Nicknamed "The Rose City," Welland, Ontario is a rarity among Canadian cities. Because of its location in the centre of the Niagara Peninsula, the city's climate is tempered by the two surrounding Great Lakes: Ontario and Erie. The result is a mild climate that is neither too cold nor too hot for Welland's more than 50,000 residents.
The temperate climate is just one of the many things Welland has to offer. Canadian Business Magazine named the city one of Canada's best places to do business, thanks to its competitive cost of doing business, affordable commercial and industrial real estate, and highly-skilled labour force. Because Welland is only 30 minutes from Buffalo, New York, businesses and job seekers have access to a huge market that includes the United States.
Welland, Ontario Job Opportunities
Welland got its start as an industrial town as the result of its proximity to Niagara Falls' hydroelectric station. While the textile, steel, and automotive industries once dominated the economy, many of the factories have since closed. Today, Welland's economy centres mostly on customer service and financial management.
Welland has a large degree of bilingualism among its residents, which has made it an attractive location for call centres. One such centre, Convergys, is also a major employer in the city. A customer management firm, Convergys is the largest supplier of customer service jobs in Welland, Ontario. Another major Welland employer, Canadian Tire Financial Services (CTFS), focuses on marketing financial services to its four million cardmembers. CTFS finance jobs in Welland, Ontario include financial analyst and financial manager.
Welland, Ontario Employment Trends
In early 2014, the St. Catharines-Niagara area, which includes Welland, had the worst unemployment rate in Ontario: 8.8 percent. That figure has improved recently, however. According to Employment and Social Development Canada, the St. Catharines metro area now has an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent, down from 7.9 percent in October of 2014. However, in 2015, the City of Welland also reported a net loss of 15 businesses due to relocation and closures.