Spanning more than 96 square kilometres, St. Catharines is the largest city in the Niagara Region and one of Ontario's largest urban centres. It's known as The Garden City, thanks to its four square kilometres of gardens, trails and parklands, which delight tourists and locals who enjoy the great outdoors. Jogging, hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing are all popular ways to soak up St. Catharines' natural spaces.
The cost of living in St. Catharines is high in comparison to Canada's national average, but low when compared to other key Ontario locales, including Toronto and Hamilton. This helps to offset wages, which are typically lower than in other Ontario cities.
St. Catharines, Ontario Job Opportunities
St. Catharines' location between the Greater Toronto Area and the U.S. border makes it a key commerce and trade area. Its largest industry is manufacturing, with General Motors of Canada, Multiplex Manufacturing and Trenergy Inc. all operating manufacturing bases in St. Catherines.
General Motors was once St. Catharines' largest employer, but now that honour goes to the District School Board of Niagara. This school system manages more than 100 educational campuses, including six secondary schools employing teachers and administrators in St. Catharines.
The Niagara Health System is St. Catharines' second-largest employer, providing more than 4,200 jobs for local physicians, nurses and administrative staff.
St. Catharines, Ontario Employment Trends
St. Catharines' workers are loyal. Local employers boast high levels of retention, which can make it difficult for people hoping to break into St. Catherines' employment market. While its unemployment rate of more than 7.5 percent is higher than the national average of 7 percent, the unemployment rate has been steadily falling in recent years.
According to Brian York, the economic development manager of the City of St. Catharines, "The local economy is tracking consistently upward in most measurable areas."