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  1. Economic Contribution of Volunteers

    Volunteers’ contributions are worth approximately $14 billion per year in Canada (Martinson & Halpern, 2011; National Seniors Council, 2010). This value is equivalent to 1.4% of Canada’s GDP. The actual calculation of the economic value of volunteers is complex and...
  2. Charitable Giving

    Charitable Giving refers to donations (both financial and tangible goods) made by residents of the Niagara Region. Source: Charitable Giving by Canadians, April 16, 2012, Statistics Canada Retrieved From: Charitable Giving Statistics for Canada Between 2007 and 2010 Approximately...
  1. Jobs in Niagara

    Average income The following graph shows 2010 median and average income for the St. Catharines-Niagara CMA (census metropolitan area). Note: the St. Catharines-Niagara CMA does not include Grimsby and West Niagara. Source: Niagara Workforce Planning Board, based on Statistics Canada,...
  2. Literacy Levels and Literacy Training

    The Canadian Literacy and Learning Network State of the Literacy and Essential Skills Field (2012) environmental scan describes Literacy in the following way: Literacy is more than decoding words or recognizing symbols. It is the ability to use written and...
  1. Living in Niagara – 2011 provides a description of:

    12 critical sectors that describe life in Niagara and 142 critical indicators associated with each of those sectors. Niagara as a place to live, learn, work, play and grow. How well we are doing in comparison to provincial and national trends in 12 areas critical to quality of life in this region. This report is not intended to cover all available information. Rather, it provides a snapshot of Niagara at one point in time. It is available as a summary hard copy document, and in a longer format on the website to be read, discussed and used in planning leadership and community action initiatives. Data gathering was conducted by Niagara community leaders and organizations with the assistance of a research team. Living in Niagara – 2011 highlights fundamental trends affecting our community’s vibrancy and quality of life and was compiled by a team of research professionals using available data from numerous...


This report maps indicators of the vitality of the community of Niagara. It identifies significant trends providing insights into issues that make a difference in the lives of Niagara residents. It can be used as:

  • an effective tool to encourage discussion about key areas of importance to quality of life in Niagara;
  • a catalyst for community action; and
  • a basis for evidence-informed planning and decision-making that will strengthen our region.

Applied research will guide solution generation, innovation and community action.