand dialysis treatments.

Looking forward to a safe re-opening

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Looking forward to a safe re-opening

Jon Reyes 2 minute read Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021

I would like to, once again, thank our front-line workers involved in health care and groceries for their extraordinary work. Throughout the past year, they have shown outstanding tenacity and resilience.

Additionally, as we are now in the midst of the staged re-opening of our economy, I commend our community’s small business owners who are working hard to serve their customers and providing jobs to their employees.

I have particularly enjoyed engaging and connecting with all of you and visiting our local businesses to support them as they re-open. Now that our government has resumed the current Legislative session, I look forward to representing your concerns as MLA for Waverley.

Local investments are very important to me, which is why I am pleased to highlight a recent provincial announcement of $5 million for Manitoba organizations, municipalities and individual artists to provide free online programming for Manitobans to enjoy through the Safe at Home MB campaign.

Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021

I would like to, once again, thank our front-line workers involved in health care and groceries for their extraordinary work. Throughout the past year, they have shown outstanding tenacity and resilience.

Additionally, as we are now in the midst of the staged re-opening of our economy, I commend our community’s small business owners who are working hard to serve their customers and providing jobs to their employees.

I have particularly enjoyed engaging and connecting with all of you and visiting our local businesses to support them as they re-open. Now that our government has resumed the current Legislative session, I look forward to representing your concerns as MLA for Waverley.

Local investments are very important to me, which is why I am pleased to highlight a recent provincial announcement of $5 million for Manitoba organizations, municipalities and individual artists to provide free online programming for Manitobans to enjoy through the Safe at Home MB campaign.

Support crucial to local business survival

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Support crucial to local business survival

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

This past year has been extremely difficult on all of us, especially our small business owners.

Owning a business has never been an easy task, and especially now when there is so much uncertainty and I truly commend small business owners for your resilience and perseverance. Having been a small business owner myself, I understand the challenges you face; however, I have never been a business owner during a pandemic.

I have always supported those who go into business themselves, creating jobs, sometimes working around the clock, paying bills and staff first before themselves. My family has made it a priority to support our local businesses and I encourage all Manitobans to do the same.

The safe re-opening of small businesses is essential to getting our economy back on track, we are only able to re-open the economy in a way that is safe for all Manitobans. As your MLA, I empathize with you and it is my priority to be your voice. You are part of the road to recovery and I am here to help bring your ideas and feedback to action in the safest way possible.

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

This past year has been extremely difficult on all of us, especially our small business owners.

Owning a business has never been an easy task, and especially now when there is so much uncertainty and I truly commend small business owners for your resilience and perseverance. Having been a small business owner myself, I understand the challenges you face; however, I have never been a business owner during a pandemic.

I have always supported those who go into business themselves, creating jobs, sometimes working around the clock, paying bills and staff first before themselves. My family has made it a priority to support our local businesses and I encourage all Manitobans to do the same.

The safe re-opening of small businesses is essential to getting our economy back on track, we are only able to re-open the economy in a way that is safe for all Manitobans. As your MLA, I empathize with you and it is my priority to be your voice. You are part of the road to recovery and I am here to help bring your ideas and feedback to action in the safest way possible.

Lessons of service from the COVID-19 pandemic

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Lessons of service from the COVID-19 pandemic

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all our front-line workers, especially our hardworking and dedicated team of medical professionals. These Manitobans have truly stepped up and dedicated themselves to serving our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As is the case with many, these past few months have been a time of reflection for myself and my family. I have truly cherished our family time, dinner table discussions and increased time spent outdoors as they have become invaluable aspects of our lives.

This has also been a very frightening and uncertain time for many, including my family. My wife, Cynthia, serves as a nurse, working tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Working in the major wards of the hospital, she has been exposed to many patients who have suffered from COVID-19. There is a strong sense of fear when she returns home from a long shift, but we continue to hope that all are blessed with good health.

