Work & Employment 2008

  1. Places Where People Do Their Work

    In Niagara (2005), 13,670 reported they worked at home (.06%), 2,135 worked outside Canada (.01%), 18,505 (.75%) worked at no fixed address and 177,940 (84%) worked at a usual work place.
  2. Largest Employers

    In 2008, the employers who employ 1,000 employees and over in Niagara include: Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort (4,279), Niagara Health System (4,200), General Motors of Canada (3,999),
  3. Jobs Lost in Niagara

    Niagara has lost an estimated 4,400 jobs from August 2002 to January, 2005, mostly in the manufacturing, goods producing sector — General Motors small engine block (600 jobs lost); GM Axle (750 jobs lost);
  4. Employment for Specific Groups

    In Niagara, as in the rest of Canada, employment opportunities and earnings are different and more challenging for women, immigrants, the Aboriginal population and those with disabilities.
  5. Unemployment Rates

    The unemployment rate for Niagara increased from 6.1% in 2005, to 6.2% in 2006 to 6.6% in 2007 (6.4% in Ontario and 6.0% in Canada). In May of 2008, the unemployment rate was 7.2% compared to 5.6% in Kitchener and 7.2% in London.
  6. Employment Rates

    The employment rate for Niagara went down slightly from 60.7% in 2005 to 59.0% in 2007. In 2007, Niagara’s employment rate was lower than that of Ontario (63.6%) and Canada (63.5%).
  7. Introduction to Employment & Work

    Having opportunities to work, contribute and earn a living wage are important to the well being of a family, an individual and a community. The sustainability of a community is reliant on the employment of its citizens and putting their talents and human capital into creative and purposeful work.