Resources & Publications

  1. The Corporation of the City of Port Colborne Age-Friendly Needs Assessment

    Port Colborne’s age-friendly needs assessment builds upon the existing needs assessment and action plan developed by Age-Friendly Niagara Community Network. This report details the results from a community-wide assessment and provides a starting point for setting and establishing community goals, as well as for creating an action plan to assist...
  2. Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Surveys Report: City of Thorold

    The goal of this report is to provide the Thorold City Council with the direct feedback from the members within its community. Needs assessment surveys were distributed across Thorold to community members over the age of 55 and to businesses and service providers. The public participation feedback identifies gaps and...
  3. Behind Every Number: A Portrait of Canada

    Throughout Canada’s history, Statistics Canada has collected, compiled, and disseminated data and insights on Canadians’ lives, creating a unique record of our country, and also building part of the foundation for a healthy democracy. This video shows how Statistics Canada is marking Canada’s 150th birthday by looking at Canada through the...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Community-Building with Syrian Refugee Families: Coping, Art & Music @ Online
Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Interaction through art and music can be effective in engaging refugee families in self-expression and communication as they navigate the stresses commonly associated with settlement and integration. Combining such activities with opportunities for group discussion concerning the stresses associated with adjustment can be a valuable aid to their emotional well-being and sense of connection to their new community.

In this webinar, psychologist Dr. Annette Dufresne and Client Support Services (CSS) case manager, Riham Al-Saadi, will discuss their collaborative work with Syrian refugee families in the Multicultural Council of Windsor’s CSS program.

The presenters will discuss how art, music, and group discussion have been used to engage refugee clients and their families in creative expression, exploration and connecting, thereby promoting healing and community-building.

This webinar is hosted by the Refugee Mental Health Project.

World Hepatitis Day at Montebello Park @ Montebello Park
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Hepatitis C Care Clinic invites community members and partners to World Hepatitis Day.

Attend for:

  • Free food & refreshments
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Private testing & health testing
  • Community health fair – information displays

Community partners are invited to provide an information display to share with the residents of Niagara Region the great care and services you provide each day. For more details, contact Karen Usick (see contact information above).

This event is hosted by Niagara Health’s Hepatitis C Care Clinic.

Application Deadline: Places to Grow Implementation Fund @ Online
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm

The Places to Grow Implementation Fund supports projects that promote and help achieve the policies and goals of the Province’s growth plans – the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by:

  • increasing knowledge and understanding of growth planning in Ontario through research and data collection and/or;
  • fostering greater public knowledge, awareness and understanding of the merits of growth planning in Ontario through training and education.

The Fund has a budget of $200,000 to support a limited number of projects with grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

In 2017-18, consideration will be given to projects and research initiatives that build awareness of and advance growth planning in Ontario, including areas of focus such as:

  • Building healthy, complete communities in urban, suburban and/or rural contexts.
  • Increasing intensification and addressing barriers to it.
  • Achieving transit-supportive densities.
  • Designing high quality compact built form and public open spaces.
  • Achieving a range and mix of housing options, including affordable housing, to serve all sizes, incomes, and ages of households.
  • Aligning land use planning with economic development strategies and emerging trends.
  • Integrating land use planning with planning and investment in infrastructure and public service facilities.
  • Mitigating and adapting to climate change and creating low-carbon or net-zero communities.

This grant is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Insurance and Risk Management for Nonprofits @ Online
Aug 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Nonprofit organizations are not immune from potential claims from employees, board members, and volunteers relating to:

  • Employment Practices (i.e. wrongful dismissal, employee discrimination);
  • Fiduciary Liability (i.e. administration of employee benefits plan);
  • Financial Mismanagement (i.e. board decisions that have adverse financial consequences).

What you’ll learn:

  • What are the risks facing nonprofits, particularly those that engage volunteers?
  • What insurance solutions and tools are available to mitigate those risks?
  • What are some common types of claims against non-profit organizations?

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

No Fixed Address @ Pen Centre
Aug 11 all-day

No Fixed Address is an event experience to raise awareness and funds to help solve the rising problem of hidden homelessness, to educate about the reasons behind those who are calling their car “home”, and to impact individuals through an experience that will inspire them to be the voice of change for the “hidden homeless”.

No Fixed Address is a 24 hour Live-In-Your-Car-A-Thon. Like a marathon or a walk-a-thon, participants will gather sponsorships from friends and family and take part in an event that gives them a taste of what it is like to have to live in their car.

Over the course of 24 hours participants will experience just how little room a car has when you sleep in it, what a soup kitchen diet looks like and how difficult it is to find a private rest room when you most need it. They will be stretched and challenged. They will want to laugh, cry and reflect. They will leave forever changed.

This event is hosted by YWCA Niagara Region.

Deadline: NCF Mini-Grant Application @ Online
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm

The Mini-Grants Program provides $500 grants to eligible organizations for projects that address the Foundation’s granting priorities.

This program provides a time-sensitive, streamlined and responsive process for smaller projects. This grant is not suitable for projects that have a budget exceeding $2000.

Grant-Making Priorities:

  • Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2014, or,
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of tools and resources that would contribute to an organization’s success; including professional and organizational development and training.

More information can be found here.

This grant is provided by the Niagara Community Foundation.

South Niagara Executive Director’s Forum @ Amici's Banquet and Conference Centre
Aug 16 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

AUGUST SESSION TOPIC: Maximizing Your Engagement with Student Volunteers

This event is for EDs (or their designates) to learn about new and different opportunities to leverage Niagara College and Brock students through Paid and Unpaid Placements or Projects related to their studies.

Participants will learn about best practices for Maximizing Student Engagement and network with Brock and Niagara College staff who facilitate engagement opportunities.

This session is hosted by the United Way South Niagara.

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. Health Policy by the Homeless: Empowering Niagara’s Most Marginalized to Become Policymakers Through Research and Theatre

    What would happen if we engaged the most marginalized members of our community to create healthcare policy, relying on their actual lived experiences when accessing healthcare? Homeless individuals are struggling to be heard in a healthcare system that is already stretched thin. As four medical students who are training in...
  2. 2017 Cost of Living and Living Wage Calculations for Niagara Region and a New Opportunity for Niagara Employers to Become Living Wage Certified

    The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) has recently released the 2017 Cost of Living in Niagara Region and 2017 Living Wage for Niagara Region calculations, updating its 2016 calculations. With the annual cost of household living expenses for a Niagara region family of four conservatively pegged at over $71,000, the...

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