1. Resources & Publications

    Elusive Quest or Emerging Reality: Niagara’s Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovation Cluster (Policy Brief #43)

    This policy brief provides a portrait of recent trends in the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector in Niagara relative to similar mid-sized regions in southern Ontario. In doing so, industry-specific strengths and potentials of the ICT sector are highlighted, as well as existing limitations. This brief draws some inferences from...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Food Forum: Community Report

    A thorough funding analysis of food-related program investments by United Way Niagara identified the organization is contributing over $500,000 in funding annually. To investigate this further and address increasing challenges faced by organizations and community-led initiatives across Niagara, United Way hosted a community consultation in January 2019. The Niagara Food...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Cross-Border Innovation Corridors: How To Support, Strengthen and Sustain Cross-Border Innovation Ecosystems (Policy Brief #42)

    Canada and US stakeholders have mutual interest in supporting, strengthening and sustaining cross-border innovation ecosystems. This “binational advantage” provides countries with benefits from the economic growth, productivity and efficiency that arise when Canadian and American systems of the production, provision and distribution of goods and services are integrated between regions...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Measuring Culture in Niagara: A Case for Its Role in the Economy and Community (Policy Brief #41)

    One central element of any region’s global appeal is its quality of place. While this term is often understood to refer to the environmental integrity and natural beauty of a place, including its green spaces, waterfronts and biodiversity, an even more important dimension is the critical mass of cultural activities...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Calculating the Living Wage in Niagara Region 2019

    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...
  8. EventResources & Publications

    Better Business Outcomes Through A More Secure Workforce (Event Recording)

    This is an event recording of the May 15th, 2019 webinar “Better Business Outcomes Through a More Secure Workforce” with Damin Starr of Damin Starr Commercial Enterprises located in the Town of Lincoln as one of the webinar presenters. This webinar highlighted ways employers can learn how to mitigate risks...
  9. Community Blog

    Please complete the Niagara Skills Survey

    The Economic Prosperity Sector of the Living in Niagara-2017 quality of life report included a Suggested Action Step focused on creating the conditions for increasing quality of jobs and productivity in Niagara; and growing the talent pool that attracts businesses to invest in Niagara. The report called for building “a...

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