1. Community Blog

    Release of the 2018 Cost of Living and Living Wage for Niagara Region Calculations

    The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) has recently released the 2018 Cost of Living in Niagara Region and 2018 Living Wage for Niagara Region calculations, updating its 2017 calculations. In 2018, the annual cost of household living expenses for a family of four in the Niagara region of Ontario is conservatively pegged at over $71,000. The hourly...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Calculating the Living Wage in Niagara Region 2018

    In Canada, a living wage is currently a voluntary commitment that can be made by public, private and not-for-profit sector employers to compensate directly-employed and contract-employed full-time and part-time workers. It is a guide for employers who wish to pay fairer wages for work and labour. Fairer wages are wages...
  3. Resources & Publications

    The Brock University Effect: How Thousands of Students and Millions of Dollars Energize the Economy of Niagara Communities (Policy Brief #36)

    With more than 19,000 registered students, 4,800 faculty and staff, and an annual operating budget of $320 million, exactly how much does Brock University contribute to the local economy? This policy brief contains findings from a pilot study examining Brock University’s economic impact on the Niagara region and Ontario. It...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Shifting Gears: Examining the Recent Upswing of Niagara’s Manufacturing Sector (Policy Brief #35)

    This brief will pick up where Filling the Void left off and provide a deeper understanding of the manufacturing sector between 2012 and 2018. Rather than compare manufacturing with similarly-sized sectors in Niagara, this brief considers the characteristics of the sector at present, in and of itself. The research question...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Sorry, Can’t Come in Today! The Hidden Reasons Behind Absenteeism and What You Can Do (Webinar Recording)

    Absenteeism, which refers to frequent, short, unscheduled or unexpected absences due to sickness or other types of leaves, can negatively affect team productivity and morale as well as the employer’s reputation. During this webinar, presenters discussed the hidden reasons behind absenteeism, the difference between absenteeism vs. presenteeism, attendance management strategies and...
  6. Community Blog

    Understanding Employment Precarity and Its Impact in Niagara

    Precarious employment is defined as work that is typically part-time, temporary, or contract, and often without longer-term job security and employment-based benefits. It is often called non-standard employment. To better understand employment precarity and its impact in Niagara, PEPiN (Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara), recently completed a research study...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Filling the Void: Economic Development in Post-Industrial Niagara (Policy Brief #34)

    The general trend of economic downturn and major social challenges for many once prosperous cities and regions over the past few decades is now common knowledge. It is also generally acknowledged that smaller and mid-sized regions like Niagara, with a historical reliance on mass manufacturing industries, have borne the brunt...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Strengthening Employee Recruitment and Selection Processes in Niagara (Event Recording)

    This is an event recording of the June 6, 2018 webinar with speakers Ashley Flett, Amber Tremblay and Melissa Wilson from Job Gym Employment Services. During this webinar, presenters discussed: Different options to assist employers with employee recruitment and selection Financial incentives available to employers through Employment Ontario Various grants...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Uncertain Jobs, Certain Impacts: Employment Precarity in Niagara

    Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN) has completed a research study on precarious employment and its impact in Niagara.  Unemployment rates may be lower than previous years, however, a little over half of working-age Niagara residents have some form of precarious employment. We define precarious work as work that...

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