News, updates, and so much more…

Welland Winter Lights is back for another season but with some new categories!
Interested in participating in the residential lights tour this year? Call for entries opens today and runs until November 25. 
For more details and to register, please visit our website at: https://www.welland.ca/Leisure/eventsinfo/wellandWinterLights.asp
Houses will be judged on..
Best Light Display
Best Lawn Decorations 
Best Traditional Display
Best Musical Display 
People’s Choice
Join in the fun this holiday season!
Following the parade will be our Tree Lighting ceremony at Civic Square with our partners at the Niagara Health Foundation.

The fun doesn’t stop there with local vendors & entertainers onsite as well! Betty Loo Photobooth, Niagara Art Gallery, Caffeineoline, Sing Niagara Women’s A’Cappella, Chorus Rotary Club of Welland & Party Perfect Niagara

Ontario to reassess two-tier government relationship in Niagara

Today, the Ontario government introduced the Better Municipal Governance Act, 2022, which aims to reduce municipal duplication to deliver on shared provincial-municipal priorities – primarily the building of 1.5 million new homes over the next 10 years.

As the province considers how to best extend the tools provided for in the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act to some of Ontario’s fastest-growing municipalities, provincially-appointed facilitators will assess the regional governments in Durham, Halton, Niagara, Peel, Waterloo and York. They will be tasked with determining the best mix of roles and responsibilities between the upper and lower-tier municipalities in those regions.

The proposed legislation, if passed, would also allow the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to appoint the regional heads of council for Niagara, Peel and York regions.

If these proposals are passed, the Minister’s intention is to reappoint the existing chairs: Jim Bradley in Niagara, Nando Iannicca in Peel and Wayne Emerson in York.

In a statement, Regional Chair Jim Bradley said that he “fully [respects] the province’s authority over local governments and their ability to make decisions they feel are in the best interest of the people of Ontario.

“I can affirm my steadfast commitment to the people of Niagara and my readiness to continue serving as Regional Chair,” Bradley continued. “It goes without saying that there is a significant housing crisis across Ontario. I applaud the province for considering all options at their disposal to address this crisis, including exploration of expansion of so-called “strong mayor” powers.”

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Media Release


New Class “A” industrial park coming to Downs Drive – the sixth City-owned industrial park


November 15, 2022

Welland, ON –  Ground has broken on a brand new, 36,000 square feet, multi-tenant, Class “A” flex industrial building at 150 Downs Drive in Welland, the city’s most recent and sixth city-owned industrial park.

City staff and the development team were on site in early November to celebrate the occasion.

The building is optimally located seconds from the Woodlawn Road exit off Highway 406. Units range from 1,500 SF up to 24,000 SF and are competitively priced. All units offer 24-foot-high clear ceiling spans, 12’ x 14’ grade-level ship door(s), and natural and LED light.

“This area of the city continues to see significant growth and expansion,” said Lina DeChellis, manager of economic development. “The potential uses of this facility will attract businesses and operations that benefit the City of Welland and its residents.”

The building is designed with flex industrial clients in mind, offering options such as drive-in/drive-out capacity, truck dock doors, and various unit sizes and layouts. In addition, the new and exciting development is situated close to commercial amenities such as Canadian Tire, Walmart, and Rona.

Zoned as a Gateway Economic Centre, the building has many permitted uses. The facility holds 95 parking spaces and offers pylon and façade signage treatment providing excellent tenant exposure.

“We are excited to bring this new development to Welland,” said Greg Chew, Colliers. “From the start, our goal was to design a building with a complete focus on tenant needs in the market. Every aspect of the design was tenant driven, from ceiling height to natural light, flexibility for unit sizes, configurations and multiple overhead door options. Steel is going up in December, and we will be turning units over to tenants in early spring 2023.”  


From left to right: ­­­­­­­­­­­­ Jeff Belchior, Belchior Excavating; Brad Brouwer, Brouwer Construction; John A. Kompson IV, Jones, Lang, Lasalle (Co-Leasing Broker); David R. Kompson, Pyramid Cushman Wakefield, Broker/Developer; David T. Kompson, Developer; Frank Campion, Mayor of Welland; Lina DeChellis, Manager, Economic Development; Gregory Chew, Developer, Colliers Niagara, (Co-Leasing Broker)

For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337



Ontario Living Wage Network releases wage rate updates

The Ontario Living Wage Network has released new living wage calculations against a backdrop of record–breaking inflation and Consumer Price Index increases. Workers at the bottom end of the wage scale are most vulnerable to these kinds of fluctuations. A living wage is an effective tool to combat working poverty by making sure that employees can make ends meet where they live. By incorporating expenses that a worker must cover, such as shelter, food, transportation and more, the Living Wage Network aims to produce living wages that are much closer to reality than a politically set minimum wage.

The 2022 living wage rates range from $23.15 for the Greater Toronto Area to $18.05 in London. Many areas will see an increase in living wage rates over last year’s calculations. Sault Ste. Marie’s rate will increase by 21.6% to $19.70 per hour, which is the largest increase. Thirteen areas, as defined by the previous boundaries, will see an increase of over 10%.

Niagara warranted a 4.8% increase, bringing the local living wage up to $19.80 per hour.

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Inflation now at 6.9% year-over-year

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 6.9% year over year in October, matching the increase in September. Faster price growth for gas and mortgage interest costs were moderated by slowing price growth for food.

Excluding food and energy, prices rose 5.3% year over year in October, following a gain of 5.4% in September.

In October, higher prices at the gas pump put upward pressure on the all-items CPI. Additionally, Canadians renewed or initiated mortgages at higher interest rates, which led to acceleration in the Mortgage Interest Cost Index. Offsetting the upward pressure was slower price growth on a year-over-year basis for natural gas and groceries, particularly prices for fruit, vegetables, and meat.

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Upcoming Events

2022 Women in Business Awards (WIBA), November 18, 11:00am SOLD OUT! Join the Wait List

The Women in Business Awards recognize the leadership and success of women in our business community. Join us to celebrate the stories of women in business in Niagara. Powered by BCM Insurance and RBC Royal Bank.

NEXTNiagara Social & Professional Development, November 22, 5:00pm | FREE

NEXTNiagara invites you to put your networking skills to the test! Join us as we learn how to effectively and confidently network, while connecting with likeminded individuals from across Niagara. With a presentation by Troy Treleaven, Owner, Dale Carnegie Ontario

Lunch and Learn: Drive More Sales with Great Customer Service, November 29, 12:00pm | FREE

Explore five ways you can provide a better customer experience that will drive more sales. You will learn how to provide a better digital communication experience and how to collect feedback directly from your customers.

REALTalk: The Secret to Hiring Great Employees, December 1, 1:00pm | FREE

Join us for the next REALTalk session as our panelists share tips on finding and connecting with great employees to boost your workforce.

Business After 5 Holiday Social, December 6, 5:00pm | FREE

Join us at Wellspring Niagara as we kick off the holidays with the Business After 5 Holiday Social! The 2022 BA5 Series is presented by Meridian.

For additional events, visit our Community Calendar.
Best regards,

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