1. Resources & Publications

    Scaling Up Niagara: Issues and Approaches to Improving SME Productivity and Growth (Policy Brief #29)

    Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory and Niagara College’s Productivity and Innovation Lab have partnered to undertake a research project investigating how Niagara SMEs can grow to become more productive and competitive, leading to a more prosperous region. The purpose of this policy brief is to introduce and define the problems...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Measuring Outcomes in Practice: Fostering an Enabling Environment for Measurement in Canada

    There is growing recognition that the social and economic challenges affecting individuals and communities are highly interconnected. Measuring Outcomes in Practice, a new report from Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment series, argues that to address the root causes of these challenges in a systematic way, the charitable sector must shift from measuring outputs to...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Two-Year Progress Report on Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan

    This report describes the progress made by the government of Ontario and its partners since the release of the one-year update of the Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan. The report highlights progress in the following areas: the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit, the launch of the...
  4. Resources & Publications

    2015 Performance Measurement Report

    This report marks the tenth year of reporting results to the public, and the first year reporting nationally as opposed to the previous provincial-level benchmarking. From across Canada, there are 10 single-tier and 5 upper-tier municipalities (including Niagara), who have contributed to this report. The 2015 MBNCanada Performance Measurement Report...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Policy Brief: Towards an Ontario Youth Homelessness Strategy

    When the Province of Ontario released A Place to Call Home, the report of the expert advisory panel on homelessness, youth homelessness was identified as one of four priority areas for the government. This policy brief applauds these efforts and offers insights into how Ontario can become a leader in...
  6. Resources & Publications

    Continuing the Conversation about Homes, Communities and Canadians: 2017 Recommendations on the Federal Role

    This report, published by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, outlines key national statistics, reviews the new fundamentals of supply and demand currently impacting the system, and presents 3 recommended policy solutions for the Federal Government. Published By: Canadian Home Builders’ Association Publication Date: 2017
  7. Resources & Publications

    Getting Ready for a New Generation of Active Seniors: Report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

    This report makes four recommendations to respond to Canada’s demographic shift – all seemingly simple and all a familiar tune to seniors’ advocates: developing a national seniors strategy; supporting aging at home and building better homecare; considering demographic needs in calculations for federal health transfers to the provinces; and increasing...
  8. Resources & Publications

    The Corporation of the City of Port Colborne Age-Friendly Needs Assessment

    Port Colborne’s age-friendly needs assessment builds upon the existing needs assessment and action plan developed by Age-Friendly Niagara Community Network. This report details the results from a community-wide assessment and provides a starting point for setting and establishing community goals, as well as for creating an action plan to assist...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Surveys Report: City of Thorold

    The goal of this report is to provide the Thorold City Council with the direct feedback from the members within its community. Needs assessment surveys were distributed across Thorold to community members over the age of 55 and to businesses and service providers. The public participation feedback identifies gaps and...
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    Canada Day… By The Numbers

    This ‘By the numbers’ article presents interesting facts compiled to portray Canada’s ethnocultural diversity, our national identity, land and natural environment, and more. Published By: Stats Canada Publication Date: June 2017

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Feb
25
Sun
The Willow Community Member Art Show @ Mahtay Cafe
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and check out some awesome artwork from The Willow Community. Opening reception will be held from 2-4 pm in the Community Room at Mahtay Cafe.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate art, diversity, community, and have some conversations.

The Willow Community is a nonprofit arts organization that provides free art classes to people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions in the Niagara Region. Visit www.thewillowcommunity.com to learn more.

Feb
26
Mon
Not-For-Profit Executive Forum 2018 @ Hyatt Regency Toronto
Feb 26 – Feb 27 all-day

As a progressive leader in your NFP, you are looking to make an impact for your organization. At the forum you will learn to embrace and harness the power of change to become stronger in the face of social, political and digital disruption. This year, CPA Canada has specifically tailored content for both charitable and not-for-profit organizations to speak to your unique needs as an organization. They will also provide updates in technical areas such as accounting standards, taxation and legal compliance to round off your skills as a senior leader.

Don’t miss Canada’s premier national not-for-profit event.

Can’t make it to Toronto? Attend the forum virtually from your desktop or tablet. Save $100 off registration and cut travel costs, without diminishing your access to expertise.

