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Ontario launches four new energy-efficiency programs

Ontario will be making available four new and expanded energy-efficiency programs, also known as Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) programs. As there will be a need for additional electricity capacity in Ontario beginning in 2025, and continuing through the decade, CDM programs are fast and cost-effective ways of meeting electricity system needs.

The four new and expanded CDM programs will include:

  • A new Residential Demand Response Program for homes with existing central air conditioning and smart thermostats to help deliver peak demand reductions.
  • Targeted support for greenhouses in Southwest Ontario, including incentives to install LED lighting, non-lighting measures or behind-the-meter distributed energy resources (DER), such as combined solar generation and battery storage.
  • Enhancements to the Save On Energy Retrofit Program for business, municipalities, institutional and industrial consumers to include custom energy-efficiency projects.
  • Enhancements to the Local Initiatives Program to reduce barriers to participation and to add flexibility for incentives for DER solutions.

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Please be advised that construction will be performed at City Hall from October 4 to December 31 for roof work.
There will be minor disruptions in the parking lot directly behind City Hall.

Meridian now accepting small business nominations for a chance to win more than $65,000 in prizes

Meridian is giving community-minded Ontario small businesses a chance to win more than $65,000 in prizes. Back for its second year, the Small Business Big Impact Awards, is designed to celebrate and recognize the positive impact of Ontario’s small businesses in their communities.

“Meridian’s Small Business Big Impact Awards gives us a chance to highlight the amazing spirit of Ontario entrepreneurs,” says Jason Teal, Vice President, Business Banking, Meridian. “We’re proud to serve our 25,000 business banking Members and want to recognize and reward small businesses who are effecting positive environmental and social changes and bringing us closer to a positive future.”

Contestants will be evaluated by an independent selection committee, based on quality of content, impact, business model, values and community support.

Nominations can be submitted by any Ontario resident and are being accepted until October 31st. Winners are eligible to win over more than $65,000 in prizes, including cash prizes for the top three of $25,000, $15,000, and $5,000. To learn more and to nominate a deserving local business online, please visit Meridian.

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Explore, Experience, and Enjoy, Welland like never before!
The new YourWelland app is now available on the IOS or Google Play app store: http://ow.ly/bSso50KUYbe

Vote in the upcoming municipal election


On Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, Niagara residents will vote to elect the positions of mayor, councillors and regional councillors. For voter information in your community, including a list of candidates, please click here.

We are pleased to invite you to our All Candidates Meet and Greet. It will be held at the Welland Legion on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 PM on the Main Floor (wheelchair access by elevator). We would be honoured to have you join us.

Candidates are invited to use this event as a campaign opportunity. This is a chance to use this event as an opportunity to distribute campaign literature and to communicate with members of the public. Voters are invited to use this event as an opportunity to meet the candidates, talk to them, and be informed when making their choice at voting time.

The purpose of the pop-up meet and greet is to promote community engagement, create discussion, and encourage voting in the upcoming municipal election. We do not support or oppose any candidates, but we do want to give everyone a chance to meet and talk about the concerns in our community in a relaxed atmosphere.

James Takeo
Tattoos & Visual Art
17 East Main Street, Unit 8B
Welland, ON
L3B 3W4

Media Release


Fire Department wants you to have a plan for Fire Prevention Week


October 5, 2022

Welland, ON – The City of Welland Fire and Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW) campaign, ‘Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.’, from October 9 to 15. This is the 100-year anniversary of Fire Prevention Week.

According to NFPA data, home — the place people feel safest from fire — is where they are at most significant risk. If a home fire occurs, it’s more likely to be serious; people are more likely to die in a home fire today than in 1980.

“It may sound simple, but having a fire escape plan, even drawn out on a piece of paper, could mean the difference between getting out safely or significant injury,” said Adam Eckhart, WFES fire chief. “There is no greater tool than being prepared in the case of an emergency, and we urge everyone to develop and practice their home fire escape plan.”

The fire and emergency services department reminds residents to:

  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan.
  • Sit down with everyone in your home and discuss how each person will get out in a fire. Practice your escape plan with everyone in the home.
  • Know two ways out of each room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Help those who need it. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults, people with disabilities, or anyone else needing assistance.
  • Have a meeting place outside, a safe distance from your home. In case of a fire, everyone should go directly to this meeting place to be accounted for.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave.
  • Get out, stay out. When the smoke alarms sound, get out immediately and call 911 from outside using a cell phone or from a neighbour’s home. Never re-enter a burning building.

City of Welland firefighters will have a booth set up at Rona off Woodlawn Avenue on Oct. 9 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon, where people can learn more about FPW. Additionally, firefighters will be visiting homes throughout the city to alert residents about fire safety, observing fire drills at Welland schools, and launching a week-long social media campaign. 


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337


October is Canadian Library Month, a month to honour the invaluable role that libraries play in communities across the country.

This October, in celebration of Canadian Library Month – and Ontario Public Library Week (October 16-22) – we’re adding VR headsets to our collection!
On October 12 at 6pm, join us for the official launch party for our new Oculus VR headsets! A VR demonstration will take place at 6:30pm. Guests can try out our VR headsets (roller coaster with Santa, anyone?) and enjoy light refreshments. Patrons can also begin booking one-hour private room time slots to try a headset and one of several games.
Donations of nut-free pre-packaged snacks (i.e. granola bars, juice boxes, etc.) to Food for Friends – an initiative that provides a snack to anyone who needs it – would be greatly appreciated.
We hope you can join us!

Mayor Frank Campion’s statement on the passing of former Councillor Joe Spadafora


The City of Welland is saddened to hear of the passing of former city councillor Joe Spadafora. He was 75 years old.

Joe was very community minded and spent more than two decades (1985 to 2006) serving the residents of Ward 2, where he formed many lasting friendships. He was also involved for many years with the Rose Festival.

“Joe and I served together on Council representing Ward 2 for several terms,” said Mayor Frank Campion. “He was a dedicated, intelligent, and friendly representative of the people. On behalf of myself and Welland City Council, I extend our most sincere condolences to Joe’s wife Gloria and his daughter Melody and her family.”

In his last meeting as a councillor, Joe was quoted as saying, “but what I’ve come to recognize and really appreciate more is the fact that the people living in Welland are really fighters; they’re really resilient”.

Flags at City Hall were lowered in his honour.

Frank Campion


City of Welland




Best regards,

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