1. Resources & Publications

    Vital Signs: Sport and Belonging

    The 2015 Vital Signs report explores the importance of belonging. From healthier and more meaningful lives; safer, more resilient and more inclusive communities; flourishing culture and identity and greater community participation; a greater sense of belonging has an extraordinary capacity to transform our lives and our communities. Yet the research found that...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Open Data

    The Niagara community is providing this catalogue to put data in the hands of the people. This website provides open access to datasets from various organizations in Niagara, including: municipalities, community groups, provincial agencies, not for profits, schools and more. It is managed by a consortium made up of people from these...
  3. Community Blog

    NiagaraOpenData.ca – a new tool for sharing Open Data Sets

    Sparks of innovation occur when data is openly shared and put into the hands of people. The Niagara Open Data portal (www.niagaraopendata.ca) is Niagara’s newest tool for sharing of open data sets. It is a welcome complement to our community’s Living in Niagara Report and Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) tools. Together,...
  4. Community Blog

    Living Wage and Cost of Living: A Guide for Niagara Employers

    In the fall of 2014, the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) established working tables to look at income security and wage issues. One of NPRN’s priorities is advocacy for poverty reduction. Two groups were formed to gather information and to build capacity in the Niagara context– one to examine the...
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    Calculating the Living Wage for the Niagara Region 2016

    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...
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    The Power of Reflection: An Introduction to Participatory Evaluation Techniques

    Community groups commonly talk about needing simpler tools to evaluate their efforts. This resource, will help groups begin benefiting from their own reflection activities without needing an outside evaluator. This resource present a theoretical introduction to participatory evaluation and three simple evaluation techniques that can be used by any community group or...
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    Calculating the Cost of Living in Niagara Region 2016

    For 2016, the conservatively estimated cost of living expenses for a family of four in Niagara region totaled $65,435.51. This brief provides context on the cost of living in Niagara region in 2016, as well as a detailed description of the methodology used to calculate the expenses in each category....
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    Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan

    A community hub can be a school, a neighbourhood centre or another public space that offers co-located or integrated services such as education, health care and social services. Each hub is as unique as the community it serves. The Advisory Group’s action plan lays out eight overarching recommendations, which the...
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    Vote Pop Up: A Kit for Community Groups to Ignite Voter Participation

    Vote PopUp is an easy-to-use, do-it-yourself kit designed to give first-time or infrequent voters the opportunity to practice casting a ballot prior to the election and to affirm their commitment to political participation. It also provides groups an excellent opportunity to connect with communities during election time. Vote PopUps can be integrated into...

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