Niagara Facts

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Something is happening in Niagara, Canada. Sure, we continue to welcome millions of tourists from around the world, but Niagara is also a destination of choice for families and businesses too.

It is not just our competitive costs or location that sets Niagara apart. Our communities are inherently liveable, with affordable housing, outstanding entertainment and recreation activities (catering to those millions of tourists, we punch well above our weight!) and minimal traffic congestion.

Labour Fource

 With a population of over 448,000 and an accessible Labour market of over a million workers, Niagara can meet the need for almost any type of skilled Labour.

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Strategically located between the Greater Toronto Area and Buffalo, NY, the Niagara Region has access to a huge and growing market of 1.86 million people within 30 miles.

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Trade Facts

Tourism Facts

Total visits (2014):  12,666,900
Total overnight stays (2014):  4,684,400
Total same-day visits (2014):  7,982,500
Total visitor spending (CAD) (2014):  $1.94 billion 

Demographic Facts

Population (2016):  447,888
Total private dwellings (2016):  183,825
Population density (2016):  241.5 per square kilometer

Economic Facts

GDP (2016; basic prices):  $14.609 billion (CAD)
CPI (2016; 2002=1.0):  1.274
Average weekly earnings (2016): $831
Retail sales (2016):  $5.347 billion (CAD)
Total employer businesses (2016):  12,448

Cost of Living

Niagara has a quality of life like no other. With great schools, a vibrant cultural scene, outstanding recreation and leisure activities, affordable home ownership and no traffic congestion, Niagara truly offers big city amenities without any of the usual big city headaches.

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Welcoming The World

With recent investments in spectator facilities and performing arts venues, Niagara is able to attract major sporting events and world-class entertainers. Games for all five North American professional sports leagues are easily accessible thanks to nearby teams in Toronto and Buffalo.
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Things To Do

Niagara is blessed with an abundance of amenities to entertain and engage. Fueled by
growing golf and cycling destination initiatives, Niagara has a well developed ecosystem for outdoor activities. Many elements of the local tourism industry enhance the range of amenities available to local residents, such as the world-famous Shaw Festival Theatre and the Niagara Wine Route, which alone welcomes 1.8 million visitors per year.

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Ontario is home to some of North America’s safest cities, according to the Economist’s Safe Cities
Index, and Niagara’s rates are well below the Canadian average itself when it comes to all major measures of crime: total crime, violent crime, property crime, hate crime and drug offences.

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Growth for Niagara ‘the new normal’

Niagara is showing to have consistent growth in: the housing market, construction and various other industries. Figures showed Niagara’s growth rate soared by more than 300 per cent from 2011 to 2016. The statistics suggest Niagara’s economy is running on virtually all cylinders.

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New Official Plan to shape future growth and prosperity in Niagara 

Niagara Region has begun a multi-year planning process leading to the development of a new Official Plan that will shape how Niagara grows and develops over the next two decades. The new Official Plan will provide high level policy direction on a wide range of matters such as strategic locations for growth and development.

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Niagara economic development officials to return from Colombia trade mission

Welland’s economic development officer is part of an international trade and investment mission wrapping up in Colombia through a partnership of the city, Niagara Region, Niagara College and City of Hamilton. They were all on a mission to explore trade and investment opportunities in Columbia.

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Government of Canada designates Niagara Foreign Trade Zone Point
The government of Canada has announced the designation of the Niagara Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point, serving the region's 12 municipalities from east of Hamilton to the United States border.

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GNCC launches cross-border network with Buffalo-Niagara Partnership
The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership, a private sector economic development organization the largest regional Chamber of Commerce in Western New York, are pleased to announce a new strategic agreement that bridges their two organizations.

Under this agreement, members in one organization will be entitled to associate membership in the other. This agreement is designed to build cross-border business relationships and create new opportunities in our bi-national economy.

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Major industry coming to Welland positively affecting Niagara
Erie Media
The City of Welland made a major announcement Wednesday morning that will greatly affect the entire Niagara Region.

GE (General Electric) Canada announced that it has selected Welland as the site for their new Multi-Modal "Brilliant Factory."

In a press release M.P. Niagara Centre Vance Badaway said, "With GE Power’s new “Brilliant Factory” our community will see 150 direct new good-paying jobs be created in phase 1 within the Niagara Region to strengthen the middle class and help those working hard to join it.”

Province antes up for Niagara Falls Hospital
St. Catharines Standard by Allan Benner
Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati arrived at Queen’s Park Thursday with “great expectations.”

After being invited by Premier Kathleen Wynne to visit the provincial legislature for Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s 2017 budget announcement, he suspected that funding for that long-awaited hospital could be a reality.

But he couldn’t be sure until he saw “Niagara” on page 81 of the budget book he was given, listed as an Ontario community that would benefit from $9 billion earmarked for the construction new hospitals during the next decade.

“Until you see it in print, you don’t really believe it,” he said. “It was a feeling of both relief and excitement at the same time.”

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Niagara selected as host community for Canada Summer Games 2021
Niagara This Week by Scott Rosts
TORONTO — The nation’s eyes will be on this region four summers from now, with the stunning news out of Toronto today that Niagara’s bid to land the 2021 Canada Summer Games has won.

Local dignitaries including Regional Chair Alan Caslin and Doug Hamilton, the volunteer chair of Niagara’s games big committee, were at the University of Toronto to hear the games council announce that Niagara’s bid has been selected the winner over competing bids from Sudbury, Ottawa and a heavyweight partnership of Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge.

In an interview after the announcement Regional Chair Alan Caslin said the region’s unity — including regional politicians committing $10.3 million toward the games — was one of the key facets that likely stood out in Niagara’s bid.
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