New Year, New Changes in Ontario

Well it’s a New Year and new changes have officially come into effect in Ontario. The minimum wage in Ontario went up on January 1st $14.00 and then will jump again next year to $15.00.

Special minimum rates for liquor servers, students under 18, homeworkers and fishing/hunting guides will increase by the same percentage rate. Liquor servers will now jump to $12.20, students under 18 will jump to $13.15, homeworkers will jump to $15.40 and fishing/hunting guides working less than 5 houts a day will jump to $70 a day or $140 a day if working more than 5 hours a day. For further info please visit www.ontario.ca/page/minimum-wage-increase

The other big change in Ontario is the new “prescription program”. Effective January 1st, 2018 anyone 24 years and younger will have access to FREE prescription drugs. There is no need to enroll in a program, simply bring the prescription to any pharmacy in Ontario along with the appropriate health card and the prescription will be covered by OHIP. There are over 4400 drug products that are now covered and this is good news for all those family with dependents under 24 and who did not have any drug coverage prior to January 1st, 2018. For further info please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-about-ohip-plus

Mommy Health

So part of being a mommy is taking care of yourself…. Yes, we need to take care of ourselves first before we take care of others, my motto is “healthy mommy, healthy family”. Today was turn for my dreaded PAP test, it’s a simple test that takes less than 10 minutes but can save your life. A Pap test is a simple screening test that can detect cell changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer before women feel any symptoms.

The Ontario Cervical Screening Program recommends that women who are or have been sexually active have a Pap test every 3 years starting at age 21. Regular screening should continue until at least age 70 or when advised by a doctor or nurse practitioner to stop. Pap tests can stop at the age of 70 if a woman has had 3 or more normal tests in the previous 10 years.

Women ages 21 to 69 still need to be screened for cervical cancer if they:

  • feel healthy and have no symptoms
  • are no longer sexually active
  • have only had 1 sexual partner
  • are in a same-sex relationship
  • have been through menopause
  • have no family history of cervical cancer

Women who have had a hysterectomy should talk to their doctor or nurse practitioner to see if they need to be screened. https://www.cancercareontario.ca/en/types-of-cancer/cervical/screening

Is there a cost? There is absolutely no cost as it’s covered by OHIP. The Cancer Care Ontario runs a  FREE program the”Ontario Cervical Screening Program”. Every women in Ontario who qualifies for a PAP test will receive a reminder letter that it’s time for your screening test.

For further information on PAP test/cervical cancer screening please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/cervical-cancer-screening-and-prevention

or: https://www.cancercareontario.ca/en/types-of-cancer/cervical/screening

or: http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/early-detection-and-screening/screening/screening-for-cervical-cancer/ontario-cervical-screening-program-on/?region=onhttp://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/early-detection-and-screening/screening/screening-for-cervical-cancer/ontario-cervical-screening-program-on/?region=on

And remember this simple test can save your life….. Healthy mommy, healthy family ❤

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