Resources & Publications

  1. Niagara Region Adult Dental Health Care Barriers Survey Report 2017

    The Niagara Dental Health Coalition conducted a survey in early 2017 looking at barriers faced by Niagara region residents aged 18 and over when accessing dental health care services. The survey was developed to help quantify anecdotal stories from local health and social service agencies to provide a more complete...
  2. How Canada Compares: Results from the Commonwealth Fund’s 2017 International Health Policy Survey of Seniors

    The 2017 edition of The Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey focused on the views and experiences of seniors (age 65 and older) in 11 developed countries. This chartbook highlights the Canadian story of seniors’ interactions with their health system, and it examines how these experiences vary across Canada relative...
  3. More Than Money: Leveraging the Benefits of Sport Hosting in Niagara (NCO Policy Brief #30)

    In the winter of 2017, sport management Master’s student Chris Charlebois surveyed 251 people attending the Scotties Tournament of Hearts to measure how they perceived the national championship affecting St. Catharines and the Niagara region in terms of economic, social, and environmental impacts. This policy brief, written by Charlebois and...

Community Calendar

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SafeTALK Training @ TBA
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

SafeTALK is a 3.5 hour workshop where you will learn:

  • To be a suicide alert helper
  • To be aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed and avoided
  • To use TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe) and activate a suicide alert
  • How and where to connect persons with thoughts of suicide to further help and care

To register to attend, please request a registration form by email.

This training is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.

Alcohol Policy Review: Opportunities for Ontario Municipalities @ Online
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will present the findings of a municipal alcohol policy review that was conducted as a collaborative project between three Ontario Public Health Units (Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Health Unit, Durham Region Health Department, and Thunder Bay District Health Unit) and a private consulting firm (Liem Strategic Integration Inc).

The review sought to identify and assess the transferability of alcohol-related risk and harm reduction policies and practices across Canada and/or internationally to Ontario municipalities.

The review discusses opportunities and challenges and reveals emerging and innovative local policy solutions to reduce alcohol-related harms. The review sets out concrete actions that can be taken at a local level to advance policies in the areas of licensing, enforcement, regulating physical access through density, hours of sale limitations, pricing strategies, and promotions and advertisements.

This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Public Health Association.

Bill 148 is Here: Are You Ready? @ Online
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn what changes came into effect January 1
  • Explore in detail the “Equal pay for equal work” legislation coming into effect on April 1 and how it may affect your nonprofit
  • Better understand your responsibilities as employers to keep up with the new employment standards

This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.

How to Give Feedback that Drives Engagement and Performance @ Online
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Are you unclear on how best to provide feedback to your staff that is motivating and encourages engagement? This free webinar will offer you new techniques and best practices!

According to Towers Watson, the single most important factor in employee engagement is whether employees feel their manager cares about their wellbeing. What better way to show you care than to create an environment of growth and appreciation that will inspire your team members and volunteers to want to give you their best. The good news is giving feedback doesn’t have to take a lot of time – and it’s free.

This webinar will give you some simple, fast and practical tools to help you get more comfortable with giving feedback – appreciative and constructive.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

Tips and Strategies for Serving Deaf Clients with Employment Goals @ YMCA Employment & Immigration Services
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

There are many Deaf, Deafened, or Hard-of-hearing adults in Niagara with training and employment goals.

Attend this workshop for a conversation with Chris Kenopic, Executive Director of the Deaf Literacy Initiative and staff from local programs serving Deaf individuals.

Learn more about:

  • Deaf culture
  • Myths and facts
  • Employment and education rates
  • Services in Niagara and across Ontario
  • Communication tips for working with Deaf individuals
  • Strategies to motivate Deaf clients to seek employment
  • Q&A period with Chris and local service providers serving Deaf individuals

Please register before February 19th.

This workshop is hosted by Literacy Link Niagara.

Coldest Night of the Year – St. Catharines @ Market Square
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Coldest Night of the Year is a super-fun, family-friendly fundraiser for the hungry, homeless, and hurting individuals and families across Canada.

The St. Catharines event is hosted by Start Me Up Niagara, which offers a full range of services to people in Niagara that are experiencing difficult times. Walk with Start Me Up Niagara to help them maintain their vision of a community where everyone is included, healthy, and self-sufficient.

The Willow Community Member Art Show @ Mahtay Cafe
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and check out some awesome artwork from The Willow Community. Opening reception will be held from 2-4 pm in the Community Room at Mahtay Cafe.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate art, diversity, community, and have some conversations.

The Willow Community is a nonprofit arts organization that provides free art classes to people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions in the Niagara Region. Visit to learn more.

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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