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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: September 9th, 2021

Statistics Canada has reported the deaths of almost 25,000 Canadians from COVID-19 between March 2020 and June 2021.

Deaths of almost 25,000 Canadians attributed to COVID-19 from March 2020 to June 2021

From March 2020 to the beginning of June 2021, there were an estimated 23,547 excess deaths in Canada, or 6.7% more deaths than what would be expected were there no pandemic, after accounting for changes in the population, such as aging. Over this same period, 24,910 deaths were directly attributed to COVID-19. While COVID-19 deaths were still observed, significant excess mortality has not been observed nationally for the total population using the provisional death data since February 2021.

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Ontario launches Request for Qualifications to offer high-speed internet in under-served areas

Today, the province launched a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as part of a new competitive bidding process to connect more than 300,000 homes and businesses in unserved and underserved areas.

Under the new and innovative procurement process, qualified internet service providers (ISP) will later bid – through a series of reverse auctions in defined geographic areas – for opportunities to provide connectivity across Ontario.

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Lincoln and Grimsby formally approve shared fire services

The Town of Lincoln and the Town of Grimsby have approved by-laws to move forward with a pilot project for the provision of shared fire protection services, to deliver fire protection services jointly to both communities. The implementation of shared fire services allows both municipalities to maximize their collective resources without each having to pay the full cost of such and will serve to preserve the volunteer fire service model.

The GNCC has urged municipal governments to streamline and reduce costs through integration and shared services for many years, and is pleased at this development.

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Welland seeks input on official plan

The City of Welland invites public comment on the updates to the Official Plan. A survey is available on the City’s engagement site, YourChannel, until early October. Questions in the survey look at topics such as familiarity with the Official Plan, future vision, placemaking, and priorities. In addition, a scheduled virtual Official Plan visioning workshop takes place Wednesday, September 29.

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St. Catharines Digital Main Street program goes city-wide

The City of St. Catharines is relaunching Digital Main Street for a third year, offering one-on-one support to small businesses in expanding their reach into an increasingly important digital marketplace. The program, made possible by to a $83,862 grant from Digital Main Street’s Ontario Grants Program (OGP), will see the City’s Digital Service Squad extending its support across the whole community, in addition to providing the opportunity for receipt of a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant. The grants — administrated by the Ontario BIA Association with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade — support brick-and-mortar businesses in adopting new technologies to expand their online reach.

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Niagara Health vaccination clinic to be closed Sunday, Sept. 12

Niagara Health’s vaccination clinic at the St. Catharines Site will be closed Sunday, Sept. 12 due to low bookings.

Regular operations, including booked and walk-in appointments, will resume Monday, Sept. 13. Make an appointment online for same-day and future bookings. Walk-ins for first, second (until 3:30 p.m.) and third doses (until 3 p.m.) are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis of the Pfizer vaccine.

To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, individuals should get vaccinated as soon as they can and book their second dose as soon as they are eligible. All vaccines approved by Health Canada are safe and effective in protecting against COVID-19 and its variants. Mixing vaccines is safe, effective and enables more Ontarians to receive their second dose sooner.

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Average cost for COVID-19 ICU patients estimated at more than $50,000: report

CBC News

The average cost of treating a COVID-19 patient who needs intensive care in Canada is estimated at more than $50,000, compared with $8,400 for someone who’s had a heart attack, a new report says.

Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows the average cost for patients being treated for the virus is more than $23,000, which is four times higher than a patient with influenza.

Ann Chapman, interim director of health spending and primary care at CIHI, said the report reinforces the economic consequences of a serious illness, though it does not include the cost for doctors.

Tiff Macklem charts Bank of Canada’s path out of pandemic stimulus

Financial Post

Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem has begun the delicate work of extricating the central bank from the bond market.

Macklem used a speech on Thursday to chart an end to the Bank of Canada’s first use of quantitative easing (QE), a relatively aggressive approach to keeping interest rates low that involves central banks using their unique ability to create money to purchase financial assets.

The Bank of Canada deployed QE to fight the COVID-19 recession, and has so far acquired more than $330 billion of Government of Canada debt since the end of March 2020. Central bankers dislike becoming active players in private markets, but without their intervention, the cost of borrowing money to invest probably would drift higher, slowing the recovery.

Niagara COVID-19 statistics tracker

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. Lower numbers are better in all metrics.

 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: September 4, 2021

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On September 8, there were 14 patients admitted to Niagara Health with COVID-19, of which 13 were unvaccinated, 0 were partially vaccinated, and 1 was fully vaccinated. There were 5 patients with COVID-19 in a Niagara Health Intensive Care Unit.

Over the last 28 days, a Niagara resident vaccinated with 1 dose was 3.7 times more likely to contract COVID-19, and an unvaccinated person was 8.4 times more likely.

Data are drawn from Niagara Region Public Health and Niagara Health.

Niagara COVID vaccination tracker

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

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

Total doses administered in Niagara: 673,534

New daily doses administered to Niagara residents: 1,348

Last updated: September 9, 2021

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

Free rapid COVID-19 testing kits are now available to businesses. Visit to learn more and reserve kits for your organization.

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.

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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