1. Resources & Publications

    Census Profile – 2016 Census

    This profile presents information from the 2016 Census of Population for various levels of geography, including provinces and territories, census metropolitan areas, communities and census tracts. Using the search or browse options, users can search for an area of interest by typing its place name, postal code or geographic code...
  2. 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...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Population Size and Growth in Canada: Key Results from the 2016 Census

    Statistics Canada provides Canadians with a first glimpse of the latest national statistical portrait with results of the 2016 Census count on population and dwellings. The count tallies 35,151,728 people who reported living in Canada on Census Day, May 10, 2016, and shows the patterns of population growth across the country. Published By: Statistics Canada Publication Date: February...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Working Without a Net: Rethinking Canada’s Social Policy in the New Age of Work

    This report explores the implications of new technologies on Canada’s economy and labour market and the adequacy of current social programs and policies supporting workers. Published By: The Mowat Centre Publication Date: November 2016
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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

Jun
25
Sun
Ride Don’t Hide @ Brock University
Jun 25 all-day

Ride Don’t Hide is a family-friendly community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health, all while raising essential funds to support mental health programs.

The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from novice rider to advanced cyclist. Kids under 12 ride free!

This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.

Family Croquet Day Tournament in Support of Red Roof Retreat @ The Village Green at the Garrison House Restaurant
Jun 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Red Roof Retreat for the 8th Annual Family Croquet Day Tournament.

There will be prizes, live entertainment, and family fun! Registration fee includes drink ticket and picnic lunch.

Register online or RSVP to Karen (see contact information above) to pay at the gate.

This event is hosted by Red Roof Retreat.

Jun
27
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Mountainview Christian Reformed Church
Jun 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 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.

This session will be hosted by Sherry Cain, Executive Director of Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers.

Host presentation: Community Hospice, upcoming training courses and community partnerships.

There will be roundtable updates, networking, and sharing of materials and resources.

To be part of this session, contact Faith Lowe at flowe@employmenthelp.org.

Engaging the Power of Technology for Youth Work @ Online
Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join YouthREX for this webinar as they explore how and in what ways the youth sector could potentially leverage technology to increase access to information and resources, while also creating space for connection between stakeholders.

Guest speakers Michael Furdyk (Co-Founder and Director of Technology at TakingITGlobal), Kathryn McLeod (Marketing and Innovation Lead at mindyourmind), and Jessica Valleu (Virtual Youth Outreach Worker at East Metro Youth Services in Toronto) will share how they leverage technology to work with youth.

This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.

Public Information Centre: Growth Near Future GO Stations @ Fleming Centre - Front Lobby
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Niagara Region will be holding a series of public meetings to provide information and consult with residents about future development of the area surrounding four proposed GO Train stations.

In 2016, the Province confirmed daily GO Train service to three station locations: Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, with a fourth potential future station location in Beamsville (Town of Lincoln).

The Public Information Centres, set for dates in June, will provide an opportunity for residents to learn about the status of the Niagara GO Hub and Transit Stations Study initiated by Niagara Region in 2015. The study will determine appropriate land uses for each proposed site, including scale of development and improvements to infrastructure required to accommodate future growth within the station area.

The public meetings will all take place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m.:

  • Niagara Falls – June 15 – Niagara Falls Public Library (LaMarsh Room), 4848 Victoria Avenue
  • St. Catharines – June 19 – Ridley College (2nd Century Building), 2 Ridley Road
  • Grimsby – June 22 – Grimsby Town Hall (Council Chamber), 160 Livingston Avenue
  • Beamsville – June 27 – Fleming Centre (Front Lobby), 5020 Serena Drive

For more information about the study and to provide input into the planning study via an online survey, visit www.niagararegion.ca.

This session is hosted by Niagara Region.

Jun
28
Wed
Application Deadline: Local Poverty Reduction Fund @ Online
Jun 28 all-day

The third and final round of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund is open.

The Local Poverty Reduction Fund (the Fund) was announced in April 2015 and is now in its final year of awarding grants. The Fund is providing $50 million over six years to support innovative, local, community-driven solutions that measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty.

The fund’s focus on measuring success – and the evidence that will be shared as a result – will help support local efforts to prevent and reduce poverty and to build a body of evidence of what works.

This grant is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Combating Stigma in Healthcare: What Works and Why @ Online
Jun 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Research shows stigma and discrimination in healthcare to be a major barrier to access, quality care, treatment, and recovery. Join this webinar to learn about the problem of mental illness-related stigma in healthcare and evidence-informed solutions.

Since 2009, Opening Minds, the anti-stigma initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), has been conducting evaluation studies of anti-stigma programs targeting various healthcare provider audiences.

Join Dr. Stephanie Knaak, MHCC Research Associate, as she highlights key findings from this research, including healthcare providers’ main learning needs for stigma reduction, key ingredients for program effectiveness, successful programming models, and specific programs available for replication and sharing.

Also learn about the By Health For Health Collaborative, led in partnership with MHCC and HealthCareCAN and the Declaration of Commitment to Psychological Health and Safety in Healthcare.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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