St. Catharines is Ontario's sixth largest city, with a population of about 131,000 people residing in a 37-square-mile area.St. Catharines, the largest city in the Niagara Region, is 32 miles south of Toronto, across Lake Ontario, and about 12 miles from the United States border, which runs along the Niagara River.Because of the city's lush greenery, which includes parks, gardens, and trails, St. Catharines is also known as The Garden City.
The city is strategically located for trade and commerce, with the automotive industry leading the market. It is located between the Greater Toronto Area and Fort Erie by the US border. Telecommunications is a large industry that employs many people in the region.
The District School Board of Niagara and General Motors are big employers, with employment levels hovering about 60%. Approximately 81 percent of the population speaks only English, a figure that has risen significantly in recent years. Just 3% of the population claims to speak only French, with Italian, German, and Spanish as other mother tongue languages.