Shape Niagara

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Areas of Focus



What We've Heard

Below are engagement results that the Region has led in the recent past. Click below to see what residents have been saying about how we can Shape Niagara.

Economy and Growth: Walkability, mixed use work and living spaces, having transit well integrated into the natural environment are valuable factors for strong neighbourhood building.
- GO Hub and Transit Station Study

Quality of Life: Promote Niagara's image around attraction and benefits, affordability, cost of living. Rebrand Niagara like many others have such as Hamilton.
- Youth Retention Strategy

Infrastructure and Services: Support and encourage businesses to recycle by making it more accessible and cost effective.
- Niagara Employment Inventory

  • Youth Retention Strategy
    We developed a youth retention strategy in 2015 to attract and retain youth under 35 in Niagara. The feedback collected aligns with the following areas of focus:

    Infrastructure and Services

    • Smart transportation, supported by technology solutions
    • Support and advocacy for active transportation

    Economy and Growth

    • Support for partnerships promoting technology and innovation in the education sector through business and investment attraction
    • Support for skill development of Niagara's labour pool
    • Promotion of Niagara's health care industry with linkages to other partners and regions

    Governance and Advocacy

    • Rebrand Niagara to tell the positive stories to improve our image, promote attractions and benefits
    • Council can continue to encourage the collaborative approach to services and community prosperity Niagara has seen as a result of working across municipalities
  • Niagara Employment Inventory
    We conduct an annual inventory of local employers. This is a strategy we've adopted to improve our global competitiveness. The survey results contribute to a comprehensive understanding of Niagara's current employment landscape by providing reliable data on employment numbers, types of employment and job / industry locations. Businesses were asked what the Region could do to support them. Here's what we heard:

    Infrastructure and Services

    • Expand alternative transportation such as public transit service and bike lanes to increase access for customers and employees to businesses

    Economy and Growth

    • Engage in supports to attract business to Niagara

    Environment

    • Educate and promote usage of garbage and recycling programs in order to make Niagara a clean, environmentally-conscious place for residents and tourists

    Health and Wellness

    • Increase funding for mental health services
    • Support cycling and sporting events that will attract tourists, encourage healthy living and increase economic spinoff

    Governance and Advocacy

    • Continue to promote Niagara as open for business
    • Remain politically active in ensuring procurement stays open and transparent

    Quality of Life

    • Supports for connecting business with their communities
  • GO Hub and Transit Station Community Engagement
    In June 2016, the Province formally announced the extension of GO train service to Niagara with stops in Grimsby by 2021, and St. Catharines and Niagara Falls by 2023. The GO Hub and Transit Stations Study was to ensure that short and long-term growth expectations around the stations is appropriately planned, accommodated and managed. Here's what residents said:

    Infrastructure and Services

    • Create well-designed transit in order to achieve economic success and regional growth

    Economy and Growth

    • Increase development in the older parts of the Region to take pressure off of urban sprawl

    Environment

    • Consider protection of land and environment when developing transit and infrastructure

    Health and Wellness

    • Encourage active transit and population density to foster a healthy community

    Governance and Advocacy

    • Integrated transit and infrastructure attractiveness can be used as a way to promote the Region to residents and tourists

    Quality of Life

    • Support community connectivity through integrated transit, pedestrian-friendly communities and mixed-use work and living spaces

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