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Attention Downtown Members and Stakeholders 
Two opportunities to have your say!
. Call for Artists
On The Water Youth Art Fest
Are you a young and talented artist eager to showcase your creativity to the world? We’re thrilled to announce the On The Water Youth Art Fest and we want YOU to be a part of it!
Show us your artistic flair in various mediums including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital art, and more! 📸
Festival Dates: Oct 14, 2023
Venue: The Bank Art House (22 King St. Welland)
This is an incredible opportunity for artists under 18 to exhibit your artwork, connect with fellow artists, and gain exposure in the art community. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting your journey, we welcome all passionate individuals to participate.
Along with our youth art exhibition, On The Water will also include various workshops,demos and performances throughout the day. Whether you are interested in improv, graffiti, circus, film making, etc., there will be something for everyone! Full details will be announced closer to the event!
If you would like to register as an artist, please fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/yKcQndYeP2qxEEqR9
For more information, please email jryynaqperngvirfargjbex@tznvy.pbz.
Spread the word and tag your artist friends who shouldn’t miss this fantastic opportunity! 🗣️
Let’s celebrate creativity and empower young artists to shine! Don’t miss out – be part of On The Water Youth Art Fest! #OnTheWater #YouthArtFest #CallingAllArtists #CelebrateCreativity
Please contact us at jryynaqperngvirfargjbex@tznvy.pbz if you would be interested in sponsoring On The Water Youth Arts Fest!
October is Small Business Month! We are excited to celebrate small businesses and share a variety of resources, events, exclusive offers and more.   
News & Updates

Mastercard x Pier Five Small Business Fund is Accepting Applications

This week, our partners at Mastercard announced the expansion of the Mastercard x Pier Five Small Business Fund. Now in its second year, the Mastercard x Pier Five Small Business Fund will provide ten women-owned businesses with $10,000 CAD in funding each to help grow and scale their business. In addition, Mastercard will bring the Fund recipients together for a Priceless Experience in Toronto to connect them with Mastercard executives, partners and a community of peers. Until November 5, 2023, Canadian women small business owners can apply for the Mastercard x Pier Five Small Business Fund. 

Apply Now

LIVE NOW! Free Shipping Tuesdays – Canada Post

Canada Post is celebrating small businesses throughout October with Free Shipping Tuesday! This small business month, small businesses can ship for free on Tuesdays, enjoy free pickups and earn chances to win a year of free shipping with Canada Post! Become a Canada Post Solutions for Small Business member today to take part in the festivities.

Learn More

Ontario’s minimum wage will increase starting Oct. 1. Here’s what you need to know

Starting this weekend, the province’s lowest-paid workers will get a pay bump. On Oct. 1, Ontario’s general minimum wage will rise from $15.50 to $16.55 per hour.

The 6.8 per cent hike is tied to the rate of inflation for 2023, in line with legislation introduced by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government in 2014.

Liquor servers, who until 2021 were subject to a lower minimum wage, are now entitled to the general minimum wage. Students, who are still subject to a lower minimum wage, will begin earning $15.60 on Oct. 1, up from the current $14.60. This pay rate applies to people under 18 who work 28 hours per week or less when school is in session or work during a school break or summer vacation.

Click here to read more.



Here are the latest newsletter articles currently available on our WSPS.CA Resource Hub:​

New temporary help agency licensing requirements are coming: How will this impact your business?

Temporary help agencies and recruiters will soon need licenses to operate in Ontario. Find out what that means for employers who use their services.

Does your workplace have hidden lifting and handling hazards? Download this free checklist

High numbers of material handling injuries continue to plague workplaces in Ontario. Take action to identify and manage related hazards with a new free tool.

Workplace stress is at an all-time high: 9 ways you can help

A new survey shows employee stress is still rising. Find out why, how it affects your business, and what to do about it.

9 workplace tips for a safe and healthy fall season

Seasonal changes are just around the corner. Is your workplace ready? Find out how you can protect your employees as the cooler weather approaches.

Prevent workplace crush injuries with these 7 expert tips

Crush injuries can be catastrophic to a worker and the workplace. Find out what causes them, where they are most likely to occur, and what to do to reduce risks.

Reduce injuries and keep workers safe with these food handling safety tips

Learn ways to reduce workplace injuries in the meat and poultry industry with these safe food handling tips.


Small Biz Safety – Your autumn safety checklist: preparing your workplace for seasonal changes

As the cooler weather approaches, we have your autumn safety checklist for work and home. Plus, learn about new licensing requirements for temporary help agencies in Ontario.

COMING SOON! Farm Safety Roundup is LIVE on SiriusXM- Rural Radio 147

WSPS Ag specialists are back to share their expertise with the wider farm community, as WSPS teams up with RealAgriculture for Farm Safety Roundup, a series of on-air interviews that will be repackaged for podcast platforms. The first episode features Fred Young on managing the pressures of harvest season and rural road safety. The link will soon be available on WSPS.CA and major podcast platforms – stay tuned!



The following fixtures will remain dark on Bridge 13 until the replacements are installed: 

– Wheel house – upper lighting fixtures on the east side

– West tower – all lighting

– East tower – south pully fixture






Media Release

Fire Code enforcement fines in September surpass $60,000


October 3, 2023

Welland, ON – The fire prevention division of Welland Fire and Emergency Services (WFES) continues to inspect and enforce the Ontario Fire Code at properties across the City of Welland. In some instances, fire safety issues and inaction from property owners resulted in several prosecutions in Provincial Offences Court. 

