Delegates from the Niagara Region attend meetings at Queen’s Park

Niagara delegates attended the Ontario Legislative Assembly last Monday through Wednesday, where they met in person with a number of provincial representatives and officials

Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, welcomed a number of Niagara Regional Municipality delegates to Queen’s Park last week, including Regional Chairman Jim Bradley, along with a number of local mayors, regional councilors and senior staff.

A highlight of the week of advocacy for the region was a joint federal and provincial announcement on Tuesday, welcoming Asahi Kasei Corporation’s investment of approximately $1.6 billion in the construction of an electric vehicle battery separation plant in Port Colborne, leading to thousands of important jobs for Niagara.

Niagara delegates attended the Ontario Legislative Assembly from Monday to Wednesday, where they met in person with a number of provincial representatives and officials, including Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance; Hon. Paul Calandra, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transport; Hon. Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure; Hon. Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Trade, and Hon Andrea Khanjin, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

“As a local MPP, my legislative role is to bring the voice of Niagara to Queen’s Park,” said MPP Oosterhoff.

“Every day I work with my team to get the job done for the people of Niagara. This past week in Queen’s Park and across Niagara highlighted the progress being made in so many areas across our region, from building new hospitals and long-term care homes, to expanding rural broadband and adding more mental health services . I will always ensure that my colleagues at Queen’s Park know that the world does not end at the Burlington Skyway, and I will always work with our government to bring Niagara’s fair home. part.”

Following the formal face-to-face meeting with Niagara delegates at Queen’s Park on Monday, the Prime Minister joined the Premier and municipal leaders in Port Colborne on Tuesday, where he announced the generational investment by Asahi Kasei.

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce spoke with elected members and senior staff at Queen’s Park on Thursday, highlighting Niagara as an attractive region for business growth and cultural tourism.

Key priorities of the Niagara meetings included Niagara Region plans to build a new wastewater treatment plant in Niagara Falls, as well as the region’s efforts to facilitate new housing and key employment lands to spur economic development across the peninsula to support.

“As Niagara Week comes to a close at Queen’s Park, I am pleased to see the Ontario government’s openness to working together on our priority issues,” said Jim Bradley, President of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

“I would like to thank MPP Oosterhoff for both his support in making this event a success and his continued support of our community. I look forward to building on our already strong relationship with the province in the future as we work to to grow better together.”

The Government of Ontario is committed to working with local governments and municipal partners across the province to build safe and strong urban and rural communities with vibrant local economies, a high quality of life and attainable homes for all.

The Regional Municipality of Niagara is expected to grow to a population of 694,000 people and 272,000 jobs by the year 2051. The region’s strategic objectives are set out in the 2022 Niagara Official Plan, a long-term land use planning document that sets out a vision for managing the growth and future infrastructure needs across the peninsula.