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Ontario government updates eligibility for Ontario Seniors Dental Care and Co-Payments

The Ontario government is updating the income eligibility thresholds for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program and the Seniors Co-Payment Program. Starting August 1st, 2021, eligibility thresholds for both programs will be updated to reflect cost of living increases in Ontario and align with income support programs for seniors. Income thresholds will be updated for single Ontarians aged 65 and over, from $19,300 to $22,200, and for couples with a combined annual income, from $32,300 to $37,100. This will allow approximately 7,000 more seniors to access the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program and 17,000 more seniors to access the Seniors Co-Payment Program in 2021-2022.


Ontario Chamber of Commerce pleased to see federal and provincial governments partnering on transit

Today, Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released a statement in response to the federal government’s major investment to support the province’s transit plan, remarking that “as Ontario’s indispensable partner of business, we’re pleased to see the provincial and federal governments work together to expand important transit projects in Ontario. Together, these projects will help spur job growth, which will be critical to supporting economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. These projects will also help reduce traffic congestion, improve productivity, and pollution.”


Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival postponed until 2022

With the health and safety of residents, staff, and the community a top priority in Port Colborne, the annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival has been postponed for another year due to COVID-19.

At yesterday’s Council meeting, the Canal Days Advisory Committee presented a report with recommendations for postponing the much-loved annual event which was scheduled to take place July 30 to Aug. 2, 2021. This decision, although difficult to make, was based on current provincial legislation and public health guidelines.

“We want the community to know this wasn’t an easy decision,” said Scott Luey, CAO.

COVID-19 rapid testing for businesses

The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government and the Ontario Chamber of Commercehas launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative for small and medium-sized businesses across the province.

The COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative will provide free rapid antigen tests for employees of small and medium-sized businesses through participating local chambers of commerce and other organizations. Businesses (including non-chamber members) with 150 employees or less are welcome to participate in this program. The goal of the program is to identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the workplace that might otherwise be missed, helping to curb the spread in the workplace, at home and around the community.

The GNCC is pleased to be a partner in this initiative and more information on the distribution of these kits will be available on our site and in our Daily Updates early next week. Questions can be directed to encvqgrfgvat@tapp.pn.

  City of Welland
For Immediate Release
MAY 10, 2021
Welland, ON – The City of Welland would like to remind the public that access to its waterways is permitted during the Province’s Stay-At-Home Order.
The River Road boat launch remains opens for access to the Welland River for fishing and recreational use. Activity on the Welland Recreational Waterway is limited to individual recreational non-motorized use. Public access docks are available at the Welland Recreational Flatwater Centre and Rotary Club of Welland Park at Lincoln Street.
Provincial guidelines must be followed before, during, and after accessing all waterway points. A minimum physical distance of at least two metres must be kept between individuals, except members of the same household, a member of one other household who lives alone, or a caregiver for any member of either household.
You are reminded to plan for on-water activities, exercise cold water safety protocols and to protect yourself from sudden exposure to cold water. 
For further information on Ontario’s COVID-19 public health measures and advice, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions.
For further information on cold water safety, visit http://www.lifesavingsociety.com/water-safety/cold-water-and-ice.aspx.

Niagara Region offers new business directory

A new online business directory, available at www.niagaracanada.comallows Niagara businesses to quickly and easily identify local partner companies that can help them streamline their supply chain, lower costs, and speed up production.

Businesses can search for connections by sector, municipality, business size and other variables that allow them to do a targeted search among the hundreds of businesses listed on the site. The site also allows customers to find and connect with businesses in their area, encouraging them to shop local and support Niagara’s business community.

Governmental Financial Support and Resources
City of Welland
For Immediate Release
MAY 11, 2021
Welland, ON – During the summer of 2019, the Welland Fire and Emergency Services (WFES) attended the property at 35 Ontario Road, City of Welland, to conduct fire safety inspections. The property is a two (2)-storey building with commercial occupancies on the main floor and four (4) residential apartments on the second floor.

During both inspections, the Fire Prevention Division of WFES observed numerous Ontario Fire Code violations. During these inspections, numerous smoke and carbon monoxide alarms were either missing or not in an operational condition.

Due to the conditions found at the building during these inspections and the risk(s) posed to residents, a prosecution was initiated against the property owner and the corporate director. On May 6, 2021, the property owner was convicted in Provincial Offences Court on several counts of contravening the Ontario Fire Code and was fined in total $8,000 plus victim fine surcharge (25% of fine) and court costs pursuant to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA), 1997.

WFES would like to remind landlords that they must provide and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their rental properties in accordance with the Ontario Fire Code to ensure the safety of their tenants.

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