News, updates, and so much more…


Ontario, Canada invest in arts sector

The Ontario government is supporting the arts sector with a one-time investment of $25 million to help artists and arts organizations survive the COVID-19 pandemic, remain solvent and prepare for a time when they can fully re-open their facilities, resume full programming and welcome back their visitors and audiences. The arts sector has been affected badly by the COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant loss of live events and audiences.

$24 million has been allocated to 140 organizations across the province, including the Niagara Symphony Association and the Shaw Festival.

Additionally, $1 million will provide much-needed support directly to artists and creators from across the province. More information on this, including eligibility requirements and application deadlines, will be available soon on the Ontario Arts Council website.

The Government of Canada also announced that it will allocate $181.5 million in funding for the live arts and music sectors in 2021–2022. This funding will support the planning and presentation of COVID-19-safe events in the arts and music sectors—including both live and digital—and provide work opportunities in these sectors. Funding will also help stabilize the overall environment for the arts and music sectors by providing a one-year renewal of funding for three Canadian Heritage programs originally provided in Budget 2019.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is receiving $40 million in new funding to stimulate short-term contracting of workers in the live events sector through three Canadian Heritage programs: Building Communities through Arts and Heritage, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Canada Music Fund. Information on how to access the new fund will be available next week on the Canadian Heritage website.

Ontario Small Business Support Grant now offers online status checks

To help keep businesses informed with the most up to date information, the Government of Ontario now offers a new way to check the status of an application online at https://www.app.grants.gov.on.ca/msrf/#/home#BSGStatusWindow.

Applicants will need to scroll down to the section marked “Check Ontario Small Business Support Grant application status.” To check  application status, authorization number and CRA business number are required.

Starting at $10,000 for all eligible businesses, the grant provides them with funding to a maximum of $20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the Provincewide Shutdown. In order to qualify, business must demonstrate that they experienced a revenue decline of at least 20 per cent when comparing monthly revenue in April 2019 and April 2020.

This time period was selected because it reflects the impact of the public health measures in spring 2020, and as such provides a representation of the possible impact of these latest measures on small businesses. New businesses established since April 2019 are also eligible provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.

Over 67,000 applications have been approved to date, with more than $950 million in payments going to businesses in communities across the province.


  1. 6 ways to meet COVID-19 variants head on
    • With more infectious variants, should we wear two masks instead of one? Indoors and out? Masks are workplace essentials, but a starting point, not an end point.
  2. Evaluate your COVID-19 controls before an outbreak
    • You’ve assessed hazards, put a safety plan in place, and trained workers. But have you evaluated the effectiveness of these controls?
  3. Keeping virtual H&S training real for new hires
    • To continue delivering onboarding and other training during the pandemic, go virtual. That’s what winemaker Andrew Peller Ltd. has done.
  4. COVID-19 and WHMIS: 7 disinfectant do’s and don’ts
    • Disinfectants are critical for controlling the COVID-19 virus, but they may pose serious hazards. Protect workers handling or using disinfectants with these seven suggestions
City of Welland
For Immediate Release
MARCH 2, 2021
Welland, ON – With the Niagara Region moving into Red-Control Level the City of Welland will be moving forward with in home services starting March 8th. All in home services are subject to Covid-19 screening and safety protocols including physical distancing and sanitizing requirements.

Roads / Water / Sewer – In Home Services:
1.      Water meter inspections for sale/purchase of homes.
2.      Water meter repair, inspection and reading services.
3.      Sewer rodding services.
4.      CCTV inspection of sewer laterals.

For those that require any of the services listed, we ask that you contact Public Works at 905-735-1700 ext. 3000.

In addition to Public Works in home services, the City of Welland’s Clerks Division will continue to provide marriage licenses and commissioning services by appointment only.

Niagara residents who wish to obtain a Marriage Licence are required to book an appointment with the Clerks Department by calling 905-735-1700 Ext. 0, or emailing zneevntr@jryynaq.pn.

Appointments for marriage licenses and commissioning services will be scheduled Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Welland Civic Square will remain closed to the public except for pre-arranged appointments.

Contact Information:
·      In home services for Roads/Water/Sewer – 905-735-1700 ext. 3000.
·      Marriage Licences and Commissioning Services – 905-735-1700 Ext. 0, or emailing zneevntr@jryynaq.pn
·      Parking Tickets – payments can be made
o  online at https://ipn.paymentus.com/rotp/cwld
o  Cheques can be mailed to our office at 60 East Main St., Welland, ON L3B 3X4, or placed in the Civic Square drop box located at the first set of doors of the Civic Square (closest to Cross Street).
Don’t miss our luncheon option for our upcoming International Women’s Day webinar. We can’t wait to bring you this exclusive event on March 8th, 2021. 

We’ll be hearing from Dr. Lorraine Jensen from Niagara Health, Stephanie Dafoe from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, and Leanne Briggs from Greater Fort Erie Secondary School on their challenges through 2020 and their hopes for 2021. 
Buy Now
City of Welland
For Immediate Release
MARCH 2, 2021
Welland, ON – The City of Welland has contracted WSP Canada Inc. to help the City prepare a Community Trails Strategy: 20 Year Cycling, Walking and City Recreational Trail Master Plan. The purpose of the Community Trails Strategy (CTS) is to:

·      Enhance connectivity between trail networks, sidewalks and on-road cycling routes to create an integrated, connected system of trails and active transportation infrastructure.
·      Refine existing plans, particularly the City’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan, to develop an implementation strategy, project phasing and cost estimates for the proposed network.
·      Connect residents and visitors alike to Welland’s Trails and natural heritage to provide more opportunities for recreation, transportation and access to amenities.
·      Enhance Welland’s position as the Trails Centre of Niagara Region, bringing new tourism and economic development opportunities to the City.

As part of the development of this project, our team aims to understand the key objectives and concerns about the CTS from all members of the community.

To date WSP has undertaken pre-engagement with City Council and Staff, Regional stakeholders such as Public Health, City Advisory Committees and community stakeholders including Niagara College, Service clubs and Business Improvement Areas. A project webpage and online survey has been created to ensure all voices are heard.

We ask all to visit YourChannel https://yourchannel.welland.ca/ to HAVE YOUR SAY by providing feedback, completing the survey and sharing your experiences with the trail systems. 
Governmental Financial Support and Resources:

Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
L3B 3X4
Copyright © 2018, Welland Downtown Business Improvement Area, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
195 East Main Street Unit 4C
Welland, Ontario

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

This email was sent to *|EMAIL|*
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences