Niagara Regional Cooperatives by Municipality

According to the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), a co-operative is an autonomous association of persons that are voluntarily united to meet economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. Based around values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity, co-operatives represent a truly democratic business model.

The significance of co-operatives is that they are community-focused businesses that balance the needs of society, the environment, and the economy. Operating as legally incorporated businesses, The Ontario Co-operative Association reports that on top of being a trusted place to do business, twice as many co-operative businesses remain in operation after ten years than conventional business types.

The Niagara Region has an established co-operative sector, however knowledge and an understanding of co-operatives varies throughout the twelve municipalities. In order to help this sector grow, the first step is to generate awareness for our existing co-operatives and begin educating our communities on how they help to provide jobs, security, and foster community development.

For more information on Niagara Co-op Network, visit their Facebook page:

Published By: Niagara Co-op Network

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Great Lakes Public Forum @ Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel
Jun 17 – Jun 19 all-day

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement calls for the U.S. and Canada to convene the Great Lakes Public Forum once every three years to discuss the state of the lakes, progress made under the Agreement and priorities to guide science and actions over the next three years, as well as provide an opportunity for public input.

The 2019 Great Lakes Public Forum will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Open House: Niagara Regional Native Centre Presents Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound @ 2 Clark Street, St. Catharines
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Niagara Regional Native Centre presents Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound

Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound is a four-phase, housing-based, post-secondary housing and employment program that systematically addresses the barriers that Indigenous mothers face. The goal of the program is to improve the lives of Indigenous families.

Intake is now open. Drop in to see the new office space and meet staff.

Light snack and refreshments, as well as referral packages will be available.

This event is hosted by Niagara Regional Native Centre.

NCO Policy Brief Launch – Niagara’s Agribusiness Sector: Towards a More Resilient Innovation Cluster @ Meridian Community Centre - Dr. Gary & Mall Accursi Room
Jun 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

There appear to be two conflicting realities surrounding Niagara’s agribusiness sector. On the one hand, there are indications the sector legitimately boasts world-class agribusiness assets and strengths, while on the other hand, there are some underlying gaps and challenges in leveraging the sector’s full potential. The Niagara Region Economic Development division has partnered with the Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University to take a closer look at the state of the region’s agribusiness sector.

Dr. Charles Conteh, author of the NCO’s policy brief #40, “Niagara’s Agribusiness Sector: Towards a More Resilient Innovation Cluster”, will present his findings followed by a panel discussion and open Q&A.

The policy brief paints a portrait of recent trends in the sector in Niagara relative to similar mid-sized regions in southern Ontario. In doing so, it identifies some of the industry-specific strengths of agribusiness in Niagara as well as highlights existing weaknesses and gaps. From this, Dr. Conteh draws some inferences to provide an analysis of how to further leverage the sector’s potential and address existing problems in pursuit of greater resilience and adaptability.


  • Clinton Buttar, Senior Relationship Manager, Farm Credit Canada
  • Lyndon Ashton, Centre Manager, Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre
  • Darren Ward, Manager, Business Planning & Commercialization, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
  • Bradley Mclean, Associate Director, Innovation & Commercialization, Brock University

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Observatory.

Niagara West Service Provider Meeting @ Employment Help Centre
Jun 18 @ 9:30 am

Service Provider Shared Learning Sessions are being held 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.

Please RSVP your attendance to

CRA Self-Employment Seminar @ Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Led by a CRA representative, this seminar will discuss various topics of interest to self-employed individuals. The seminar will help you understand and navigate the tax system, thereby making it easier for you to meet your tax obligations.

Some of the topics will include:

  • Common tax errors and financial benchmarks
  • Overview of revenue and expense concepts
  • General bookkeeping concepts and best practices
  • Information on CRA services

This seminar is hosted by the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre.

Family Support Services at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Jun 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team to learn more about the Family Peer Support services available through St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Fiona Wilson and Karin Anderson will speak on family engagement, family centred care, and the Peer Support in PES as a new initiative.

Additionally, family members who have utilized the support offered through St. Joseph’s will share their stores.

Attend the sessions in-person or remotely.

This event is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Annual General Meeting @ Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village
Jun 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region is having their Annual General Meeting, June 18, 2019, and you’re invited!

Hear from guest speaker Dr. William Brown, “Dementia: Hope for the Future.”

All welcome, free of charge, light refreshments.

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.


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