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City of Welland adopts 2023-2026 bold, trailblazing Strategic Plan driven by a future-focused vision


June 7, 2023


Welland, ON – The City of Welland’s 2023-2026 Strategic Plan: Charting our Future is a bold, innovative, and trailblazing commitment focusing on economic growth, environmental stewardship, health and well-being, and livability. 

“Charting Welland’s future is a complex task that requires collaboration to realize success,” said Mayor Frank Campion. “Therefore, we relied on members of Council, staff, and the community — residential, business, and industrial — to help form a cohesive and collective vision — a vision that encompasses the aspirations, dreams, and desires of every individual who calls this city their home along with the many businesses, organizations, and agencies we work in close partnership with.”

A corporate strategic plan is one of the most powerful tools within a municipality, and the City’s Plan will remain live, relevant, and dynamic for the term of Council (2023-2026). The Plan is a collective starting point and will be used as a guiding tool, used daily by all.

As the city continues to grow and welcomes more people into the community, it is essential for Council, the community and city staff to be in lockstep. Charting our future, the development of a strategic plan is crucial for guiding and inspiring the future direction of Welland, and our successful implementation will rely upon well-defined goals, clear action steps, and effective monitoring.

You can view the Strategic Plan at https://www.engagewelland.ca/strategic-plan-2023-2026.


For media inquiries, please contact:


Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337


Niagara Falls GO train service interrupted this weekend

GO Transit train service to Niagara Falls will be impacted this weekend, with train service ending at Aldershot GO in Burlington.

Weekend GO Transit train service between Niagara Falls and Burlington will be impacted this weekend, due to infrastructure work that needs to be done to prepare for upcoming construction of the Burloak Drive grade separation in Oakville.

Metrolinx, the provincial agency that oversees road and public transit planning in the Golden Horseshoe region, said the impacts affecting the Lakeshore West line between Oakville and West Harbour GO will start at 9 a.m. Friday and last until the end of Sunday, June 11.

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Poor air quality prompts total open-air burn bans in Niagara

Citing poor air quality from distant forest fires and the need to ensure it doesn’t get worse, as well as prolonged dry weather, Niagara’s municipalities have begun issuing total open-air burn bans.

Burn bans have have been issued by St. Catharines, Lincoln, Grimsby and West Lincoln.

Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement for Niagara due to high levels of air pollution caused by smoke plumes from forest fires in Quebec and northeastern Ontario. Poor air quality is expected to persist into the weekend.

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Niagara Regional Police Services Career Information Sessions



Labour Market Information Session

Trying to figure out your job interests or switch careers? This is the perfect session for you! Workforce Collective will join us to share the most up to date labour market data in Niagara. Learn which jobs are in demand and which ones are fizzling out. This is also a great session for employers to attend to learn more about the available labour pool in Niagara.

Date: June 14

Time: 11:00 AM

Where: Zoom

Register in advance for this meeting


Service Canada

Job Gym is happy to host Service Canada in our Welland and Fort Erie offices. Details and schedule available at the link.


Niagara Region developing permanent homeless shelters to replace seasonal facilities

Niagara Region is planning to replace its seasonal homeless shelters in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls with permanent facilities, as a result of new provincial funding.

“Our intention right now is to take the capacity that we had through seasonal shelters, which are not really considered to be the ideal practice … and move into full year-round, 24/7 shelters,” said community services commissioner Adrienne Jugley.

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Air quality expected to deteriorate in Niagara, as wildfires continue

The air quality in Niagara is expected to further deteriorate.

“Unfortunately, tomorrow it looks like it’s going to get worse,” Environment Canada meteorologist Victoria Nurse said on Wednesday.

She said fine particulate matter in the air over Niagara reached more than 100 micrograms per metre cubed (µg/m³) on Wednesday, caused by smoke from wildfires burning in northeastern Ontario and Quebec.

“It’s not good at all,” Nurse said.

But that number is expected to more than double on Thursday reaching as high as 250 µg/m³.

In comparison, she said, about 15 µg/m³ is considered on the high range of acceptable levels.

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Niagara Region looking to make purchases in socially responsible way

Niagara Region’s corporate service committee recommends giving the green light to establishment of a social procurement policy that would leverage the municipality’s buying power beyond the traditional value-for-money approach to achieve a broad range of social benefits.

Approval by regional council next week would see a multidisciplinary working group develop a procurement strategy to include social, economic and workforce development goals in purchasing goods and services.

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