Niagara Falls project spurred by Chinese investment

Nov 5, 2015

The Chinese government is supposed to put up the first $100 million  toward a billion-dollar development in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Niagara Falls, Ontario Mayor Jim Diodati is traveling to Beijing today.
Credit Niagara Falls website

That's from Falls Mayor Jim Diodati who leaves for Beijing this morning for talks on the planned project.

It's been publicly in the works for months, a mix of residential, tourist and wetlands near the John Daly Thundering Waters Golf Course.

"A good portion of the land is wetlands as well which obviously is going to be protected. But, there is a good portion of lands directly adjacent to the wetlands that are in a real neat area. But, it's largely been completely undeveloped," Diodati explained.

"The area immediately adjacent to it is the Thundering Waters Golf Course, the John Daly course that they have not only been using as a golf course but as a residential development."

The city and developers have been working their way through meshing the project with city zoning rules. It's all far enough along that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and other cabinet ministers will be attending some of the Beijing meetings. Diodati says the project would greatly increase the number of Chinese tourists coming to his city.