The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion launched a new public education campaign, #HamiltonForAll, that aims to stimulate dialogue and open minds by encouraging Hamiltonians to stand up against prejudice, exclusion and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, religion, country of origin, disability, sexual orientation or other differences.
The SPRC published this series of Hamilton For All Factsheets to improve understanding of Hamilton’s changing racialized, immigrant and linguistic communities and better support community dialogue around deconstructing misconceptions so that everyone in Hamilton feels welcome in our city.
Funded by: United Way Halton & Hamilton, City of Hamilton Enrichment Fund
This report provides a program review of Catholic Family Services St. Martin’s Manor and the Salvation Army Grace Haven.
Funded by: Catholic Family Services St. Martin’s Manor, the Salvation Army Grace Haven
New Hamilton Social Landscape bulletin on Visible minorities shows that persons who identify with a visible minority group in Hamilton have reached 100,000 residents, more than doubling in the last two decades.
Funded by: United Way of Halton and Hamilton
This report explores what intergenerational trauma is, how it relates to historical treatment of Aboriginal Peoples, and how the effects persist to this day, including effects on homelessness. The report also offers insights into ways mainstream organizations can join in the reconciliation process, help to heal families and communities, and move forward in a relationship of trust, dignity and respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
Funded by Service Canada and the United Way of Halton and Hamilton
The Hamilton Community Food Centre (HCFC), a project of Neighbour to Neighbour, has secured funding for a community garden in Captain Cornelius Park, both of which are located in the neighbourhood of Rolston. A community garden had been identified as a need and desire by Rolston community members during community consultations that took place in 2016. HCFC engaged the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC) to facilitate five community consultations prior to the construction of the garden scheduled for October of 2017. The consultations gathered input from participants at Hamilton Community Food Centre programs in order to identify deliverables and design details of a garden that will respond to community needs. Consultations were completed by August 24, 2017. Approximately 85 community members of all ages offered their input during these consultations. Respondents were generally looking forward to enjoying the garden, volunteering, having their children learn about gardening, and having a new opportunity to meet other community members.
Annual Report for April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017
This report was commissioned by the Hamilton Family Health team as part of their efforts to better understand one of the communities they serve and to help inform potential projects that will better integrate community services and primary health care with the goal of improving population health, specifically for youth and older adults in Dundas.
Funded by: The Hamilton Family Health Team
Using new taxfiler and longitudinal data from Statistics Canada, these bulletins explore trends in poverty in Hamilton.
Funded by: United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton
Presentation about transit data to help inform Hamilton’s City Council in their deliberations about the municipal budget, including HSR and the 10 year transit strategy.
Funded by: The United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
The South Mountain community engagement initiative reaches out to seven social housing complexes operated by Kiwanis Homes Inc., Victoria Park Community Homes Inc. and McGivney Homes Inc.. The initiative, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is a two year project which employs a Community Developer who supports the newly established resident-led South Mountain planning team. The purpose of the baseline survey was to gain a sense of the community’s strengths and improvement areas prior to the initiative in order to measure the influence of the initiative. Survey results revealed that there was a general consensus of neighbourhood assets, problem areas, and resolutions. Overall, survey participants were satisfied with access to transportation and amenities in their neighbourhood, and were concerned about safety.
Funded by: Ontario Trillium Foundation
In April 2016, the SPRC supported Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination and Hamilton Faith Communities in Action to organize a Social Audit, a process of examining the social assistance system through the stories of people who are experiencing it. The social audit involved a panel of Hamilton influencers from faith, education, health, media, and politics listening to the stories of 29 people, one at a time over three days. That experience has changed the way they think about poverty responses and how they can use their influence to help the community and the government think differently. This report includes a clearly written and poignant summary of those stories, some reflections from the auditors, and recommendations to all levels of government.
Community Partners: First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, Good Shepherd, Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Diocese of Hamilton, Anglican Diocese of Niagara, Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition
Building Opportunities: Advancing Women in Non-Traditional Occupations was a three year project led by YWCA Hamilton in partnership with Workforce Planning Hamilton (WPH). The project was designed to research, understand, and communicate the barriers and opportunities for women in Hamilton, Ontario who are working towards, or established in, non-traditional occupations. YWCA Hamilton engaged the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton to conduct the evaluation of the project. Stakeholders shared that the resulting toolkit is especially important for small to medium sized enterprises. The resulting website offers readily available tools that can be easily copied and pasted into a company’s policies and procedures. Companies that employ tradespeople will find that the toolkit offers easy-to-use resources that cover stages from pre-hiring, retention, and advancement opportunities.
Funded by: Status of Women Canada