Message from Chief Executive Officer

Welcome to Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village (NIGGV)! Located in the north end of St. Catharines, Ontario, NIGGV sits on 15 acres of well-manicured grounds and is in close proximity to Lake Ontario. This not-for-profit, charitable, multi-level seniors’ complex is home to over 400 seniors who live either in life lease bungalows or apartments, rental or rent-geared-to-income apartments, or long-term care (nursing home). Several levels of care are provided for seniors.

The Village is actually one of the largest providers of services for seniors in Ontario. As a member of OANHSS (Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors) and ONPHA (Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association), both groups advocate for seniors and lobby the government on our behalf.

NIGGV is dedicated to fostering quality of life for seniors by providing a wide range of services and meeting standards mandated by the MOHLTC (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care). We believe that customer service and effective communication are essential for success. We are continually looking at opportunities for growth and improvement.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Come and explore what Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village has to offer!

Patrick O’Neill
Chief Executive Officer

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Expansion to Niagara-on-the-Lake - Stone Road Village

NIGGV is pleased to announce that it has expanded its operations into Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Construction is complete at "Stone Road Village", a new life lease*, 55+ retirement residence located at 453 Hunter Road on the corner of Niagara Stone Road (site of former Eden Christian College), just five minutes from the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake with easy access to recreational trails and the Niagara Parkway. Situated on five acres of country property, the building is in close proximity to a local health team, pharmacy, and banks.

NIGGV partnered with Kenmore Homes to design and construct the 79-unit building, which features a selection of 1-1/2, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments. Occupancy started in mid November 2012. The facility offers amenities and services similar to its St. Catharines operation.

Prices range from $174,900 to $229,900 with the square footage ranging from 850 to 1,300. Each unit has a patio or balcony and 6 appliances. 1-1/2 bedroom units have a full bath. Two and three bedroom units have a full and 2-piece bath.

For further information, call: Royal LePage - Kevan or James O'Connor - 905-468-4214.

*What is Life Lease?

The life lease concept of housing is an approach to housing that is available for seniors (55+) that can only be operated by a charitable, non-profit organization, such as Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village. A senior may purchase the right to occupy a particular unit for 49 years + 11 months, and this assures a senior of a place to live ‘without’ the responsibilities of home ownership. The ownership of the unit remains with Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village, which owns and maintains everything in the Village. There is a monthly maintenance fee, which covers taxes, utilities, basic cable, snow removal, grounds maintenance, Reserve Fund, etc. The fee does not include telephone, internet, or contents' insurance. A lease is signed between the senior and Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village. There are no lawyers or real estate fees involved, and there are no land transfer fees. When a unit is vacated, Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village retains a depletion allowance, which is 3% per year for the first five years to a maximum of 15%. The depletion allowance goes towards the Reserve Fund and renovation costs. The original capital investment minus the depletion allowance is returned to the senior or the estate. Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village re-leases the unit.


All units leased
For Waiting List information, please call 905-935-6822.

Stone Road Village Floor Plans

Unit A Floor Plan (click to view)

Unit B Floor Plan (click to view)

Unit C Floor Plan (click to view)

Unit D Floor Plan (click to view)

Unit F Floor Plan (click to view)

Stone Road Village Brochure (click to download and print)

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Corporate Profile

NIGGV is a registered charitable corporation under the Corporations Act of Ontario. It was incorporated in 1958, without share capital and with the following purposes:

  • to operate a Home on a not-for-profit basis for elderly people, some of whom may be in necessitous circumstances;
  • to provide total care for the residents of the Home within the limits of the facilities available on the property;
  • to plan and engage in such ancillary programs as the Board of Directors shall deem wise in furthering the welfare of residents of the Home and of such non-resident aged persons as it may be thought wise to bring within the scope of such programs; and
  • to raise funds in support of these purposes.

