1. Resources & Publications

    Vital Signs: Belonging – Exploring Connection to Community

    The 2017 national Vital Signs report is the third in a multi-year series focused on belonging, which has become an area of strategic focus for Community Foundations of Canada and many community foundations across the country. This year 39 communities in Canada and another 28 in other parts of the world are...
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    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...
  8. 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...
  9. Resources & Publications

    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  
  10. 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...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Business Model Canvas @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.

In this two-part workshop series, Innovate Niagara will follow Steve Blank’s methodology and introduce startups to Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and the analytical process required to validate their business model.

The workshops are highly interactive and all participants will be able to design their own business model during the series.

This workshop is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Service Canada Benefit Information Session: Welland @ Civic Square - Community Room
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Information sessions will provide details about federally provided benefits which include Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

Sessions will be held in three locations across Niagara:

  • Welland – November 24, 10:00-12:00, Community Room, Welland Civic Square
  • Port Colborne – November 29, 1:00-3:00, Friends Over 55, 554 Fielden Avenue
  • Thorold – December 1, 10:00-12:00, Thorold Seniors Centre, 8 Carleton Street

These sessions are hosted by the Office of Vance Badawey.

Community Conversations: The Future of Rodman Hall @ Rodman Hall
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This is an opportunity for members of the Niagara community to share their aspirations for Rodman Hall Art Centre either by participating in one of our public conversations or completing a short online survey.

This first step in planning will guide volunteers and professionals in crafting Rodman Hall’s future strategies and business plans.

Conversations will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday, November 25, 10 am to 12 pm
  • Wednesday, November 29, 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Wednesday, November 29, 7 pm to 9 pm

Your feedback and ideas can also be shared by completing the online survey.

This event is hosted by the Rodman Hall Coalition.

Gender-Transformative Interventions and Violence Against Women @ Online
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The 4th edition of Health Promotion in Canada has just been released, with new chapters and contributors, reflecting emerging issues in health promotion, new organizational developments, and another generation of researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Health Promotion Canada, in partnership with Health Nexus via HC Link, is sponsoring a series of webinars to share some of the contents of this new edition to support capacity building, debate, and dialogue within the health promotion community.

In the first of this series, Ann Pederson, Director of Population Health Promotion at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre and Adjunct Faculty at Simon Fraser University, will reflect on the potential of gender-transformative health promotion interventions to address the challenge of violence against women.

Gender-transformative interventions seek to address gender equity as part of the root cause of health and social issues. In the case of violence against women, this means engaging with the underlying aspects of gender relations that contribute to the grim statistics of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

The webinar will offer some background on the issue as well as some promising Canadian practices to illustrate innovations that may help address this form of gender-based violence. As we recognize 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Canada November 25 – December 10 every year, this webinar is a timely opportunity to reflect on the issues and potential solutions.

This webinar is hosted by HC Link.

LGBTQ+ Youth Focus Group @ Quest Community Health Centre
Nov 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Youth Voices Make a Difference!
Share Your Ideas NOW about the Unique Needs of LGBTQ+ Youth.

Quest CHC will be holding a focus group for LGBTQ+ youth aged 12-25 to find out what type of youth services are needed across Niagara. Come share your input and help shape youth supports in our region.

Transportation is available if needed. Please contact Stephanie Vail for additional information or to register (see contact information above).

This focus group is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.

NCF Niagara Leaders Breakfast @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Join the Niagara Community Foundation for the 16th annual Niagara Leaders Breakfast, featuring the release of the Living in Niagara 2017 Report. This triennial report, prepared by Niagara Connects, weaves together data and knowledge to describe quality of life across 12 Living in Niagara Sectors.

During the breakfast, community leaders and Niagara Community Foundation grant recipients will share stories that highlight ways data sharing supports planning to build a stronger future for Niagara.

For information or tickets call 905-684-8688.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Introduction to the Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) Tool: A Senior-Friendly Approach to Screening for Alcohol Use in Older Adults @ Online
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Alcohol-related problems are an often unrecognized challenge in working with older adults.

Even without increasing their alcohol consumption from their younger years, older adults can experience increased effects of alcohol due to age-related physiological changes and alcohol-drug interactions, and/or increased reliance on alcohol as a coping strategy with significant life changes. Stigma can elicit reactions of denial and defensiveness in older clients with traditional (and often confrontational) questions about alcohol use.

The Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) tool is a screening tool developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that provides a gentle, non-confrontational approach to elicit information to determine if there are concerns related to alcohol use/misuse.

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.


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