City of Niagara Falls highlighted in Provincial Budget

Niagara Falls, ON – April 27, 2017 - “Today was a good day for Niagara Falls” says Mayor Jim Diodati.  The Province of Ontario released its 2017 budget today and Mayor Diodati and City of Niagara Falls staff were in attendance at Queen’s Park to hear the details.

  •  New Hospital for South Niagara announced
    • A new South Niagara Hospital has been a strategic priority of City Council for the past two terms.  Council has worked with partners in the community, the Niagara Health System and the Provincial Government to expedite the establishment of the new hospital through the Planning and Development processes.
    • Today’s announcement names the hospital as a priority for the Provincial government and confirms their support of this one billion dollar project for Niagara.
    • Major highlights of the new South Niagara Hospital will include Centres of Excellence in various departments and top grade and accessible health care for Niagarans.
    • GO Train to Niagara Falls on track for 2023
      • The Province of Ontario confirmed their support for GO Train service to Niagara Falls in 2023.
      • This important transportation project continues to be a priority for the Government of Ontario.
      • Province of Ontario grants authority to municipalities to levy a Hotel Tax
      •  Changes to the Municipal Act were announced that will allow Municipalities to adopt a hotel tax, where at least 50 per cent of revenue would be shared with a respective Regional Tourism Organization (RTO) or a not-for-profit tourism organization.
        • This will provide an opportunity for transparent accountability of fees and taxes levied in tourism.
        • It allows for sustainable funding for tourism initiatives and promotion. 

      Mayor Diodati looks forward to discussing these new announcements and working with his City Council Colleagues on next steps.  He says that “The most exciting thing for us is to see so many of our Strategic Priorities come to fruition.  City Council in Niagara Falls has worked tirelessly to ensure things like the GO Train to Niagara Falls, and a South Niagara Hospital among other critical projects are achieved.  The Province of Ontario has confirmed their support of these projects and today’s budget is a testament to their commitment to our community and the initiatives that are important to us.” 

       
      For more information, contact:
      Carey Campbell, Executive Officer
      City of Niagara Falls
      Phone: 905 356 7521 ext. 4206
      Email: ccampbell@niagarafalls.ca 

Posted on: 4/27/2017 6:24 PM - Category: Media Releases