1. Community Blog

    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. Resources & Publications

    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...
  3. Community Blog

    Living in Niagara – 2017 Quality of Life Report Released

    On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 350 community members attended the 16th annual Niagara Community Foundation Leaders Breakfast and helped to celebrate the launch of the Living in Niagara – 2017 quality of life report. The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Living in Niagara – 2017 Report: Action Themes Arising

    The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context by offering data to guide research and focused decision-making in the Niagara context. This handout summarizes the action themes arising in each of the 12 quality of life sectors. Related Resources: Living in Niagara...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Scaling Up Niagara: Issues and Approaches to Improving SME Productivity and Growth (Policy Brief #29)

    Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory and Niagara College’s Productivity and Innovation Lab have partnered to undertake a research project investigating how Niagara SMEs can grow to become more productive and competitive, leading to a more prosperous region. The purpose of this policy brief is to introduce and define the problems...
  6. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Region Agri-Food Strategy

    Agri-food is an inclusive term that refers to all forms of commercial agricultural activity and all stages of food and beverage processing. Agri-food encompasses ornamental horticulture – flowers, shrubs, and trees grown in greenhouses and in nurseries- as well as equine activities and bio-based products derived from agriculture that are...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Hunger Count 2016

    In March 2016, 863,492 people received food from a food bank in Canada. This is 1.3% higher than the same period in 2015, and 28% higher than in 2008. The HungerCount report puts forward a number of policy recommendations to reduce the need for food banks, under four broad themes:...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity: Key Results from the 2016 Census

    On Census Day, 21.9% of the population reported they were or had ever been a landed immigrant or permanent resident in Canada. This proportion is close to the 22.3% recorded during the 1921 Census, the highest level since Confederation. In 2016, Canada had 1,212,075 new immigrants who had permanently settled in Canada from 2011 to 2016. These recent immigrants represented 3.5%...
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    Two-Year Progress Report on Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan

    This report describes the progress made by the government of Ontario and its partners since the release of the one-year update of the Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan. The report highlights progress in the following areas: the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit, the launch of the...

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