MPP Oosterhoff Welcomes Regional Delegation to Queen’s Park to Get Things Done for Niagara

Toronto – Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, welcomed a number of delegates of the Regional Municipality of Niagara to Queen’s Park today, including Regional Chair, Jim Bradley; Terry Ugulini, Mayor of the City of Thorold; Wayne Redekop, Mayor of the Town of Fort Erie, as well as Regional Councillors, Diana Huson and Rob Foster. The Niagara delegates were at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and met in person with a number of provincial officials, including Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario; Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing; Hon. Michael Parsa, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, and Hon. Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care

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

“Today’s advocacy for the Region – which will include additional meetings throughout the week – is about ensuring local concerns are heard at the highest levels of the province. I was especially grateful that Premier Ford was able to take time out of his busy schedule today to sit down in person with Chair Bradley and listen to the concerns and priorities of Niagara.”

Key priorities of the Niagara meetings included plans by the Region to build a new wastewater treatment plant in Niagara Falls, as well as the Region’s efforts to facilitate new housing and population growth, as well as supporting local health care, long-term care, community planning and economic development across the peninsula.

“As the first day of Niagara Week at Queen’s Park draws to a close, I am pleased to see the Ontario government’s openness to collaboration and cooperation on our priority issues,” said Jim Bradley, Chair of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

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

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

The Regional Municipality of Niagara is anticipated to grow to a population of 694,000 people and 272,000 jobs by the year 2051. The strategic goals of the Region are outlined in the 2022 Niagara Official Plan, a long-range land use planning document that sets out a vision for managing growth and future infrastructure needs across the peninsula.