Resources & Publications

  1. Basic Income Consultations: What We Heard (2017)

    Every day, individuals and families receive income supports through Ontario Works, the Ontario Disability Support Program, the Ontario Child Benefit, and various other tax credits and benefits. While it has been identified that improving these programs through rate increases and other improvements and through targeted measures in the Poverty Reduction...
  2. City of Welland: Annual Report 2016

    This report highlights the City of Welland’s 2016 accomplishments and projects, and offers a financial snapshot of property tax dollars and the city’s operating budget. Published By: The Corporation of the City of Welland Publication Date: 2017
  3. Food Systems in Niagara Map

    Food Systems In Niagara is a complex topic that represents the cycles and interconnections of growing, distributing, eating and recycling of food. This food systems in Niagara Map (2016) was collaboratively developed by people working in diverse aspects of food in Niagara. The intent is to begin describing how a...
  4. Strengthening Our Food Assets to Boost Niagara’s Vitality: Call to Action to Build a Food Systems Network for Niagara

    In 2015-2016, Niagara Connects worked with Healthy Living Niagara to engage people in examining the role Niagara’s food systems assets play in Niagara’s socio-economic vibrancy. This work built on preliminary steps taken in 2013-2014 by HLN and Niagara Connects, to describe food systems in Niagara. “Food Systems” refers to a...

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Annual Cuvée Grand Tasting @ Scotiabank Convention Centre
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day

Over the past 27 years, Cuvée has become one of the most prestigious celebrations of Ontario wine. Now as the event has evolved, proceeds go to support the industry it showcases.

Proceeds from the Cuvée wine weekend support grape and wine scholarships and research initiatives at Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).

Scholarships have been established for undergraduate oenology and viticulture students as well as graduate students studying in fields across the grape and wine value chain, including viticulture, wine science, business and tourism. Research funding goes to support projects that address priorities identified by the industry.

This event is hosted by Brock University.

Clear Writing Workshop @ Literacy Link Niagara
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Clear Writing is about getting your message across clearly the first time.

You will learn general clear writing tips and techniques that will help you communicate your ideas and messages to clients, co-workers and

Highlights include What is Clear Writing, Just the Basics, Writing to Your Reader, Writing clear emails, making lists/bullets and Before and After: The difference Clear Writing makes.

This workshop is suited for employees in business, government and not-for-profit agencies.

Presenter: Sara Gill, Executive Director, Adult Basic Education Association.

This workshop is hosted by Literacy Link Niagara.

Introduction to New CAMH Office of Family Engagement @ Online
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

CAMH invites community partners and other stakeholders for a special webinar introducing their new Office and Family Engagement.

You will hear about CAMH’s renewed commitment to supporting and engaging with the families of their patients through:

  • creating a new Family Resource Centre to provide opportunities and spaces for families to teach and learn
  • supporting families with tools to navigate the mental health system with more confidence
  • developing a family advisory to help foster a healing culture where families are partners-in-care and whose voices are listened to and valued throughout the hospital.

You will hear about the work that led to the development of the new vision, the quality improvement and accreditation drivers behind their work and their concrete plans to make the vision a reality.

A short presentation will be followed by a feedback/question and answer session.

This webinar is hosted by CAMH.

Basic Income: Principles, Practice, and Lessons @ Online
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Topics for this webinar will include:

  • What basic income is – and what it isn’t – including ‘full’ and ‘partial’ basic income;
  • Income as a determinant of health;
  • The benefits of basic income;
  • Existing examples of basic income and basic income-like initiatives in Canada and elsewhere;
  • Principles of good basic income design;
  • The cost of basic income and how it can be funded;
  • An update on the status of Ontario’s basic income pilot, and Ontario’s fledgling basic income movement.

This webinar is hosted by HC Link.

