1. Resources & Publications

    Living in Niagara Report: Purpose, Format and Construction Methodology

    The Living in Niagara report is a triennial measure of quality of life in Niagara, across 12 Sectors that align with the Social Determinants of Health. The report and its Sectors are described, built and owned by the Niagara-wide community. Report construction is facilitated by Niagara Connects, a Niagara-wide network of people...
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    Building the Base: Bethlehem Housing and Support Services Annual Report (2016-2017)

    This annual report details how Bethlehem Housing and Support Services has invested in the community and helped women, men and families in the Niagara region in 2016-2017. Published By: Bethlehem Housing and Support Services Publication Date: 2017
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    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...
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    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...
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    Calculating the Cost of Living in Niagara Region 2017

    This brief provides context on the cost of living in Niagara region in 2017, as well as a detailed description of the methodology used to calculate the expenses in each category. For 2017, the conservatively estimated cost of living expenses for a family of four in Niagara region totaled $71,294....
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    Calculating the Living Wage for Niagara Region 2017

    A living wage reflects what earners in a family need to be paid based on the actual costs of living and being included in a specific community. The living wage is calculated as an evidence-based hourly rate at which a household (two adults working full-time, two children) can meet its...
  7. 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...
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    It Starts Here: YMCA Annual Report To The Community 2015-2016

    This annual report includes a summary of the key statistics, financial highlights, donors and community stories from 2015-2016 Published By: YMCA Niagara Publication Date: 2017  
  9. 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...
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    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...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

150 Acts of Reconciliation: Diving Deeper @ Online
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

82% of Canadians feel they have a role to play in the reconciliation process (The Environics Institute), and at this particular moment in time where, after six generations, reconciliation is possible. It is essential that the nonprofit sector work with Indigenous peoples to develop our collective path.

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is excited to launch the third round of the Journey to Reconciliation Webinar Series with: 150 Acts of Reconciliation: Diving Deeper.

Join The Circle’s Kris Archie as she sits in conversation with Crystal Fraser and Sara Kormarnisky, co-authors of 150 Acts of Reconciliation for the last 150 days of 2017. As we approach the close of 2017 – the year of Canada’s 150th birthday – there have been robust discussions around reconciliation.

As individuals working in a sector dedicated to achieving positive impact, what actions can we take to better understand our role in contributing this collective path?

In this dynamic webinar, you will:

  • Go beyond the tagline: understand the fundamental complexities of what reconciliation means
  • Understand the 150 Acts of Reconciliation and apply them to the nonprofit sector
  • Identify parallels in social justice movements as we begin to understand the impact of colonization in Canada
  • Identify what work remains and how to keep moving forward through dialogue and practice

This webinar is hosted by the The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

Fundraising & Communications: How Can We Achieve Program Sustainability? @ Online
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

New research into the area of program sustainability has shown that there are concrete steps you can take to increase the longevity of your programs. Although many organizations diligently develop a strategic plan, few seem to draft a formal sustainability plan.

In this engaging webinar you will learn what factors can increase the sustainability odds of your program and the benefits of developing a formal sustainability plan.

At the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • define four types of program sustainability
  • state the factors that promote program sustainability
  • list reasons for developing a formal program sustainability plan

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

Trauma-Informed Youth Justice @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will help participants develop a trauma-informed perspective regarding youth justice and identify the key features of a trauma-informed youth justice system.

A review of TLC’s evidence-based SITCAP-ART program as well as other best practice approaches will be included.

This workshop is hosted by the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH).

Transdisciplinary Sustainability Seminar Series: Using Integrated Field and Remote Sensing Approaches to Investigate Hydroecological Impacts of Climate-Induced Landscape Changes in Northern Yukon @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Throughout the year, the ESRC are hosting a series of transdisciplinary seminars in conjunction with the Sustainability: Science and Society program. These seminars will run biweekly during term time and are open to everyone.

In the first seminar, Dr. Kevin Turner (Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University) will discuss the findings of his research investigating the hydroecological impacts of climate-induced landscape changes in northern Yukon.

Changing climatic conditions have induced widespread responses in northern landscapes, and there is much uncertainty in how this will impact the carbon budget that influences global temperatures. Dr. Kevin Turner’s research aims to inform predictions of how the hydrology and biogeochemistry of climate-sensitive areas will respond to future changes.

This seminar is hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

Datathon 2017 @ Brock University
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day

The Datathon is an educational conference that will provide students of any background with an opportunity to interact, network, and learn about the increasingly important field of data analytics.

Datathon will blend the experience and knowledge of educators with hands-on learning. Attendees will learn how big data is changing the world and how to think like a Data Scientist, then be able to put this new knowledge into practice at Interactive Workshops and in the Datathon Competition.

Interactive workshops will give you an opportunity to learn the basics of data analytics from the experts. Workshops include introductions to SAS, RStudio and Python. The focus will be how you can develop analytical tools, analyze datasets, and develop useful insights.

This event is open to learners from all walks of life, university, college, high school, and those already working!

You don’t need any prior experience with programming or data analytics to attend! You will have the opportunity to learn concepts from the ground up, and those with experience will be able to further develop their skills.

Fitness Fundraiser in Support of Pelham Public Library @ Fenwick Fire Hall
Sep 23 @ 9:15 am

Join the Pelham Public Library for 90 minutes of rocking music and a great cardio workout!

Meet various instructors and try some new fitness styles. There will be door prizes, a silent auction, and snack bar.

Proceeds will support Pelham Public Library programming.

National Learn to Code Day @ Accenture
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

On September 23rd, 2017, Ladies Learning Code is hosting its fifth annual National Learn to Code Day — the first and only event of its kind in Canada.

On that day, over 1,500 Canadians will gather together in over 25 communities to challenge themselves to learn a new skill: Using Data to Solve Problems: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Beginners.

In partnership with Accenture, Ladies Learning Code will build on their mission of teaching Canadians 21st century digital skills and encourage them to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to make meaning of data.

Seating is limited, please register online.

This event is hosted by Ladies Learning Code Niagara Chapter.


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