Working Age Population

Percentage of Niagara residents between the ages of 20 and 64


July 2013
July 2016

Factors that Affect Working Age Population


Housing Starts



Jobs created and/or retained through the Gateway Program



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



High-growth businesses assisted



Development applications received



Development pre-consultation meetings


Projects that Affect Working Age Population

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 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.
Influence Provincial Plan Review
This project will apply Council's strategy for investment, job growth, and prosperity with urban Niagara land supply and location as the basis for influencing provincial planning policy 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.
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.
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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