In July 2022, Fire Prevention Officers (FPOs) attended the property 204 Bethune Avenue to follow up on a fire safety concern. During their fire safety inspection, numerous smoke alarms were found inoperable in the occupied rental property. On September 28, 2023, the property owners were convicted in Provincial Offences Court for failing to maintain smoke alarms in an operating condition and fined $3,125, including court costs, pursuant to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA).

In September 2022, FPOs attended the property 38-40 First Street to follow up on previously identified fire safety issues. During this re-inspection of the six (6) unit residential building, a previously issued inspection order to rectify fire safety issues was not complied with, in addition to numerous Fire Code violations. Fire Code violations included:

  • Inadequate fire separations.
  • Failing to install and maintain smoke alarms.
  • Failing to implement a fire safety plan.

On September 28, 2023, the property owner was convicted in Provincial Offences Court for failing to comply with an inspection order and the Fire Code violations and fined $31,250, including court costs pursuant to the FPPA.

On November 29, 2022, WFES responded to 114 Second Street for reports of a large bonfire on the property. The property is a large assembly building often used as a place of worship. Upon the arrival of fire crews, the property owner refused entry to fire department personnel and refused to extinguish the fire. Unapproved open-air bonfires are a nuisance and, if left unattended, can spread to buildings and structures, endangering occupants.

Due to the circumstances that day, a prosecution was initiated against the property owner. On September 14, 2023, the property owner was convicted in Provincial Offences Court for hindering and obstructing an assistant to the fire marshal and contravening the Ontario Fire Code by conducting an unapproved open-air fire, and fined $18,750, including court costs pursuant to the FPPA.

In January 2023, FPOs attended the property at 41 Exeter Avenue to respond to a fire safety complaint. During the fire safety inspection of this rental property, it was discovered that smoke alarms were not installed or maintained in an operable condition. On September 14, 2023, the property owner was convicted for failing to install and maintain smoke alarms in an operating condition and was fined $8,750, including court costs, pursuant to the FPPA.

WFES will continue to inspect and enforce the Ontario Fire Code across the city. WFES provides fire and life safety education in the community, hoping that property owners will maintain their buildings in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code. These prosecutions and subsequent fines are serious, but they reflect the serious risks fire safety issues pose in buildings and property. WFES implores all residents to prioritize fire safety where they live and work.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Adam Eckhart

Fire Chief/CEMC

905-735-1700 x2400


Niagara Region appoints new senior staff

Niagara Region has appointed Dan Carnegie as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. Dan Carnegie has spent more than thirty years in the public sector holding positions with Toronto Hydro, the Town of Oakville, the City of Oshawa and most recently, prior to his work with Niagara Region, with the City of St. Catharines as their Chief Administrative Officer from 2014 to 2017. For the past four months Carnegie has been serving as the temporary Commissioner of Public Works for Niagara Region.

Terry Ricketts has been announced as the new Commissioner of Public Works. Ricketts’ appointment follows an extensive, Canada-wide, recruitment process that was undertaken by an independent recruitment agency. Ricketts joins Niagara Region from Peel Region where she has been the Director of Transportation since 2020.

The annual WZW is happening on Saturday, October 7th at 6 pm. This family-friendly event is open to all ages, and, we will be encouraging donations of non-perishable food items for The Hope Centre and pet food items for Pets Alive Niagara . Remember, everyone, this isn’t just a fun and creepy event, but all for a good cause: helping out our neighbours!
Everyone participating is asked to dress in their best zombie costume and meet in Downtown Welland. This is a family-friendly event and people of all ages are encouraged to participate or just come out to watch!
Meet at the Welland Farmers Market at 6pm.
The WZW starts after 7, making our way through downtown, and returning to the starting point. We will then be selecting some of the best zombie costumes, and awarding prizes for the best ones, with help from the audience. Prizes generously donated by many local businesses and individuals, in a number of categories.
Our route this year will take us from the Welland Farmers Market to Division Street, crossing at and going up Cross Street, turning onto East Main Street, across Bridge 13, looping back around on to Division Street bridge, following Division Street and retuning to the Welland Farmers Market.
We ask all zombies attending to please follow these guidelines for your safety and everyone’s enjoyment:
*Remain on sidewalks during the walk.
*Please obey all traffic signals and cross at crosswalks.
*No fake weapons.
*No touching spectators or property or vehicles.
And, most of all, have fun!
Let’s make this WZW a fun one for everyone like we all do together every year! Let’s show Welland we care, so please share, and be there! 

Ontario government introduces Affordable Homes and Good Jobs Act

Today, the Ontario government introduced the Affordable Homes and Good Jobs Act, which the government hopes will make it cheaper and easier to build affordable homes, provide certainty to municipalities and help more Ontarians find an affordable home based on their household income.

The proposed change would update the definition of affordable housing units that would qualify for development-related charge discounts and exemptions. This approach reflects the ability of local households to pay for housing and recognizes the diversity of housing markets across the province.

Click here to read more.

Save The Date 

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