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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: August 26th, 2021

Canada will be added to United Kingdom’s green travel list at end of month

The United Kingdom will move Canada to its green travel list at 4 a.m. British Summer Time on August 30th. While travellers to and from green list countries still have to take a COVID-19 test before traveling and after arriving, they are not required to quarantine upon arrival unless the test is positive.

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Town of Lincoln receives $23,000 from Digital Main Street to launch Digital Service Squad

The Town of Lincoln, supported by the Downtown Bench Beamsville BIA, has announced that it has received a $23,000 grant from Digital Main Street’s Ontario Grants Program for a Digital Service Squad (DSS), which will provide trained digital specialists to work with local small businesses to help them adopt online technologies and digitally transform their sales, marketing, and back-office operations. The squad will begin visiting businesses in Lincoln on Monday, August 30, 2021.

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St. Catharines seeks new ideas for recreation programs

The City of St. Catharines is looking to the public to provide input, via an online survey, to help identify their preferences when it comes to recreation programming, but also to provide new ideas for novel recreation programs. Members of the public can visit engageSTC.ca/RecIdeas to provide their input.

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Canadian payroll employment up by over 200,000 in June

Payroll employment rose by 214,800 (+1.3%) in June, driven by increases in the services-producing sector in Ontario and Quebec. At the same time, average weekly earnings fell, as job gains were concentrated in lower-paying industries.

In June, public health measures implemented against the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic were significantly eased. As a result, indoor and outdoor dining, recreation and cultural activities, retail shopping, and personal care services resumed or continued in most areas of the country, with varying degrees of capacity restrictions.

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Provincial GO-VAXX bus to stop at Brock on September 9

A mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic will roll into Brock University Thursday, Sept. 9.

The Ontario government recently partnered with Metrolinx to temporarily convert two GO Transit buses into mobile vaccination clinics as part of its effort to get as many people in the province vaccinated as possible.

One of the two buses will be set up in the Zone 3 parking lot at the main Brock University campus from approximately 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9 offering vaccines to students, faculty, staff and anyone from the wider community.

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Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines here.


Positive Living Niagara StreetWorks Program aims to inform on International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is on August 31st. Positive Living Niagara’s StreetWorks Program aims to open the dialogue about substance use in the Region, and is selling shirts to raise funds for their Community Fund.  In Niagara, there were 150 confirmed opioid-related deaths in 2020, or approximately 13 deaths per month. Preliminary numbers for 2021 indicate that this year may be more fatal than ever. In July 2021, Niagara EMS responded to a record breaking 105 overdoses throughout the Region.

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Heat warning for Niagara to end tomorrow, may resume over weekend

Hot and humid conditions are expected to continue today. Daytime maximum temperatures are 30 to 32 degrees Celsius, with humidex values of 38 to 42. Nighttime minimum temperatures are 16 to 20 degrees Celsius. Slightly cooler and less humid air is expected on Friday, however, hot and humid conditions may return this weekend.

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The Election Section

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Canada’s ruling Liberals vow higher taxes on big bank profits to help fund COVID-19 recovery

Reuters

Canada’s ruling Liberal Party said on Wednesday that if re-elected it would raise corporate taxes on the most profitable banks and insurers to help pay for the cost of the COVID-19 recovery.

The Liberals said they would hike the rate to 18% from 15% on all earnings over C$1 billion ($793 million) and vowed to establish a special dividend, so that those same institutions contribute more. The measures are expected to generate C$2.5 billion per year over four years, starting in 2022/23.


TD sees weaker growth in provinces that shun vaccine passports

BNN Bloomberg

Economists at Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canada’s second-largest lender, are warning provinces that refuse to implement vaccine passports will be hit hardest by a fourth-wave of COVID-19 cases.

Beata Caranci, the bank’s chief economist, said her group could cut its fourth-quarter forecasts for Ontario and other provinces that don’t have plans to limit high-risk activities for people who are not vaccinated. That’s because those regions are more likely to resort to lockdowns or other restrictions on business activity.

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Niagara COVID-19 statistics tracker

These data show the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Niagara. The Province of Ontario is now using a provincewide approach to reopening, and these data no longer have any influence on Niagara’s restrictions. Lower numbers are better in all metrics.

 December 18December 25January 1January 8January 15January 22January 29
Reproductive number1.41.81.41.11.00.70.9
New cases per 100,000101.2267.3469.8575.8507.1295.5250.6
New cases per day (not including outbreaks)60.7178.7311.7376.9325.4182.7145.7
Percent of hospital beds occupied97%95.2%98.2%103.2%104.5%103.6%106%
Percent of intensive care beds occupied78.8%77.3%87.9%87.9%90.9%89.4%93.9%
Percentage of positive tests6.1%15.6%28.1%28.6%26.6%21.2%16.2%

Last updated: August 21, 2021

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There are currently 5 patients admitted to Niagara Health with COVID-19. There are currently 3 patients with COVID-19 in a Niagara Health Intensive Care Unit.

Data are drawn from Niagara Region Public Health and Niagara Health.


Niagara COVID vaccination tracker

Niagara’s most up-to-date vaccination numbers are presented below, along with comparison data from Ontario, Canada, and G7 countries.

 Percentage of population with one dosePercentage of population fully vaccinated
Niagara82.7%78.2%
Ontario84.6%79.1%
Canada84.7%78.6%
United States75%64%
United Kingdom78%72%
Germany76%74%
France80%77%
Italy83%76%
Japan80%79%
World63%53%

Total doses administered in Niagara: 656,028

New daily doses administered to Niagara residents: 1,125

Last updated: August 26, 2021

Data are drawn from Niagara Region, the Government of Ontario, and Oxford University’s Our World in Data project.


Free rapid COVID-19 testing kits are now available to businesses. Visit gncc.ca/workplace-self-screening-kits to learn more and reserve kits for your organization.

Information on government grants, resources, and programs, policies, forms, and posters for download and use, are available here. The GNCC is here to support you. Contact us with any questions you have.

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