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...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Dec
10
Mon
Youth Focus Group: Help Design a Youth Hub in Niagara @ Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Help design a youth hub in Niagara. What would help support you? Let’s create a hub for youth, by youth!

Snacks and gift cards for attending will be provided. Come learn about joining the youth advisory committee.

Aidez-nous à concevoir un carrefour pour les jeunes de la région du Niagara. Qu’est-ce qui vous serait utile? Créons ensemble un carrefour pour jeunes par les jeunes!

Un goûter sera servi et des cartes-cadeaux serant remis comme prix de présence. Pour savoir comment devenir membre du comité consultatif joignez-vous à nous.

Dec
11
Tue
Integrated Youth Services: Laying the Foundation @ Online
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Integrated youth services (IYS) often provide a “one-stop-shop” for mental health, physical health, substance use and addictions, education, vocational supports, housing, and other social services. IYS initiatives meet the needs of youth and young adults aged 12-25 across multiple domains of their lives by reducing systemic barriers, including the division between paediatric and adult services, and limited cross-sector collaboration.

Frayme has had the unique opportunity to learn from 10 international IYS initiatives to gain ‘on the ground’ practical information that’s largely unavailable in the literature.

This webinar is the first in a 6-part series and will present aggregated findings on how these IYS are organized and operated. Considerations discussed will include partner and stakeholder engagement, rationales for establishment, organizational principles, governance and leadership structures, funding, and barriers and enablers. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions.

Learning objectives:

This webinar will allow participants to:

  • Learn about the scope of integrated youth services (IYS), including the principles, processes, and funding sources that guide and facilitate their establishment
  • Differentiate between IYS networks and single sites, and understand their governance structures and responsibilities
  • Explore enablers, barriers, and sustainability concerns related to IYS

This webinar is hosted by Frayme.

Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by:

  • Michael Amlung, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University
  • Lana Vedelago, M.Sc. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Aims of the session:

  1. Present an overview of prevalence and proposed diagnostic criteria of problematic online gaming, internet addiction, and hyper sexuality.
  2. Expand on the relationships between these problematic behaviors and other issues like alcohol and substance use, impulsivity, and symptoms of mental illness.
  3. Present the current state of research on effective treatment strategies.

Attend the session in-person or remotely.

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

Dec
12
Wed
Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by:

  • Michael Amlung, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University
  • Lana Vedelago, M.Sc. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Aims of the session:

  1. Present an overview of prevalence and proposed diagnostic criteria of problematic online gaming, internet addiction, and hyper sexuality.
  2. Expand on the relationships between these problematic behaviors and other issues like alcohol and substance use, impulsivity, and symptoms of mental illness.
  3. Present the current state of research on effective treatment strategies.

Attend the session in-person or remotely.

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

Reducing Barriers to Healthcare Access for Immigrant and Refugee Communities @ Online
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Newcomers face many challenges while adapting to their new home and navigating systemic barriers. These post-migration stressors significantly impact their well-being.

Refugees tend to be more vulnerable to poorer health outcomes upon arrival than immigrants as a result of several factors, including: needing to flee their homes due to persecution, war or violence; having lived in refugee camps; and being forced to separate from family.

In addition, refugees face barriers to accessing needed healthcare services in Canada, such as immigration status, poverty, competing priorities, lack of information on services, and cultural and linguistic barriers.

In this webinar, you will have an opportunity to explore:

  • how immigrants and refugees can be negatively impacted, often inadvertently, when interacting with the healthcare system
  • how healthcare providers can help mitigate these barriers to enhance health equity to newcomer populations.

Presenter: Norma Hannat, Social Worker, New Beginnings Refugee Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

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Dec 25 all-day
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Boxing Day
Dec 26 all-day

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