Category - In The News

Binational Opposition to Trusted Traveler Program Removal

February 24, 2020

February 21, 2020   The Honorable Chad F. Wolf Acting Secretary United States Department of Homeland Security 3801 Nebraska Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20528 Re: Binational Opposition to Trusted Traveler Program Removal Dear Acting-Secretary Wolf: Canada and the United States of America are linked by much more than a border. Our nations are connected by…

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Pride and momentum focus of Sendzik’s State of the City

February 7, 2020

St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik boasted of a headline featured in the The New York Times during his State of the City address Thursday night. The words “St. Catharines named one of the best places to live in North America” were projected on two large screens for the crowd at Ridley College. It was dated…

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New immigration mandate will help Niagara bridge labour gap, chamber says

January 17, 2020

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) is excited by a recent announcement from the Canadian government that will fulfil a need the organization has been advocating for many years. In his most recent mandate letter at the beginning of the new year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino to start conducting…

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City, GNCC team up to give women a Seat at the Table

November 5, 2019

 The City of St. Catharines and Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) are teaming up to get more women on the municipal ballot, and in seats around the City Council table.  Thanks to a grant from Women and Gender Equality Canada, in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the City is excited to launch…

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St. Catharines government policy must be fair and rules-driven

November 2, 2019

Sound evidence and reasoning are the foundation to making sound decisions. It is the principle that has guided our work at Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. It is the principle that has steered the work of our governments as well. Yet, on Oct. 7, St. Catharines city council narrowly voted to ignore both a staff…

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Province backs off forced amalgamation for Niagara

October 25, 2019

The possibility that Queen’s Park will mash together Niagara cities and towns through forced amalgamation appears to be dead. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark announced on Friday that the province is abandoning any idea of forcibly amalgamating municipalities in Niagara and a number of other regions in Ontario, almost 10 months after the…

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Ontario Launches Red Tape Reduction Website to Hear Directly from Local Businesses

October 24, 2019

The Ontario government has launched a new website that will make it easier for businesses to help make the province open for business and open for jobs by inviting them to submit their ideas on modernizing regulations and reducing red tape. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, officially launched the new website, October…

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Announcing the Finalists for the 2019 Women in Business Awards

October 21, 2019

Women in Niagara and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the finalists for the 2019 Women in Business Awards (WIBAs). The 19th Annual WIBAs are presented by Canadian Tire Bank and the Pen Centre and Founding Partners the Niagara Falls Review, St. Catharines Standard, and Welland Tribune. The WIBAs take place…

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Debi Pratt Given Lifetime Achievement Award

October 10, 2019

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Debi Pratt will be honoured at the Women in Business Awards for her 40-plus years of achievement in the wine industry. The woman who, alongside Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser, was a pioneer in the development of the Niagara, Ontario and Canadian wine industries, is the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The…

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September 10, 2019

The GNCC has released its 2019 Federal Election platform, “Powering the Future of Niagara.” This platform focuses on taxation & regulation, environment & social well-being, and technology & innovation. Powering the Future of Niagara Taxation & Regulation Overhaul and simplify the Canadian tax system for the 21stcentury Canada’s tax system, last comprehensively reviewed decades ago,…

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