1. 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...
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    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...
  3. 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...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada

    There is an obesity crisis in this country. Canadians are paying for it with their wallets — and with their lives. But there is hope. An extensive study conducted by the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology charts a course to a leaner, healthier future. This report describes an innovative, whole-of-society...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Household Food Insecurity in Canada 2014

    In 2013 and 2014, the Household Food Security Survey Module was optional on Statistics Canada’s annual Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), and British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon chose not to include the measurement of food insecurity for their populations. In this report, we therefore present information about household food insecurity for only Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova...
  6. Resources & Publications

    How Community Health Centres Are Changing the Health and Wellness Landscape in Niagara

    This is an event recording of the October 21st, 2015 webinar with presenters Jenny Stranges, Jeanne Schmidt, Alison Behring & Lori Kleinsmith. Seventy-five participants joined this event from 32 different organizations across Niagara. During this webinar, presenters: Reviewed the CHC approach to care Described the shared-care model Presented evaluation data to demonstrate...
  7. Resources & Publications

    The Road to Empowerment Project: Developing Self Advocacy and Cause Advocacy Skills Across Niagara (Final Summary Report)

    The Road to Empowerment is a community development project coordinated by three Niagara region Community Health Centres (CHCs): Bridges Community Health Centre (Fort Erie and Port Colborne), Niagara Falls Community Health Centre and Quest Community Health Centre (St Catharines). The project received two years of funding through the Niagara Prosperity...
  8. Household Food Insecurity is Associated with Higher Health Care Costs

    Interview with Valerie Tarasuk, Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and cross-appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. In a research article published in CMAJ, Tarasuk and colleagues found that income-related problems with access to food were associated with increased use of...
  9. Resources & Publications

    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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    Walk Score and the Prevalence of Utilitarian Walking and Obesity Among Ontario Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study

    The rising prevalence of obesity in Canada has led researchers to examine not only individual behaviours, but also, environmental factors that may be contributing to the increase. Interest is growing in potential effects of the built environment, notably, neighbourhood walkability, on the risk of obesity and related diseases. The objective of this...

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