Keeping young people in Niagara:  It is important that we both retain our young people and attract new young people in Niagara. It is equally important that we have a mix of younger and older citizens to build our community. Niagara already has a larger share of seniors and a growing aging population, so encouraging young people to get established here is even more critical to the well being of our region. The Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University created a policy brief in 2009 summarizing data on this issue and conducted focus groups with young people to get their perspectives.

As of the Living in Niagara – 2008 report, the prevailing belief was that many of our young people leave the region. In the 2006 Census data, 29.9% of the Niagara population was 24 years of age and younger, compared to 31.6% of Ontario’s population. In Niagara, children 14 and younger represented 16.8% of the population, which is below the national 17.7% and the provincial 18.2%.

Source: Statistics Canada, 2005, Community Profiles.

The following figure shows the percentage of 25-34 year olds, who left the area between 2001 and 2006. It indicates thatNiagaradoes a fairly good job of retaining young people – less than 18% of young people left the region from 2001-2006. Naturally, young people move to follow a life with a partner, for career and occupational goals and for recreational and other reasons.

Retaining young people

Source: The young are the restless. (2009). Brock University, Niagara Community Observatory.

Attracting young people to the Niagara …
Niagara is close to the bottom compared to other municipalities in our ability to attract young people from other areas.

Moved to Niagara

This figure shows that the percentage of people aged 25-34 who have chosen to move to Niagara 2001-2006 is considerably less than the inflow in other municipalities.

Source: The young are the restless. (2009). Brock University, Niagara Community Observatory.

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