November 25th, 2021

Wayne Gates chosen to be the NDP candidate in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA — New Democrats in Niagara Falls have selected incumbent MPP Wayne Gates to be their NDP candidate in the 2022 provincial election. He has represented Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake at Queen’s Park since 2014. Gates currently serves as a key voice for workers in the party where he is the NDP’s critic for Workplace Health and Safety, Training, Trades and Apprenticeships, and Auto Strategy.

Gates’ nominators included Burdett Sisler, a 106 year old Second World War veteran living in the riding (see video).


NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
“From the union hall to Queen’s Park, Wayne has always fought to make the lives of working people better. Wayne has been fighting, throughout the pandemic, to make sure the voices of workers, families and small businesses in Niagara Falls were heard loud and clear. In 2022, we’re going to work together to make life better for Niagara families – that means fixing our broken health and long-term care system, investing in public education and making homes and the cost of living in Niagara more affordable.”

Wayne Gates, NDP candidate for Niagara Falls
“I’m very proud to represent the people of Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie at Queen’s park, and I’m grateful for the trust families in the riding have placed in me. Niagara has seen some tough times over the past two years, and as we move forward and recover we’ll need to tackle the big challenges like affordability, getting our hospital built, and fixing long-term care so our parents and grandparents get the care they deserve. Under the tireless leadership of Andrea Horwath, the NDP can form government in 2022 and invest in making Niagara an even better place to live.”


  • Gates is a staunch advocate for workers and their families.
  • Gates succeeded in bringing GO train service to Niagara, secured funding to clear the long MRI backlog and has been standing up for workers and small businesses throughout the pandemic.
  • Gates is a former Niagara Falls city councillor and served as a local union president for over a decade. He was the campaign chair for the United Way and member of Yellow Shirt Brigade to Save the Fort Erie Hospital.
  • Gates and his wife Rita live in Niagara Falls. They are the proud parents of three daughters and have five grandchildren.