Your browser is not supported

Your browser is too old. To use this website, please use Chrome or Firefox.

Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: February 1, 2023

Niagara observes Black History Month, 7 Niagara restaurants make list of Canada’s top 100 romantic places to dine, and more.

In this edition:

Niagara observes Black History Month

Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month events and festivities that honour the legacy of Black people in Canada and their communities.

The 2023 theme for Black History Month is: “Ours to tell”. This theme represents both an opportunity to engage in open dialogue and a commitment to learning more about the stories Black communities in Canada have to tell about their histories, successes, sacrifices and triumphs.

No matter where you live, we invite all Canadians to learn more about these communities, and how they continue to help shape Canadian history.

Access the Government of Canada’s Black History Month digital toolkit here.

Read Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement here.

Read Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s statement here.

St. Catharines museum celebrates Black History Month with tours and a new exhibit

Black History Month at Niagara Health

Brock University announces collaborative initiatives for Black History Month

Honouring Black History in Niagara Falls

Niagara Events To Commemorate Black History Month

Niagara Falls to be illuminated for Black History Month

7 Niagara restaurants make list of Canada’s top 100 romantic places to dine

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, OpenTable has released its 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada for 2023.

Niagara locations that made the list include Cafe Amore and Valley Restaurant in St. Catharines, Kitchen76 at Two Sisters Vineyards, The Drawing Room at The Prince of Wales Hotel, and Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Also on the list are Remingtons of Niagara, and Table Rock House Restaurant – both in Niagara Falls.

Click here to read more.

ServiceOntario will offer enhanced appointment booking system

An enhanced appointment booking system at ServiceOntario is now available at 64 of its busiest centres. Customers requiring in-person visits can book multiple services in a single appointment on their smartphone or computer or book a single appointment for the whole family. Ontarians will also have the option to identify accessibility needs ahead of the appointment so services can be provided to meet their individual needs efficiently and effectively.

Click here to read more.

Engage Welland aims to correct misinformation, clarify misconceptions

Through its public engagement platform Engage Welland, the city endeavours to correct misinformation, clarify misconceptions, and drill down to the root sources of issues that create confusion with a new project called Fact vs. Fiction.

While on the campaign trail in 2022, several candidates informed city staff that they spent a lot of time correcting information residents thought to be true. The movement of information from one source to another would change content, and suggestions or ideas would be born, often leaving people confused and concerned.

You can visit the Fact versus Fiction page at

Click here to read more (PDF link).

Grant keeps grocery delivery program going in Niagara

A popular grocery delivery program run by Community Support Services Niagara will be sticking around, thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

“I am very pleased to recognize this Trillium grant,” said Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch. “I shudder to think about what could have happened to the many seniors and other mobility-challenged people in my riding who simply could not have obtained food during pandemic lockdowns had it not been for Community Support Services of Niagara and its grocery delivery program. The service continues to go such a long way toward helping people remain independent and healthy in their own homes.”

Click here to read more.

Ontario job seekers increasingly looking for work in other provinces: Indeed

Ontario job seekers are increasingly looking for work in other provinces, especially positions in remote-friendly sectors like tech, said a new report from Indeed.

In the second half of 2022, 6.1 per cent of clicks on Canadian job postings by Ontario-based job seekers were for positions in other provinces, according to the job search company.

That’s an almost 50 per cent increase from the second half of 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic upended the labour market.

Click here to read more.

Focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Employers making progress on anti-Black racism, but employees fear a recession could erode progress

Most Black Canadians feel their employers continued to make progress addressing anti-Black racism in the last year but worry that a recession could wipe out those gains, finds new research by KPMG in Canada.

KPMG’s latest survey of more than 1,000 Black Canadians found that nine in 10 respondents said their employers made progress on efforts to be more equitable and inclusive for Black employees in 2022.

The results measure progress since KPMG’s inaugural survey of last year, which evaluated an 18-month period beginning from the spring of 2020, when companies across Canada pledged to take action towards dismantling anti-Black racism.

Nearly six in 10 (59 per cent) respondents said their employer’s efforts to hire more Black people improved in 2022, and more than half of respondents (54 per cent) said their employer’s efforts to promote more Black people into leadership roles also improved.

Click here to read more.

Through the Daily Updates, the GNCC aims to deliver important business news in a timely manner. We disseminate all news and information we feel will be important to businesses. Inclusion in the Daily Update is not an endorsement by the GNCC.

Share this: