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Bridge 13 Closure/Delays Starting November 29th
Please see the full article here

Regional Road 27 (East/West Main Street) will see detours when work begins Nov. 29.

Single-lane closures should be expected including the closure of the sidewalk, one side of the structure at a time.

Pedestrians will be detoured to the open side of the structure at the signals on either end of the structure, the Region said. 

Traffic impacts, and minor delays should be expected. Traffic-control devices will be in place to alternate traffic flow.” 

Visit participating businesses in Niagara’s South Coast to collect “Stamps from the South Coast”. When you fill your explore pass with six stamps, submit it for a chance to win one of several weekly prizes valued at $150! www.niagarasouthcoast.com/mystamps #stampsfromsouthcoast
Welland Bridge 13 December Illumination Schedule 

Media Release


City’s partnership with Grand Canal Retirement Residence offers building and program enhancements to benefit the entire community


November 24, 2021

Welland, ON – The City of Welland has partnered with the newly opened Grand Canal Retirement Residence, offering mutually beneficial agreements for the use of space and increased programming.

The partnership allows the Grand Canal to purchase up to 150 regular-rate Welland Community Wellness Complex (WCWC) memberships annually for its residents and provides the City with the opportunity to rent multi-use spaces in the Grand Canal building. These rental opportunities allow the City to offer more recreational programs that the whole community can participate in. 

“We are excited about this new partnership with Grand Canal Retirement Residence,” said Rob Axiak, Director of Community Services. “Not only do we have access to more spaces to provide recreation programs for the entire community, but we also get to welcome new members into our community centre, creating opportunities for socialization and friendships. This partnership is a win for all residents of Welland.”

In addition, several new features will be built at the site of the WCWC to enhance the spaces and provide greater access. The Grand Canal will fund the connection to be built between the two facilities and the enhancement to the east-facing side of the building, making it a more predominant and identifiable access point. Construction for these features begins in the new year.

Grand Canal will add four electric vehicle charging stations to the parking lot in a cost-sharing partnership with Welland Hydro. These stations are available to everyone.

By partnering with its neighbour, the WCWC’s daily activities will increase, and the growth and demand for new and existing programs will rise.

Grand Canal opened its doors earlier this month.

For more information on recreation programs at the WCWC, visit https://wellness.welland.ca/.  



For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337


Fire Sale at the old Fire Hall!

Saturday, November 27th

8 AM to 12 Noon

Glassware, silverware, pottery, furniture, collectibles, and more!

Drop in for a look!

Central Station Fire Hall

30 Hellems Avenue


COVID-19 vaccine bookings to open for all children aged five to eleven

As of 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, children aged five to 11 across Ontario will be eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through a variety of channels including the COVID-19 vaccination portal and contact centre, directly through public health units using their own booking system, participating pharmacies which individuals can find on Ontario’s website using the pharmacy locator, and select primary care providers.

To book an appointment online, children must be turning five years old by the end of 2021 (born in 2016).

Parents, caregivers and children with questions about the vaccine are encouraged to call the Provincial Vaccine Confidence Line that can be accessed by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900, or visit COVID-19 Vaccine Consult Service to book a confidential phone appointment with a SickKids clinician.

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to help protect ourselves, and our families and communities against COVID-19. Learn more here.

Ontario Eliminating Mailing Paper Renewal Notices Moving to a digital model for renewal notices builds on the numerous initiatives the government has taken to make services more convenient, accessible, and easier to use for Ontarians, including:
  • Enabling over 40 services online through ServiceOntario with 24/7 access, with products mailed directly to you and the option to print proof of renewal right at home.
  • Launching the new Ontario Business Registry to support businesses and not-for-profit corporations at every stage of their lifecycle with quick and easy access to over 90 transactions online, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Making the land registry completely paperless as an accessible web portal that provides worldwide remote access to search land registration records.
  • Enabling the online renewal of permanent Accessible Parking Permits and Ontario Photo Cards.
  • Providing more payment options for driver and vehicle products.
Ontarians with products that expired on or after March 1, 2020, and were not renewed because of the temporary extensions that were put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will receive a final letter in the mail letting them know that it’s time to renew. For a complete list of renewal deadlines, visit Ontario.ca/RenewalDeadlines.
  • Some Ontarians will continue to receive paper renewal letters in the mail for these products. For a full list of exceptions, visit Ontario.ca/Reminders.
  • Ontarians can continue to receive courtesy renewal reminders for driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, and health cards by email, text, or phone call by signing up at Ontario.ca/Reminders.
  • A renewal notice is not required to renew any product with ServiceOntario. Most driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, and health cards expire on your birthday.
Signing up for digital reminders is easy, free, and secure. Eligible Ontarians can sign up at Ontario.ca/Reminders.
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Media Release


Welland’s Hometown Christmas is this

year’s marquee holiday event


November 22, 2021

Welland, ON – If home is where the heart is, then residents of the City of Welland will light up for the City’s new, special outdoor event, A Hometown Christmas.

The marque event to this year’s slate of holiday-themed happenings takes place December 18, from 3-7:30 p.m. in Merritt Park (151 King Street) and the Farmers Market (70 Young Street). The event will include:

  • Market
  • Christmas Market extended into the evening
  • Live Entertainment
  • Crafts, hot chocolate and photobooths
  • Merritt Park + Amphitheater
  • Live entertainment
  • Ice carving demonstrations and snow taffy
  • Mailbox to send letters to Santa
  • Santa concludes the night with a reading of a Christmas classic

Also happening this year:

Mitten Tree – now until December 11.