Topics include:

  • navigating and embracing change
  • key updates from the Accounting Standards Board
  • compliance and tax updates
  • harnessing the power of emerging technology and data
  • presenting financial information to your board
  • social enterprise
  • succession planning

This event is hosted by CPA Canada.

Feb
27
Tue
Bill 148 – Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act: Better Business Practices Series @ ECCDC - Conference Room
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bill 148 the Fair Workplaces & Better Jobs Act has been passed and has come into force on January 1, 2018. The Act has a significant number of changes to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) that will affect all workplaces in Ontario including Child Care Organizations.

This informal interactive seminar will provide Organizations with an opportunity to assess the potential impact this legislation may have on your Organization.

Facilitators Asha Rampersad from Bernardi HR Law will be present to answer many of your legal questions about how to best manage your child care regarding the proposed labour reforms.

Terri Carr and Joy Lerman from TJ Solutions have worked all over Southern Ontario for more than 15 years. Their focus is on providing seminars and solutions in managing your child care/family resource organizations.

This seminar is hosted by ECCDC.

Engineering Effective Events @ Online
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Event marketing strategies leave a lasting, brand-focused impression by grabbing the attention of a group of people who are gathered together, creating a sense of belonging and community and forwarding your organization’s mandate.

If executed professionally and successfully, event marketing will provide attendees (partners, donors and supporters) with an experience that will resonate in their minds for months, if not years, to come.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to turn your event into the must-attend occasion on your community’s social calendar while adding significant value to your brand, operations and bottom line.

Presenters will use case studies to run you through developing the initial concept, thematic devices, venue, MC and speakers, entertainment, food, venue decoration, audio/video, set-up and teardown and attendee (and sponsor) follow-up.

This webinar is hosted by the Sustainability Network.

Feb
28
Wed
Mental Health in the Workplace: The Duty and Benefits of Accommodating Employees with Disabilities @ Online
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Everyone has the right to equal treatment in employment and cannot be discriminated against on the basis of actual or perceived disability. Accommodation is a way of helping employees work more effectively by overcoming limitations caused by disabilities, including mental illnesses.

Changes in labour law, occupational health and safety, employment standards, workers compensation, and human rights decisions are all pointing in the need for employers to provide a psychologically safe workplace.

Join in as guest speakers unpack these developments and share what employers need to know and do to support their employees in realizing their potential and contributing to their workplace and broader community.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Supporting International Students: Campus Mental Health @ Online
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Many international students do not readily seek mental health supports, despite facing multiple challenges in their transition to a new country and educational system.

This webinar will look at some of the barriers to access, including stigma of mental health issues, differing cultural perceptions of the definitions, causes, and handling of mental health, and a lack of awareness of supports offered on and off campus.

Presenters will discuss ways to overcome these barriers while taking into account the cross-campus collaborations needed to enhance support for international students.

Presenters:

  • Ali Dohadwala, International Student Counsellor at George Brown College.
  • Ashley Sullivan, Manager of International Student Integration and Support at George Brown College.
  • Nadia D’Lima, International Student Services Manager at Centennial College.

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

Application Deadline: Niagara Connects Call for Board Members @ Online
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm

Niagara Research and Planning Council (operating as Niagara Connects) is seeking new Board Members. Niagara Connects is a Niagara-wide network for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara.

Mission: “Generating knowledge that drives community action”.

Guiding Principles:

  • Community strengths, research, and evidence are linked in order to plan for a stronger Niagara
  • Different interests are engaged to work together mobilizing for change; and
  • Research and activities are guided by communities.

Applicants should be prepared to:

  • Actively engage in supporting Niagara Connects’ mission and mandate within the community of Niagara
  • Have some flexibility to attend Board and committee meetings during business hours
  • Attend regularly-scheduled meetings of the Board
  • Work diligently to complete Board-related activities and projects
  • Participate on committees of the Board as appropriate

Click here for more information about Niagara Connects, application guidelines, and submission instructions.

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange is powered by a Niagara-wide network of people for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. We work hard to help foster a culture of Niagara-focused research and evidence-informed planning to support your community development innovations. To learn more about Niagara Connects, please visit our central website: www.niagaraconnects.ca or contact us: Email: info@niagaraconnects.ca, Phone: 905-688-6236
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