Living in Niagara

The Niagara region, comprised of 12 municipalities, is defined on three sides by water: Lakes Ontario and Erie; and, the Niagara River, which separates Canada and the United States. The region’s western boundary abuts the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area [GTHA].

Niagara has a rich history, with a number of firsts, including its role as the front line for nearly 1,000 days of the War of 1812 and the home of Canada’s oldest operating golf course. 

The 12 Municipalities of Niagara Region:
  • Town of Fort Erie
  • Town of Pelham
  • Town of Grimsby 
  • Town of Lincoln
  • City of Niagara Falls
  • Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • City of Port Colborne
  • City of St. Catharines
  • City of Thorold
  • Township of Wainfleet
  • City of Welland
  • Township of West Lincoln

Facts & Figures:

• Area: 1,852 km2 = 715 square miles.
• Population: 431,346. [Census Canada 2011]
• Niagara Falls generates 40% of Ontario’s tourism traffic
• Niagara shares 5 border crossings with the United States; 4 by road and 1 by rail
• The Niagara Peninsula is Canada’s largest viticultural area, accounting for 75% of the country’s grape growing volume  
• Niagara boasts 15 million square feet of greenhouses, devoted primarily to floricultural products [cut flowers] 
• Manufacturing remains the backbone of Niagara’s economy, including metal fabrication, food and beverage, and advanced manufacturing [ICT, aerospace and digital 3-D innovative technologies]
• The Niagara region is a world class recreation and cultural centre with endless beaches and hiking/biking trails, sports-recreational facilities like the Welland International Flatwater Centre, and the internationally renowned Shaw Festival

The Niagara Region is strategically located on the Canada-U.S. border, just the length of the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York.

  • Niagara is ‘the link’ between Canada’s largest metropolitan area, Toronto, and fully 55% of the U.S. population and 60% of Canada’s within one day’s drive. As a result, the Niagara Region is the natural base for American and Canadian companies wishing to reach both of these vibrant markets.

  • The Niagara Region is blessed with every transportation mode modern industry and commerce desires, from major highway arteries, national and regional railways and the Welland Canal, which links the heart of North America to the Atlantic Ocean and beyond via Highway H2O, the St. Lawrence Seaway; to international airports located at each of the Region in Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo. 

  • Niagara Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of North America, is known around the world – it is truly a global destination.

  • What isn’t so well known is the “other Niagara” – probably the most strategic location for commerce on the North American continent.

  • Manufacturing is the largest sector employer in the Region, and the backbone of the economy. 

  • Niagara’s manufacturing sector is a mix of multi-generations of auto industry parts suppliers, some of them in transition to encompass new-age manufacturing processes; and, other advanced manufacturers born of the digital, aerospace and other ICT spheres of endeavour. 

  • Niagara’s economic landscape today encompasses the gamut, from the latest renewable energy original equipment manufacturers, through advanced robotics being applied to agribusiness practices, and encompassing leading edge production of goods and services to meet a broad range of North American needs, ranging from the energy industry to Hollywood. 

  • All of this manufacturing resurgence has been and continues to be reinforced by Niagara’s post-secondary educational institutions and research centres:
    Niagara College Innovation Centre
    Rankin Technology Centre
    Vineland Research Centre

Day Care Centres

Niagara Region's Children Services oversees 9,700 licensed care spaces in 170 child-care centres and 140 home-based child-care programs. There are 5 Regional Child Care Centres serving 275 families and there are financial assistance programs that reach upwards of 2,900 families. For more information about Niagara Region's Child Care click here. 

Elvis will be in the building, or is that Elvises? 

Niagara This Week, Tue., Oct 11, 2016 | By Richard Hutton

NIAGARA FALLS — Elvis Presley. The name still carries a special magic. His records still sell despite his death in August 1977. Graceland, Elvis’ home in Memphis, Tenn., draws millions of visitors each year.

There are Elvis tribute acts across the globe, staying faithful to The King’s unique style that made him popular in a way that spanned generations.

And, of course, there’s some people who think Elvis is still with us.There’s even a contest — The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Act competition — that pits some of the top tributes to Elvis against one another with $20,000 and bragging rights on the line. And now Niagara Falls wants in on some of that action.

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