Unemployment Rate

Percentage of Niagara residents identified as available for work, but are without work; adjusted for seasonal changes. The target is the monthly Provincial average


Feb. 2014
Feb. 2018

Factors that Affect Unemployment Rate


Employers hiring OW clients in 2016



SAEO New Job Starts in 2016



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



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



Site selection inquires



External grant dollars accessed through Economic Development division



Jobs created and/or retained through the Gateway Program


Measures that Affect Unemployment Rate

greenEmployers Hiring OW clients  568
Dec. 31, 2015
Feb. 28, 2018
Dec. 31, 2018
greenSAEO New Job Starts  885
Dec. 31, 2015
Dec. 31, 2017
Dec. 31, 2018

Projects that Affect Unemployment Rate

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%.
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.
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.
Inter-Municipal Transit - Phase 1
The cities of St. Catharines, Welland and Niagara Falls, supported by Niagara Region, are working together to develop options that will lead to an innovative, efficient, customer-centric and integrated transit model in Niagara. A working group is actively pursuing improvements such as improved connectivity to post-secondary institutions, better fare integration and improved trip planning. Completion of phase 1 will occur once triple majority is achieved. This will lead to phase 2 implementation.
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.

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