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Our History

NIGGV is commonly referred to as the “Village”, but back in 1950 it was just a dream for the Niagara Presbytery Women’s Association who aspired to build a home for United Church seniors. With a $25 donation from the Elm Street United Church Women, the challenge to raise the needed funds got underway. Finally in 1957, a tract of land was purchased behind Grantham United Church on Linwell Road . On July 9, 1958, with great fanfare, the sod was turned, and on September 1, 1959, the Ina Grafton Gage Home opened its doors. But how did Ina Grafton get its name? Interestingly, publisher and philanthropist Sir William Gage bequeathed $18,000 toward the project, and subsequently the home was named in memory of his wife, Ina, and his mother, whose maiden name was Grafton.

From this humble beginning, the Village has grown to what it is today. In 1981, a 60 unit apartment building was erected. The largest expansion took place in 1992 when another 60 apartments, chapel, auditorium, shuffleboard courts, four 5-pin bowling lanes, billiard room, therapeutic/recreational swimming pool, lounges, atrium, and café were built. In 1994, an expansion included 103 life lease apartments and 47 life lease bungalows. Then in 2004, another nine life lease apartments were added. The Village is now one of the largest providers of services for seniors in Ontario.

Between July 2008 and September 2009, Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village celebrated 50 years of service to seniors in St. Catharines with many memorable events.

In the spring of 2011, a new expansion project got underway in Niagara-on-the-Lake with a life lease, 55+ retirement residence at 453 Hunter Road. Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village was growing again! The 79-unit facility, located on five acres of country property, is on the corner of Niagara Stone Road on the site of the former Eden Chrisitan College. The new facility opened in November 2012.

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Mission, Vision, and Values

Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village is dedicated to fostering quality of life for our clients through the provision of services that address the needs of the individual.


We will strive to ensure that our services:

  • reflect the changing needs of our clients and the community;
  • adhere to principles of quality;
  • are affordable; and
  • demonstrate leadership in the field of service for our clients.

Our service is motivated by our concern and commitment to meet the needs of our clients.

This is demonstrated through our belief that:

  • Individuals are unique, each has worth and is deserving of respect and dignity.
  • Individuals have the right to maintain maximum independence.
  • Individuals have complex physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual needs.
  • Individuals have the right to age in place when possible.
  • Individuals are part of the decision making process that determines which services are appropriate.
  • Quality is integral to everything that we do.
  • Fiscal responsibility ensures the continued provision of services.
  • Our clients are our most valuable resource.
  • Our environment encourages flexibility, creativity, adaptability, and tolerance.
  • We are accountable to those we serve.

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Board of Directors

The Corporate membership consists of twelve volunteer Directors. The members represent various sectors of the community including hospitals, churches, and business/social agencies. The Board is legally responsible for the governance of the Corporation. The day-to-day operational responsibilities are delegated to the Chief Executive Officer.


Chairperson: John Senn
Vice Chairperson: Marian Klimek
Past Chairperson: Pat Tooley
Treasurer: Bob Tanouye
Secretary: Frank Hauck


Ann Clark
Klara Dowd
Rev. Dr. Jeff Maissan
Don McAuley
Rev. Dr. Paul Miller
John Teibert
Ralpy Watters




Honourary Members of the Corporation

Helen Beasley
Arlene Brice

Rev. Gerald Elliott
Edd Masters

George Takata

Board Governance

The Board of Directors approaches its task with a style that emphasizes the following:

  • Strategic leadership more than administrative detail.
  • Outward vision rather than an internal preoccupation.
  • Encouragement of expression of all viewpoints.
  • Clear distinction of Board and administration roles.
  • Collective rather than individual decisions.
  • Future rather than past or present.
  • Proactivity rather than reactivity.
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Board Committees

NIGGV currently has five standing committees, which have their origins in the Corporation By-laws or as authorized by the Board of Directors. All five standing committees report directly to the Board of Directors. The committees include the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, Resources Committee, and Strategic Planning and Quality Committee.

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Quality Management

NIGGV is committed to improving the quality of life for our residents and meeting our clients' needs. Our Quality Management Program is designed to ensure that we meet or exceed the regualtions and standards of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

Our quality improvement projects, organization-wide monitoring, evaluating processes, and quarterly reports to the Board of Directors provide a mechanism to facilitate the success of our program.

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NIGG Village Brochure (click to download and print)

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