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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: July 22nd, 2021

Governments of Canada and Ontario to invest $7.3 million in farmers and agri-food businesses

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

Visit to learn more and reserve kits for your organization.

Governments of Canada and Ontario to invest $7.3 million in farmers and agri-food businesses

The Governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $7.3 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to help support farmers and agri-food businesses. This funding supports more than 600 cost-shared projects for eligible farmers in over 270 communities across the province.

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Survey: In-person events

The GNCC would like your feedback on your willingness to attend in-person events this year. Please take a few minutes to

Pathstone Mental Health offering free mental health support to children and youth

This fall will be a challenging time for many children and youth. Pathstone Mental Health is offering in-person walk-in clinics, video counselling, and their 24/7 Crisis & Support line to all children and youth from birth to age 18 and their families at no cost and without delay. Call 1-800-263-4944 or visit for more information.

Niagara Health to wind down mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Seymour-Hannah arena

Niagara Health announced today that it will wind down its mass vaccination clinic at the Seymour-Hannah arena in mid-August, allowing the sports and entertainment centre to be returned to the City of St. Catharines and restored to its original purpose.

A smaller vaccination clinic will be opened at the St. Catharines hospital to continue vaccinating those who still need their first or second dose.

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Canadians receiving Employment Insurance up by 83,000 in May

Approximately 1.7 million Canadians received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in May, up 83,000 (+5.2%) from a month earlier. Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia reported the largest increases in beneficiaries.

May EI statistics reflect labour market conditions as of the week of May 9 to 15.

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Reading Recommendations

CSIS warns of increasingly sophisticated state-sponsored activity targeting elections

Canadian Press/CTV News

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says it continues to observe steady, and in some cases increasing, foreign interference by state actors against Canada.

In a new report on the threat, CSIS says it has observed persistent and sophisticated state-sponsored threat activity targeting elections for many years and continues to see a rise in its frequency and sophistication.

4 strategies for building a hybrid workplace that works

Harvard Business Review

The global pandemic has created new challenges and opportunities in almost every industry, and as the economy reopens competition will be intense. Winners will be those who most clearly understand their customer’s needs, collaborate to identify multiple solutions, prototype, iterate and bring new ideas to market. Those behaviors will only happen when people come together in the new, modern workplace.

By all indications the future of work is hybrid: 52% of U.S. workers would prefer a mix of working from home and the office, saying it has a positive impact on their ability to be creative, solve problems and build relationships. Global research tells us 72% of corporate leaders plan to offer a hybrid model, and only 13% say they expect to decrease their real estate footprint in the next year, suggesting that organizations will continue to leverage their workplaces within a hybrid work future.

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 17, 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.

Click here for a guide to this table.

Niagara COVID vaccination tracker

Last updated: July 22, 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: 596,236

Total doses administered in Niagara since yesterday: 3,660

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.

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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