Population (2016) 447,888
Niagara Region has convenient access to shopping and great recreation. Within a short drive you can sample and buy local food and wine, visit wineries, find culture and entertainment, visit casinos, hike, bike or walk on the Region’s 300 kilometre trail network, golf at one of the 40 golf courses, boat, lounge on a beach, or watch the ships go by on the iconic Welland Canal.
The Niagara Peninsula produces 80% of the wine in Canada and provides much of Ontario’s fresh fruit and vegetables.
The QEW Highway runs from Toronto through the Niagara Region to the U.S., transporting tonnes of goods between the 2 countries annually. The Region’s strategic location puts it within a day’s drive of 150 million consumers, making it an attractive centre for manufacturing and distribution. The Welland Canal links Lake Ontario and Lake Erie and moves approximately 40,000,000 tonnes of cargo annually.
There is a need for a talented and educated work force to meet the demand for growing employment in the sales and service, business, finance, admin, trades, transportation, management, tourism and health sectors. Niagara Region welcome new businesses and has set up programs to help nurture entrepreneurial companies to grow and prosper. Niagara’s integrated fibre technology network makes it easy to set up shop or work from home, whether city or rural. With all that the Region offers, you can move from work to play within 30 minutes.
The Region's extensive network of roads makes it easy to get around. The ongoing expansion of the GO transit service means that you can leave your car at home and be connected to Toronto’s Union train station, Via Rail, the Pearson UP Express airport shuttle, downtown Toronto, Toronto City Centre Airport and Mississauga Square One.
The Niagara Health hospital organization operates the health care facilities across the Region. It encompasses five hospitals and other medical facilities like diagnostic and specialty centres that work closely with the nearby Hamilton Health Sciences Centre. The state-of-the-art Niagara Health Centre in St. Catharines and the planned South Niagara Centre project in Niagara Falls will increase the Region’s ability to provide vital healthcare services to Niagara Region residents.
Niagara College, Brock University and several other secondary institutions provide college and university education and training. The Region also has four publicly funded school boards. The public school boards also run Adult Education classes. There are several schools that teach viticulture. Welland is home to the only French first language high school which serves the French population of the Niagara Region.
- Niagara Falls
- Niagara Wine Route
- Shaw Festival
- Spectacular sandy beaches
- Welland Canal