Resources & Publications

  1. Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Strategy: Resource Website

    The Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Strategy is a project of the HNHB LHIN (Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network) and aims to lead local concurrent disorders improvement projects, create local ‘action tables’, and provide education on concurrent disorders. This website offers links to upcoming events, e-learning modules, YouTube channel,...
  2. Building the Workforce of Tomorrow: A Shared Responsibility

    In 2015, The Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel was appointed to develop a strategy to help the province’s current and future workforce adapt to the demands of a technology-driven knowledge economy. This report contains the Panel’s final recommendations specific to the following six foundational themes: Partnership & Local Leadership Labour...
  3. July 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...
  4. Victimization of Aboriginal People in Canada, 2014

    This article uses both provincial and territorial data from the 2014 GSS on Victimization to present information on Aboriginal victimization, with a particular focus on violent victimization. Characteristics associated with these incidents, including possible risk factors as well as consequences of victimization, reasons for reporting or not reporting the victimization...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Application Deadline: Enabling Accessibility Fund @ Online
Jul 26 all-day

The Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces.

From installing screen reader devices, hearing induction loop systems, automated door openers, constructing a universally designed office or retrofitting a washroom with an accessible toilet, grab bars and taps, the Enabling Accessibility Fund works to enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in their community and the economy.

Click here for more information on the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

Exploring OCAN’s Potential for Health Equity @ Online
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This webinar will highlight how organizations can use the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) when planning your programs and services.

In this webinar you will learn about:

  • What is the OCAN, who is using it, its value to the mental health system, and potential benefits for equity-related planning at the program, agency & provincial level;
  • Opportunities and challenges that OCAN presents for clients and organizations;
  • Considerations and perspectives from persons with lived experience; and
  • Future plans for OCAN to help regional and provincial planning for programs and services with equity in mind.
Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning @ Online
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

In this webinar, presenters will explore the ways in which transportation professionals can pursue and achieve more equitable processes and outcomes when planning and developing multimodal transportation systems.

Shari Schaftlein, of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will kick-off the webinar by defining the concept of transportation equity within the context of pedestrian and bicycle planning, and the “Ladders of Opportunity” initiative of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Emily Sinkhorn of the Natural Resources Services, a private non-profit based in Eureka, California, will discuss how a rural California county is leveraging available data to identify and address transportation equity issues. Emily will discuss the development of a Tool for equitably prioritizing Safe Routes to School Projects in a rural region and a data-gathering effort to map transportation disadvantage in Humboldt County to inform decision-making.

Joyce Newland, of the FHWA Indiana Division, will highlight the ways in which Gary and South Bend, Indiana, are developing diverse partnerships and inclusive public processes as it plans for pedestrian and bicycle projects. Highlights of pedestrian and bicycle assessments from those communities will also be shared.

Finally, Cara Ferrentino and Carniesha Kwashie, of the City of Philadelphia, will share their experiences in developing and implementing a social equity strategy for the Philadelphia Bike Share Program. Time at the end of the webinar will be reserved for a panel discussion.

Active Transportation Workshop @ Fleming Centre
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Interested in the future of Active Transportation in the Town of Lincoln?

The Town of Lincoln is launching an Active Transportation Committee. Come join municipal staff, facilitator Paul Young and other stakeholders to discuss and guide active transportation’s future in the Town of Lincoln.

Preparing for Your Health Equity Impact Assessment @ Online
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) is a simple tool to help identify and reduce health inequities in programs, services, policies and initiatives. Based on learnings from a series of key informant interviews with HEIA users, Health Nexus has developed two new HEIA Tip Sheets, which will be launched at this webinar.

Join Andrea Bodkin from Health Nexus for practice-based advice on how to plan and prepare for your HEIA to increase your chances of a successful assessment and facilitate the identification of mitigation strategies. Andrea will share a simple process to help you determine if your program or initiative is a good candidate for HEIA and plan for a successful outcome.

The webinar will consist of a 15 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q & A session. This webinar is suitable for new practitioners of HEIA with a minimum of a basic understanding of HEIA. If you are new to HEIA, this short video will give you a basic introduction to HEIA.

Social Startup Meetup @ Mahtay Cafe
Jul 27 @ 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.

A social entrepreneur is someone who finds creative and sustainable solutions to the world’s problems.

At this month’s meetup, Rachel Crane, Project Manager of ncTakeOff (Niagara College’s hub for entrepreneurialism) will share the Lean Canvas model and explain the support programs aspiring and current entrepreneurs can access at the local and provincial levels.

Rachel Crane teaches entrepreneurship and manages the entrepreneurship hub, ncTakeOff, at Niagara College. When not helping students to grow their business ideas and dreams,Rachel can be found on her yoga mat, nose-deep in books for her Masters of Arts in Leadership program, or out and about with her fiancé and rescued dog from Greece.

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.

What’s Growin’ On Open House @ Victoria Avenue Farm
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm

Please join us July 27 at 6 pm for Vineland’s Victoria Avenue Farm for the annual What’s Growin’ On Open House 2016.

Chef Shawn Murphy will be doing a cooking demonstration/tasting using Vineland’s world crops at 6:15 pm.

Research farm tours will be available at 7 pm. Please register by July 25 for a tour spot as space is limited.

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. How do You Define Data for Niagara?

    The Data and Knowledge Niagara Reference Group is describing qualities of data for Niagara, by: identifying people and organizations working in data in Niagara and beyond; building an inventory of who is gathering data in Niagara, and how they are using and sharing data; and describing the relationship between data,...
  2. 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...

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