Already underway, donations are available at four locations in the city, including Civic Square, Wellness Complex, Farmers’ Market, and the Niagara Centre YMCA. Acceptable items include mittens, scarves, socks, and onesies. Toiletries, towels, blankets, children’s toys, canned/boxed non-perishable food items. Donations will go to the Community Christmas Toys.

Tree Lighting/Movie Night – November 26

The City of Welland’s official Christmas Tree will be lit in support of Niagara Health Foundation’s Celebration of Lights. The evening includes viewing Shrek the Halls and The Grinch on the big screen. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring your own chair, social distancing protocols in effect.

Welland Winter Lights – Nominate by November 26; Self-guided tours Dec. 8 and 9

Do you have a beautifully decorated house in your neighbourhood? Nominations are accepted at erperngvba@jryynaq.pn or the Welland Community Wellness Complex (145 Lincoln St). https://www.welland.ca/Leisure/eventsinfo/wellandWinterLights.asp



For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337



Government of Canada unveils three new support programs for business, extends hiring program and worker benefits

Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, introduced Bill C-2 in Parliament to implement the recently announced measures. This bill would:

  • Extend the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022, for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10% and increase the subsidy rate to 50%. The extension would help businesses continue to hire back workers, increase hours, and create the additional jobs Canada needs for a robust recovery.
  • Deliver targeted support to businesses still facing significant pandemic-related challenges. Support would be available through three streams:
    • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, which would provide support through wage and rent subsidies to, for example, hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, and restaurants, with a subsidy rate of up to 75%. The types of business that would be eligible are detailed in the proposed legislation and in the backgrounder associated with today’s announcement.
    • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program, which would provide support through wage and rent subsidies to other businesses that have faced deep losses, with a subsidy rate of up to 50%.
    • Local Lockdown Program, which would provide businesses that face temporary new local lockdowns up to the maximum amount available through the wage and rent subsidy programs.

To ensure workers continue to have support and that no one is left behind, the proposed legislation would:

  • Extend the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit until May 7, 2022, and increase the maximum duration of benefits by 2 weeks. This would extend the caregiving benefit from 42 to 44 weeks and the sickness benefit from 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Establish the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit which would provide $300 a week in income support to eligible workers who are directly impacted by a COVID-19-related public health lockdown in their region up until May 7, 2022. Eligible workers would be able to apply to receive this support retroactively from October 24, 2021.

Click here for more information.


Ineligible recipients of CERB advance payment to receive Notice of Debt

Many Canadians who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) through Service Canada before June 14, 2020 received an advance payment of $2000 within a few days of applying. This was an advance of four weeks of the CERB.

To reconcile this advance payment, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) applied this advance against other payment periods in June, July and August of 2020. Recipients saw an interruption in payments in order to apply the money paid to weeks of eligibility. However, if recipients of the advance payment were not entitled to or did not collect CERB payments for at least 20 weeks, some or all of the advance payment remains as an outstanding balance owing.

In the coming weeks, Service Canada will be sending messages to Canadians who still have an outstanding balance of money owed from the advance payment, informing them that they have an overpayment and highlighting that they will be receiving additional details in the next few weeks outlining their appeal rights and the process for repayment.

Click here for more information.

Is your business receiving all the federal assistance it is entitled to?

The Government of Canada has introduced many COVID-19 supports to help businesses weather the storm. To get a tailored list of the ones that fit your business situation or to discover other federal, provincial and territorial programs and services designed to help Canadian businesses grow, try the interactive business benefits finder. You can also sign up for the notification feature to receive emails when there are changes to your favourite programs, when application deadlines are approaching, or when a new program that meets your needs is introduced.

The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.  Up to a maximum of $1,000,000 for any one borrower, of which no more than $350,000 can be used for purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property and purchasing or improving new or used equipment. Financial institutions deliver the program and are solely responsible for approving the loan. For more information download their PDF pamphlet or click here to find a lender near you.

Get tools and information on what to consider before starting a business. Get information to help you identify opportunities to grow your business. Learn how to fuel your R&D and innovation projects through government grants, contributions and loans, as well as private sector financing. Learn about programs and services available in your region to help your business succeed.  Find out more about the municipal, provincial, territorial and federal permits, licences and regulations that apply to your business.  Learn how to handle day-to-day operations, including budgeting, marketing and payroll deductions and more. Overview of federal government Services for Small Business

Upcoming Events

Lunch & Learn: Grow Your Business & Increase Efficiency, November 30, 12:00pm

Learn what tools are trending, how to track data to grow your business, and increase your views.

Jingle & Mingle: WIN Holiday Open House with WINspirational Women, November 30, 5:00pm

Holiday Open House + Ruth Unrau interviews Kim Rossi on leadership in philanthropy, and how to stay relevant and innovative.

Espresso Live Energy Solutions, December 2, 11:00am

Learn how partnerships with Enbridge can benefit your business — save energy and reduce costs. It’s good for business — and the environment.

Business After 5, December 7, 5:00pm

Join us online for our Business After 5 Holiday Social! Our featured member for December is Wellspring Niagara.

Espresso Live with Dr. Hirji, December 17, 11:00am

Update from Dr. Hirji, Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner, Public Health

COVID-19 Information & Resources

Niagara COVID-19 statistics tracker
Niagara COVID vaccination tracker

Free rapid COVID-19 testing kits are now available to businesses. Visit gncc.ca/workplace-self-screening-kits to learn more and reserve kits for your organization.

Information on government grants, resources, and programs, policies, forms, and posters for download and use, are available here

Best regards,

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