Social Enterprise Conference @ Harvard Kennedy School
Mar 25 – Mar 26 all-day

In its 18th year, SECON addresses the big questions and central tensions in the field of social enterprise under the theme of “What’s the Bottom Line?” From social enterprises’s own triple-bottom line — aspiring to financial, social, and environmental returns — to getting to the core of its most complex issues, join like-minded students, academics, and professionals in an engaging and interactive exploration of these critical concerns.

Topics include:

  • Unleashing Human Potential – how can social innovation catalyze and unleash human potential?
  • Startup Society – how can we leverage social enterprises to better society?
  • Disruptive Potential, Unanswered Questions – understanding how and when to scale, measure impacts, and meet changing demands
  • Reimagining Capitalism – what can social enterprise learn from business, and vi-versa?


Click here to learn more about social enterprise and what we’re doing in Niagara.

HTML & CSS for Beginners: Build a One Page Website from Scratch @ Brock University - James A. Gibson Library Maker Space
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. HTML and CSS are the backbone of all websites, and knowledge of them is a necessity if you are interested in things like web development, creating marketing emails, or even blogging!

The web without HTML and CSS would be would be a world without colourful, pretty websites, not to mention the web applications we all use daily. It’s easy to learn, and was designed so that everyone – even non-programmers – can do it. No fancy programs are needed, just Notepad and a web browser!

During the session, you’ll build something like this and learn the following:

  • Basic techniques and concepts that are translatable to other programming languages
  • The building blocks of how HTML and CSS work together to create richer online experiences
  • How to create a rich website with images, video, and a CSS-defined layout
  • What resources are available if you’d like to continue learning at home (and we think you will)

This workshop is hosted by Ladies Learning Code.

Executive Director Workshop Series and Executive Director Network Meeting @ ECCDC - Community Board Room
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Early Childhood Community Development Centre is hosting a full day of workshops and networking for Executive Directors.

Workshop 1: Managing and Leading an Intergenerational Workplace (9:30 am to 11:30 am) with Michael Lewis

The intergenerational workplace has become so commonplace and its diversity is often its greatest strength and even preferred. In such an environment, you have the wisdom and experience of older employees and the energy and new ideas of younger employees. In theory, it should make for a balanced work environment, but sometimes generational differences and outlooks create barriers. This workshop closely examines today’s generational workplace and provides insights on how to lead and maximize its full potential. Learn that you can get a lot from achieving a collaborative effort that people of different ages and backgrounds can contribute.

Networking Lunch (11:30 am to 12:00 pm)

Workshop 2: Creating a Place Where Your Team Will Love to Come to Work (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm) with Michael Lewis

Should a supervisor or manager strive daily to ensure that every staff member comes to work feeling supported, respected and included? Can you imagine the benefits to your program or centre and the improved interpersonal relationships between parents and your staff? As a leader, would you be interested in working towards a workplace environment that everyone feels that they belong, that they have arrived, that they feel truly engaged? Of course, you would. Everyone counts and everyone wants to make a difference. If we can win hearts and minds and begin today to shape our programs and centres to be a place were positive emotions flourish, people seek ways to help and mentor each other and kindness and kind acts rule…we’ll have achieved a lot!

Executive Directors Network Meeting (2:00 pm to 3:30 pm)

Executive Directors are invited to attend this network meeting to connect with Executive Directors, Program Coordinators, and/or Owners or Operators of early learning programs. Following a round table sharing opportunity, participants will preview the Niagara Community Foundation Governance webinars and further discussions will take place around support for Board Development.

These sessions are hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre.

Partners & Projects

  1. First Book Canada – Niagara Book Distribution

    First Book Canada provides access to new books for low income children and families. To date, First Book Canada has distributed more than 4.5 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout Canada. First Book Canada is transforming the lives of low income...

Community Blog

  1. The Strongly Sustainable Revolution: Using the Triple Bottom Line Approach to Business Development

    There’s a quiet business revolution taking shape in Niagara. New and experienced entrepreneurs, with business ideas ranging from food services to tool libraries, are considering more than just profits in their business objectives. Sparked by the desire to better the environment and their community, social entrepreneurs are quietly designing their...

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