The Niagara Workforce Planning Board, which continuously provides employers and job-seekers with accurate, local information regarding changes and developments in the market for jobs in Niagara Falls, recently undated its plan for the Niagara Labour Market. Between 2000 and 2009 Ontario witnessed 12.19 percent employment growth; however, the number of jobs in Niagara Falls declined of 2.78 percent over the same time-period. The lack of overall growth in the number of jobs in Niagara Falls relative to the rest of Ontario may indicate more persistent job market issues. Despite the recent recession that affected most of Canada, the market for jobs in Niagara Falls is also affected by ongoing demographic changes in the form of in-out migration. Niagara Falls has a faster growing older population than all of Ontario and has outpaced the Province by attracting triple the number of people aged 45-64 and double the number of people over 65. As such, Niagara Falls will face difficulty in attracting youth and young professionals to local job opportunities.
In addition, jobs in Niagara Falls are dominated more strongly by entrepreneurial small and medium sized employers than other regions. Jobs at large companies tend to attract more young job seekers who are just entering the workforce. According the NWPB, as of 2010, that less than one percent of all jobs in Niagara Falls are with companies that employ over 200 people. What will be done about this? The NWPB says it is likely that a broader program that includes research, best practices, consultants and service improvements would compliment employment and funding priorities.
Moreover, jobs in Niagara Falls used to be dominated by the manufacturing industry in 2000. Like elsewhere in Ontario, employment in the manufacturing sector declined over the past decade and by 2009 there were more jobs in Niagara Falls' health care and social assistance sector. Other sectors (agriculture, professional, scientific and technical) have seen little to no growth over the past decade.