BY THE NUMBERS: How much money are NOTL’s community partners requesting in the budget?

The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum has requested $281,070 from the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake for the 2023 budget.  That is a three percent increase over last year.

As the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake goes through their budget process, the council took the time to hear presentations from community partners to get a better understanding of the requests the groups are making towards the town.

Currently, the plan is for the budget to come before the council for approval on Feb. 28. A backup date of March 9 is available if needed.


Who made the ask? Sarah Kaufman, managing director and curator of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum.

What do they want? $281,070.

What is the increase? This is a three percent increase.

How will it be used? The money will be used for general operations and maintenance at the museum; staffing; website; office supplies; telephone and internet; insurance; collections management and exhibitions; and programming.


Who made the ask? Dan Pilon, chief executive officer for the Niagara District Airport.

What do they want? The airport is seeking $38,416 for Niagara-on-the-Lake’s portion of the operating costs. The town splits costs with Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. The capital requirement is $26,310.

What is the increase? This represents a total of 5.9 per cent.

How will it be used? Projects include: replacing the precision approach path indicator; painting lines and crack sealing; a pavement condition assessment; enhancing the airport terminal building, fleet maintenance and asset condition assessments.


Who made the ask? Minerva Ward, president of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce and Tourism NOTL.

What do they want? $152,807.

How will it be used? They are the town’s official marketing organization. The chamber operates the towns visitor center and provides official sponsorships of annual touristic events like the Niagara Icewine Festival, golf tournament, Peach Festival and more.


Who made the ask? Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library’s Cathy Simpson, chief executive officer, and Daryl Novak, board chair.

What do they want? $839,425.

What is the increase? This is an increase of 6.67 per cent or $53,147.

How will it be used? The 2023 expense drivers include an insurance increase, part-time hours increase, a cost of living increase and pension eligibility increase.


Who made the ask? Marc Nantel, vice president of research and innovation and strategic enterprises at Niagara College.

What do they want? $20,000.

How will it be used? Nantel told council the funds would be used to “support student success though experiential learning opportunities.” Some local Niagara College projects located in town include the Chautauqua Oaks Project and the apiaries on the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus and Concession 5. Other future plans include on-campus botanical and chef’s gardens and a covered outdoor learning space.


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