Provide necessary infrastructure to foster growth and be a catalyst to attract investment.
To develop an expedited planning approvals process that will increase approval certainty and accelerate the review period with a focus on creative solutions for development initiatives.
Identify specific sites that fall short of Premier Site status and work with the property owner to increase the site's investment attractiveness. This could include leveraging the Ontario Certified Sites Program for additional funding and advertising.
To review the planning policies in the Provincial Comprehensive Review considering the benefits / implications for Niagara, provide site specific examples of Niagara demonstrating how planning policies and mapping impact growth, and make submissions to draft planning policy, mapping and guidelines under the Provincial Comprehensive Review.
Submissions were made to provincial planning policy documents and associated guidance documents: Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan. The outcome of this project has resulted in a comprehensive assessment on the impact of provincial planning policy and mapping to the future growth and development of Niagara.
The Provincial Comprehensive Review is now complete. However, through the preparation of the new Niagara Region Official Plan, provincial planning policies, guidelines and mapping will need to be challenged.
In collaboration with local businesses, economic development officers, CAOs, post-secondary institutions and innovation centres, Niagara Region will be developing an economic development action plan. The plan will emphasize investment attraction, innovation and entrepreneurship, economic research and analysis, and advocacy to drive growth in Niagara.
Business case to be developed to incorporate Team Niagara funding into the economic development base budget to continue current activities and include in the joint Team Niagara Action Plan.
To support the growth of small businesses in rural areas by:
Niagara is now a key partner in a larger buyer group and will be able to leverage this to attract broadband providers to build connectivity into smaller and rural communities. The SWIFT project has received $180 million dollars in combined funding from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
Niagara Region will continue to look for funding opportunities to expand broadband connectivity in under-served communities.
To ensure that tourism is part of Niagara Region's Economic Development Strategy by:
Niagara Region Economic Development has a defined role in tourism that avoids duplication of effort, while ensuring appropriate support for the tourism industry. Some of the major impacts as a result of the collaborative work among the Gateway Niagara partners includes:
Niagara Region Economic Development is resourced and funded to fulfill their defined role in tourism. Ongoing efforts will continue to advocate to ensure that tourism is part of Niagara Region's Economic Development Strategy.