Local businesses get edge in new Niagara Falls hospital construction

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Published January 24, 2022 at 3:27 pm

“Shop locally” has been the buzzword throughout the pandemic in Niagara municipality – all in an effort to keep local businesses afloat.

Now Niagara Region and the local hospital network is applying the same criteria to the construction of the new South Niagara Hospital, which will span 1.3 million square feet on a 49.8-acre greenfield site, and will be a 470-bed, full acute care hospital.

The region’s Economic Development has just partnered with Niagara Health to push as many Niagara businesses as possible to be involved the the Niagara Falls hospital’s construction. It is expected to be fully completedby 2026-2027

“Our businesses in Niagara have the skills, the talent and the passion needed to make significant contributions to this major project, which will have a lasting impact on our community,” said Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley. “I look forward to seeing our local businesses not only benefit from this project, but also make their mark on this new local landmark.”

To give local businesses an edge, a new online tool will connect the project team with local Niagara businesses able to supply services or materials for the project.

George Spezza, Director of Niagara’s Economic Development department added, “One of Economic Development’s most important roles in our community is making the right connections between government and businesses that will help our economy thrive. Collaborating with Niagara Health is one way we can connect Niagara’s businesses with the significant economic opportunities this project will create.”

When St. Catharines General Hospital was being built, the project directly and indirectly supported and created approximately 5,400 jobs, many of which were in Niagara, with an estimated 1,000 workers on-site daily at the peak of construction.

As a larger project, the South Niagara Site could bring even more opportunities for Niagara businesses.

“We are very excited that the South Niagara Site will provide Niagara businesses with an opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the region,” said Lynn Guerriero, President and CEO of Niagara Health.

“Each stage of planning and development provides additional opportunities for innovative partnerships with municipalities, our healthcare partners and the community.”

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