1. Resources & Publications

    Hunger Count 2016

    In March 2016, 863,492 people received food from a food bank in Canada. This is 1.3% higher than the same period in 2015, and 28% higher than in 2008. The HungerCount report puts forward a number of policy recommendations to reduce the need for food banks, under four broad themes:...
  2. 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
  3. Resources & Publications

    The Niagara Prosperity Initiative

    Presentation made by Marc Todd to the Niagara Employment Network (NEN). The presentation includes an overview of both the Niagara Prosperity Initiative and Niagara Poverty Reduction Network, exploration of the Mapping Tool, and examples of how NPI-funded projects are measured for impact. Presenter: Marc Todd Publication Date: June 2016
  4. Community Blog

    2017 Cost of Living and Living Wage Calculations for Niagara Region and a New Opportunity for Niagara Employers to Become Living Wage Certified

    The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) has recently released the 2017 Cost of Living in Niagara Region and 2017 Living Wage for Niagara Region calculations, updating its 2016 calculations. With the annual cost of household living expenses for a Niagara region family of four conservatively pegged at over $71,000, the...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Calculating the Cost of Living in Niagara Region 2017

    This brief provides context on the cost of living in Niagara region in 2017, as well as a detailed description of the methodology used to calculate the expenses in each category. For 2017, the conservatively estimated cost of living expenses for a family of four in Niagara region totaled $71,294....
  6. Resources & Publications

    Calculating the Living Wage for Niagara Region 2017

    A living wage reflects what earners in a family need to be paid based on the actual costs of living and being included in a specific community. The living wage is calculated as an evidence-based hourly rate at which a household (two adults working full-time, two children) can meet its...
  7. Community Blog

    Getting Hard Data in Niagara on the Hard Truth of Employment Uncertainty

    “Everybody knows” that work is increasingly unpredictable and low-paying for many members of our community. However, a certain percentage of the labour force has always been faced with these challenges. To truly understand how things have changed, and the types of fresh solutions required, actual current data regarding precarious employment...
  8. Resources & Publications

    The Precarity Penalty: The Impact of Employment Precarity on Individuals, Households and Communities

    This report is a follow-up report to It’s More than Poverty. Based on 4,193 surveys collected during 2014, 28 interviews conducted during early 2015, and a review of policy initiatives related to precarious employment, The Precarity Penalty has three objectives: To confirm the findings reported in It’s More than Poverty...
  9. Partners & Projects

    Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN)

    The Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN) project is a collaborative initiative of United Way Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie and Brock University’s Social Justice Research Institute. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our goal is to understand the state of precarious employment (PE) and the impact it...
  10. World Happiness Report 2017

    The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness. The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels, will be released today at the United Nations at an event celebrating International Day of Happiness. The report, the fifth one to come out since...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

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.

Mar
1
Thu
Motivational Interviewing for LBS, Employment Services and Community Agency Staff @ Conversations Cafe
Mar 1 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

What is Motivational Interviewing?

It’s a collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s own motivation for and commitment to change. It’s a goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change.

How can this workshop help you and your clients?

Motivational Interviewing is a person-centered counselling method for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change. It uses open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries to allow for you to encourage and support clients to make positive changes. It is designed to strengthen a client’s motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own arguments for change.

Workshop/Training Fee (per person): $119 includes lunch, refreshment breaks and materials.

Online registration forms are due by February 22, 2018.

This workshop is hosted by Literacy Link Niagara.

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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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