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City News & Events

September 2019
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - Fairview Cemetery
Parade of the Unknown Soldier and Blessing of Restored Cenotaph:
Service Saturday, September 14, 2019
Each year, an annual service, organized by Niagara Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 479 and Niagara Falls Cemetery Services, is held at Fairview Cemetery at the beginning of Royal Canadian Legion Week.  The service, known as the “Parade of the Unknown Soldier”, recognizes Niagara’s own Unknown Solider, as well as unknown soldiers around the world who’ve paid the ultimate price for our freedom.     

The service, open to the community, will be held this Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:30 am, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located centrally in Fairview Cemetery on Stanley Avenue.  Veterans, members of local Legions and Cadet Corps will march from the Morrison Street entrance and gather at the Tomb at 10:30 am for the commencement of the service. View more information.
Niagara Falls Night of Art poster, September 19, 6-10pm, Niagara Falls History Musuem, 5810 Ferry Street
One Night Only! Niagara Falls Night of Art
September 19, 2019 (6 - 10 pm)
Ready to immerse yourself in a FREE evening of local art, music, performance, and food?! Niagara Falls Night of Art has it all! Join as at the Niagara Falls History Museum (5810 Ferry Street) on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6 - 10 pm. There will be live music on the main stage and throughout the museum, art installations indoors and outdoors, and 15+ artisan vendors. There is something for everyone and the little ones too! View more information.
Apple Bash at the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market, September 21, 7am-1pm, Carousel players, performance, craft from 1030 am to 12 pm, and market bag giveaway, apples and more!
It's Apple Season at the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market: 
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Calling all foodies and families, it’s apple season and to celebrate, we’re having a BASH! Niagara Falls Farmers’ Market presents APPLE BASH, Saturday, September 21st, 7 am- 1 pm. The Market is located at 5943 Sylvia Place, Niagara Falls behind the Niagara Falls History Museum near the corner of Main and Ferry.

Carousel Players brings music and puppetry from 10:30 am - 12 pm, with interactive performances and crafts for families. Drop by, and enjoy the show, create your own puppet to take home, and be part of the fun! That’s not all! We have a Market bags with artwork by J-Oh Productions. Don’t hesitate, we have a limited supply to give away. Our Market Vendors will put an apple spin on their weekly offerings. Come try apple cider smoothies, apple chutney, apple stuffed pork chops and apple samosas. 
Follow the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market on Facebook.
TD Tree Days Volunteers Needed
Join us at TD Tree Days on Saturday, September 21 from 9 am to 12 pm, a tree planting event made possible through a $7,000 grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.  450 native trees and shrubs will be planted by volunteers at Fairview Cemetery.  Residents are able to volunteer for the event by registering online at

The YMCA of Niagara Falls will be conducting warm-up exercises in the morning followed by a tree planting demonstration.  A complimentary light lunch will be served to all participating volunteers.  This is a rain or shine event. 
Niagara Falls Transit - Seniors Ride Free- Senior couple riding on the bus
Seniors 65+ to ride Niagara Falls Transit for free
As of September 1, 2019, seniors, aged 65 years and older, are able to ride Niagara Falls Transit, including WEGO Red & Blue Lines and Chair-A-Van* services (for registered clients only) for free. The new 3 month pilot program, approved by Niagara Falls City Council, will run until November 30, 2019.  In order for seniors to take advantage of this exciting opportunity, a promotional Seniors i-Ride card will need to be picked up at a participating City facility. Proof of Niagara Falls residency and photo identification are required.

*Chair-A-Van services need to be booked in advance and are available to registered clients only.

The Seniors i-Ride cards are now available for pickup at the following locations:
  • Niagara Falls City Hall (4310 Queen Street)
  • MacBain Community Centre (7150 Montrose Road)
  • Transportation Services Office (8208 Heartland Forest Road)
  • Gale Centre (5152 Thorold Stone Road)
  • Coronation Centre (5952 Summer Street)
  • Chair-A-Van Office (5734 Glenholme Avenue)
  • Niagara Falls Public Library (Victoria Ave, Stamford Centre and Chippawa branch locations)
Additional information including a FAQ about the Seniors Ride Free Promotion can be found at or by calling the Transportation Office at 905-356-1179.
Site location of the new Niagara Falls Creative Hub
Government of Canada invests in Niagara Arts & Culture
On September 3, 2019, MP Badawey and MP Bittle visited the future space of the Niagara Falls Creative Hub and announced funding of up to $3,000,000 for the City of Niagara Falls. This funding will support the creation of a new multi-use creative hub designed to bring together professional artists, artisans, and arts and heritage organizations from a variety of creative disciplines.

The creative hub will include one of the only a mid-sized professional performance spaces in the city, which will be available to professional and non-professional arts and heritage organizations and individuals at an affordable rate. Read the full news release.
Dave Robitaille, Co-Founder, Spark Niagara, Mayor Jim Diodati, Niagara Falls, Dino Miele, Co-Founder, Spark Niagara, and Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University
Niagara Falls-Ryerson Innovation Hub
On September 3, 2019, FedDev Ontario announced an investment of nearly $3 million for the Niagara Falls-Ryerson Innovation Hub (NFRIH), over the next 4 years. Council agreed to match funding by the City during the next 4 year period.

The NFRIH will be a business incubator focused on digital media technologies. Ryerson's successful Digital Media Zone will serve as the model and key resource for designing NFRIH programming and services, while Spark Niagara's existing partnership and company pipelines will help attract and refer clients. 

