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Niagara Falls Coronavirus COVID-19 Update


Niagara Mayors and Regional Chair join together to
form Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team

Mar. 18, 2020 - Niagara’s Mayors and Regional Chair have announced a joint effort to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19 with a region-wide Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team.

As we go through this unprecedented and quickly-changing situation, it is critical to work together to support local businesses and employers both now and into the future. Building on a strong foundation of collaboration, the Rapid Response Team will go beyond municipal borders to be as responsive and flexible as possible to the needs of Niagara’s business community.

The Rapid Response Team will be comprised of professional economic development staff across Niagara’s municipalities who will work together to respond to the changing needs of local business and employers.The team response will allow municipal resources to go beyond municipal boundaries and that all local businesses receive timely, responsive support.

The Rapid Response Team is already working together to survey business needs,
advocate on behalf of Niagara’s business community and help keep business going. The Team is compiling information about federal and provincial support programs that have been announced for businesses and employers. The Team will also consider adjusting local business programs in response to changing needs.

Business owners can contact their local economic development office directly at or where emails will be triaged and connected quickly with a member of the Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team.  

Dave Bylsma        Mayor of West Lincoln
Jeff Jordan           Mayor of Grimsby
Frank Campion    Mayor of Welland
Marvin Junkin       Mayor of Pelham
Jim Diodati           Mayor of Niagara Falls
Wayne Redekop  Mayor of Fort Erie
Betty Disero           Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake
Walter Sendzik     Mayor of St. Catharines
Sandra Easton     Mayor of Lincoln
Bill Steele             Mayor of Port Colborne
Kevin Gibson       Mayor of Wainfleet
Terry Ugulini        Mayor of Thorold
Jim Bradley          Regional Chair

Service Changes for Building and Municipal Enforcement Services to reduce the spread the COVID-19:


Building Permit Applications
We will continue to accept all permit applications at this time.  All new permit application for signs, pools, decks, sheds, and any other accessory building shall be submitted by email to:
All other building permit applications will be accepted by appointment only at this time.  Appointment requests for permit applications shall be made by email to:  Please see for all required forms. 
All inquiries will be by phone at extension 4251 or by email at:  If you any questions relating to existing permit applications please contact the Plan Examiner directly. Currently without the ability to process in-person payments, all fees prior to the issuance of the permit shall be submitted by cheque through mail to the Building Division at City of Niagara Falls, City Hall with the Building Permit number on the envelope.
Please expect delays in answering inquiries, issuance of status letters, response to status letters, and the issuance of permits as staff has reduced. The Building Division is committed with its best efforts to assist the construction industry during this time.
Building Inspections Services
We will continue to schedule building inspections by appointment only.  Request can be made by phone at 905-356-7521 ext. 4285 or by email at Please note: Any inspections that require the entering of an occupied building will not be scheduled until further notice, however, Building Services will log the request until such time when there is no risk to conduct the inspection. All other inspections will be conducted if a 2 meters social distance from construction personnel is maintained within the area to be inspected. 

Municipal Enforcement Services
We will continue to investigate by-law and property standards complaints.  Request can be made by phone at 905-356-7521 ext. 4253 or 4341 or by email at  Any investigations that will require the entering of an occupied building will not proceed, and instead will require the owner or tenant to provide photographs of the concern, with other necessary documentation that can be emailed to:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

Daily Updates for Canadians and Businesses can be Found Here

Niagara Region Economic Development Provides Federal Business Updates is a Business Support Page with the latest information regarding the economic programs that have been announced by the Federal Government. They will continue to update the page as more information becomes available.
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City of Niagara Falls
Business Development Department
4310 Queen Street
P.O. Box 1023
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2E 6X5

Serge Felicetti - 905.356.7521 Ext. 5102
Wendy Canavan - 905.356.7521 Ext. 5002
Angela Davidson - 905.356.7521 Ext. 5001

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