Resources & Publications

  1. Ontario Wine and Grape Industry Performance Study 2015

    This report provides an overview of the state of the industry based on a comprehensive survey of active wineries and grape growers. Information is presented on the financial state of the industry, including the impact of tourism and hospitality. Published By: VQA Ontario & Deloitte Publication Date: March 2016
  2. Provincial and Territorial Cultural Indicators 2010-2014

    This paper outlines the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI) developed by Statistics Canada. The PTCI are timely economic estimates of culture and sport in Canada and were developed as an extension to the more comprehensive Provincial and Territorial Culture Satellite Account. The PTCI cover culture (including arts and heritage)...
  3. EnABling Nonprofits Ontario: Working Together to Embrace and Lead Accessibility

    What is accessibility and why are nonprofit organizations positioned to lead the way in accessible communities across Ontario? In order to advocate, engage and lead on this issue, this infographic summarizes what your nonprofit needs to know about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This infographic was created for...
  4. The Value of Cycling

    This report was commissioned to provide a review of the literature on the value of cycling. It focuses on evidence of the wider economic benefits of cycling as a mode of transport, such as retail revenue, employment effects, and public spending efficiencies. Authors: Fiona Raje & Andrew Saffrey Published By: Phil Jones Associates, & University of...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Age-Friendly Communities & Accessibility @ Online
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join CHNET-Works!, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Association on Gerontology for this webinar on the topic of “Age-Friendly Communities and Accessibility”.

Who should attend: Seniors, researchers, policy makers, community programmers and practitioners, health care professionals and caregivers with an interest in age-friendly communities and accessibility.

5th Annual Evening of Recognition @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI) will host our 5th annual Evening of Recognition. The purpose of the Evening of Recognition is to celebrate the achievements of our members and the role multi-level stakeholders have in the collective action of shaping the sustainable future of the Niagara community. In attendance will be top management and executives from Niagara’s businesses as well as representatives from local, provincial, and federal government. Awards will be given out to members based on reductions in GHG emissions, completion of sustainability projects, and the leadership of individual champions within an organization.

This year is a milestone for NSI as we will be celebrating 5 years since our inception. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Governance: Collective Action”. The event also coincides with the release of our Annual Report of the same name.

Cost: Free

Ask a Professional: What Lenders Are Looking For @ Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Bryan Botham will be discussing important information about how Canadian financial institutions asses the credit worthiness of business. A former banker, Bryan now acts as a Loans Consultant for Venture Niagara and is an expert on business loans and financing.

The key is to understand (not necessarily agree) with your financial institution. Get to know your professional partners so that you know how they affect you and your business. Knowledge gives you power in present and future negotiations!

What will be covered:

  • Communicating your company’s ideas and performance to your banker
  • The Business Plan – why is this important?
  • Cash Flow Forecasts – why is this important?
  • What are the cash drivers of a business?
  • Sources of cash/access to funds
  • Risk Assessment Framework
  • Borrower’s Risk Rating (BRR)
  • Security – why?
Niagara Poverty Reduction Network Meeting @ Niagara Catholic District School Board
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) provides leadership in informing and changing attitudes about poverty, sharing ideas, resources and information services to leverage, collaborate and maximize the opportunities for community engagement. Click here to learn more about the NPRN.

These meetings are held on a monthly basis and are open to the public. Please RSVP by contacting the email address listed under “Organizer”.

Transportation supports are available. Please email to find out more.

Spring Lecture Series: Innovation to Reach the World’s Poorest of the Poor @ Armenian Community Centre
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Niagara is offering informative and affordable lecture series and workshops on a wide range of themes and topics. Lectures are led by recognized leaders in their field of study in a relaxed social atmosphere during day time hours.

This lecture “Innovation to Reach the World’s Poorest of the Poor” will be presented by Dr. Joseph Wong, Ralph & Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation; Professor & Canada Research Chair, Political Science, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Employee Benefits for the Nonprofit Sector @ Online
May 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will provide an overview of the new Ontario Nonprofit Network Employee Benefits program, including:

  • The background and process behind selecting Cowan as a partner and the development of the ONN Employee Benefits Program.
  • A description of the program: what’s included, who it applies to, and what the advantages are.
  • Detailed information about the program and how to join.
  • Bonus! As part of its commitment to provide ongoing value-added services, Cowan will give a short talk on pressing employee-related issues.
Ageism, Employment, and Older Workers: What do we know? Where are we heading? @ Online
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Increasingly, older Canadians are working longer. Seniors’ labour force participation rate has more than doubled since 2000, from 6.0 percent in 2000 to 13.4 percent in 2014. As we move toward an increasingly intergenerational workforce, there is an opportunity to examine some of the most common barriers that older workers face in the labour market.

Ageism — stereotyping or discriminating against people based on their age — acts as one of these barriers and carries a host of negative implications for older workers and employment, the economy and society. Moving from ageist to age-friendly practices in work and employment hinges on some fundamental changes in both attitudes and behaviours toward employment and older workers.

Dr. Louise Plouffe, Director of Research at the International Longevity Centre Canada, and Peggy Edwards, Health Promotion Consultant and Writer, will expose some common myths and realities about older workers, and discuss the extent to which ageism in employment and business negatively affects workers, the economy and society.

This webinar will also address some policy considerations and ways to move from ageist to age-friendly practices.

Partners & Projects

  1. Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara

    The Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara will provide opportunities and solutions for building trusting working relationships, strategic alliances, and collaboration as well as high level education, information and resource sharing. Executive Directors and Senior Managers working in community service and outreach organizations in South Niagara are invited to participate...
  2. Partners for Mental Health

    Partners for Mental Health is a national charity, accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program, whose mandate is to change the way Canadians think about, act towards and support mental health and those living with mental illness. Through partnerships, public engagement and strategic initiatives, Partners for Mental Health mobilizes and engages...

Community Blog

  1. Niagara Designated a Foreign Trade Zone Point: What Does This Mean for Your Business?

    On April 15th, 2016, Niagara Centre Member of Parliament Vance Badawey announced on behalf of the Government of Canada that Niagara is now designated a Foreign Trade Zone Point. Niagara has several comparative advantages that won us this federal designation. Companies already located here are relying on these for their...
  2. Living Wage and Cost of Living: A Guide for Niagara Employers

    In the fall of 2014, the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) established working tables to look at income security and wage issues. One of NPRN’s priorities is advocacy for poverty reduction. Two groups were formed to gather information and to build capacity in the Niagara context– one to examine the...

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