The Niagara Industrial Association was created in 2007 by Niagara manufacturers to organize and unite local industry. The NIA directly represents manufacturers in Niagara and advocates for the policies that matter most. The NIA provides the following services to its members:
- Provide a venue for manufacturers to network and to create valued partnerships
- Provide a venue for Niagara manufacturers to share best practices
- Provide a venue for Niagara manufacturers to showcase their business and capabilities to others
- Lobby Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments on policy direction and other issues that affect manufacturing industries in Niagara
- Propose and advocate for initiatives that will help enable manufacturing growth and development
- Provide a virtual forum for NIA members to communicate among themselves
- Provide reliable information on regulatory issues, industry activities, emerging markets, and industry trade shows related to manufacturing industries throughout Canada
- Provide opportunities to participate in joint ventures to support business development in Niagara.
The NIA has made many significant achievement since its inception, which includes the following:
- Reversed the Niagara Region’s decision to stop industrial garbage pickup in 2011
- Reduced Regional development charges to zero for a 2 year period in 2012.
- Coordinated guest speakers at NIA general meetings to showcase Niagara manufacturers, as well as speak about best practices, regulatory issues, business opportunities, and other initiatives
- Reached membership of over 100 diverse industry players to work together
- Created business development opportunities in a variety of sectors such as energy (wind, solar, oil and gas).