|Regional Municipality of Niagara|
Unity, Responsibility, Loyalty
|Formed||1970 (from Welland and Lincoln Counties)|
|• Chair||Jim Bradley|
|• Governing body||Niagara Regional Council|
|• MPs||Dean Allison, Chris Bittle, Vance Badawey, Tony Baldinelli|
|• MPPs||Jeff Burch, Wayne Gates, Sam Oosterhoff, Jennie Stevens|
|• Land||1,854.23 km2 (715.92 sq mi)|
|• Density||241.5/km2 (625/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
The Regional Municipality of Niagara, also colloquially known as the Niagara Region or Region of Niagara, is a regional municipality comprising twelve municipalities of Southern Ontario, Canada. The regional seat is in Thorold. It is the southern end of the Golden Horseshoe, the largest megalopolis in Canada.
The region occupies most of the Niagara Peninsula. Its eastern boundary is the Niagara River, which is also the border with the US State of New York. It is bounded on the north by Lake Ontario and on the south by Lake Erie.
Unique natural landscapes make the Niagara Region an important centre for agriculture and tourism in Canada. The most important agricultural enterprise in Niagara is viticulture, or winemaking. The Niagara Wine Route, which connects visitors to dozens of wineries, is a growing tourism draw while the internationally renowned Niagara Falls is one of Canada's major tourist attractions. Along with Shaw Festival, held annually in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the Welland Canal, the Regional Municipality of Niagara receives up to 12 million visitors each year.
As a census division in the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Regional Municipality of Niagara had a population of 477,941 living in 195,914 of its 207,926 total private dwellings, a change of 6.7% from its 2016 population of 447,888. With a land area of 1,852.82 km2 (715.38 sq mi), it had a population density of 258.0/km2 (668.1/sq mi) in 2021.
|Population||477,941 (+6.7% from 2016)||447,888 (+3.8% from 2011)||431,346 (+0.9% from 2006)|
|Land area||1,852.82 km2 (715.38 sq mi)||1,854.23 km2 (715.92 sq mi)||1,854.25 km2 (715.93 sq mi)|
|Population density||258/km2 (670/sq mi)||241.5/km2 (625/sq mi)||232.6/km2 (602/sq mi)|
|Median age||46 (M: 44, F: 47.2)||45.7 (M: 44.4, F: 46.9)|
|Total private dwellings||195,915||196,241||188,877|
|Median household income||$65,086|
Top ten largest ethnicities
Further information: List of secondary schools in Ontario § Regional Municipality of Niagara
See also Niagara Peninsula wineries
Niagara Region contains three airports used primarily for general aviation:
Aside from scheduled commuter flights between Niagara District Airport and Toronto City with FlyGTA, for commercial flights Niagara residents use Toronto Pearson International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, or John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area; as well as crossing the border to use Buffalo Niagara International Airport or Niagara Falls International Airport in Upstate New York.
Niagara Region is served by GO Transit and Niagara Region Transit, as well as the following local bus operators:
Grimsby, Pelham, Wainfleet, Lincoln and West Lincoln do not have local transit systems.