Resources & Publications

  1. A Profile of Wellbeing in Ontario: The West Region

    The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) has produced detailed reports of community wellbeing for five regions, based on boundaries used by Ontario ministries. This particular report, provides a snapshot and full portrait of Western Ontario, using the latest data from 2014 and 2015 to form a comprehensive picture of wellbeing in Ontario. These reports are designed...
  2. The 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing National Report: How are Canadians Really Doing?

    For more than 10 years, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), based at the University of Waterloo, has provided comprehensive analyses of how we are really doing in the areas of our lives that matter most. It draws from almost 200 reliable data sources, primarily from Statistics Canada, that provide 64 indicators...

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Concurrent Disorders and LGBTQ Youth: Creating and Enhancing Best Practices @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Jan 17 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of terminology, definitions and a brief history of the psycho-medico entanglement of LGBTQ identities, specifically within an Ontario context, and the socio-cultural shift from pathology to an understanding of increased vulnerabilities of this population with the goal of strengthening best practices in working with LGBTQ youth with concurrent disorders.

By the end of this workshop the audience will:

  • Enhance their knowledge of LGBTQ communities
  • Develop an understanding of the concept of ‘minority stress’ and the impact on LGBTQ youth
  • Receive information on current research around the trends and patterns of LGBTQ youth and concurrent disorders.
  • Increase capacity in developing best practices and respectful engagement in working with LGBTQ youth in health care settings.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Strategy.

Public Forum: What is Dementia? @ Seasons First Avenue
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to join them for a public forum on the topic of “What is Dementia?”.

Everyone is welcome to attend, free of charge.

This forum is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Climate Risk: A Legal and Insurance Perspective @ Online
Jan 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Climate change poses a real risk for businesses. A number of risks – such as extreme weather events, water shortages and supply chain disruptions – are expected to increase as the climate continues to change. With increased legal liability and growing insurance costs, businesses will need to manage this uncertainty from both legal and insurance perspectives.

Furthermore, stakeholders are increasingly expressing concerns surrounding climate risk, encouraging businesses to mitigate risk and adapt to a changing climate.

The goal of this webinar is to educate businesses on climate risk, and discuss strategies for mitigation and adaptation.

This webinar is hosted by Niagara Sustainability Initiative.

What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Workplace Harassment @ Online
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

As employers, nonprofits have a legal responsibility for making workplaces healthy, safe, and harassment-free. As a sector, we want to champion decent work practices in our own organizations.

Ontario’s action plan, It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, has led to new legal obligations for all employers to ensure every workplace has a policy and program dealing with harassment.

Did you know that as of September 8, 2016:

  • Workers have enhanced legal protections from harassment in the workplace?
  • Workers are protected from harassment from anyone, not just other co-workers?
  • Employers have new legal obligations to take proactive steps to protect workers from harassment?
  • These obligations apply if you have even just one part-time worker?

To learn more about this legislative change and what you should do to make sure your organization is in compliance, register for this new webinar presented by the Public Services Health and Safety Association and the Ontario Ministry of Labour. The webinar will be relevant to managers, staff, and volunteer board members of non-profits with one or more staff.

This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as a Mobilizer in Education Change: The Keewatin Patricia Experience @ Online
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

CHNET-Works! invites you to join them in a dynamic presentation about a successful process that led to creating classrooms for children and youth with FASD in rural Northern Ontario.

This webinar will address:

  • What led the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board to identify the need;
  • What steps the school board took to create this program;
  • What resources helped to build and develop the curriculum;
  • How the children and youth with FASD are now assisted in schools in this school district;
  • Who were the key members of the team that made this a success.

This webinar will be facilitated/presented in English with simultaneous interpretation available in French.

This webinar is hosted by CHNET-Works!

Niagara Sustainability Initiative Winter Social @ Station 1 Coffeehouse
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Niagara Sustainability Initiative for their 2017 Winter Social at Station 1 Coffeehouse!

The evening will feature a live band and plenty of time for networking. Tickets include snacks, drinks can be purchased for an additional cost. All are welcome to attend.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Sustainability Initiative.

Port Colborne-Welland-Pelham: Shared Learning Local Hub Sessions @ The Hope Centre
Jan 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

To be part of this session, contact Gus Cruz at

Partners & Projects

  1. First Book Canada – Niagara Book Distribution

    First Book Canada provides access to new books for low income children and families. To date, First Book Canada has distributed more than 4.5 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout Canada. First Book Canada is transforming the lives of low income...
  2. Family Support Niagara

    The Family Support Network (FSN) was founded in 1996 by 5 local families who saw a need for mental health education that empowered the families of those affected by mental illness to be stronger advocates for their loved ones. All FSN facilitators are family members and trained mental health professionals....

Community Blog

  1. An Opportunity for SafeTALK and ASIST Trainers in Niagara

    45 people die by suicide in Niagara each year; that is 1 person every 8 days. SafeTALK and ASIST trainers play a critical role in suicide prevention. The Distress Centre, the lead organization for all suicide prevention training in Niagara, and the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSPC), believe that there is an...
  2. 2017: Opportunities Ahead

    2017 marks 12 years since the Niagara-wide community began building Niagara Connects. We are a network of people focused on: building community capacity to use Niagara-focused evidence (data, information, knowledge) to inform planning and decision-making; and facilitating coordinated community action to create the conditions for a more vibrant Niagara. Niagara...

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