1. Resources & Publications

    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...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Impressions of the Impact of the Arts on Quality of Life and Well-Being in Ontario: Ontario Arts Council Survey Findings

    This report, based on a random survey of 1,004 individuals, shows that Ontario residents recognize the important contribution of the arts to vibrant, livable communities. The survey also shows that regardless of the respondent’s region, gender and age, a majority of Ontarians had positive views about the arts and all...
  3. Community Blog

    Take 15 Minutes to Help Draw the Picture of How Data is Being Used Every Day in Niagara

    Data helps us to explore patterns and trends to strengthen planning and see opportunities in Niagara differently, through the lens of relevant, reliable evidence. The Data and Knowledge Niagara Reference Group designed a Data in Niagara Inventory survey to draw a picture of the data continuum in Niagara. You are invited...
  4. Community Blog

    2017: Opportunities Ahead

    2017 marks 12 years since the Niagara-wide community began building Niagara Connects. We are a network of people focused on: building community capacity to use Niagara-focused evidence (data, information, knowledge) to inform planning and decision-making; and facilitating coordinated community action to create the conditions for a more vibrant Niagara. Niagara...
  5. Resources & Publications

    A Profile of Wellbeing in Ontario: The West Region

    The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) has produced detailed reports of community wellbeing for five regions, based on boundaries used by Ontario ministries. This particular report, provides a snapshot and full portrait of Western Ontario, using the latest data from 2014 and 2015 to form a comprehensive picture of wellbeing in Ontario. These reports are designed...
  6. Resources & Publications

    The 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing National Report: How are Canadians Really Doing?

    For more than 10 years, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), based at the University of Waterloo, has provided comprehensive analyses of how we are really doing in the areas of our lives that matter most. It draws from almost 200 reliable data sources, primarily from Statistics Canada, that provide 64 indicators...
  7. Community Blog

    OTF Regional Reports Based on 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Ontario’s GDP Recovered Since Recession, and Wellbeing has Room for Improvement

    “A Profile of Wellbeing” notes that living standards, economic, food and housing insecurity and precarity of work are major issues for many Ontarians. In Canada, Ontario was hit hardest by the recession in 2008, and while Gross Domestic Product in the province has recovered since then, a new series of reports...
  8. Resources & Publications

    HANYOH: Community Snapshot Employment and Education

    This economic snapshot enables a view of the community through differing lenses to determine needs based upon community feedback. It identifies: the demographic of the urban Aboriginal community; the current status of the labour market; the retention of Aboriginal students by post-secondary educational institutions; existing services; and, service providers. The report concludes with...
  9. Resources & Publications

    The Economic Shift: How Welland is Repainting the Canvas of its Local Economy

    Canadian cities and towns are either adopting (or are in need of adopting) a new economic development canvas. Some municipalities are starting with a clean slate and creating a new economic scenery. Others have remnants of unforgotten stories that either need to be painted over, or somehow worked into a...
  10. Community Blog

    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,...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Aug
23
Wed
OTF Workshop: Capital Investment Stream @ St. Catharines Museum, Lockview Lounge
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

You are invited to a two-and-a-half hour workshop presented by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that focuses on OTF’s popular Capital Investment Stream.

If your organization is planning a project to improve your community space with a capital improvement (such as a renovation, new building, equipment purchase, etc.), then this workshop is for you!

This workshop will offer concrete ways to build an effective Capital project and a strong OTF application “from the ground up”.

The deadline for the Capital Investment Stream is October 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET, and if you plan on applying, be sure to register your organization with OTF by October 4, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET.

This workshop is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Aug
26
Sat
LDANR’s “Walk With Me for LD” Summer Event @ Heartland Forest
Aug 26 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region (LDANR) for their first “Walk With Me for LD” summer event!

They will be walking the trails at Heartland Forest and having a BBQ for all attendees. There will be lots to do for the whole family, including games and activities with lots of fun prizes!

Proceeds will support LDANR’s programs and services in Niagara.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

This event is hosted by the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region.

14th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché @ 13th Street Winery
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Proceeds from Au Marché will support the Niagara Community Foundation’s Investing in St. Catharines Youth Initiative, helping young people fully participate in the recreational, sports and cultural life of the city.

Au Marché provides you with an opportunity to connect with the many like-minded individuals and companies interested in helping a cause supported by St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik.

Above all, your commitment supports the St. Catharines Community Fund at the Niagara Community Foundation, an organization working with and supporting many charities in all sectors and in all corners of Niagara.

The relaxed atmosphere throughout the evening, the enjoyment of Niagara wines, craft beer and St. Catharines restaurants, the cachet of being surrounded by community leaders and the support of a worthy cause; make participating as a sponsor or guest an opportunity not to be missed.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Aug
31
Thu
Deadline to Submit Feedback: A Food Policy for Canada @ Online
Aug 31 all-day

The decisions we make as individuals and as a country about food have a direct impact on our health, environment, economy, and communities.

A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while identifying actions we can take in the short-term.

A food policy is a way to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.

Learn more by reading the food policy consultation document and have your say!

Sep
5
Tue
Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Training Program @ Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre
Sep 5 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Dreaming of starting your own business? This 8-week training program could make it a reality!

Is owning a business right for you? What business should you choose? How does owning a business work in Canada?

Mentorship and micro loan opportunities are available. For more information or to register, contact Lori at 905-732-5337 or lwebster@wellandheritagecouncil.com.

This training program is hosted by Welland Heritage Council & Multicultural Centre.

Sep
7
Thu
Fort Erie: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Lighthouse
Sep 7 @ 9:00 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.

To be part of this session, contact Mary Anne Feagan at maryanne.feagan@bridgeschc.ca.

Literacy Day @ DSBN Academy
Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

September 8th marks the International celebration and awareness campaign on literacy.

In preparation for this day, you are invited to to engage with specialized edtech companies, local libraries, teachers and other professional educators in the study of literacy practices from early childhood through adolescence.

This networking event will showcase innovative literacy resources to engage readers and support literacy. Take this opportunity to celebrate this international awareness day with your students by highlighting the importance and value of literary education.

This event is hosted by iHub.

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