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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: July 20th, 2021

The results are in for our two-question survey on member opinions about vaccine passports.

Free rapid COVID-19 testing kits are now available to businesses

Visit to learn more and reserve kits for your organization.

GNCC COVID-19 vaccination passport survey results

For two days, the GNCC ran a two-question survey which asked whether the respondent favoured a vaccine passport, and what industry they represented. The survey gathered a total of 571 results, which are shown here.

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Ontario helping 100,000 workers train for in-demand jobs

The Ontario government is investing $5.8 million in free online training to help 100,000 workers gain the skills they need to find good jobs and restart their careers. Courses will focus on building skills most in-demand by employers in fields such as information technology, finance and business administration.

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Facility at Canada Games Park named the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre

The Walker family and Walker Industries, in partnership with the cities of St. Catharines and Thorold, Brock University and Niagara Region, are pleased to announce a substantial contribution that will see the sport and recreation complex at Canada Games Park named the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre.

The agreement, which also names the Walker Founders Plaza located on the site, was announced by Geordie Walker on behalf of his family at a naming event on July 19 near the facility.

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Welland impacted by 50-year storm

Environment Canada issued several alerts over the past weekend warning Niagara Region residents of thunderstorms and severe rainfall that was anticipated. The amount of rain that fell throughout the city varies; with Ward 6 being hit the hardest, a total of 108.7mm of rain was recorded.

Those affected by the flooding resulting in damage are encouraged to visit and/or the Niagara Region

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Clarification on Bill C-208 provides much needed certainty for small businesses

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO, Perrin Beatty, issued the following statement on today’s clarification from the government on the taxation of intergenerational transfers of small business shares:

“Today’s clarification from Finance Minister Freeland regarding Bill C-208 provides much needed certainty for small businesses by making clear the Bill is now part of the Income Tax Act. The unfair taxation of intergenerational transfers meant that until Bill C-208, it was more difficult and made less financial sense for small business owners to sell their company to their children and grandchildren versus a complete stranger.”

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Canada Child Benefit to be increased to match inflation

Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced that the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit will once again be increased to keep up with the rising cost of living. For the 2021–2022 benefit year, the maximum annual benefit will be $6,833 per child under age 6 and $5,765 per child aged 6 through 17. That’s over $350 more per child than when the CCB was first introduced.

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Reading Recommendations

Politics the reason Canada has surpassed U.S. on COVID vaccines, Fauci says

CBC News

News that Canada has surged past the U.S. in vaccinations for COVID-19 prompted a number of headlines in American and international news outlets, given how remote this scenario seemed months ago.

It’s also prompted some finger-pointing within the U.S. One person making apparent his increasing frustration with developments in the U.S. is Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

He was asked in a CNN interview what happened and why Canada had surpassed the U.S. in the rate of first and second doses despite the U.S.’s months-long head start.

Fauci blamed politics in the U.S.

Home prices up 16% in June for largest 12-month gain on record

BNN Bloomberg/Canadian Press

Canadian home prices increased in June to mark the largest 12-month gain on record as prices climbed in all 11 markets, says the Teranet National Bank composite price index.

The index was up 16 per cent from June 2020, beating the 14.2 per cent rise of June 2017 that preceded the introduction of macroprudential measures designed to restrain home prices.

Prices were up 10 per cent or more in an unprecedented 90 per cent of 32 urban markets and up 30 per cent or more in 42 per cent of these markets.

Niagara COVID Stat Tracker

 December 18December 25January 1January 8January 15January 22January 29
Reproductive number1.
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: July 10, 2021

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.

Data are drawn from Niagara Region Public Health.

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Niagara COVID vaccination tracker

Last updated: July 20, 2021

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

Total doses administered in Niagara: 586,011

Total doses administered in Niagara since yesterday: 4,653

Ontario is currently in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.

 Percentage of population with one dosePercentage of population fully vaccinated
United States75%64%
United Kingdom78%72%

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

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