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Featuring Canadian Olympian Charmaine Crooks (Silver Medallist, 1984 Summer Olympics) and 2019 IWD Award Recipient Susan Venditti
State of the Region
With Regional Chair Jim Bradley
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
11:00am — 2:00pm
Scotiabank Convention Centre
6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls
Save the Date!
The Government of Ontario has announced that the governance structures of several municipalities in the province may be reformed, with consultations to take place in the spring. Niagara is one of the listed municipalities. The GNCC is conducting a survey to assess the needs and desires of the business community regarding this restructuring in order to be a better advocate and to present an accurate picture for the Province to assess. This survey will take approximately 4 minutes to complete, and all answers are confidential.
Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in January 2019.
SERVICEMASTER RESTORE OF ST. CATHARINES
ServiceMaster Restore is locally owned and operated and has been serving the Niagara region for 50 years.
ServiceMaster provides property owners and insurance companies with the highest quality emergency restoration services and understands how property damage can be difficult and stressful for those affected. The difference in dealing with ServiceMaster for your insurance restoration needs is that one of the businesses’ owners would be looking after your claim and making sure your home gets put back to pre-loss or better condition in a timely manner.
ServiceMaster is committed to providing the highest quality workmanship and service to our customers. Our highly trained and certified technicians are prepared to handle any emergency and are committed to delivering uncompromising disaster restoration services to our customers and providing value through our technically advanced products and systems.
In addition to being certified to handle insurance claims related to fire, water & wind, ServiceMaster can also look after mould and asbestos remediation as well as the deep cleaning that nobody else offers — hoarding cleanup, trauma cleanup & all types of odor removal (pests & cigarettes, etc.) The ServiceMaster team is local and cares about the community, the people in it and are here to assist you in your time of need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
IN THE NEWS
Niagara College and Town of Lincoln Partner to Focus on Agri-Business
On January 28, Niagara College and the Town of Lincoln signed a formal memorandum of understanding that will see the municipality and college collaborate to explore, facilitate and support social and economic development. A main area of focus will be Niagara’s agri-business sector.
The partnership opens the door to collaborative ventures that leverage Niagara College’s world-leading research and educational capacities and Lincoln’s strong connections within the agri-business industry. Possible activities include joint research projects, seminars and lectures, community advancement initiatives, student placements and more, aimed at supporting economic development and creating hands-on learning for students.
Nominations Open for T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award
The prestigious, T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year is awarded annually by Niagara Region to a current resident of Niagara to honour the memory of the late T. Roy Adams. Adams was an eminent Niagaran, well known throughout the Region, Canada, and abroad for his service to God, his country and his fellow citizens.
This is the 17th year of the Award. The recipient will be someone who best exemplifies Roy’s values and dedication to community service; a person who sees volunteerism as an integral part of their life.
Join Habitat Niagara’s Board of Directors
Habitat for Humanity Niagara is seeking community-minded people who share the passion of the mission, vision and values of Habitat Niagara to join our Board of Directors. Experience in one of the following areas is considered an asset: Finance, Social Services, Homebuilding Construction, or Land Development.
Established locally in 1993, Habitat Niagara will be constructing its 65th home in Niagara by the end of this year, serving 71 families over the past 26 years, creating stable and secure housing for 258 children. Habitat for Humanity Niagara was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Charities as captured by MoneySense’s Charity 100 for 2019. Please apply by February 28, 2019
Local Cable Station Opens the Vaults
From casino openings to celebrity interviews to historic announcements, local cable TV mainstay Jack Custers has seen it all in Niagara. And now he’s letting Niagara see it all again.
Starting Monday, he’ll be uploading vintage segments seen on YourTV Niagara over the past 30 years onto the station’s website at www.yourtv.tv/niagara. They’ll include fascinating clips not seen since their original broadcast, and watching them over has been a nostalgic joyride for Custers, YourTV’s manager of programming and community relations.
Niagara District Airport Commission Members Wanted
St. Catharines is looking for three citizens to represent the city on the Niagara District Airport Commission. Applications are being accepted until 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, for four-year term appointments. Niagara District Airport is on Highway 55 in Niagara-on-the-Lake and is financially supported by St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The airport commission manages the airport on behalf of the three municipalities and is made up of nine members. They are responsible for strategic direction, operating policies, developing and overseeing a budget and appointing the airport manager.
Ontario CareerConnect Program Offers Wage Subsidy Opportunity
Employers in high-in-demand sectors offering full-time paid jobs could be eligible to receive a wage subsidy for hiring youth 30 or under for an Information or Communications Technology position. The program is offered by the The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), a not-for-profit national centre of expertise for the digital economy.
This carefully designed wage subsidy program matches fast growth industries with young graduates and enables on-the-job learning path to potential full-time employment. The program has found success with employers; approximately 90% of participants have been retained by the employer after program completion.
