Niagara's unique climate and soil make it one of the few places in Canada where tender fruits and grapes can be grown. These lands have supported the successful development of vineyards and wineries, for which the region is well-known. Further agriculture in the area produces other fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
The pressures from urban growth have had a detrimental effect on Canada's agricultural lands. Niagara's lands are a unique and limited resource but have been under relentless pressure from developers. About 94% of Canada's land cannot be farmed and less than 0.004% are tender fruitlands. Since 1966, over 1.5 million hectares of agricultural land in Ontario have been lost. This loss has mobilized many citizens to promote awareness of the issue and preserve the valuable agricultural lands that remain.