Resources & Publications

  1. Are Canadian Kids Too Tired to Move? The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth

    The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. The Report Card synthesizes data from multiple sources, including the best available peer reviewed research, to assign evidence-informed grades across 12 indicators. Over the years, the Report Card has been replicated in numerous...
  2. Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada

    There is an obesity crisis in this country. Canadians are paying for it with their wallets — and with their lives. But there is hope. An extensive study conducted by the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology charts a course to a leaner, healthier future. This report describes an innovative, whole-of-society...
  3. Niagara Regional Housing 2015 Annual Report

    This annual report provides an overview of Niagara Regional Housing in 2015. It outlines challenges and describes how NRH has adapted to new challenges. The report concludes with a financial overview, definition of affordable housing and photos from the NRH community. Published By: Niagara Regional Housing Publication Date: 2016
  4. June 2016 Labour Market Observer (St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area)

    The monthly labour market observer presents local, provincial, and national labour market data from the previous calendar month. Raw data from the infographic may be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet or as a CSV file. Readers should note that Statistics Canada provides data for the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area. This geography is...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Partnering for Success @ Centre for Health and Safety Innovation
Jun 29 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Every day you have to make tough partnership decisions; while managing constantly changing and competing priorities. As a leader you know you can’t increase the performance of partners who aren’t engaged, but you also know you can get them engaged if you don’t understand what they value.

Measuring the productivity and value of your partnerships is critical to ensuring success. Understanding when and how to best dissolve a partnership that has run its course, helps free up essential resources for higher priorities.

In this interactive, practical and hands on workshop, you will discover the critical criteria every partnership must have to be successful.

Armed with this new knowledge we will discuss the three most pressing issues leaders deal with around partnering: improving engagement and performance, partnering under pressure, and knowing when to dissolve a partnership.

The goal of this session is to arm you with the insights you need to create meaningful conversations with your partners that immediately transform your results.

This workshop will also be broadcasted live via webcast. You can indicate your preference for virtual attendance when you register.

Organic Agriculture’s Ability to Reduce Rural Poverty @ Online
Jun 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Organic agriculture has been proven to benefit our environment and our health. Recent research now shows that organic agriculture – and the business activities accompanying it – can also benefit local economies and help secure the financial future of many.

Important and unprecedented research was recently released by the Organic Trade Association that identified 225 counties in the United States as organic “hotspots”— counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity that have neighboring counties with high organic activity. The research found that in those organic hotspots, organic activity reduced county poverty levels by an average of 1.3 percentage points, and raised median household income levels by over US$2,000.

Organic Trade Association Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha will discuss these important findings and what it means for agricultural and economic policy makers moving forward.

We Need to Talk About “Lobbying” @ Online
Jun 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On July 1, changes to the Lobbyists Registration Act (1998) take effect that Ontario nonprofits need to know about. The Ontario Government recently passed Bill 8, which changed the rules so that the threshold for nonprofits having to register as “lobbyists” was lowered from 20% of a staff person’s time over a 3-month period to 50 hours of “lobbying activity” per year, organization-wide. The amendments also gave the Integrity Commissioner investigative powers and created penalties for non-compliance.

Given these significant changes and new enforcement powers, many charities and nonprofits will have to review their practices and record keeping. With a threshold of 50 hours a year (less than an hour a week), many more nonprofit organizations may have to register.

You may think your organization does not engage in “lobbying” but the definition under the Act is broad. Join the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s free webinar if your work engages with the Ontario Government on a regular basis in any capacity – you may be affected!

During this webinar:

  • Learn what is in the legislation and what it might mean for your organization
  • Engage in a Q & A with the Director of the Office of the Integrity Commissioner
  • Hear the questions of your peers
Social Startup Meetup @ Mahtay Cafe
Jun 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs at Social Startup Meetups of 2016.

At this month’s meetup, community builder Jasmine Olah will lead our discussion about community challenges that social entrepreneurs in Niagara can tackle, and Jeff Sinclair, Community Engagement Co-ordinator at Niagara College’s Centre for Student Engagement & Leadership, will add local context to the discussion.

This event is part of Social Startups 2016, an initiative to bring together social entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial supports in Niagara to share skills and resources for the successful development of social enterprise ventures. Our vision is to build a social entrepreneurial ecosystem in Niagara that will create economic value and social impact. A social entrepreneur is someone who finds creative and sustainable solutions to the world’s problems.

Active Transportation Workshop @ St. Catharines Public Library, Central Branch, Mills Room
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The City of St. Catharines and the Active Transportation Advisory Committee are holding a second, follow-up workshop to discuss how to make the Garden City a little easier to get around without your car.

The City and committee want to meet with stakeholders and residents to discuss the future of active transportation, or the ways residents and visitors can get around using their own power.

Walking, running and cycling are common forms of active transportation, but there are others such as inline skating, skateboards, wheelchairs and other mobility devices. The next workshop includes a review of the results from the spring workshop and identifying challenges and strategies for implementation.

“Improving our network of bicycle lanes, trails, pathways and sidewalks will create many economic and healthy benefits for our residents,” said Brian Applebee, the City’s manager of transportation services. “We want to hear from our community on how best to move forward on these initiatives.”

The Active Transportation Advisory Committee is a volunteer committee promoting nonmotorized ways to get around St. Catharines. The committee will use information gathered from the community, including this workshop, to advise City Council and staff on policies, strategies and programs to better connect destinations in St. Catharines to each other with sidewalks, paths, bicycle lanes and public transit.

The workshop is open to everyone who attended the spring session and those who missed it. However, space is limited, so registration is required. RSVP by email to or by phone to 905.688.5601, ext. 1659.

Trauma-Informed Screening and Assessment Tools for First Nations and Inuit Peoples @ Online
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join this knowledge exchange session via webinar and telephone to explore what Ontario is doing to enhance the mental health and addictions system!

This webinar is part of a series to connect stakeholders across the province, and other provinces and territories, as we work to improve our substance use treatment system.

The webinar will cover:

  • An introduction to the project
  • Summary of the development site visits
  • Insights and challenges
  • Next steps for the project
  • Question and Answer period with the presenters
Canada Day
Jul 1 all-day

Partners & Projects

  1. Fresh From the Farm

    Building upon the success of the previous 3 years, Fresh from the Farm, Healthy Fundraising for Ontario Schools has expanded to include 53 school boards, and is now eligible to over 4000, publicly-funded schools. Fresh from the Farm provides schools the opportunity to raise funds by selling fresh, Ontario-grown fruit and...
  2. Niagara Healthy Kids Community Challenge

    Niagara is one of 45 communities across Ontario taking part in The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC). The goal of HKCC is to link organizations from different sectors in the community to promote the health of children aged 12 years and under and accomplish the Ontario Government’s Healthy Kids Strategy...

Community Blog

  1. Food Security in Niagara: Through the Lens of Environment and Climate Impacts

    Over the past year, Greening Niagara invited community partners to collaboratively examine food security in Niagara, through the lens of environment and climate impacts. Niagara Connects supported the community engagement and knowledge exchange aspects of this work. The Ontario Trillium Foundation provided funding support. Over 80 people gathered for a...
  2. – a new tool for sharing Open Data Sets

    Sparks of innovation occur when data is openly shared and put into the hands of people. The Niagara Open Data portal ( is Niagara’s newest tool for sharing of open data sets. It is a welcome complement to our community’s Living in Niagara Report and Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) tools. Together,...

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