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What’s open and closed in Welland over the holidays


December 8, 2022

Welland, ON –  With the holiday season here, City of Welland services, program schedules, and availability will change from regular hours during December. Please note the following:

City Hall/Civic Square

All City Hall departments are closed from Friday, December 23, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. to Friday, December 30, 2022, inclusive, and will re-open on Monday, January 2, 2023, at 8:30 a.m.

Welland Community Wellness Complex


  • Friday, December 23, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 28, to Friday, December 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • Christmas Saturday, December 24, to Tuesday, December 27, 2022.
  • New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, 2022.
  • New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2023.

Welland Farmers Market

Open Saturday, December 24, and Saturday, December 31, 2022.

Welland Transit

Welland Transit, WellTrans, TransCab, Brock Link, and Port Colborne Link & Community:

  • Conventional service on December 23 and 30 until 11 p.m. for municipal & regional routes.
  • No service provided on December 25 and January 1.
  • Sunday/holiday service available December 26.
  • Regular service resumes in the new year when transit switches to Regional Transit. Visit https://www.niagararegion.ca/transit/default.aspx to learn more.

Main and Jack Ballantyne (Youth) Arenas

Closed December 25, 26; and Saturday, January 1, 2023.

Hours for free public skating at the Youth Arena are 1 to 3 p.m. on December 28, 29, 31 (New Year’s Eve skate at the Main Arena is 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (free for everyone)), and January 2,3,4,5, and 6.

If there is an urgent road, water, sewer, facilities, or forestry issue, call the City’s 24-hour response line at 905-735-1700 x3000.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337


Ontario providing free naloxone kits in workplaces 

The Ontario government is launching a first-of-its-kind program to make free naloxone kits (and free training) available at workplaces where there is a risk of staff witnessing or experiencing an opioid overdose.  

In 2021, 2,819 people died from opioid-related causes in Ontario – the highest number on record and up from 366 in 2003. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose, restore breathing within two to five minutes, and allow time for medical help to arrive. 

Of the workers who died from opioid-related causes last year, 30 per cent were employed in construction – by far the most impacted industry. Bars and nightclubs have also seen increased opioid usage and accidental overdoses, often because of recreational drugs laced with deadly opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil. 

Businesses can determine if they are eligible for the program and find additional information on accessing naloxone kits and training at Ontario.ca/workplacenaloxone.  

Click here for more details. 

Ontario introduces dynamic electricity pricing for small and medium-sized businesses  

TheOntario government is launching a new pilot program to explore dynamic electricity pricing and its ability to lower electricity bills for small and medium-sized businesses including retail stores, commercial offices and farms.   

The pilots will test alternate pricing structures that encourage participants to shift electricity consumption to hours where electricity demand is low, helping to reduce costs for businesses. The pilots will help inform the government on the potential for alternate pricing options to provide electricity system benefits and in turn, lower electricity bills for all customers. 

Small and medium-sized businesses, farms and community centres that are included in the Class B electricity rate class and don’t have access to time-of-use or tiered rates may be eligible to participate in the new pilot program. 

Click here for more details. 

Welland Bridge 13 January Illumination Request 
Happy Holidays!

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