Welland is a city located in Southern Ontario within the Niagara Peninsula.
It occupies a total land area of almost 81 square kilometers and has a population of around 50,500 people.
Nicknamed as the “Rose City”, Welland is often regarded as one of the best representations of how Canada is a ‘cultural mosaic’ of race and ethnicity.
Many immigrants have commented on the welcoming environment of Welland and the resources available to help them fully assimilate into Canadian culture.
Welland has numerous features that have enticed businesses to expand their services towards this small city.
This is not surprising considering that the Canadian Business Magazine has ranked Welland as a Top 10 City for conducting business in Canada.
Nickname(s): "The Rose City"
Land: 81.09 km2
Welland is famous for having several annual events that attract visitors from all across Canada.
The most famous events are the Niagara Food Festival and the Welland Rose Festival. The former involves foods and wines being put on sale around the downtown area of Welland. The latter has thousands of unique flowers planted all around the city and offers a variety of community-involved activities and guest perfumers.
If you like shopping, you will be pleased to hear that there are seven different plazas in the city that each have multiple stores.
The largest of them all is the Seaway Mall, hosting 125 stores that take up a grant total of 555,000 square feet. Dispersed around Welland are numerous sports complexes and recreational facilities that allow the community to participate in physical activity. Whether you are playing competitively or simply looking to have some fun, each center will have something that you can surely enjoy!
Dollard is small enough such that there are no official sections of the town. With that being said, it is generally accepted that there is a western side to the city and an eastern side. Each of them are unique enough that they can be seen as different neighbourhoods.
East Welland is solely made up of Cook Mills and all of Rural Welland itself. As there are few employers within this area, residents have to commute by car on a daily basis in order to reach their place of employment in the busier parts of Welland. One of the benefits of having an abundance of green space is the number of outdoor activities that are available to its residents. Indeed, many of the golf courses and sports complexes are concentrated within Rural Welland.
West Welland is compromised of the following communities: Dain City, Cordage, Eastdale, West Main, South Pelham, Chippawa Park Area, Woodlawn, Niagara College and Seaway Mall Area. This area tends to attract young people in their 20s and 30s due to the presence of the city’s only post-secondary institution and 7 shopping plazas. If you are looking for something new during the summer time, there are some farmer’s markets that sell fresh produce on the street.
An interesting aspect about Wellan’s real estate is that their official website is frequently updated with properties that have gone up for sale. They are divided by commercial and industrial real estate so that homeowners and businesses can see what is available for them. Numerous data points such as listing price home features are made available in an easy-to-read PDF per listing.
Eastern Welland’s rural nature results in a real estate market where fully detached residential homes are the norm. There is a diverse mix with respect to the interior and exterior design of these homes. Roughly half of them are traditional while the rest are modern. This is due to the fact that select areas have recently undergone housing development. Depending on where you look, you may be able to find a bungalow or mansion. These two types of homes are bought just as fast as they are sold, meaning that interested buyers will have to keep a sharp eye on those properties.
Western Welland, in contrast, contains homes that are far more modern in their design. Prospective homebuyers can expect to see a relatively high concentration of rental apartments and condos within areas like Dain City.
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The following table, based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA’s) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available), demonstrates how homes in LSTAR’s jurisdiction continue to maintain their affordability compared to other major Ontario and Canadian centers.
The Niagara College of Applies Arts and Technology is the only post-secondary institution that is located in Welland. In addition to offering baccalaureate degrees, there are also opportunities for adults to obtain diplomas and certificates. If students are unable to find their program of choice here, they will usually end up moving towards another city in order to pursue further education. In total, there are 20 elementary schools (K-8) within Welland. Unlike other cities where there is a separation between English and French education, each of these schools offers some form of French education. This is largely due to the high francophone population within the city. No matter which school you will choose, you can rest easy knowing that your child is in a place where scores for reading, writing and mathematics are above the provincial average.
Welland has numerous features that have enticed businesses to expand their services towards this small city. This is not surprising considering that the Canadian Business Magazine has ranked Welland as a Top 10 City for conducting business in Canada. Why? In addition to a location that is in close proximity to the US border and the Greater Toronto Area, there is easy access to a well-educated labour force that is heavily comprised of post-secondary graduates within the city. Moreover, much of the commercial land available to businesses are affordable in comparison to other cities. One of the largest employers in Welland is Canadian Tire Financial Services, providing employment to over 1,600 workers. The heavy presence of bilingual speakers in the city has also lead to a sharp rise in the number of call centers. Sales, health care, education and trade are also responsible for contributing to the economic stability and well-being of the city.