1. Niagara Connects 2016-2018 Strategic Plan

    The Niagara Connects 2016-2018 Strategic Plan includes 3 Focus Areas: Build community capacity to use Niagara-focused evidence (data, information, knowledge) to inform planning and decision-making Facilitate coordinated community action to create the conditions for a more vibrant Niagara Strengthen Niagara Connects as a value-add and sustainable enterprise in the Niagara-wide...
  2. #Rethink Niagara: A Prosperous People Strategy for Niagara

    Goal: Create a vital, vibrant Niagara where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Objectives: Build an investment strategy emphasizing development of Niagara’s people as the restorative path to achieving prosperity. Create the conditions for Collective Impact* by weaving together diverse efforts currently underway to improve quality of life through economic...
  3. Data the key to fighting poverty

    By Grant LaFleche, The Standard There are some figures that are so large, it is actually hard to get our brains around them. Like $1.38 billion. That is a pile of money so vast, so outside our usual experience, we can’t really fathom it. That’s the kind of money you...
  4. Niagara readies for big data technologies

    Column: Mary Wiley, Special to Postmedia Network – – – “Leverage data and knowledge as resources for predictive intelligence” is the No. 1 overall opportunity for action cited in the Living in Niagara-2014 report. The report, built by diverse Niagara-wide partners, is a triennial snapshot in time of quality of...

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Housing a Senior Population: The Economic and Social Benefits of Seniors in Your Community
When communities attract and retain older residents in a diverse population mix, they gain the economic benefits as well as the social strengths of a mature population.  Understanding this helps to dispel common misconceptions about how Canada’s aging demographic will impact our health, social and economic systems. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) recently released an article exploring the economic and social benefits of having seniors in your community. In economic terms, municipal governments that attract and support older residents in an age-friendly community can realize a higher return on their investments. The benefits of an age-friendly community range from accessible and affordable housing and services to an inclusive social structure with strong community connections. Building a population with a diverse age mix is an investment, not a cost. Seniors benefit communities in the following ways.  Generally speaking: Older Canadians have more assets and less debt than the average population. Older Canadians spend significantly – and locally. They help communities balance demands on resources. Many support their extended family. Older Canadians contribute to their community. One way to plan and leverage these assets in your local community is to develop a broad age-friendly action plan, much like the work that has been done by the Niagara Age-Friendly Community Network and lower-tier municipalities such as Welland/Pelham, Port Colborne and Thorold. In addition, municipalities can help make their community age-friendly and attractive to mature residents by creating a concrete, well-thought-out housing strategy and action plan for an age-diverse population. Without suitable housing and services for all, municipalities risk losing the social backbone of their communities, as well as the key financial resources that older residents control. Additional resources to support age-friendly community planning and aging in place strategies can be found below. Aging in Place CMHC Accessible and Adaptable Housing (Website) - including specific publications on aging in place. CMHC Seniors and Senior-Led... read more ❯

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