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Thank you to the communities of Fort Erie and Port Colborne

Posted Apr 2nd, 2024

Niagara Health is grateful for the hundreds of community members who provided input and asked questions during engagement sessions in Fort Erie and Port Colborne last month. 

Last month, Niagara Health kicked-off our series of community engagement sessions in Fort Erie and Port Colborne.

These are the first of many community events scheduled in the coming months as we continue the planning for a three-site hospital system in Niagara.

We are grateful for the hundreds of community members who came out to participate in the Fort Erie and Port Colborne sessions and those who joined us virtually for our community webinar. Your involvement is critical in shaping the future of hospital care in Niagara and we appreciate your time and commitment.

In order to deliver seamless care to patients and their families across Niagara, we must evolve to overcome the challenges of today’s health care landscape. All of our existing hospitals, aside from our St. Catharines site (The Marotta Family Hospital), are outdated. Our current sites in Port Colborne, Fort Erie and Niagara Falls are beyond the point of renovation to meet our future needs. The changing health care landscape around us demands that we change to better serve patients and their families.

During the engagement sessions, community members had the opportunity to learn more about our future plans, provide input and have their questions answered by President and CEO Lynn Guerriero and members of our Executive Team.

Some of the questions raised asked about the role of primary care. While Niagara Health is not responsible for the delivery of primary care services, we are working closely with municipalities, the Ontario government, the Niagara Ontario Health Team -Équipe Santé Ontario Niagara and community partners and family doctors to advocate for increased access to primary care and to support addressing those gaps in care.

A summary of questions and answers from these events is available on our website. 

We want to thank everyone who participated in these community engagement sessions for your thoughtful questions and feedback. Your input is invaluable as we work to move forward with this important project. We will continue to keep our community informed and look forward to continuing our engagement across the Niagara region.

Together, we can build a strong, sustainable hospital system that meets the needs of our community for years to come.

President and CEO Lynn Guerriero answered questions from community members during our community engagement session in Fort Erie. 

Members of the community are invited to learn more about our transformation at these upcoming engagement sessions:

Engagement Schedule


April 4, 2024, 6:30 p.m.

Meridian Community Centre – Dr. Gary & Mall Accursi Room A
100 Meridian Way, Fonthill, ON
April 9, 2024, 6:30 p.m. Community Engagement Session
St. Catharines Merritton Community Centre
7 Park Ave., St. Catharines, ON
April 15, 2024, 6:30 p.m.


Community Engagement Session
Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre
14 Anderson Ln., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

April 16, 2024, 6:30 p.m. Community Engagement Session
Welland International Flatwater Centre – Celebration Hall
16 Townline Tunnel Rd., Welland, ON
April 23, 2024, 6:30 p.m. Community Engagement Session
Gale Centre Arena – Memorial Room
5152 Thorold Stone Rd., Niagara Falls, ON
May 27, 2024, 6:30 p.m. Community Engagement Session – Drop-in format
Fleming Memorial Arena – Rooms B, C and D
5020 Serena Dr., Beamsville, ON
May 30, 2024, 6:30 p.m. Community Engagement Session
Thorold Senior Citizens Centre
8 Carleton St S, Thorold, ON

Share Your Input

Engagement with our community and government officials will continue throughout our planning process. If you have questions you’d like answered at one of our engagement sessions, please let us know at

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