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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: January 21, 2022

Canada is investing an additional $14 million in the Immunization Partnership Fund for projects that address misinformation about COVID-19.

In this edition:

Canada invests in combating COVID & vaccine misinformation
2021-2022 Gas Tax funding allocated
Port Colborne restaurant receipts can pay for parking tickets
Canada to build 10,000 affordable housing units

Government of Canada invests in combating COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation

The Minister of Health, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, announced an additional $14 million investment in the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF), for projects that address misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines used to protect against it. This brings the Government of Canada’s total investment in the IPF to $78 million since 2020, of which $45.5 million is dedicated to supporting national, regional and local initiatives.

To date, close to 100 community-based projects have been launched with this funding, with a goal to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake in communities across Canada.

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2021-2022 Gas Tax funding will help municipal transit operators

Ontario’s Gas Tax program supports public transit in municipalities across Ontario by providing two cents per litre of provincial Gas Tax to improve and expand transit. To make up for reduced gas sales due to COVID-19, this year’s Gas Tax funding includes one-time additional funding of $120.4 million to ensure municipalities can support their transit systems, for a total of $375.6 million.

The following Niagara municipalities received funding:

Municipality2021-22 Allocation
Fort Erie$286,701
Niagara Falls$ 1,603,144
Niagara-on-the-Lake$ 165,301
Niagara Region$ 1,141,830
St. Catharines$ 2,644,675
Thorold$ 272,810
Welland$ 670,905

The 107 municipalities receiving funding through the Gas Tax program deliver public transit service to 142 communities representing more than 92 per cent of Ontario’s total population. The provincial and federal governments are providing up to $2.15 billion to support municipal transit systems across the province in response to COVID-19 through the Safe Restart Agreement.

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Click here for a full list of funded municipalities.

Port Colborne parking tickets can be paid with restaurant receipts

More than 25 tickets were issued to vehicle owners parked on Port Colborne roadways during snowplow operations, with a fine attached of $75. However, those vehicle owners have an opportunity to pay their parking ticket in an unconventional way: with a receipt from a Port Colborne restaurant.

To support local restaurants during current restrictions on dining-in, Port Colborne is taking the lead from the City of Barrie, offering those who received a parking ticket the opportunity to support the restaurant community. Ticket holders must purchase take-out from a Port Colborne restaurant, totaling $75 (or more), between Jan. 21 to 30, 2022, and have until Feb. 2, 2022, to submit their receipt and parking ticket to the Fire Hall, 3 Killaly St. W, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., to pay off their outstanding ticket.

Additionally, any resident that orders take-out from a Port Colborne restaurant between Jan. 21 to 30, 2022, and either posts a photo of their take-out order on the City’s Facebook contest post, tags the City in a public post on social media, or emails the photo to, along with mentioning the restaurant they ordered from, will be entered into a contest to win a $75 gift certificate from a Port Colborne restaurant of their choice.

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Rapid Housing Initiative to deliver 10,000 affordable homes across Canada

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that over 10,000 new affordable housing units will be created across the country through the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), exceeding the initial goal of 7,500 new units. These housing units will help vulnerable Canadians and those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. A third of the units will support women or women and their children, and more than a third of the units will assist Indigenous Peoples.

The Government of Canada aims to continue working with provincial, territorial, and municipal governments, Indigenous governing bodies, as well as stakeholders and organizations to quickly create more homes for people in need of housing.

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Reading Recommendations

Canada ‘may’ have passed peak of Omicron wave, says top doctor

CBC News

Canada may have passed the peak of the Omicron wave but the number of people hospitalized because of COVID-19 is now at its highest level since the pandemic began, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said today.

“In the weeks since the modelling update, there are early indications that infections may have peaked at the national level, including daily case counts, test positivity, Rt or the effective reproduction number and wastewater surveillance trends,” Tam said today.

Nationally, the average daily case count has decreased by 28 per cent since last week. Tam warned that, because lab testing can’t keep up with demand as Omicron spreads, that count may underestimate the actual number of cases.

Tam also said that with test positivity at 22 per cent and the seven-day average of daily cases at almost 27,000, COVID-19 is widespread throughout the country.

Working parents need help – what can employers do?

Canadian HR Reporter

When it comes to supporting the unique needs of employees who have children, one of the simplest things that can be done won’t cost an employer anything.

“Start listening,” says Karsten Vagner, senior vice president of people at virtual health care provider Maven Clinic in New York.

“Get curious, start listening to your parents. I wonder how many employers actually know how many parents they employ? And if you know who your parents are, what are you doing with them? Are you sending surveys to them? Are you creating a space for them to speak with each other, especially now?”

These are all things that employers can do in starting to treat parents like a cohort, she says.

Niagara COVID-19 statistics tracker

Niagara COVID vaccination tracker

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