The City of Niagara

Fellow Niagarans,

As you may know the province is once again reviewing our 50 year old two- tiered governance structure. ONE Niagara NOW has submitted a proposal to the province’s committee reviewing governance.

It is our hope that this long overdue process will result in a stronger Niagara. We believe there is an enormous opportunity to reduce our number of elected politicians and streamline our bureaucratic process. We believe our only path forward, that will deliver real benefit, is a new City of Niagara.

We encourage you to review the the submission and the presentation about our vision of a the City of Niagara. Please use these to foster conversation in your circles about this critical issue.

Submission to the Governance Review Commitee January 2024

One Region One Brand One Agenda – Welcome to the City of Niagara

It is also our hope that you will become actively involved as this process with the Province develops.

We need to unleash Niagara’s potential

What’s holding Niagara back and how we can create a bold future.

We're Living in the Past

Our two-tier system is outdated and is holding us back from our full potential. Niagara's Region/municipal governance structure is 50 years old and is long due for an overhaul. If we could have resolved our challenges under the current governance model it would have happened by now.

Our Unfortunate Reality

Our population has hardly grown in 22 years, we have low houshold incomes, our young people leave the region, people are waiting up to 13 years for affordable housing, our shelters are full and the rental vacancy rate is just 0.5%.

Bureaucracy, Red Tape & Waste

Roads are torn up twice when construction work is done at regional/city intersections, Region snowplows lift their plows on city roads, developments need up to 4 approvals and pay double development charges.

Niagara Is More Than Lines On a Map

Our economy doesn’t stop at insignificant municipal, regional boundaries, why do our services? We should use the current federal/provincial ridings to create equal representation at the new one-tier council that is accountable to every one.

ONE TIER - ONE CITY - ONE NIAGARA!

One Niagara will be a city ``open for business``. One government will attract stronger political leadership to drive the economy. We'll have increased transparency and accountability, decisions will be made faster and based on what's best for everyone.

Let's Be The 5th Largest City In Ontario

If we come together as one Niagara we will be the 5th largest city in Ontario and 11th largest city in Canada. How could any number other than ONE be considered more effective?

Niagara is a Community of Communities

As residents of Niagara we don’t live by the boundary lines on a map.

We live in Wainfleet and work in Welland. We live in Lincoln and go to school in St. Catharines. We live in Pelham and play in Niagara on the Lake. We live in Niagara Falls and celebrate in Port Colborne.

Who Is ONE NIAGARA NOW?

We are a not for profit Canada Association founded by community and civic leaders, business owners and academics committed to supporting real change in Niagara.

 

We have experience with the failings of our current governance model.

 

We are deeply concerned about our future generations.

 

We love this region and are passionate about Niagara and its potential.

Learn more about ONE NIAGARA NOW

Are you interested in learning how you can help build a bolder future for the region? To download our ONE Niagara NOW Report, please fill in the form below and we’ll send it to you.