Service is a large part of our careers. I have a mandate to serve the constituents of Waverley as the elected representative, while my wife serves our community’s most vulnerable to ensure they are treated with the best level of care.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all our front-line workers, especially our hardworking and dedicated team of medical professionals. These Manitobans have truly stepped up and dedicated themselves to serving our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As is the case with many, these past few months have been a time of reflection for myself and my family. I have truly cherished our family time, dinner table discussions and increased time spent outdoors as they have become invaluable aspects of our lives.

This has also been a very frightening and uncertain time for many, including my family. My wife, Cynthia, serves as a nurse, working tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Working in the major wards of the hospital, she has been exposed to many patients who have suffered from COVID-19. There is a strong sense of fear when she returns home from a long shift, but we continue to hope that all are blessed with good health.

Service is a large part of our careers. I have a mandate to serve the constituents of Waverley as the elected representative, while my wife serves our community’s most vulnerable to ensure they are treated with the best level of care.

Looking forward to better days in 2021

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Looking forward to better days in 2021

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Monday, Dec. 28, 2020

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a safe and joyous Christmas. As we approach the end of this year, let us reflect on the strength and resilience of our fellow Manitobans. This has been a year like no other and we have truly made it here together.

With the recent approval of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, Manitoba has received notification from the federal government that we will receive 228,000 doses between now and March 31, enough to vaccinate roughly seven per cent of the population.

As part of Manitoba’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy, priority groups have been identified to protect those most vulnerable including those working in our health-care system, seniors and Indigenous peoples.

Manitoba has procured all the necessary supplies to safely administer two doses of the vaccine — free of cost — to any Manitoban who wants to be immunized once sufficient supply has arrived in the province. For more information about Manitoba’s COVID-19 vaccine strategy, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/index.html

Monday, Dec. 28, 2020

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Waverley MLA Jon Reyes is always seeking feedback and ideas from local residents, community leaders and other elected local officials.

Heartwarming tale of community caring

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Heartwarming tale of community caring

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

Hello everyone. I would like to share with you a heartwarming story in the south Winnipeg community as well as discuss exciting new initiatives to support our local businesses and keep Manitobans safe during these unprecedented times.

Michelle Carlos, a Waverley constituent and active community member, was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in late 2019.

With three children in school, she and her family were faced with a difficult year ahead. Through resilience and strength, the Carlos family endured six rounds of chemotherapy, radiation treatments and two surgeries.

Michelle’s friends and neighbours in her community truly rose to the occasion to lend a helping hand. They assisted with transportation, groceries, meals and actively helped with rides so that the family’s three children could continue to participate in after-school activities.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

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Cancer survivor and Waverley constitutent Michelle Carlos poses with her family and a copy of Jon Reyes’ private member’s statement recognizing her battle with cancer and the support the family received from the community.

Celebrating apart but together

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Celebrating apart but together

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 6, 2020

The fall season is upon us and this is typically one of my favourite times of the year because there are usually several cultural and community festivities in our diverse South Winnipeg community.

Although COVID-19 prevents these annual events from happening, there are still ways to celebrate differently and with much smaller group sizes. This year, like many other families, Thanksgiving dinner for us was held only with a few close relatives. Even so, I hope all Manitoban families enjoyed a safe and warm Thanksgiving filled with gratitude, as my family did.

Every autumn I have participated in the celebrations of Navratri with the Gujarati community mas well as the Chinese Moon Festival Gala. Navratri is a Hindu festival that lasts nine nights to celebrate the victory of good over evil. In previous years, thousands of Gujarati Manitobans have gathered in a large stadium to do garba, a traditional dance. Similarly, the Chinese Moon Festival or the mid-autumn festival celebrates the end of the harvest and special mooncake pastries are enjoyed.

I would have loved to celebrate these festivities with many dear friends like in years past. One day in the future we will celebrate again.

Friday, Nov. 6, 2020

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Waverely MLA Jon Reyes celebrated Thanksgiving will a small gathering of close relatives.

