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City receives application for partial demolition permit for 350 Prince Charles Drive


March 2, 2023

Welland, ON – The City of Welland received an application from the builder of 350 Prince Charles Drive for a partial demolition permit. The scope of work is “to eliminate overhead safety hazards as specified in the Safe Working Procedure”.

Receipt of the application by the City from the builder is part of the process outlined in the Ontario Building Code Act, specifically to satisfy the requirements of remedying the building. The permit is required before any portion of the building can be demolished.

It is understood that the Ministry of Labour has permitted the builder to enter the site to complete the demolition of the affected areas. It is anticipated that demolition will begin on March 6.

“We remain committed to complying with directives from the Ministry of Labour while their investigation unfolds,” said Jack Tosta, Chief Building Official. “Issuance of building (demolition) permits is a legislated process that is prescribed in the Building Code Act, which also defines the City role in the process.”

Upper Vista condominiums, while under construction, suffered a structural failure on February 18 and again on February 26, both on the south side of the building. By issuing orders, the Ministry of Labour has instructed the constructor to stop all work and restricted access to the site since February 18.

After the second failure, the City cordoned off an expanded area around the building out of an abundance of caution. The trail along the canal in the area remains closed.

Once the MOL investigation is concluded, the City will review the findings and determine the next course of action based on their findings.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Jack Tosta

Chief Building Official

905-735-1700 x2242


Provinces and territories call on federal government for affordable housing support

In a statement on behalf of all Provincial-Territorial ministers responsible for housing, the provinces and territories (PTs) have called on the federal government to increase funding in a long-term, flexible, and collaborative manner to support the delivery of affordable housing programs both now and into the future.

Communities across Canada continue to face elevated home prices, increased rates of homelessness, and challenges related to housing affordability, adequacy, and supply. Rising costs in the construction industry have also significantly increased the cost to build and repair homes. While these challenges have strained PT resources, PTs remain committed to working with the federal government to maintain and expand affordable housing in their jurisdictions.

To support better outcomes on the funding and delivery of affordable housing, PTs request:

  • Increased and more flexible federal funding to complement existing PT programs and address local priorities to meet Canada’s current housing challenges.
  • Meaningful and proper engagement to develop housing solutions and outcomes that meet the unique needs and priorities of each jurisdiction.

Click here to read more.

The Knights of Columbus Council #2146 are holding a fundraiser pancake breakfast on Saturday March 18th at St Peter and Paul Parish Hall 291 Beatrice Street Welland from 8:00 am – 10:00 am.. The funds raised will be used to help  send a container full of non perishible goods to a community in Nunavut. 
See the attachment for more details about the community.

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