NPRN INITIATIVES

2018 Highlights

  • Social Media:  Facebook Page 1340 likes and Twitter Page 3012 followers

  • Issued seven media releases and garnered at least twenty-two media articles/mentions

  • Participated with media in two living wage interviews

  • Participated with media in four interviews on minimum wage changes

  • Participated with media in one interview on cost of housing and rental vacancy rates

  • Participated with media in one interview on employment rates in Niagara

  • Produced the 2018 Cost of Living and Living Wage calculations and reports for Niagara

  • Four Niagara employers became “Living Wage” certified

  • Forty-five candidates signed the Living Wage pledge during the 2018 municipal election

  • Created a Living Wage handout targeted for Niagara Employers

  • Released two documents to raise poverty as an election issue: 

    • Provincially – Role of Provincial Government in Reducing Poverty    

    • Regionally/municipally – Shared Prosperity: The Role of Municipal + Regional Government to Reduce Poverty in Niagara

  • Submitted debate questions to raise awareness and dialogue on poverty issues among candidates

  • Created posters and social media content to encourage voter turnout

  • As a result of the cancellation of the Basic Income Pilot Project, NPRN sent a letter to the Minister of Community and Social Services along with four local MPPs to inform them of NPRN concerns and encourage them to reconsider this policy change

  • As a result of the cancellation of the Basic Income Pilot Project, NPRN representatives met with MPP Sam Oosterhoff to get additional insight on the cancellation of the project, further information about the proposed social assistance reform and the repeal of Bill 148

  • Supported the HEART project to develop a pilot project aimed at enhancing services in the emergency department for people experiencing homelessness

  • NPRN Speakers’ Bureau has 10 volunteer presenters

  • NPRN Speakers’ Bureau had nine requests and was able to deliver eight presentations on issues around poverty in Niagara

  • Members attended the Tamarack Cities Innovating to Reduce Poverty Conference in Peel

  • New NPRN Task Groups formed in 2018:  Business Engagement, Elections, Youth Strategy, SARN Spring Forum

2016 - 2017 Highlights

  • Chew on This! Campaign events took place in six Niagara municipalities

  • Calculated and produced reports for the 2016 and 2017 Cost of Living and Living Wage for Niagara region

  • Held a Basic Income Guarantee consultation for the Ontario provincial pilot design development

  • Held a Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy consultation

  • Participated in a provincial affordable child care consultation

  • Certified two Niagara region employers as Living Wage employers

  • Attended the Tamarack Cities Reducing Poverty Summit “When Business is Engaged”

  • Mailed nearly 1,000 Basic Income Guarantee postcards to the federal government

  • Issued 6 media releases and garnered at least 28 media articles/mentions

  • Increased social media presence with 1,049 Facebook page likes and 2,646 Twitter followers

  • Established a new network structure based on a constellation model

  • Established task groups: operations/orientation, marketing, anti-stigma, child care, health equity, housing, wages & work, Basic Income Guarantee (BIG)

  • NPRN Speakers Bureau recruited and trained new members and are revising the presentation on Poverty in Niagara for use in the fall 2017

  • Members delivered 7 Poverty in Niagara presentations

  • Presentation and partnership with Brock University’s Darlene Ciuffetelli-Parker for Youth Summit – Changing Mindset in a Changing World

  • Liaised with the Poverty and Precarious Employment in Niagara (PEPiN) research project

  • Liaised with the Niagara Dental Health Coalition to promote the barriers to accessing dental care survey

  • Partnered with Canada Without Poverty (CWP) on submissions to  the UN Review of Canada’s Record on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) and the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Canada’s Human Rights Record

2014-2015 Highlights

  • Delivered the NPRN presentation to the 12 municipalities in Niagara

  • ChewOnThis! Campaign 6 events took place across Niagara

  • Dignity for All training on a national anti-poverty plan

  • Issued 6 media releases & garnered at least 10 media articles

  • Established 3 new working groups; Basic Income, Living Wage, & Workers Rights

  • Position papers developed by the Transportation, Basic Income,& Living Wage working groups

  • Hosted 6 Frontline Networking & Information Sessions in 4 communities across Niagara

  • 10 Shared Learning Hub Sessions have taken place in 5 communities across Niagara

  • Posted 3 blogs on the Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) relating to financial literacy, housing and transportation

  • Met with 3 out of 4 Niagara area MPP’s

  • Municipal Roles in Poverty Reduction document was created & circulated prior to the 2014 municipal elections

  • Federal Roles in Poverty Reduction was created & circulated prior to the 2015 federal elections

  • Participation in federal election poverty-related forum with Postmedia

  • NPRN Infographic developed and circulated

  • Increased social media presence with 575 likes Facebook & 1,509 followers on Twitter

  • Implementation of transportation subsidy policy to remove barriers to participation for people experiencing poverty

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