Publications

2012

  • Action on Poverty Profile

    Published: November 2012

    A new series of profiles on the reality of poverty in Hamilton’s electoral ridings titled “Action on Poverty” from the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton.  These reports are part of a larger series of 53 profiles, one for each riding in the GTA and Hamilton coordinated by the Social Planning Network of Ontario.

    Each profile contains facts and figures about poverty and challenges facing residents in each of the ridings. They identify how the work of community groups, service providers, and advocacy groups in communities across the Golden Horseshoe are coming together to challenge poverty. These stories call attention to the wide range of anti-poverty initiatives that are taking place within each community and across Ontario.  Read more »

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton

  • Strengthening Newcomer Services: Final Report to the Community

    Published: October 2012

    This report summarizes the activities, key findings, and recommendations from SPRC’s year-long Strengthening Newcomer Services project, which was undertaken with community partners Workforce Planning Hamilton, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, Community Information Hamilton, and the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council. In a series of recommendations, the report suggests that the capacity of informal networks, often the first point of contact for newcomers, be supported and strengthened in order to bridge the gaps in awareness between newcomers and formal services.

    Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
    Community Partners: Workforce Planning Hamilton, Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, Community Information Hamilton, Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council
     
  • 7+ Ways Your Neighbourhood Can Improve Your Health

    Published: September 2012

    A neighbourhood can’t build a hospital or find a cure for cancer. But in fact, improvements to the physical, social, economic, and cultural environment in cities and neighbourhoods is best recipe for better health. This short four-page report outlines some major ways that neighbourhoods can improve residents’ health. These actions often have the greatest impact for those residents who often face social exclusion.

    Funded by: Ontario Government, United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
    Community Partner: Healthy Communities Hamilton Steering Committee
     
  • Hamilton Community Action Program for Children Evaluation

    Published: August 2012

    This purposes of this evaluation of the Hamilton Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) program are to 1) assess the long-term impacts of CAPC in east Hamilton since 1993; and 2) offer recommendations for program improvement. A mix of quantitative and qualitative methods were used to build this assessment. Findings suggest that the program has contributed to generally improving outcomes for young children in east Hamilton, and that community organizations collaborate with one another more because of CAPC’s work.

    Funded by: Public Health Agency of Canada
     
  • Annual Report 2011-2012

    Published: June 2012

    Annual Report for April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012

  • Hamilton Social Landscape Bulletin: Children & Seniors

    Published: May 2012

    This is the second in a series of occasional bulletins that focus on issues highlighted in the Hamilton’s Social Landscape report and bring attention to more recent trends.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • Published: May 2012

    This is the first in a series of occasional bulletins that focus on issues highlighted in the Hamilton’s Social
    Landscape report and bring attention to more recent trends.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and the Best Start Network
     
  • Youth Confidence in School, Community and the Future – Hamilton Findings

    Published: May 2012

    In the City of Hamilton, 319 students participated in the Youth Confidence in Learning and the Future Project survey. Of the students surveyed, 53% identified as female, while 47% identified as male. The largest response by grade was 53% from grade 10. Another 18% surveyed were in grade 12, 13% were from grade 11, 53% were from grade 10 and 16% from grade 9.

    This report focuses on the City of Hamilton and looks at youth confidence in learning, in and outside of school and confidence in their futures. It also looks at the level of impact youth feel they can have on their communities and in the world.

    Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation
    Community Partner: Canadian Education Association
     
  • Neighbourhood Profiles

    Published: March 2012

    The United Way commissioned the SPRC to complete a set of demographic profiles of some of Hamilton’s neighbourhoods, as to aid the United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and its agencies and stakeholders to better understand the neighbourhoods they are serving.

    The profiles in this report are meant to give some highlights of the demographic, income and health data available for these neighbourhoods. The selected indicators are based on a large part of what service providers often ask the SPRC for when preparing strategic plans or grant proposals: age breakdowns, poverty rates, cultural diversity, educational attainment and housing, as well as health outcomes.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
    Community Partner: United Way Reference Committee
     
  • The Right to Choose Where to Live

    Published: March 2012

    This report is based in part on research from “The Right to Choose Where to Live: Challenging the radial separation by-law and perceptions of supportive and supported housing in Hamilton”. Meng (Dolly) Lin, a McMaster University Health Sciences student, completed a study on Hamilton’s radial separation bylaw and perception of supportive housing in Hamilton. During the course of her research, Ms. Lin and Mohawk College student Veronic Sanyaolu interviewed neighbours, residents and staff members of supportive housing facilities.

    Funded by: Affordability and Choice Today (ACT), Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
    Community Partner: Affordable Housing Flagship
     
  • McQueston Neighbourhood Profile

    Published: March 2012

    To aid the United Way and service providers to better understand the neighbourhoods they are serving, the SPRC was asked to complete a set of profiles of some of Hamilton’s neighbourhoods. This profile is the most in-depth in the series, but still only captures a small part of the assets and challenges within the McQuesten neighbourhood. Demographic information about the ten other neighbourhoods that are part of the city’s Neighbourhood Action Strategy is available in the Neighbourhood Profiles report.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
     
  • Profile of Hamilton’s Downtown Area

    Published: January 2012

    This report begins with an overview of population characteristics and a summary analysis of key trends affecting Hamilton’s downtown. This is followed by an overview of health and future growth potential in Hamilton’s downtown. Finally, after this narrative section, a summary of charts that form a profile of the downtown area is presented. The data is mainly drawn from Statistics Canada’s 2006 census, along with more recent health data from Hamilton’s Code Red series, as well as high school completion data from this same series.

    Commissioned by: Hamilton Urban Community Health Centre
     
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