1. Resources & Publications

    Niagara calls to 211 in 2016

    211 helps people get connected to community, social and government resources and services. During the reporting period of January to December 2016, a total of 36,379 inquiries to 211 Central South came from within Niagara. This infographic provides an at-a-glance summary of the caller demographics, types of calls and reasons...
  2. Resources & Publications

    2016 Unmet Needs in Niagara: 211 Central South Report

    As a general practice, 211 Information and Referral Specialists document situations where no referrals were available to meet an inquirer’s assessed need. This report outlines the unmet needs and the reasons for those needs being unmet, resulting from calls to 211 in 2016. The situations captured in this report are...
  3. Community Blog

    Language Interpretation Services Trained to Work with Vulnerable Populations in Niagara & Hamilton

    INCommunities (formerly known as Information Niagara) is a leader in connecting residents of Niagara and surrounding areas to essential human services. With geopolitical trends indicating higher numbers of refugees and immigrants assimilating to new cultural environments, demand for providing service to non-English speakers and those with limited-English proficiency is increasing....
  4. 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...
  5. Resources & Publications

    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
  6. Community Blog

    An Opportunity for SafeTALK and ASIST Trainers in Niagara

    45 people die by suicide in Niagara each year; that is 1 person every 8 days. SafeTALK and ASIST trainers play a critical role in suicide prevention. The Distress Centre, the lead organization for all suicide prevention training in Niagara, and the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSPC), believe that there is an...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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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