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  1. 2019 Hunger Report: Ontario’s Changing Employment Landscape and Its Impact on Food Bank Use

    The 2019 Hunger Report provides analysis of the data gathered by the Ontario food bank network, through the Link2Feed client intake system, between April 1st 2018 – March 31st, 2019. This report also includes a special feature on emerging trends in the Ontario labour force and the impact on low-income...
  2. Elusive Quest or Emerging Reality: Niagara’s Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovation Cluster (Policy Brief #43)

    This policy brief provides a portrait of recent trends in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector in Niagara relative to similar mid-sized regions in southern Ontario. In doing so, industry-specific strengths and potentials of the ICT sector are highlighted, as well as existing limitations. This brief draws some inferences from...
  3. Niagara Food Forum: Community Report

    A thorough funding analysis of food-related program investments by United Way Niagara identified the organization is contributing over $500,000 in funding annually. To investigate this further and address increasing challenges faced by organizations and community-led initiatives across Niagara, United Way hosted a community consultation in January 2019. The Niagara Food...
  4. Cross-Border Innovation Corridors: How To Support, Strengthen and Sustain Cross-Border Innovation Ecosystems (Policy Brief #42)

    Canada and US stakeholders have mutual interest in supporting, strengthening and sustaining cross-border innovation ecosystems. This “binational advantage” provides countries with benefits from the economic growth, productivity and efficiency that arise when Canadian and American systems of the production, provision and distribution of goods and services are integrated between regions...
  5. National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

    The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) was launched in 2013. It provides a comprehensive framework to help organizations of all types guide their current and future efforts in a way that provide the best return on investment. Adopting the Standard can...
  6. Results Based Community Collaboration: Learnings from Urgent Service Access Team (USAT) Initiative (Event Recording)

    This is an event recording of the November 20, 2019 webinar with presenters Jenny Stranges (Interim Executive Director, Quest Community Health Centre) and Despina Tzemis (Program Manager, Quest Community Health Centre). This event was hosted by Niagara Connects in partnership with the Urgent Service Access Team (USAT) Project Management Team....
  7. Measuring Culture in Niagara: A Case for Its Role in the Economy and Community (Policy Brief #41)

    One central element of any region’s global appeal is its quality of place. While this term is often understood to refer to the environmental integrity and natural beauty of a place, including its green spaces, waterfronts and biodiversity, an even more important dimension is the critical mass of cultural activities...
  8. Cannabis Legalization: Year One Observations

    This brief provides a preliminary synthesis of Canada’s experience with cannabis legalization in the first year of retail sales. The brief focuses on evidence available to indicate progress against the public health and safety objectives of the Cannabis Act. Published By: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction Publication Date:...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Dec
11
Wed
How Do We Measure Recovery? Incorporating the Perspectives of People With Lived Experience @ Online
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Recovery from addiction is considered an ongoing process; it requires the person to continuously manage their addiction to prevent problems from returning. But there is no clear consensus on what recovery means in the field of addictions.

Join CAMH for the latest webinar in the “New Narratives” series, as two researchers discuss the results of their study on this topic and implications for Ontario’s addiction treatment system.

You’ll learn about:

  • The current understanding of addiction recovery.
  • Findings from a study that asked people with lived experience of addiction to define recovery.
  • How we can assess recovery as part of a recovery-monitoring system in an addictions treatment setting in Ontario.

This webinar is hosted by the Evidence Exchange Network (CAMH).

Dec
12
Thu
Getting Connected: The Literacy-Language Link @ Meridian Community Centre
Dec 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Want to learn more about the range of language services in Niagara for immigrants, the range of adult literacy services in Niagara, or how to refer your clients to these services?

Niagara has a wealth of services designed to meet the language needs of Immigrants. The Ontario government funds Literacy & Basic Skills programs. Join Literacy Link Niagara for a panel presentation, followed by focused roundtable discussions. Meet the people delivering these programs. Ask the questions you want answered.

This event is hosted by Literacy Link Niagara.

Human Trafficking Luncheon @ Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls
Dec 12 @ 11:45 am – 1:45 pm

Join the South Niagara Chambers for an informative luncheon with Keynote Speaker Sandy Biback founder of Meeting Professionals Against Human Trafficking. Educates on key topic against Human Trafficking (MPAHT).

Presentation to follow by a panel discussion moderated by Joyce Morocco, Elements of Success.

The panel will include representation from YWCA Niagara, NRP, Fire, Niagara Native Centre, Niagara Hotelier, and a Human Trafficking Survivor.

This event is hosted by the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce.

Dec
17
Tue
Restructuring Health Care Delivery in Ontario: Ontario Health and Ontario Health Teams @ Online
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the health system transformation that is currently underway in Ontario. The talk will focus on the rationale for the system-level reform, changes to date at both the ministry and agency levels, and an update on Ontario Health Teams.

Useful resources for organizations seeking to be part of an Ontario Health Team will be shared, and time will be left for an audience Q&A.

Presenter: Michael Scarpitti, Lead in Health Systems Transformation at the Canadian Mental Health Association

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Dec
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Christmas Day
Dec 25 all-day
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26
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Boxing Day
Dec 26 all-day
Jan
1
Wed
Application Deadline: Brock University Lifespan Centre Youth Engagement Committee @ Online
Jan 1 all-day

Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research is recruiting new members for its youth engagement committee (B-YEC).

The B-YEC is made up of Niagara Region youth, aged 14 to 24, who assist the Lifespan Centre team in developing research ideas, keep the team informed about important matters affecting the wellness of youth in the Niagara, and provide a youth voice at various events.

Interesting in applying or learning more? Click here for more information.

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