1. Community Blog

    BCM Insurance Announces Major Community Investment

    Bertie and Clinton Mutual (BCM) Insurance Company’s 1880 origins are based in serving community. BCM’s early roots were established by a group of farmers who were unable to find fire insurance at a reasonable cost. They ultimately got together to form their own insurance company. The company is now expanding the...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Under The Knife and Under the Gun: An Overview of Regional Government In Niagara (Policy Brief 28)

    Prof. David Siegel, an expert on local government in Ontario, weighs in on the discussion surrounding regional government in Niagara. With the Ontario government having appointed two special advisors to review how effectively and efficiently regional governments across the province are operating, this policy brief is meant to present factual...
  3. 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...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Ohni:kara An Aspiring Global Geopark (Policy Brief #37)

    While the concept of geoparks date back to the 1990s, specifically with their establishment in Europe and China, it wasn’t until 2004 that the Global Geoparks Network was formed under UNESCO. Furthermore, the official branding of the UNESCO Global Geopark did not occur until 2015. There are currently 140 UNESCO...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Cannabis Market Data

    This information is collected under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, which replaced the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations on August 24, 2016. Based on market data, there is an overall sufficient supply of cannabis for medical purposes to meet the current needs of registered clients. Published By: Government of...
  6. Resources & Publications

    National Tourism Indicators, Third Quarter 2018

    The National Tourism Indicators (NTI) provide timely information which facilitates ongoing monitoring and analysis of tourism and its related activities in Canada. The NTI cover the domestic supply of tourism commodities (such as transportation, accommodation, food & beverages, recreation & entertainment), the demand for these commodities by Canadian and foreign...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Calculating the Cost of Living in Niagara Region 2018

    Calculating the cost of living in the 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...
  10. Resources & Publications

    Recent Canadian Immigrant Seniors: A Literature Review of Settlement Experiences and Services

    This literature review provides an overview of the Canadian academic and grey literature outlining the experiences and challenges faced by recent immigrant seniors during their first five years of settlement. Three questions guided this literature review: What settlement experiences and challenges facing recent immigrant seniors are outlined in the Canadian...

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