The Niagara Region is known for more than just its majestic waterfalls; it’s becoming a much-desired place to settle, particularly for newcomers. The region even has a dedicated website to promote immigrant settlement.
The region includes the 12 communities of Fort Erie, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Wainfleet, Welland and West Lincoln.
Located in southern Ontario, between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, it has a population of 427,421.
The Niagara region is a large area of land, between two Great Lakes — Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, so it experiences significant changes in weather conditions throughout the year.
In the winter, the temperatures can be well below freezing, with large amounts of snow. Temperatures range from -20°C to 0°C.
In the spring, the temperature begins to warm up, ranging from 5°C to 15°C.
In the summer, temperatures can range from 15°C to over 30°C, with a tendency for high humidity.
In the fall, the temperatures begin to cool down and can range from below zero to 15°C.
The public transportation system within the Niagara region relies on a bus system. For maps, routes and schedules see Niagara Region Transit. Bus service is also available to cities farther away like Hamilton and Toronto.
The cost of taking public transportation varies depending on the route and distance. See here for a list of fare prices.
Driving in Niagara
For information on driving in Nigara Region and how to get a licence, see Driving.
The Niagara region is protected by the Niagara Regional Police Service.
Contact the police: When to call 9-1-1
Dialing 9-1-1 is only to be used in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, the fire department or an ambulance.
If you know your situation is not an emergency, then call the non-emergency phone line (905-688-4111).
Places of worship
Niagara Region has a majority Christian population, but many of the world’s faiths are celebrated here. You will find many churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship which might be an important source of support when you first settle in Niagara.
You can find a list of places of worship and faith groups in Niagara Region here.