Resources & Publications

  1. Canadian Open Data Summit 2018: Open Action Plan – What’s Next for Open Data in Canada

    This resource package includes presentation files and additional resources for the closing panel at the Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS18) on November 8, 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Sharing of this package is made possible by ODX in partnership with Niagara Connects. This closing panel consisted of experts from government, academia, civil society and...
  2. Canadian Open Data Summit 2018: Expert Panel: Surprising Allies – The Open Secret of Big Business & Open Data

    This resource package includes presentation files and additional resources for the Expert Panel on Surprising Allies at the Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS18) on November 8, 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Sharing of this package is made possible by ODX in partnership with Niagara Connects. Open Data has been used for decades by established...
  3. Canadian Open Data Summit 2018: Data Commons in Montreal’s Smart City – Beyond Open Data

    This resource package includes presentation files and additional resources for Patrick Lozeau’s keynote presentation at the Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS18) on November 8, 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Sharing of this package is made possible by ODX in partnership with Niagara Connects. The City of Montreal is one of the 5 finalists for...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Coldest Night of the Year: YWCA Niagara Region @ Grimsby Secondary School
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 4th annual Coldest Night of the Year West Niagara is being held in support of the YWCA’s West Niagara Affordable Housing program!

Get excited for the non-competitive 2km, 5km, or 10km walk that raises awareness about and funds for the fight against poverty and homelessness in our community! And don’t forget, after the walk you can join the YWCA back inside to warm up with some chili and vote for your favourite in our “Chilly” Cook-Off.

The goal of YWCA’s West Niagara Affordable Housing program is to provide transitional supportive housing to all of West Niagara, which will lead individuals to self-sufficiency within the time frame of one to three years.

Together with community partners, the YWCA Niagara Region provide supportive programming and housing solutions to individuals who are committed to attaining self-sufficiency. Partners include community organizations, individuals, service providers and the faith community as well as residential clients.

Meridian Credit Union Coldest Night of the Year for Project SHARE @ St. Paul Catholic High School
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm

The Meridian Credit Union Coldest Night of the Year is a 2, 5 or 10 km winter walk raising funds to support the hungry, homeless and hurting in Niagara Falls who rely on Project SHARE.

Gather a team or friends, family or coworkers, or join Project SHARE’s team, collect pledges and come out for a fun winter walk. Warm up after with hot chocolate and soup.

Register to walk, volunteer or donate at

Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara: Bill 47 and the Ever Changing Legal Landscape of Employment Law @ A Child's World
Feb 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

EDUCATION TOPIC: Bill 47 and the Ever Changing Legal Landscape of Employment Law
PRESENTER: Leanne E. Standryk, Partner, Labour, Employment and Sports Law, Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP

Leanne was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998. After her call to the Ontario Bar, Leanne became a Legal Consultant for the Ministry of the Attorney General at the Crown Law Office in Toronto and joined Lancaster, Mix & Welch (now Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP) as an associate shortly thereafter. Leanne acts for a variety of employers both in the private, charitable, not for profit and public sector and is experienced in the full range of employment and labour issues including employment contract issues, terminations, workplace restructuring, labour relations, contract negotiation, wrongful dismissal, workplace privacy issues, occupational health and safety, as well as policy development.

This session will focus on Bill 47 and the ever changing legal landscape of employment law. In particular, Leanne will present a summary of Bill 148 in review, a summary of Bill 47, and an ‘Employment Law 101’ including an overview of employment agreements and obligations on termination.

Work and Health: Using HEIA to Analyze the Implications of Bill 47 @ Online
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Employment is an important determinant of health. From inadequate pay to occupational hazards, poor jobs can contribute to increased injuries, disease and mortality. Alternatively, healthy and safe work can be a source of income, meaning and social connection that contributes positively to workers’ health and wellbeing.

Rebecca Cheff and Malaika Hill, researchers from Wellesley Institute, will share how the HEIA tool was used to identify potential health equity impacts of recent changes to workers’ protections in Ontario. This webinar will outline how a rapid desktop health equity analysis was conducted on the changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act introduced by the Making Ontario Open for Business Act (Bill 47). It will also discuss how results were disseminated using a report, blog, infographics and social media to highlight the potential harms to the health of workers and families.

This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.

Inclusive Entrepreneurship @ Online
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In this webinar Nisa Mali, Senior Policy Analyst at the Brookfield Institute will share what leading academics and practitioners are learning about what is needed to increase access to entrepreneurship for all Canadians.

These perspectives will be grounded in the real experiences entrepreneurs who will share their journeys and their thoughts on the supports needed for others who wish to follow the same path. This is a must-see webinar for anyone whose work supports entrepreneurship or employment skills training.

This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Business of Ageing Niagara Network: Protirement, Not Retirement @ Niagara College, Welland Campus - Room AH255
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Ellis Katsof, MSW and author of Life 3.0 speaks on “Protirement not Retirement”

There are dozens of books telling us how to plan financially for retirement but few people plan properly for their future lives. Ellis interviewed over 100 baby boomers from all walks of life who reached the next capture of their lives and were left wondering “What’s Next?” Come hear insights and ideas to start you on a planned path to creating a fulfilling third chapter of your life.

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.

Cannabis Information Session @ Niagara Region Public Health
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Residents are invited to learn more about:

  • Information about cannabis and its uses
  • Risks and harms associated with cannabis use
  • Legalization information
  • Practical tools and resources to reduce the harms associated with cannabis use

Light refreshments will be provided. Register with Roberta Santin.

This event is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.

Partners & Projects

  1. Data Professionals of Niagara

    DPN (Data Professionals of Niagara) is an informal association for professionals, students, and enthusiasts of Data-related subjects. DPN is focused on community building, education, and advocacy. The group currently hosts a monthly event called Data Cafe where members can network and learn from each other. Membership is free. Maira Bay de...
  2. Spark Technical Academy

    Spark Technical Academy in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada offers non-accredited skills training in Cybersecurity and other emerging technology areas, in partnership with Stratford University. This skills training academy has been created by the team of Spark Niagara Innovation Centre whom have an extensive background in both the academic and innovation sector....

Community Blog

  1. Human Trafficking in Niagara

    In 2018, people in the Niagara community came together to shed light on the issue of human trafficking, a nefarious crime that has long been operating in our midst. On February 28, 2018, 15 agencies across Niagara co-signed the Niagara Region Emergency Response Protocol for Human Trafficking, including police, fire...
  2. Release of the 2018 Cost of Living and Living Wage for Niagara Region Calculations

    The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) has recently released the 2018 Cost of Living in Niagara Region and 2018 Living Wage for Niagara Region calculations, updating its 2017 calculations. In 2018, the annual cost of household living expenses for a family of four in the Niagara region of Ontario is conservatively pegged at over $71,000. The hourly...

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