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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: March 6, 2023

In this edition:

Ontario wine industry foresees substantial growth in tourism, investment, and jobs this decade

Ontario’s VQA Wine and Grape Industry’s newly released 2030 Vision anticipates substantial growth in this important sector of the provincial economy, fueling increases in investment, market share, jobs and related tourism.

Among the projected growth targets within the next seven years, the 2030 Vision foresees:

  • More than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ontario’s grape and wine production, tourism and hospitality sectors;
  • Annual Ontario VQA wine sales of more than half a billion dollars (up from $385 million per year currently), with all-channel share of Ontario’s wine market growing by 20 per cent (from current 13 per cent);
  • Three million annual visitors to Ontario’s wine regions (up from 2.6 million today);
  • A 75 per cent increase in capital investment by Ontario wine producers, with 4 million new vines planted over 20,000 acres.

A summary of Ontario’s VQA Wine & Grape Industry – 2030 Vision is available here.

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Niagara Falls lifts holding order on housing development

The former Canadian Tire plaza on Montrose Rd. in Niagara Falls is about to see a lot of new housing after City Council lifted the holding order on the site at last week’s meeting.

That opens the door for developer Forest Gate Group to build 26 semi-detached homes, 109 townhouses and 140 stacked townhouse apartments on the 4.54 hectare site at 3770 Montrose Rd.

The new subdivision will be in the Carmel neighbourhood and will be surrounded by low-rise residential (detached homes), a major road corridor (the QEW is directly behind the property) and commercial uses.

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St. Catharines launches new resources at City facilities for hearing-impaired community

A pilot program was launched today at City recreational facilities and parks to improve communication resources for the hearing-impaired community.

New signage depicting the American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet and common language and phrases is being installed at the entrances of select City recreational facilities and parks to improve communication between deaf and hearing residents in public spaces.

This summer, select parks will also have signage installed. Keep an eye on inclusive and accessible community developments in St. Catharines at

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Women’s Place of South Niagara is now Birchway Niagara

Women’s Place of South Niagara is now Birchway Niagara. The group announced the name change this past weekend during the Brunch, Bid and Bowl fundraiser.

Birchway will continue to focus on women and children facing violence in the community, but will also now be working to provide increased support to male survivors of abuse. For more information about Birchway Niagara, visit

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Niagara-on-the-Lake appoints Strategy and Government Relations Officer

After an internal hiring initiative, the Town is pleased to announce Victoria Steele as the Strategy and Government Relations Officer, effective March 13, 2023.

In this role, she will be responsible for leading and implementing Town Council’s Strategic Plan, overseeing priority corporate initiatives, and providing guidance to the chief administrative officer and Senior Management Team. This position is also responsible for planning and executing government relations activities and initiatives, advocacy efforts, and management of grant writing.

She has been with the Town since 2015 and has succeeded in numerous roles, each advancing her corporate responsibility.

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Canada and United Kingdom sign critical minerals supply chain dialogue to strengthen collaboration

The move toward a global net-zero economy is generating a significant increase in demand for critical minerals and the clean technologies they enable around the world, creating a generational opportunity for Canadian workers and Canadian businesses. Concurrent geopolitical dynamics have caused like-minded countries to reflect on the need to have stable and secure supplies of these resources and technologies — produced in a way that is compatible with science-driven climate and nature goals.

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, and Nusrat Ghani, United Kingdom Minister of State at the Department for Business and Trade, announced a Canada–United Kingdom (U.K.) collaboration through a Critical Minerals Supply Chain Dialogue.

As close allies, Canada and the U.K. have strong historical ties of collaboration and already actively pursue international partnership projects on critical minerals. Both countries have developed and released their own Critical Mineral Strategies that share similar values and goals.

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Focus on Small Business

4 ways to make your team more resilient

Every business is bound to face challenges at some point. The way your team handles such trials reveals whether they’re prone to succumb or overcome. Your team may experience unexpected delays in the supply chain that make it harder to meet deadlines. Or internal conflict may arise due to differences in personalities or varying opinions on how to get things done.

Whatever the difficulties may be, savvy business owners know team resilience is key to overcoming setbacks and meeting expectations. Often, the difference between success and failure comes down to the tools you carry in your proverbial toolbelt.

Here are four ways you can equip your team with one of the most powerful coping tools available: resilience.

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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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