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Port Colborne get $1.25 million cheque for Community Improvement Fund

Published July 8, 2022 at 3:03 pm

From left, Claire Parkinson, Head of Vale’s Processing Plants in Ontario, Port Colborne Councillors Donna Kalailieff, Gary Bruno and Mark Bagu. Port Colborne Mayor Bill Steele,  Nadeem Khan, Manager of the Port Colborne Refinery and Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey. 

Vale Canada Limited announced a $1.25 million community improvement fund designed to support local economic development and community connectivity in the City of Port Colborne, benefiting both residents and visitors to the city, at a ceremony today (July 8)..

“Vale is very proud to partner with the City of Port Colborne with this fund,” said Nadeem Khan, Manager of Vale’s Port Colborne Refinery. “As one of the largest employers in the City of Port Colborne, it’s important for us to give back to the community that has been home to our refinery for more than 100 years.”

The $1.25 million fund will be allocated between five projects across the City, focusing on city-wide investments in infrastructure, specifically around community culture and recreational spaces:

  • Naming rights to Port Colborne’s future Waterfront Centre for 15 years
  • Nickel Beach improvements, including new washroom facilities
  • Lockview Park Redevelopment
  • New Welland Street Trail, connecting Nickel Beach to Port Colborne’s downtown; and
  • Captain level sponsor of the annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival for the next 15 years

“The City of Port Colborne is thankful for our partnership with Vale and their historic and on-going support of our community,” said Port Colborne Mayor Bill Steele.

“As we plan for the future, council and staff look to provide an exceptional small-town experience in a big way, and this community fund and the projects these funds are leveraging, will help us do that for our residents.”

Vale has a cobalt and precious metals refinery in Port Colborne.

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