Annual Population Growth

Year-over-year rate at which the number of Niagara residents changes

Target
Value

0.26%
July 2013
0.78%
July 2016
0.44%
2018

Factors that Affect Annual Population Growth

453,817

Niagara Region Population

 

2,530

Housing Starts

 

298

Development applications received

 

142

Development pre-consultation meetings

 

Projects that Affect Annual Population Growth

CompleteProject
Presence of at Least One Foreign Financial Institution in Niagara
The goal of this project is to attract at least one foreign financial institution focused on commercial banking. To do this, we will: Leverage existing international business relationships; Help identify patterns or established foreign businesses; Create a business development strategy to sell Niagara as a viable location for foreign financial institutions; Advance the planning and development process for interested foreign financial institutions.
Provincial Commitment to GO Rail Expansion - Phase 1
Regional Council's highest priority, seeking provincial commitment to GO Rail expansion with stops in Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. Niagara GO working group established to advance advocacy and technical business case. Comprehensive business case, including ridership modelling, infrastructure assessment and socioeconomic impact developed and submitted to Government of Ontario April, 2015. Government of Ontario includes Niagara GO Rail expansion in 2016 Provincial budget, with formal announcement of GO Rail service to Grimsby (2021), St. Catharines (2023) and Niagara Falls (2023) in July, 2016.
GO Rail Expansion - Phase 2: Implementation
In June 2016, the Government of Ontario announced GO rail expansion to Niagara with service to Grimsby (2021), St. Catharines (2023) and Niagara Falls (2023). Niagara is working collaboratively with the local area municipalities, Metrolinx (MX), CN Rail and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp (SLSMC) to coordinate, lead, manage and coordinate the implementation of daily GO train service in the timelines announced by the Government. Niagara Region will act as a dedicated conduit to MX, a single-window approach to alignment, coordination, approvals, and proactive communication to ensure project success.
Hub and Transit Stations Study
The Hub and Transit Station Study will support significant revitalization and growth around the identified mobility hub locations and include: Development of a conceptual transit station plan for the Grimsby, Beamsville, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls GO Station areas. Functional design work for the proposed infrastructure needed to confirm the conceptual transit station design work for all four sites. Implementation plans for the hub areas. Land value market analysis. Transportation analysis.
Joint Strategy on Youth Retention and Post-Secondary Institutions
We will coordinate the creation of a comprehensive, multi-partner strategy aimed at retaining and attracting youth. As part of this project, we will address and bridge the skills gap between local economic demands and post-secondary training and career readiness.
Net New Population Growth of at Least 10,000 - Growth Strategy
The goal of this project is to increase the population growth rate in the Niagara Region. To do this, we will: Meet with developers and investors to understand their needs. Facilitate greater development in key areas where there is a stronger market. Find ways to help move business projects forward. Build better relationships with developers and investors.
Provincial Commitment to Planning for NGTA Corridor - Phase 1
The goal of this project is to promote, encourage and support Provincial action to begin the next steps in the corridor planning of the Niagara to GTA Corridor segments before the end of 2016.
Strategy to Improve Global Attractiveness
To increase and improve Niagara's global attractiveness, we will develop a long-term vision and unified strategy that promotes the Niagara region as a place people visit, and for domestic and international residents to choose as their home.

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