Established on Jan. 1, 1971, the Niagara Regional Police Service is the oldest regional police service in Ontario. In an area of 1,854 square kilometres, the NRPS patrols one of Ontario's largest geographic regions.
The Niagara Regional Police provide policing and public safety services to 431,346 residents and an estimated 15,000,000 visitors annually.
A few of the unique policing challenges facing Niagara are the combination of urban and rural development, the large annual influx of tourists, its proximity to the United States, the effect of the nations' busiest border crossings, a major summer cottage population in varying communities, and a waterfront shoreline that surrounds the region on three sides.
As administrator of affordable housing for Niagara Region, Niagara Regional Housing is dedicated to providing and advocating for quality affordable housing in Niagara.
Affordable housing in the region includes more than 2,600 Public Housing units owned and managed by Niagara Regional Housing, more than 3,900 units operated by Social Housing Providers (non-profit and co-operative), approximately 1,000 units through private landlords in the Rent Supplement Program and new communities through new development.
Niagara Regional Housing is governed by a board of directors with representation from the housing sector, the community and Niagara Regional Council.
The activities of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority are governed by a board of directors comprising 15 members appointed by the member municipalities as follows:
Board members collectively provide direction through the CAO for the consideration and adoption of goals and objectives, policies, operational plans and budgets.
Established in 1959, the Conservation Authority serves approximately 500,000 people and covers an area of 2,424 square kilometres encompassing the entire Niagara Region, 21 per cent of the City of Hamilton and 25 per cent of Haldimand County.
The driving force behind the Conservation Authority movement was its grassroots land stewardship focus and involvement with water programs.
Programs focus on environmental protection and preservation, and watershed management activities. These include:
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority now owns over 2,870 hectares (7,091 acres) that are held in public trust.
The Authority's stewardship allows the public to enjoy Niagara's distinctive heritage and natural resources at conservation areas, each of which offers diverse recreational and educational opportunities.
With its unique resources, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority manages one of the most complex watersheds in the province. It includes lands drained by the Niagara River, Twenty Mile Creek, the Welland River, and the Welland Canal. Nestled between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and transversed by the Niagara Escarpment, the Niagara Peninsula has truly unique climatic and biotic zones that are unlike anywhere else in North America.