Annual Population Growth

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


July 2013
July 2016

Factors that Affect Annual Population Growth


Niagara Region Population



Housing Starts



Development applications received



Development pre-consultation meetings


Projects that Affect Annual Population Growth

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 our local area municipal partners, Metrolinx (MX), CN Rail, VIA 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 of Ontario. Niagara Region, via the GO Implementation Office, 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 plan for and support revitalization and growth around the identified mobility hub study areas. For each study area, project elements include: - creating a secondary plan policy framework to detail land uses around each station that will appropriately accommodate anticipated growth in a manner which respects existing neighbourhoods; - completing a transportation analysis and a land value market analysis; - identifying and prioritizing infrastructure improvements to ensure safe, convenient, and efficient access/circulation; - establishing an implementation and phasing plan; and, - working with Metrolinx and local area municipalities on conceptual GO transit station designs for confirmed station locations in Grimsby, St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls.
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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