The announcement by FedDev Ontario was one part of $13 million being invested in Niagara to diversify and strengthen the local economy, enhance competitiveness in key sectors, and create jobs of the future. Read the full news release.
Mayor's Youth Advisory Students
Niagara Student Summit
The Niagara Student Summit is planned by students, for students with the support of our generous partners and sponsors. The one-day event will be held at Brock University on Thursday, October 17, 2019. This year's keynote speaker is Joel Hilchey, founder of the youth engagement initiative, The Beanstalk Project. Learn more and register today at
Driveway widths & parking areas
Did you know that the City of Niagara Falls has limits on residential driveway widths and the size of parking areas? While the City permits home owners to widen their residential driveway, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure all permits have been applied for and the driveway widening complies with all City regulations. Detailed information can be found online at
Saturday, November 16, 11am, Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade
Entry Deadline, Volunteers and Sponsorship Opportunties

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s that time of year and Santa’s elves are busy preparing for the Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade! This year's Santa Claus Parade will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11 am in Downtown Niagara Falls.

Calling All Community Groups, Schools and Local Businesses
Parade Entry Deadline is Friday, October 4, 2019. Entry forms are available online:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade!
We need a small army of volunteer elves! Sign up online at
A Volunteer Information and Sign Up Meeting will be held on Monday, October 7 at 6 pm, upstairs in the MacBain Community Centre.

Santa Parade Sponsorships are Available. 
Get your business recognized this year! Contact Lori Albanese at or call 905-356-7521, ext. 3332.
New location of the Niagara Region Public Health building
New Public Health location opening Monday, September 23
Niagara Region Public Health in Niagara Falls is moving to serve you better. The new location at 7835 McLeod Road, near the MacBain Community Centre, will open on Monday, September 23, 2019.

Niagara Region Public Heath Services include:
  • Sexual health centre
  • Dental clinic
  • Parenting classes and breastfeeding clinic
  • Mental health program
  • Tick submissions
The last day of the current location (5710 Kitchener Street) will be on September 17, 2019, effectively closing on September 18, 2019. For more information, visit
Stay in the Know: Updates & Events
Terry Fox Run
Terry Fox Run- This Sunday!
The annual Terry Fox Run will be held Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Gale Centre. Registration begins at 9:30 am, the run begins at 11 am. Everyone is welcome to attend! For more information, visit
Niagara Falls Fire Department logo
Line of Duty Death Memorial
The Niagara Falls Fire Department will be holding a Line of Duty Death Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 5815 Morrison Street, Niagara Falls.  Please join us as we honour and remember all of our fallen members.  This year we pay special tribute to Retired Platoon Chief Ken Boutilier and Retired Captain Garnet Cannon, both who passed from work related illnesses in 2018 and whose names have recently been added to the memorial. The community is welcomed to attend the ceremony.
Tax time calculator
Municipal Tax Reminder Notice
A reminder that the fourth installment of the 2019 levy for residential, pipelines, farmlands and manged forest only is due September 30, 2019. Tax notices were mailed on June 7, 2019. For more information, contact the Finance Department at 905-356-7521 ext 4309, or visit
Bonnie Brady and Councillor Mike Strange
Volunteer Recognition Awards
Do you know a dedicated community volunteer? Recognize their hard work and commitment by nominating them for a Volunteer Recognition Award.

Details regarding the award categories and nomination forms can be found online at Nominations close October 5, 2019.
Saturday, October 5, Community Clean Sweep
Fall Community Clean Sweep
The next Community Clean Sweep event will take place on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Oakes Park, starting at 10:00 am. Volunteers can collect their cleaning supplies and instructions at the start of the event.  Community members are encouraged to register online to volunteer.
Montrose Road Closures: Update
Construction on Montrose Road from the north driveway entrance of the MacBain Community Centre to Kinsmen Court is now expected to last until October 31, 2019, weather permitting. Businesses and residents will have access during the closure but may be directed to take an alternate route to get to their destination. Businesses will remain open at all times. For details, visit
Paisley Janvary-Pool Pathway entrance sign
Paisley Janvary-Pool Pathway: Update
The closure of the Paisley Janvary-Pool Pathway section of the Millennium Trail (Portage Road to Thorold Stone Road) has been extended until November 1, 2019. View more information.
Young boy tennis player
John N. Allan Park Tennis & Basketball Improvements Projects
Four new premium tennis courts (with pickleball lines) will be constructed at John N. Allan Park this Fall/Spring. The existing basketball court at the park will also receive an upgrade and be converted to a full multi-purpose basketball /street hockey court. Visit the project page for more details.
September 10, 2019 Council Update Correction
The Council Report MW-2019-25 Parkway Drive Sidewalk was not approved by Council on September 10, 2019.
Welland River
Welland River Floodplain Mapping Info Sessions
The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is in the process of updating floodplain mapping for the Welland River. An important part of this process is engaging our community, particularly those who live in the vicinity of the Welland River. Have your say
GO Train arriving at station
Year-round weekend GO train service is here
On August 31, 2019, new year-round weekend GO train service between Niagara Falls and Union Station (Toronto) begun. The schedules have remained unchanged are available to view online at
Baden Powell Park
Baden Powell Park Closed 
Baden Powell Park, located at 9240 Montrose Road, is closed and inaccessible to the public until 2022 to allow for the replacement of the QEW Welland River Bridge by the Ministry of Transportation.
Man-a-Mile relay run logo
Man-A-Mile Relay Race
A fun 14-mile race dating back to 1922, fostering healthy competition and fitness. This year's Man-A-Mile Relay Race will take place on Monday, October 14, 2019. Register now and enjoy a run along the scenic Niagara Parkway.
Niagara 2021 Summer Games
Niagara  2021 Summer Games
The Canada Summer Games are coming to the Niagara Region in August 2021. These Games will feature approximately 5,000 athletes and coaches in 18 sports from all 13 Provinces and Territories.
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