An aging population has become of great policy concern as more people leave the workforce due to retirement than those entering the workforce to replace them. Economists fear that not only would this stunt economic growth, but would put pressure on the tax system as insufficient revenue would be generated to support the growing need for services. This study takes a closer look at the Niagara numbers to see how they stand up to the ongoing narrative that the region has trouble attracting younger workers. It reviews Niagara’s population changes and offers some considerations about how Niagara can leverage its strengths and take the lead in establishing itself as a desirable destination for people of all ages.
Authors: Carol Phillips & Adam Durrant
Published By: Brock University Niagara Community Observatory & Niagara Workforce Planning Board
Publication Date: January 2017