Applauding efforts of local residents and businesses

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Applauding efforts of local residents and businesses

Jon Reyes 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

Hello everyone. Unfortunately we have seen a rise in COVID-19 case counts over the last few weeks.

By the time you are reading this the situation may have changed but Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer has set the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s response level to Restricted (orange).

These last few months have demonstrated how resilient Manitobans are so I am confident that we will all work to overcome this virus. For all the latest information, please visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

With Winnipeg and its surrounding municipalities now declared restricted zones, the new health and safety protocols primarily include wearing a mask in all indoor public places and limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people. I truly appreciate the effort of Manitobans, especially the many businesses who have taken extensive steps to ensure the safety of their patrons during this pandemic.

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

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Waverley MLA Jon Reyes (above, left) recently visited Altea Active to learn more about the sanitization and air purification methods used by the fitness club.

Loans help local businesses weather pandemic

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Loans help local businesses weather pandemic

Jon Reyes 2 minute read Thursday, Sep. 10, 2020

Hello everyone! I hope we are all staying safe as we rebuild our economy and readjust to in-school learning.

As a former small business owner, I understand the struggles of owning and operating a business.

During COVID-19, I truly recognize the adversities our local businesses have faced and how they have been affected. With this in mind, I would like to share some of the programs and initiatives the Manitoba government has established to support our local economy.

Last month, I attended the grand reopening of Gymboree Play & Music, owned by Waverley constituents Joanna Ho and Tina Lu. During the event, I was very pleased to hear their story of how the Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) has been able to assist them over the last few weeks.

Thursday, Sep. 10, 2020

Hello everyone! I hope we are all staying safe as we rebuild our economy and readjust to in-school learning.

As a former small business owner, I understand the struggles of owning and operating a business.

During COVID-19, I truly recognize the adversities our local businesses have faced and how they have been affected. With this in mind, I would like to share some of the programs and initiatives the Manitoba government has established to support our local economy.

Last month, I attended the grand reopening of Gymboree Play & Music, owned by Waverley constituents Joanna Ho and Tina Lu. During the event, I was very pleased to hear their story of how the Manitoba Gap Protection Program (MGPP) has been able to assist them over the last few weeks.

Local groups benefit from BSC program

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Local groups benefit from BSC program

Jon Reyes 3 minute read Friday, Aug. 14, 2020

Hello everyone, I hope all Manitobans have been enjoying our warm summer.

Over these next few weeks, I remind everyone to remain vigilant with regards to COVID-19 while we reopen our economy and have our diverse community come together.

Here in Waverley, I am very excited to share the local investments being made through a number of different programs, along with some news from the Manitoba government.

I am proud to announce that a Building Sustainable Communities grant will provide $34,000 in funding to K.I.D.S - Kids in Daycare are Super to build an outdoor natural play area for the children at South Pointe School.

Friday, Aug. 14, 2020

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Waverley MLA Jon Reyes works in his office at the Manitoba Legislative Building.

Enjoy the summer as we begin to reopen

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Enjoy the summer as we begin to reopen

Jon Reyes 2 minute read Friday, Jul. 17, 2020

Hello, everyone. I hope all Manitobans enjoyed a safe and happy 153rd Canada Day.

Over these past few weeks, I have been excited to see our economy is continuing to reopen and our diverse community is coming together while respecting physical distancing. Manitobans are truly doing their part in flattening the COVID-19 curve.

While our top priority is to flatten the COVID-19 curve and protect the health and safety of Manitobans, we must also ensure our economy remains strong.

There have been a number of initiatives from the Manitoba government as part of RestartMB. These programs include the Manitoba Gap Protection program, student wage subsidy, Student Jobs MB, mental health support and more.

Friday, Jul. 17, 2020

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Waverley MLA Jon Reyes enjoys an iced capp and conversation with Sumant Prabhakar, general manager at the Bridgwater Tim Hortons.