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Federal minimum wage to rise to $15.55 per hour on April 1

On April 1, 2022, the federal minimum wage will increase from $15.00 to $15.55 per hour. For those working in provinces or territories where the general minimum wage rate is higher, the higher rate will continue to apply.

The federal minimum wage, which came into force on December 29, 2021, is adjusted automatically on April 1 of every year, based on the average annual increase of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as reported by Statistics Canada. This is to ensure that the federal minimum wage keeps pace with inflation. This year’s rate increase reflects the 3.4% annual average rise of the CPI for Canada in the previous calendar year, rounded up to the nearest $0.05.

This increase only applies to federally-regulated industriesClick here for a list.

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Chair Bradley delivers State of the Region address

In his State of the Region address on March 29, Regional Chair Bradley delivered a speech focused on the themes of teamwork and respect, while also discussing numerous accomplishments that have been delivered by this term of council.

Appearing before a sold-out audience at the Balls Falls Conservation Area, and over 300 viewers online, Chair Bradley reflected on his time in office and the strength of the team that comprises Regional Council.

The event was hosted by the Niagara Industrial Association, Niagara Home Builders’ Association, Niagara Construction Association, Niagara Association of Realtors, and the Chambers of Commerce for Grimsby and District, Lincoln, and Greater Niagara.

View the event here.

Read a transcript of the Chair’s keynote here.


The Grand Canal is a brand new retirement residence located along the banks of the Welland Canal.  Our suites are bright and airy.  Styles range from studio, 1-bedroom, 1-bedroom plus den and 2-bedroom suites.  Our community’s range of lifestyle experiences range from book club, card games, movie matinee, beer/wine & whisky tastings, cooking classes, lecture and education series, nature walks, billiards, scrapbooking, art classes, day trips and socials with live entertainment.  A membership to the Welland Community Wellness Complex is included with easy indoor access including therapeutic pool and hot tub, exercise room, activity room, library, woodworking room, 400-seat theatre and over 80 different programs & 25 drop-in activities.

You can enjoy open-seating table service dining at the Water’s Edge Restaurant, outside dining on the waterside patio with sunset view or enjoy a quick casual bite at Dockside Bar & Bistro.  Wherever you dine, you’ll enjoy a welcoming environment that invites you to share your meals with family and friends.  Choose from the daily culinary features or full restaurant style menu.

We are offering a SPRING SPECIAL.  Packing, moving and staging…all on us!  Up to $4000K value.  Reserve by April 15th and enjoy!  Call today at 289-480-0125 to TOUR today.

Thank you,

Brandy Egerter

Sales Consultant

439 King Street East

Welland, ON L3B 6E1

Phone: 289-480-0125 Ext 202

Cell: 905-327-0501

E-mail: oenaql@tenaqpnany.pn

Live Grand.  Love Life.


Media Release


Spring street sweeping program begins April 5



February 28, 2022

Welland, ON – The City of Welland Public Works Division will initiate the annual city-wide street sweeping program of city roadways starting April 5, 2022. This program is part of the city’s commitment to public safety; street sweeping lessens the opportunity of skids and collisions.

Although this program has the potential to pause due to weather-related conditions, staff anticipate the program will take approximately four to six weeks to complete. 

“This is an important process to complete each spring,” said James Sticca, manager of public works. “Cleaning our streets from the winter debris and excess build-up of material on our roads creates a safer driving experience and minimizes the risk for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.”

City staff will commence street sweeping within zone one and continue systematically to zone 19. Hours of operation for the sweepers is Monday-Friday from 3 a.m. – 3 p.m. In addition, operators will clean curb lines within cul-de-sacs, and if snow piles remain, sweepers will do another pass in the cul-de-sac centre areas after all zones are completed. 

Sweeping creates a healthier environment, reducing dust and other airborne particulates. The program also reduces the amount of material that washes away into the storm sewer system, leading to the canal, river, and creeks. 

How can you help? 

  • Please refrain from parking your vehicles on the road during this period
  • Please refrain from sweeping your driveway and sidewalk debris onto the roadway 
  • Do not sweep the gutter or edge of road material into a pile 
  • Please remove hockey and basketball nets from the edge of the road


For inquiries regarding the city’s street sweeping, please contact Public Works at 905-735-1700 x3000.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337


Federal government to release budget on April 7

The federal government will table its next annual budget on Thursday, April 7 at 4 p.m. ET.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland confirmed the budget’s release date on Tuesday during question period.

“Our government was re-elected on a commitment to grow our economy, make life more affordable and to continue building a Canada where nobody gets left behind,” Freeland told the House of Commons.

“That is exactly what we are doing. And that is what we are going to continue to do in the budget that I will present to this House.”

Government sources have told CBC News that the budget will be a “back to basics” document after two years of extraordinary government spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Safeguarding and robots: CSA standards update – A draft version of the next CSA Z432 – Safeguarding of Machinery standard has been posted for public review, and CSA Z434 – Industrial robots and robot systems could be coming soon.

Agriculture (Greenhouses)

Small Biz Safety Podcast

Ontario Launches the 2022-23 Edition of the Francophone Community Grants Program

  • TORONTO – Today, the Ontario government announced the application period for the 2022-2023 edition of the Francophone Community Grants Program in support of the community organizations, social enterprises, and businesses that significantly contribute to the vitality of Ontario’s francophone community. This year, to better meet the needs of these organizations, the application period has been launched earlier and has been extended. For the second consecutive year, Ontario is contributing $2 million to the Franco-Ontarian community through this annual program. Francophone organizations and businesses interested in applying have until May 11, 2022, to submit their application. View full release: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001781/ontario-launches-the-2022-23-edition-of-the-francophone-community-grants-program

The Central Station Education Initiative is recruiting Board members.  

Welland Central Fire Hall is recruiting volunteer Board members with strong skills and experience in one or more of the following areas:

Fundraising, Construction/Renovations, and Administration, i.e. minute-taking, records keeping, budgets

If you feel you have what it takes, along with the time and commitment to historical/heritage projects, please forward your resume and cover letter to jryynaqpragenysverunyy@tznvy.pbz

Top candidates will be selected for an interview with the Board of Directors of the Central Station Education Initiative (CSEI).

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Best regards,

Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
L3B 3X4
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