Get to know Niagara

Looking for at-a-glance information to get to know Niagara? This collection of Regional Quick Facts is a perfect place to start. Begin with a quick scroll through key data highlights and then link through to more detailed reports for additional background.

Location

Location and Distance to Markets

Metropolitan Area Distance Population
Toronto 100 km 5.9 million
Detroit 350 km 4.3 million
Columbus 565 km 2.1 million
New York 650 km 20 million
Philadelphia 650 km 6.1 million
Boston 775 km 4.6 million
Chicago 830 km 9.5 million

Transportation Infrastructure

4 major highways

5 international border crossings into US

2 commercial vehicle border crossings

1 million truck crossings each year

7 airports within 10 to 100km

Welland Canal and nearby access to Ontario's largest port

Business

Niagara Business Counts

2017 2018 2019
Businesses with Employees 12,962 13,039 13,326
Businesses without Employees 24,612 27,174 27,347
Total Businesses 39,591 42,231 42,692
Source Statistics Canada, Canadian Business Counts, 2019

Business Size Range

Employees Companies % of total
1-4 6,600 49.5
5-9 2,880 21.6
10-20 1,830 13.7
20-49 1,274 9.6
50-99 465 3.5
100-199 179 1.3
200-499 74 0.6
500+ 24 0.2
Source Statistics Canada, Canadian Business Counts, 2019

Employment

Total Jobs

2017 2018 2019
213,863 217,523 220,385
Source Emsi 2019.1

Top 45 Largest Employers (Full and Part Time)

District School Board of Niagara 6,160
Brock University 5,965
Niagara Health System 4,914
Niagara Region 3,644
Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort 3,630
Niagara College 2,658
Niagara Catholic District School Board 2,011
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 2,000
Hilton Hotels and Suites 2,000
Outlet Collection at Niagara 1,500
General Motors of Canada 1,445
Canadian Tire Financial Services 1,284
Lais Hotel Properties Limited (Vintage Hotels) 1,184
City of St. Catharines 975
City of Niagara Falls 837
Canada Border Service Agency 773
Great Wolf Lodge 716
Sitel 641
Rankin Construction Inc. 580
White Oaks Resort 523
Concentrix 460
Casino Niagara 456
Care Partners 455
Stanpac Inc. 450
Family and Childrens Services Niagara 450
Shaw Festival Theatre 445
Royal LePage Real Estate 415
Andrew Peller Ltd. 397
Meridian Credit Union (Corporate Office) 348
Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium 340
Costco 315
BVGlazing Systems 304
Cabico 291
Welded Tube of Canada Corp. 284
Livingston International Inc. 280
PVS Contractors 280
Rich Products of Canada Ltd. 270
Cantec Security Services 245
Airbus Helicopters Ltd. 235
St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation 225
Tabor Manor 220
Henry Schein Canada 219
Walker Industries Inc. 218
Convergys Limited 200
OneTouch Direct 176
Source Niagara Employment Inventory, 2018

Top 5 Sectors by Employment

Accommodation and food services 28,605
Retail trade 27,502
Health care and social assistance 27,266
Manufacturing 16,552
Construction 15,215
Source Emsi 2019.1

Top 5 Sectors by Employment Growth (2012-2019)

Accommodation and food services 5,682
Health care and social assistance 5,027
Professional, scientific, technical service 3,058
Educational services 1,746
Transportation and warehousing 1,628
Source Emsi 2019.1

Top 5 Sectors by Employment Growth Rate

Professional, scientific, technical service 39%
Accommodation and food services 25%
Transportation and warehousing 23%
Health care and social assistance 23%
Educational services 13%
Source Emsi 2019.1