Resources & Publications

  1. Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Ontario’s Children and Youth: Children’s Mental Health Ontario 2018 Pre-Budget Submission

    The 2018-19 budget offers an opportunity to significantly increase the ability of accredited child and youth mental health centres to meet the needs of infants, children, youth and families. This pre-budget submission is offered on behalf of Children’s Mental Health Ontario. Published By: Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) Publication Date: 2018
  2. Improving Prosperity for Niagara’s Women Business Owners (Final Report)

      Small business has been proposed as the way forward for our region to address Niagara’s high unemployment rate as reported by Statistics Canada. This report describes a 3-year project aimed to increase the economic prosperity of women business owners in Niagara through implementing solutions to identified barriers. Published By: The Welland...
  3. Living in Niagara-2017 Report: 62 Suggested Action Steps Across 12 Sectors

    The Living in Niagara report is a triennial measure of quality of life in Niagara, across 12 Sectors that align with the Social Determinants of Health. The report and its Sectors are described, built, and owned by the Niagara-wide community. It is produced by Niagara Connects, a Niagara-wide network of...
  4. Opioid-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Ontario (Interactive Tool)

    The Interactive Opioid Tool allows users to explore the most recent opioid-related morbidity and mortality data including emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths. Results can be viewed by public health unit, local health integration network, age, sex, and in some cases, drug type. Data from the interactive tool suggests there...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Six Ways to Strengthen Your Work With Youth @ Online
Mar 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Do you work with a grassroots youth organization in Ontario? Are you striving to better meet the needs of youth in your community?

Youth organizations deliver critical, meaningful programs to improve youth wellbeing across Ontario. In this webinar, find out about six ways you can strengthen your work with youth:

  • Using Data
  • Using Evidence
  • Designing Programs with Intention
  • Defining Program Outcomes
  • Collecting and Analyzing Data
  • Evaluating and Improving Your Work!

Presenters will explore each strategy in conversation with frontline youth workers and share practical examples of how each can benefit youth in your communities.

This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.

Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma: Working with Newcomers Speaker Series @ The Robby
Mar 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Professional Development Opportunity for Working with Newcomers

This Speaker Series is free-of-charge and open to anyone who works with newcomer populations. For more information, contact Melenie Neamtz (contact information above).

Speaker: Rebecca Brown (MSW RSW), Wellness Director Executive Secretary, Canadian Academy of Lifestyle Medicine, ADJ ASST Professor, Western University, Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator

Topic: Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma – A normal consequence of working in a helping field; what is compassion fatigue? Signs, symptoms, and coping mechanisms

This event is hosted by the Niagara Folk Arts & Multicultural Centre.

West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Mar 20 @ 9:30 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.


  • Community Garden Collective
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region
  • INCommunities – Volunteer Portal

Please RSVP your attendance to

A Free Ride: Implications for Casino and Racino Promotional Activities Aimed at Older Adults @ Online
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This 90-minute webinar will provide helping professionals with (1) an update on the study “A free ride? An analysis of the association of casino bus tours and problem gambling among older adults” recently published in the journal Addiction by CAMH researchers, and (2) tips and techniques for supporting older adult clients who frequent bus tours.

This webinar is hosted by the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario.

Youth in Niagara: Highly Skilled, Highly Mobile @ Brock University - Pond Inlet
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

With Niagara’s shift toward an aging population, we look to the region’s youth to examine where Niagara’s workforce is headed, highlight potential future opportunities, and understand where Niagara’s youth fit within a broader provincial snapshot.

This paper presents updated research into the demographic patterns, educational attainment, and reported occupations of the region’s youth, age 15 to 29.

Research team:

  • Niagara Workforce Planning Board
  • Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory

Speakers panel:

  • Adam Durrant, Research & Project Manager, NWPB
  • Jeff Boggs, Research Associate, NCO & Assoc. Prof, Geography, Brock University
  • Thalia Semplonius, Research Associate, NWPB
  • Carol Phillips, Research Coordinator, NCO

Opening remarks:

  • Charles Conteh, Director, NCO


  • Mario De Divitiis, Chief Executive Officer, NWPB

This event is hosted by Niagara Workforce Planning Board & Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory.

Cultivating and Fostering Healthier Newcomer Communities @ Online
Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Since 2009, the Opening Doors Project (ODP) at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)-Toronto has been successful, using a unique programmatic intervention approach of a peer-facilitated, province-wide, free workshop series on mental health, equity and diversity within the newcomer/settlement communities.

The ODP continues to have successful service outcome and impact across Ontario, meeting its service goal of strengthening, fostering and cultivating healthier Ontario communities. Most of us will agree that racialized people, newcomers and people with mental health concerns experience discrimination and racism in Canada. So how does the ODP’s service model and implementation work to raise awareness of the experiences of those within the newcomer and mental health communities?

The Opening Doors Project facilitates “interactive and experiential, peer-led workshops that address mental health, racism and discrimination within newcomer communities and communities of mental health survivors”.

Join this webinar with Everdene Francis, MSW, RSW, Program Coordinator, and Shahrzad Shahriari, BSc.Psych., MSW, RSW, Curriculum Coordinator, from CMHA Toronto, as they discuss the ODP.

This webinar is hosted by CMHA Toronto.

Aboriginal Awareness – The Road to Reconciliation: Working with Newcomers Speaker Series @ Fort Erie Friendship Centre
Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Professional Development Opportunity for Working with Newcomers

This Speaker Series is free-of-charge and open to anyone who works with newcomer populations. For more information, contact Melenie Neamtz (contact information above).

Host: Fort Erie Friendship Centre

Topic: Aboriginal Awareness – The Road to Reconciliation

This event is hosted by the Niagara Folk Arts & Multicultural Centre.

Partners & Projects

  1. The Willow Community

    The Willow Community is a non-profit arts organization located in the Niagara region created with the purpose of integrating people who receive mental health and addiction services with professionals in the Ontario arts community. We promote, support, encourage, and train our members by providing artistic opportunities for those persons to...
  2. 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...

Community Blog

  1. Let’s Work Together to Make a Smart Niagara!

    Smart Cities empower communities to address real issues through the use of data and connected technology. The Government of Canada has created the Smart City Challenge and is calling on communities across the country to bring forward their best ideas for improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data...
  2. Contributing Citizens, Workers, Volunteers, Innovators and Leaders: What We Know About Older People in Niagara

    Here in Niagara, we’ve heard about our aging population, and we know that more than one-third of our population is over 55 years of age. Data in the Living in Niagara-2017 report shows that it’s time for us to address ageism in our community. We can begin by shifting our...

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