Fill the Pig, Feel Better Campaign Aids Children’s Mental Health
Adopting a piggy bank from any of Meridian Credit Union’s 17 Niagara locations in February can help Niagara children in need. Kim Rossi, director of philanthropy for Pathstone Mental Health, said there’s been a huge cry from the community for access to services for children. The Fill the Pig, Feel Better fundraiser aims to help that need.
Pathstone works to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families who are dealing with mental health challenges. The non-profit agency said mental illness in young children, pre-teens and adolescents is widespread and often goes undetected, and untreated.
Alzheimer’s Walk Exceeds Goal by $25,000
With her family at her side, 85-year-old Ann Vanderzwet was one of hundreds of people who participated in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s at Brock University on January 26. The walk, organized by the Alzheimer Society Niagara Region, raises funds for services for people who are living with the neurodegenerative disorder.
In the past, the organization has struggled to meet its goals and has occasionally fallen a few thousand dollars short of its targets. But this year, despite setting a substantially higher goal of $95,000, the organization managed to exceeded it — bringing in more than $120,000 through Sunday’s walk.
Ontario Needs to Embrace the Greenbelt
Grape Growers of Ontario president Debbie Zimmerman says Ontario has more to gain by embracing greenbelt legislation, rather than looking for ways to circumvent it. “Supporting the greenbelt for us means giving us an economic leg up… It means supporting it to help growers and farmers within the greenbelt be economically sustainable,” she said.
Instead, the provincial government’s Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act Bill 66 initially included a schedule that opponents say could have been used to skirt environmental protections such as the Greenbelt Act — until it was removed from the legislation last week in response to a public outcry.
U.S. Lawmakers Don’t Want To Support Trump’s Steel Tariffs On Canada In USMCA
Some American politicians on both sides of the political divide won’t back the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement until President Donald Trump ends America’s punitive restrictions on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, says a key congressional player in the unfolding North American trade drama.
“Key things in my discussions with members, Republicans and Democrats, is that they’re not really willing to consider this agreement until the steel and aluminum tariffs are ensured to be lifted off, including quotas,” said Texas Republican Kevin Brady on January 29 during a morning appearance at a trade conference in Washington.
Ontario’s Health and Safety Training Heading to 21st Century
The Government of Ontario is working to reduce burdens on job creators, as well as workers by improving training programs that certify those who promote health and safety at workplaces. The changes include promoting flexibility by allowing training to take place online, removing complicated rules and red tape, and providing more time for employers to schedule training.
“I am committed to creating fair and competitive processes for business, dynamic labour markets and safe workplaces for every worker in Ontario,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour. “Our government will make Ontario Open for Business and Open for Jobs by making our province the best jurisdiction in North America to recruit, retain and reward the workers of today and tomorrow.”
New Federal Government Program Promotes Northern Opportunities to Immigrants
In an effort to boost economic growth in rural and northern Canada, the federal government has launched a pilot program to attract immigrants to small, remote communities. On January 31, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced the start of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, giving interested communities until March 1 to submit applications.
The goal of the program is to leverage public and private resources to spur growth in smaller centres in Ontario, Western Canada and the territories. They must partner with local economic-development organizations to submit an application, which must demonstrate how they meet the eligibility criteria and how immigration will support growth and development.
The following members renewed their membership in January for another year. Thank you for supporting the Chamber — and supporting business in Niagara.
If you’re thinking of adding group benefits to your company, there are a lot of good reasons to put your Chamber membership to work for you. Not the least is exclusivity: only members have access to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan®.
To contact your local insurance rep, call Jim Garrett or Cindy Haines at 905-468-8575
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MEMBER 2 MEMBER SAVINGS PROGRAM
Many other Chamber of Commerce members feature discounts and special offers — tailored specifically for other GNCC members. Check out the full Member 2 Member database. If you’d like to add an offer for your company, sign in to your account. You can add and update your offer any time you wish.
BUSINESS SAVINGS PROGRAMS
The GNCC offers many business resources that are regionally, provincially or nationally endorsed – programs offered to Chamber Members through the OCC (Ontario Chamber of Commerce) or the CCC (Canadian Chamber of Commerce). Affinity programs include the Chamber Group Insurance, FedEx savings, Gales Gas discounts, Desjardins payroll service, Chase Paymentech and FirstData merchant services, etc. For more information click HERE.
If your organization is interested in partnering with the GNCC on an affinity program, please feel free to reach out to Mishka Balsom, CEO, at email@example.com.
GNCC REFERRAL PROGRAM
From the beginning, the GNCC has grown because of your word-of-mouth support.
This Referral Program is our way of saying thanks.
Get your choice of a $25 Starbucks Gift Card for every new member you refer and who joins the Chamber -OR- $50 in GNCC Cash for every new member you refer and joins the Chamber towards GNCC ads, sponsorship or event tickets.
More program information HERE.
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