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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: February 22

In this edition:

EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare awarded contract for South Niagara Hospital

A contract has been awarded to a company that will build the new South Niagara Hospital.

EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EDIH) has been awarded a fixed-price contract of approximately $3.6 billion to design, build, finance and maintain the new South Niagara Hospital.

The contract reflects the payments made during construction, the substantial completion payment and the monthly service payments before inflation adjustments.

Crews will soon begin site work on the property, with construction planned to begin this summer.

The hospital will take five years to build, with occupancy planned for 2028.

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Lincoln approves capital budget as deliberations continue

The Town of Lincoln has approved this year’s capital budget while the operating budget is still pending approval.

On Feb. 15, council gathered to talk about capital projects as part of a series of budget meetings.

The council members announced the capital budget includes 40 projects, with a total budget of $48 million.

During the meeting, Ward 2 Coun. Tony Brunet proposed removing a plan for multi-bin containers for all of the town’s facilities and some money for an education campaign for recycling and reuse.

However, Mayor Sandra Easton was not in agreement, expressing a desire for a pause in the matter, rather than removing it entirely.

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Women still seriously underrepresented in senior management: study

The Prosperity Project has released its 2023 Annual Report Card, the third in a series launched in February 2021. The project studied 17,974 Canadian leaders who self-identified as women. Among its conclusions were:

  • Women continue to represent about one-third of corporate director roles (34.8%) and just under one-third of executive officer roles (32.3%), which are similar results to the 2022 report (34.2% and 29.2%, respectively)
  • Women’s representation in pipeline to senior management roles is the highest of the four leadership levels (42.9%), however, this number declined by 11.9 percentage points (from 54.8% in 2022)
  • There is a serious underrepresentation of women with at least one intersecting identity (racialized, Indigenous, living with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+) in senior leadership roles
  • The financial services, utilities and retail industries are leading the way in respect of gender parity across the four leadership levels. Each has achieved gender parity at two of the four leadership levels.

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Freshii announces sale to franchisor Foodtastic complete

The sale of Freshii Inc. to Montreal-based Foodtastic Inc. is complete.

In a deal originally announced in December, the healthy fast-food chain says Foodtastic has acquired all of its voting shares at $2.30 per share.

The shares are expected to be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange by Thursday.

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Statistics Canada releases study of Black business owners

A new study entitled “Black Business Owners in Canada,” released today by Statistics Canada, examines the socioeconomic characteristics of Black business owners in Canada and compares them with the characteristics of their White and other racialized counterparts. It also explores the characteristics of businesses based on the racial profile of owners. For the first time, this study provides trends in terms of business ownership by racial profile, sex and business type.

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School buses will not run in Niagara tomorrow

School buses will not be running in Niagara tomorrow as an ice storm is headed our way.

Niagara Student Transportation Services says they made the call based on the forecasted snow, ice and freezing rain across the region.

While, all student transportation is cancelled for tomorrow for students with the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board, a decision on whether schools will be open will be made by the school boards and communicated by 6 a.m. tomorrow.

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Focus on Climate

4 ways manufacturers can reduce their energy use

Every year proves energy usage increases in manufacturing, with paper and metal resources, transportation and natural gas at the top of the list. Despite constant stops because of supply chain disruptions, manufacturing continues to run at full force, compensating for inadequacies by pushing through production. Here are four actions to reduce manufacturing energy consumption to spare financial and ecological stress.

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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.

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