1. Community Blog

    Cost of Living and Living Wage for Niagara in 2019: Calculation Reports Released

    The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) has recently released the 2019 Cost of Living in Niagara Region and 2019 Living Wage for Niagara Region calculations, updating its 2018 calculations. The reports provide the full methodology used in the development of the calculations. With the annual cost of household living expenses...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Calculating the Cost of Living in Niagara Region 2019

    Calculating the cost of living in Niagara region requires a thoughtful process that determines and calculates expenditures necessary to meet basic needs and to participate both economically and socially in the community. In order to maintain calculation consistency with other Canadian communities, but to recognize the unique context of the...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Unaccommodating: Rental Housing Wage in Canada

    This report maps rental affordability in neighbourhoods across Canada by calculating the “rental wage,” which is the hourly wage needed to afford an average apartment without spending more than 30% of one’s earnings. Across all of Canada, the average wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment is $22.40/h, or $20.20/h...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Economic Update: May 2019

    The Niagara Economic Update is an annual report from Niagara Economic Development that provides an overview of the performance of Niagara’s overall economy. This update focuses on identifying areas of strength as well as identifying challenge areas. Published By: Niagara Economic Development, Regional Municipality of Niagara Publication Date: May 2019
  5. Resources & Publications

    Analyzing 211 Rural Unmet Service Needs

    As a free telephone helpline and online search service that connects inquirers to community, health, social and government services, 211 Ontario records a variety of detailed caller demographics and needs information that could be of use for policy-makers in the provincial and municipal sector. This report summarizes data collection methodology,...
  6. Resources & Publications

    Debt and Assets Among Senior Canadian Families

    Using data from the Survey of Financial Security (SFS), this article looks at changes in debt, assets and net worth among senior Canadian families over the period from 1999 to 2016. It also examines changes in the debt-to-income ratio and the debt-to-asset ratio of senior families with debt. Published By:...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Canadian Income Survey, 2017

    This brief includes 2017 specific to the key areas: A strong labour market and an increase in child benefits drive growth in the income of working-age families Incomes of senior families have risen steadily since 2012 Poverty rates decline in 2017 The Low Income Measure declines overall, especially for children After-tax income...
  8. Resources & Publications

    The Roadmap for the Prevention of Youth Homelessness

    Historically, communities and governments in Canada and the United States have relied heavily on emergency services and crisis responses to support young people who are homeless. Communities use a range of crisis supports and interventions, including emergency shelters, day programs, and other services, such as law enforcement, which typically do...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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