Firm Creation Growth

Number of new businesses established in Niagara since January 2015

Target
Value

0
Jan. 2015
3,028
June 2017
4,209
2019

Factors that Affect Firm Creation Growth

19

New products developed through Niagaras incubators

 

77

New prototypes and problems solved through support by Brock, Niagara College and Innovate Niagara

 

3

Business development problems resolved through the support of Economic Development

 

865

Jobs created and/or retained through the support of Economic Development programs and activities

 

82

Jobs created and/or retained through Industrial Land Development Charge Grants

 

12

Site selection inquires

 

27

High-growth businesses assisted

 

$190,000

External grant dollars accessed through Economic Development division

 

229

Jobs created and/or retained through the Gateway Program

 

Measures that Affect Firm Creation Growth

MeasureBaselineCurrentTarget
yellowDatasets published "Open"  43
Dec. 31, 2015
76
Dec. 31, 2017
95
Dec. 31, 2017

Projects that Affect Firm Creation Growth

CompleteProject
Airports Study
This project will deliver to the Transportation Strategy Steering Committee comprehensive reports outlining for each the NDA and NCDRA the governance and funding options available, financial viability and risks, as well as a recommendation on a potential Regional role in the operation and funding.
Bend the Curve for Ontario Works Caseload
This project will increase the number of people who leave Ontario Works for employment and contribute to keeping caseloads below the projected annual number of 3%.
Customer Service
The objective of the customer service project is to develop an integrated customer service strategy across the corporation that includes in-person, telephone, and digital touchpoints. As part of this, we will: Develop a corporate customer service culture that puts the customer first. Enhance the customer experience through service modernization. Develop a continuous feedback loop to monitor and measure customer experience.
Expedited Process for Development
Developing an expedited planning approvals process will increase approval certainty and accelerate review with a focus on creative solutions for development initiatives which align closely with Niagara's strategic objectives and priorities. Developed in close partnership with Niagara's local area municipalities, the expedited process will empower staff to work with investors and stakeholders as partners in the building of vibrant and diverse communities within Niagara.
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.
Foreign Trade Zone - Phase 1
The goal of the Foreign Trade Zone project is to raise global and national business awareness of the Niagara region's ability to encourage and support export-focused business operations. It addresses an opportunity to provide a single referral point for businesses to the many federal, provincial, regional and municipal programs and services available to exporters. The Foreign Trade Zone also addresses the need for various levels of government to receive and act on feedback about export-relevant programs and systems from a community of exporters. It is an opportunity to focus on exports as a source of growth and prosperity.
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.
Influence Provincial Plan Review
The aim of the project is: To provide submissions to the Provincial Comprehensive Review. Review the implementation of provincial planning policy and the benefits/implications for Niagara. To focus on urban Niagara for investment, jobs and development through updates to the Places to Grow initiative.
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.

Page Feedback Did you find what you were looking for today?