Niagara Regional Council reflects on accomplishments at the end of year three

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Published December 9, 2021 at 4:20 pm

With three-quarters of their political term done, Niagara Regional Council got reflective on some of the achievements they had accomplished, despite being handcuffed by a global pandemic.

“Since March 2020, much of the news cycle has been dedicated to covering COVID-19. While this is reasonable, I fear that some of the excellent work that has been completed by the Niagara Region has gone unnoticed,” said Regional Chair Jim Bradley.

“Regional Council, in partnership with staff, continued to deliver results for the people of Niagara, despite the impacts of the pandemic.”

Some of the accomplishments singled out included:

  • ​Investing $175 million to redevelop the Linhaven and Gilmore Lodge long-term care homes in St. Catharines and Fort Erie
  • Creating or retaining nearly 1,000 jobs through target incentive programs
  • Increasing green bin usage by 24% through the implantation of every-other-week collection
  • Joining UNESCO’S coalition of inclusive municipalities, demonstrating the Region’s commitment to equity and diversity
  • Investing $55 million to help the province build the new West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and the new South Niagara Hospital
  • Securing more than $20 million to help expand high-speed internet across the Region
  • Implementing a new “on demand” transit service, resulting in more than 36,000 completed trips
  • Investing more than $19 million into the construction of new, affordable housing units
  • Distributing more than 280,000 doses of the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine into resident’s arms
  • Protecting over 70,000 hectares of green space through the Region’s new Official Plan

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our community in many ways. Niagara Region has been there for our residents every step of the way, not only managing our community’s response to the virus though public health guidance and mass vaccinations but also through maintaining our essential services,” said Niagara Region CAO Ron Tripp.

“Our public education campaign, #HereForYouNiagara, recognizes the Region’s commitment to our residents and making Niagara a great place to live, work and thrive.”

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