Resources & Publications

  1. Measuring Outcomes in Practice: Fostering an Enabling Environment for Measurement in Canada

    There is growing recognition that the social and economic challenges affecting individuals and communities are highly interconnected. Measuring Outcomes in Practice, a new report from Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment series, argues that to address the root causes of these challenges in a systematic way, the charitable sector must shift from measuring outputs to...
  2. Two-Year Progress Report on Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan

    This report describes the progress made by the government of Ontario and its partners since the release of the one-year update of the Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan. The report highlights progress in the following areas: the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit, the launch of the...
  3. Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits Due to Opioid Poisoning in Canada

    The rise in harms associated with opioids is an issue of increasing public health importance in Canada. This report presents data on pan-Canadian hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits due to opioid poisoning, a costly and largely preventable harm. Published By: Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canadian Centre on Substance...
  4. WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People

    The provision of integrated care is key for older people. The WHO Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) propose evidence-based recommendations for health care professionals to prevent, slow or reverse declines in the physical and mental capacities of older people. These recommendations require countries to place the needs and preferences...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Is Your Business Positioned for Success in a New, Low-Carbon Economy? @ Hilton Garden Inn
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

How good governance, environmental stewardship and social responsibility drive financial performance.

Whether you call it ESG (environmental, social and governance performance) or sustainability, it’s the new business imperative for the 21st century. Smart, forward-looking business leaders are already benefiting by embedding sustainability into corporate strategy. And now, the impending Cap & Trade and carbon pricing programs expected in 2017 are suddenly placing sustainability into an even brighter spotlight.

This workshop is hosted by the Niagara CPAO Association.

Mobile Cancer Screening Coach @ Quest Community Health Centre
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Quest Community Health Centre is hosting a series of events for Community Health & Wellbeing Week.

Are you due for routine colon, breast or cervical cancer screening? Or are you interested in taking a tour of the mobile screening coach? Come drop by the convenient coach parked outside the centre to get as many cancer screens as you need/want completed. No appointment or referral needed.

This event is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.

Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals: Transdisciplinary Seminar Series @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Ana Sanchez will present on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), which are a diverse group of 17 human and zoonotic diseases affecting the poorest people and under-served communities around the globe.

Not only do NTDs flourish in conditions of poverty and lack of safe water and sanitation, they are inextricably related to systematic inequity. Due to their crosscutting effects, NTDs can serve as indicators of progress for the Sustainable Development Goals, that require an integrated response to ensure sustainable development.

This event is hosted by Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

Niagara Book Launch – Adam Shoalts @ Royal Canadian Legion #613
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #613 and Pelham Public Library present author Adam Shoalts, just back from his 5-month, 4,000 KM journey alone across Canada’s Arctic journey. The community is invited to celebrate with Adam as he launches A History of Canada in 10 Maps: The Epic, Untold Story of Canada’s Maps.

Local author, explorer and adventurer Adam Shoalts recently released Alone Against the North to much acclaim. It won the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s 2016 Young Authors Award and the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award for northern literature. Alone Against the North spent twenty-six straight weeks on the national best-seller list, peaking at number 1 in Canada.

Adam will be giving an illustrated talk. This event is free and refreshments will be served. Books are available for sale and signing.

This event is hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #613 and Pelham Public Library.

GO Station Area Plans Open House: Grimsby @ Grimsby Town Hall - Council Chambers
Oct 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Niagara Region is holding a series of Open Houses to give residents the opportunity to review and ask questions about land use plans (Secondary Plans) that will guide development for the areas surrounding Niagara’s four proposed GO Train station sites.

The draft Secondary Plans were developed with resident input and provide a planning framework to guide future transit-oriented development and redevelopment in and around GO Station areas. The plans provide policy direction on land use, scale of development, and improvements to infrastructure required to accommodate future growth within the station areas.

Public Open Houses will take place on the following dates:

Public feedback can be submitted online.

This open house is hosted by Niagara Region.

Prison 101 Workshop @ Métis Nation of Ontario
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a one-day beginner-level workshop designed for front line workers and others who work with/support people that are affected by incarceration. There is a strong focus on harm reduction/overdose prevention inside corrections, and HIV/HepC healthcare for individuals who are incarcerated.

You will:

  • Learn more about the Federal and Provincial systems and how to navigate through them
  • Learn about prison subculture and how it affects service delivery
  • Hear from a peer speaker … and more!

This workshop is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.

West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Niagara West Adult Learning Centre
Oct 24 @ 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.

Host presentation: Arlene High, Executive Director, Niagara West Adult Learning Centre

There will be roundtable updates, networking, and sharing of materials and resources.

To be part of this session, contact Faith Lowe at

Partners & Projects

  1. Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN)

    The Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN) project is a collaborative initiative of United Way Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie and Brock University’s Social Justice Research Institute. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our goal is to understand the state of precarious employment (PE) and the impact it...
  2. Niagara Community Garden Network

    The Niagara Community Garden Network consists of numerous individuals and community groups across Niagara that are committed to sustainable community gardening projects. The group comes together regularly to share resources and information, identify common challenges and opportunities, and to create a network of support. Members each come to the Network...

Community Blog

  1. Leadership Niagara: A Decade of Strengthening Community Belonging

    The Leadership Niagara (LN) Community Leadership Program encourages leadership and positive change by developing the capabilities of aspiring leaders who care about the Niagara community; who understand its strengths and weaknesses; and who are willing to make a personal investment to improve quality of life. Since its inception in 2007, LN  has...
  2. Leadership Niagara Kicks-off the 2017/2018 Community Leadership Program

    With 37 participants, 4 facilitators, and 5 amazing guest speakers, the wood-laden conference room at the Niagara Falls Public Library began to hum with excitement as the clock moved closer to 9 o’clock on Friday, September 15. The first to address the new class: Leadership Niagara’s Executive Director, Shane Malcolm....

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