About My City: Niagara Region
The Niagara Prosperity Initiative has its roots in a 2007 report on poverty in Niagara called "A Legacy of Poverty? Addressing Cycles of Poverty and the Impact on Child Health in Niagara Region." Among the report's findings:
15% of working families earn less than $20,000
15.6% of Niagara's children live in poverty
45.6% of residents pay more than 30% of income on rent
33% of visits to food banks are made by children
42% of Ontario Works caseload are children
32% of Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) caseload are children
The Niagara region is located in southern Ontario, Canada, between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Niagara has a total area of 1,852 km2 with a population of 427,421. As a municipal government, the Niagara Region is made up of 30 representatives from the 12 area municipalities.
About My Organization: Niagara Region
The Niagara Prosperity Initiative (Niagara Prosperity Initiative) was established by Niagara Region in 2008, and provides for an annual investment of $1.5 million to support poverty reduction and prevention activities. An advisory committee guides investment decisions and works to leverage additional community resources.
My Collaborative: Niagara Prosperity Initiative
The Niagara Prosperity Initiative uses a research-based approach to address the root causes of poverty, allocating resources where they will have the greatest effect. While some projects are designed to meet the immediate needs of individuals living in poverty, the Niagara Prosperity Initiative is also focused on longer-term strategies which require stronger partnerships and improved coordination and planning across the public, private and voluntary (not for profit) sectors and among stakeholders.