Port Colborne assessing impacts of COVID-19 on the 2020 Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival

Posted by Corporate Communications on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

The City of Port Colborne continues to place the health and safety of the community and staff as a top priority. As the City continues to follow direction from the Province of Ontario and Niagara Region Public Health regarding COVID-19, it has undertaken an assessment of the pandemic’s impact on the City’s signature event: the Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival.

A staff report regarding the 42nd annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival, scheduled for July 31 - Aug. 3, 2020, and a recommendation from the Canal Days Advisory Committee, will be presented to Council at its meeting on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Council meeting will be held virtually, with the meeting live streamed on the City’s YouTube channel. During the meeting, Mayor Steele will be the only member of Council present in Council Chambers along with the City Clerk and Chief Administrative Officer. Members of Council and senior staff will participate in the meeting remotely.

Anyone wishing to be a delegate at this meeting is asked to submit a written delegation that will be circulated to council members prior to the meeting. Submissions must be received by noon on Monday, April 27, 2020, by emailing deputyclerk@portcolborne.ca, or handwritten delegations can be submitted in the after-hours drop box in front of City Hall, 66 Charlotte Street. Questions about the delegation process? Email deputyclerk@portcolborne.ca or call 905-835-2900 ext. 115.

The agenda package for the Monday, April 7, 2020, Council meeting will be available on Thursday, April 23, 2020. To read the agenda, or to watch live at 6:30 p.m., visit http://portcolborne.ca/page/minutes_and_agendas. Alternatively, to sign up to receive council information and agenda directly to an email inbox, visit http://portcolborne.ca/page/subscribe_newsletter. Council meetings are also broadcasted the Thursday following the Council meeting at 9 a.m. on YourTV (Cogeco), channel 10.

Source of local information

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the City is encouraging residents to follow the City’s social media accounts, or visit the designated website at www.portcolborne.ca/page/covid-19, for the most up-to-date information, including facility closures and changes to service delivery.

About Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival

Since 1979, vessels gather in Port Colborne each Civic holiday weekend, for a four-day celebration of history and heritage along the canal. The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival encompasses the entire community, with activities at a dozen different venues. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the festival over four days. Friends, families, and former residents return and reminisce, and Canal Days continues to grow by bounds. A source of great community pride, Canal Days is Port Colborne’s signature event, and it is the hundreds of local volunteers who work tirelessly that make this unique event Niagara’s premier summer festival. The 42nd annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival, Port Colborne: July 31 – August 3, 2020.


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