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September Business News & Highlights 

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 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.
 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.
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Celebrating 30 Years at Palfinger Inc. 
What originally started out as a small subsidiary importing completed knuckle boom cranes from Europe has now evolved 30 years later to a company that has an assembly factory and produces a variety of products across North America.

Palfinger Inc. crane sales and service facility was established in 1989 in Niagara Falls, Canada. January 2019 marks the 30th anniversary since the Ontario-based company officially opened its doors. Palfinger remains widely known for technical expertise, innovation, reliability, and superior equipment.

With an extensive nation-wide network in Canada, USA, and Mexico, Palfinger accommodates a diverse customer base and ensures  resources are close to customers, wherever they may be. With a customer and market focused mentality, Palfinger is achieving leading positions in many of the markets and segments for knuckle boom cranes. Palfinger continues to prove their expertise and commitment to customers in the local market. At PALFINGER, quality and service are their top priority. With more than 1,100 employees across North America and 120 employees in their Niagara Falls location, they have grown steadily over the last 30 years and offer  customers the complete package of crane services and after-sales support.
Metrolinx Announces Service Expansion in Niagara Falls
With the success of 11 years of summer season weekend Go train service between Toronto & Niagara Falls, Metrolinx has announced that weekend Go train service will continue year round, starting Aug. 31. The announcement was part of a larger expansion across the GO train network — there will be 84 more train trips each week on the Lakeshore East, Lakeshore West and Kitchener lines, and 65 extended trips on the Lakeshore West, Kitchener and Stouffville lines.

The move increases rush-hour, mid-day and evening availability in the GTA and Hamilton area. “These changes are another major step in our GO expansion program,” said Metrolinx president and chief executive officer Phil Verster. “The new express option for Kitchener will save customers 20 minutes in their daily commutes, we’re doubling rush-hour service for West Harbour GO, and weekend Niagara service will now run all year.” Verster said offering nearly 150 new and extended weekly GO train trips means “our customers have more options to travel when they want to go.” 
Fido Niagara Opens in Niagara Falls
Fido Niagara is a non-profit providing temporary pet fostering for vulnerable Niagara, Ontario residents experiencing a medical, housing, or legal emergency. Fido Niagara’s mission is to maintain the health and stability of our community by cushioning stressful times with emergency pet fostering services. Therefore, vulnerable Niagara residents can seek stable housing or medical treatment with peace of mind that their beloved companion is cared for and will be reunited with them. We rely on the compassionate and neighborly character that is still Niagara. 

Fide Niagara is a peer-to-peer network, and is always looking for standby volunteers. Positions are available in fostering, event planning, and intake interviews. 

Niagara Region Receives $29 Million from Federal Government for Canada Summer Games 
The 2021 Canada Games in the Niagara region is getting $29 million from the federal government to build two new sports facilities and fix up seven other sports venues. The Canada Games is the largest multi-sport event in the country. It is held every two years and switches between the winter and summer games. 

The 2021 Canada Summer Games will be the first time where the host has been a region; all other games have been hosted by single municipalities. Canada Games says that the games will be hosted across all twelve Niagara Region municipalities.  It will also be the third time that the games have been hosted in Ontario. The $29 million will come from the community, culture and recreation infrastructure stream of the federal government's "Investing in Canada" infrastructure plan. 

To find out how your business can get involved in the Canada Summer Games 2021 click here

Ontario Government Confirms New South Niagara Hospital

Planning for the new South Niagara Hospital took an important step forward as Infrastructure Ontario has listed the project (Niagara Falls Hospital) in their Market Update for Projects in Pre-Procurement. 

The South Niagara Hospital is listed in the Market Update to start issuing RFQs (Request for Qualifications) in spring 2021 and issuing RFPs (Request for Proposals) in winter 2021 with a financial close in 2022.

"This new hospital represents a significant and important investment in healthcare in Niagara," says Angela Zangari, Interim President, Niagara Health. “With the government’s support, we are one step closer to a new hospital and we look forward to our continued work with the Ministry of Health to plan the next stage."

Niagara Health provides 90 per cent of the acute hospital services in the region and as the community ages, increased services associated with older adults will be required.  To support these needs, a significant emphasis on senior’s health and wellness will be included in the Stage 2 submission.

"We are very excited to have our project confirmed by Infrastructure Ontario knowing how important it is to meet the healthcare needs of the people of Niagara,” continues Zangari.  “The new hospital will be an integral part of a connected healthcare system that will improve the patient and caregiver experience and strengthen access to local services."

Over the last several months, Niagara Health has engaged over 1,000 staff, physicians, patients and members of the community for input on the design vision for the new South Niagara Hospital, to be located at the corners of Montrose and Lyons Creek roads in Niagara Falls.

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