At the beginning of 2016, the province made a number of changes to its growth plan to better address Ontario’s projected population growth. These adjustments envisioned Niagara with a population influx of 170,000 new residents and 80,000 new jobs by 2041. This new economic shift forced the Region to revisit its own 2041 Growth Strategy in order to accommodate this growth potential.
In preparation for this new strategy, a number of key elements were identified as necessary in order to ensure economic and residential growth. These elements included attracting foreign investment, more constructive planning for development land and improved transportation infrastructure to connect Niagara to the GTA.