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

2015 2016 2017
Businesses with Employees 12,211 12,448 12,567
Non Employers - Business without Employees 24,347 24,556 26,289
Total Businesses 36,558 37,004 38,856
Source Statistics Canada 2015, 2016, 2017

Business Size Range

Employees Companies % of total
1-4 6,280 50.7
5-9 2,567 20.8
10-20 1,704 13.8
20-49 1,186 9.6
50-99 377 3.0
100-199 175 1.4
200-499 68 0.6
500+ 24 0.2
Source Statistics Canada 2016

Employment

Total Jobs

2015 2016 2017
209,590 212,247 216,186
Source Statistics Canada 2015, 2016, 2017

Top 40 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
Hilton Hotels and Suites 2,000
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 2,000
General Motors of Canada 1,445
Outlet Collection at Niagara 1,400
Canadian Tire Financial Services 1,161
City of St. Catharines 975
City of Niagara Falls 837
Canada Border Service Agency 773
Great Wolf Lodge 716
Sitel 623
Concentrix 566
White Oaks Resort 526
Casino Niagara 456
Shaw Festival Theatre 446
Stanpac Inc. 420
Royal LePage Real Estate 415
Family and Childrens Services Niagara 390
Meridian Credit Union (Corporate Office) 348
Welded Tube of Canada Corp. 284
Livingston International Inc. 280
PVS Contractors 280
Cabico 277
Walker Industries Inc. 267
BVGlazing Systems 254
St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation 252
Rich Products of Canada Ltd. 250
Convergys Limited 250
OneTouch Direct 228
Airbus Helicopters Ltd. 220
Silverline Group Inc. 220
Tabor Manor 220
Henry Schein Canada 218
Andrew Peller Ltd. 217

Top 5 Sectors by Employment

Retail Trade 27,091
Health care and social services 25,143
Accommodation and food service 25,026
Manufacturing 17,637
Construction 15,429
Source Emsi Analyst, Q2 2017

Top 5 Sectors by Employment Growth (2011-2017)

Health care and social assistance 2,964
Accommodation and food service 2,417
Professional, scientific, technical service 1,522
Retail trade 1,224
Construction 1,139
Source Emsi Analyst, Q2 2017

Top 5 Sectors by Employment Growth Rate

Real estate 20.5%
Professional, scientific, technical service 19.8%
Health care and social assistance 13.4%
Accommodation and food service 10.7%
Arts, entertainment and recreation 9.8%
Source Emsi Analyst, Q2 2017