1. 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...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Cycling in Canada: Health Report

    Cycling for leisure or for transport is a valuable form of exercise in an era when nearly one-third of children and about two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. This study highlights recent statistics on cycling, as well as trends in cycling-related fatalities and in the prevalence of helmet use. Published...
  3. Resources & Publications

    City of Welland: Annual Report 2016

    This report highlights the City of Welland’s 2016 accomplishments and projects, and offers a financial snapshot of property tax dollars and the city’s operating budget. Published By: The Corporation of the City of Welland Publication Date: 2017
  4. Resources & Publications

    Community Bicycle Hub – Environmental Scan

    This report summarizes a review of community bicycle hubs located primarily in Canada and the United States. The Consultant was engaged to review a variety of models with an eye to how these might be applied in Niagara. The term “community bicycle hub” is used in this report to reflect...
  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...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Cycling Tourism Report

    Since the creation of the Greater Niagara Circle Route and the development of Niagara Region’s Transportation Strategy in 2002, cycling has become a “top of mind” means of sustainable, active transportation in Niagara and part of promoting a healthy lifestyle for all its residents. This interest provides the Niagara’s tourism...
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    Backgrounder: Rural Complete Streets

    This backgrounder is based on a scan of Complete Street best practices in rural Canadian municipalities. The objective was to look at the unique challenges that rural areas face in adopting and implementing Complete Street policies, and also to share some of the success stories that have come out of these...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

2nd Annual Centre de santé communautaire Golf Tournament @ Thundering Waters Golf Club
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm

Registration Includes:

  • 18 holes with cart
  • Full lunch and steak / chicken dinner
  • Wine tasting
  • $5,000 Hole in one & many other course contests
  • Cigar bar & scotch
  • Free swag bag with gifts and coupons
  • Silent auction – items include four tickets for Ottawa Senator’s game, Toronto Maple Leafs’ players Meet & Greet at Thundering Waters, Air Canada prizes & sweepstakes entry (2 flights to any destination), Mont Tremblant Condo; sleep 6 for 7 nights, and more!

Charitable donation tax receipts will be issued. To inquire and sign up, contact Daniel Pisani (contact information above).

This event is hosted by the Centre de santé communautaire.

Connections First: An Introduction to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Jul 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Connections First is a new introductory session where people can get connected to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Persons with dementia and their partners in care learn about living well with dementia through Wellness and Healthy Brain Strategies, find out why it is important to connect with community services and get support.

Participants have opportunity to explore Normal Aging and Dementia and hear about recommended first steps.

Sessions will be held monthly. Registration is required (see contact information above).

These sessions are hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Designing Data Tools for Health Equity and Community Action @ Online
Jul 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Over the past decade alone, web technology has vastly increased data availability, and community innovators have created new tools for accessing, visualizing, analyzing, and sharing relevant data to advance equity-focused policies and investments.

From local tools like the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas, which connects local leaders to timely data across eight key areas of community well-being, to national tools like Mapping Police Violence, which provides interactive maps and charts on officer-involved deaths of community members, online data tools are equipping advocates, policymakers, funders, and the public with relevant data to advance health equity and move policy across a range of issue areas.

Join this webinar, live from Portland, for a panel discussion with national leaders who are using and designing data tools to drive health equity and community action.

Featured Speakers:

  • Sarah Treuhaft, Senior Director at PolicyLink (moderator)
  • Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer/CEO of the Partnership for Southern Equity
  • Sam Sinyangwe, Co-Founder of Campaign Zero and Mapping Police Violence
  • Julia Sebastian, Research Associate at Race Forward
  • Cat Goughnour, Founder and Principal at Radix Consulting and Right 2 Root
  • Antwi Akom, Co-Founder & CEO of Streetwyze; Co-Founder of ISEEED; Professor & Founding Director of Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab UCSF & SFS

This webinar is hosted by Ecotrust and PolicyLink.

Learn @ Lunch: Quickbooks Desktop Basics 101 @ The Generator at One - 3rd Floor Suite A301
Jul 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for lunch and learn how to set up Quickbooks for your small business!

Angie Tellier will be covering the following on the Quickbooks Desktop Module:

  • Company Set-Up
  • Setting up Chart of Accounts
  • Recording Purchases and Sales
  • Tracking Accounts Receivable
  • Tracking Accounts Payable

This seminar is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Caregiver Wellness: Navigating Your Journey @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Jul 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Caregiver Wellness: Navigating Your Journey is a new 3 part series.

The first two sessions present the opportunity for care partners of persons living with dementia to reflect on their current journey, prepare for the next steps and navigate the process.

Part three will focus on keeping connected and will allow care partners to check-in with each other and as well as receive additional education.

Registration is required.


  • July 17
  • July 31
  • August 14

These sessions are hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Your Library Just Got Bigger – LiNC Information Session @ Pelham Public Library - Fonthill Branch
Jul 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Your library just got bigger! Learn more about what LiNC (the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative) is, how you can benefit from it and how to use it.

A second session will be held on July 19 from 7-8 in Fenwick.

This information session is hosted by the Pelham Public Library.

Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey Lunch & Learn @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Public Health (Room CE 101 and CE102)
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Did you know that 30% of Niagara secondary students have played drinking games in the past 4 weeks? Or that 20% of grade 7 and 8 students don’t always wear a seatbelt while in a vehicle? Find out more with Niagara’s Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey results!

During this 2-hour interactive session, you can expect:

  • A presentation highlighting the findings and trends from the 2015 data
  • To receive tools to help you share this data with your colleagues, partners and target audiences, including 11 infographics (some examples shown below) and a report
  • An opportunity to discuss ways you and your colleagues can help impact these statistics

The results will cover information about health-related behaviours, attitudes and beliefs from grades 7-12 students in Niagara. Health topics discussed will include: mental health and addictions, tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, other drug use, physical activity, healthy eating, road safety, head injuries, family and school environments.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance with melanie.seguin@niagararegion.ca by July 4, 2017.

This lunch & learn is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.


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