Living in the Niagara Region
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.
It’s unique landscape and location on the Niagara escarpment make the region an important area for tourism and agriculture.
City Size and Population
Located in southern Ontario, between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, it has a population of 447.888.
The communities within the Region are distinctive and unique, and attract about 15,000,000 visitors annually. Whether a person is seeking natural settings, rural surroundings, quaint towns or the excitement of urban life, it can all be found within the 12 municipalities that make up the Niagara Region. Within a 20 minute drive, you can access various festivals, culture, entertainment, recreation, shopping and education.
Niagara Region has a strong history of welcoming and integrating newcomers, and this is evidenced by the many community and cultural organizations that work in the area. It’s a growing and diverse community with many recreation and cultural activities to help you meet new people.
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.
Spring (March to June): Temperatures range from 5°C to 20°C. People wear light jackets or no jacket at all. Plants and trees blossom in the many green spaces.
Summer (June to September): Temperatures range from 15°C to over 30°C, with a tendency for high humidity. People where light clothing when the temperatures rise.
Fall (September to December): Temperatures begin to cool down and can range from below zero to 15°C. People wear light or medium jackets. The trees lose their leaves and fall colours are at their best.
Winter (December to March): Temperatures range from –20°C to 0°C. People wear heavy winter clothes and the area gets regular and sometimes heavy snowfall (10–30 cm) possible.
Working in Niagara
.There are plenty of opportunities to work in Niagara with growing employment is several sectors. Niagara’s top employment sectors include:
- Retail trade
- Health care and social services
- Accommodation and food service
There is a growing need for a talented and educated work force to meet the demand for jobs. You can join a number of companies who are located in Niagara. Some of the top occupations in the region include:
- Sales and service occupations
- Business, finance and administration occupations
- Trades, transports and equipment operators and related occupations
- Management occupations
- Health occupations
The public transportation system within the Niagara region relies on a bus system. 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
The Niagara Parkway offers a scenic road and bicycle path from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls. A local tale is that after a drive along the parkway, Sir Winston Churchill called it:
The prettiest Sunday drive in the world.
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For information on driving in Niagara Region and how to get a licence, see Driving.
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.
Pre-arrival settlement and employment services in Niagara
There are numerous settlement services and organizations to help newcomers to connect with people in the community. These services can help you to navigate and learn about your new community. They can also help you to communicate with:
- social and government services
- legal services.
Niagara Region is known for its fertile soil and unique natural landscapes which makes it an important centre for agriculture and tourism in Canada.
The Niagara Wine Route connects visitors to dozens of wineries the Region is acclaimed for. And around 15 million visitors from around the world travel to the Niagara Region to see the many attractions, the major one being the breathtaking Horseshoe Falls.
Finding a Home
Niagara is considered one of the best places in Canada to buy real estate. According to Multiple Listing Services (MLS), the average resale price of a home in Niagara was $388,500 in 2017. There are also plenty of rental options including apartments, houses, town homes, basement suites, and even single rooms available for rent..
Click here for more information about buying or renting in the Niagara region.
The Niagara Health System operates the health care facilities in Niagara. It is a publicly funded system that includes six hospitals with a total of 804 beds and other medicine facilities.
Other health facilities found in Niagara Region include the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre (124 beds) and the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital (Grimsby).
For a complete list of medical facilities in Niagara Region, click here.
Niagara College, Brock University and several other publicly-funded post-secondary institutions provide college and university education and training.
Both the University and the College have numerous certificate, diploma and Degree programs.
The Region also has four publicly funded school boards that have schools open to teach children. As well, the public school boards run Adult Education classes through the day and evenings for those adults who are looking to refresh their skills, or to learn new ones.
Please click here for a complete list of schools available in Niagara.
Niagara Region offers a wide variety of recreational activities. Spacious arenas, state of the art community centres, green parks, rolling trails and bikeways, and numerous sports clubs make it a popular destination for the active or leisure seeking visitor and resident.
Enjoy the fresh air and scenic views when you hike, bike or take a leisurely stroll along the Niagara Parkway.
For a full list of the many activities there are available to you in Niagara, please click here.