Environment 2017

  1. Environment – Introduction

    Niagara’s unique geography and environment contribute to residents’ and visitors’ quality of life and provide an iconic setting for specialized business opportunities. When we appreciate, understand and protect our natural assets, and take a thoughtful approach to waste management and climate issues, we are building a sustainable future. National Context Over the...
  2. Air

    Quality Air Quality Ontario, provided by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, has a network of 13 ambient (outside) air monitoring stations across the province that collect real-time air pollution data. This information is communicated to the public through Ontario’s new Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), and as...
  3. Climate Change

    Climate Change Planning The Canadian Index of Wellbeing 2016 National Report – How Are Canadians Really Doing? Shows that, between 1994 and 2014 in Canada: Residential use of energy has reduced by 20%, with 82% of Canadians taking measures to reduce energy consumption The total land base in Canada devoted...
  4. Land

    Agriculture Approximately 64% of the land in the Niagara peninsula is agricultural, and about 21% is rural wooded or natural. The remaining 15% is considered urban (major centres being St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland).  Urban growth is expected to be greatest along the Welland Canal corridor, particularly in the...
  5. Waste

    Costs of Garbage Disposal Total Cost to Dispose of a Tonne of Waste The table below overviews the total cost for solid waste disposal per tonne for all property classes (residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional) for Niagara three comparison municipalities (Durham, Halton, Hamilton), and the median across 15 municipalities that...
  6. Water

    Quality The Niagara Peninsula Source Protection Committee provides the following information in their 2017 Annual Progress Report: There are six municipal water treatment plants in the Niagara Region, with surface water intakes which supply over 80% of the population. There are no municipal wells. The six water treatment plants that...