• Working and Still Poor? It Doesn’t Add Up! Why Living Wage is Coming to Hamilton

    Published: December 2011

    In Hamilton, 30,000 people are working and still living in poverty. How is this possible? It used to be that if someone was having a tough time making ends meet, the simple answer was “get a job”. However, it has become increasingly difficult to find employment with adequate wages to lift workers above the poverty line.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
  • Calculating a Living Wage for Hamilton Companion report to Working and Still Poor? It Doesn’t Add Up!

    Published: December 2011

    Consultations about what a living wage should include were conducted in public forums and workshops across Hamilton, since the launch of the living wage campaign in 2006. Over 600 Hamiltonians participated in these events, and many completed sample budgets to indicate what they would or would not include in a living wage budget. To calculate a specific living wage for Hamilton, generalized budgets were developed based on trustworthy data sources about actual living expenses in Hamilton.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
    Community Partner: Living Wage Group of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Living Wage Calculation Sub-Committee
  • Profile of Vulnerable Seniors in Hamilton

    Published: September 2011

    The United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton requested that the SPRC prepare a report on Hamilton seniors to give the United Way and the community a picture of how Hamilton’s seniors are faring. The collaboration on this report included the Hamilton Council on Aging, who helped guide and improve this report.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
  • Annual Report 2010-2011

    Published: June 2011

    Annual Report for April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011

  • Supporting Laid Off Workers in Hamilton: The Value of Employment Training at the Hamilton Jobs Action Centre

    Published: May 2011

    The purposes of this research are to: determine the value of short-term employment related workshops accessed by dislocated workers at HJAC; explore options for maximizing these benefits to laid off workers and to the wider unemployed/underemployed population; and explore the best venues for providing this type of training.

    Funded by: Ministry of Training, Colleges, Universities
    Community Partner: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
  • Hamilton’s Social Landscape

    Published: May 2011

    This report focuses primarily on groups or social issues for which data is already collected and relatively accessible. There are many groups of Hamilton residents for which there is a scarcity of data, but yet still require attention by the community to improve conditions for all. These would include many significant segments of our society including: the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer community, precarious workers, temporary foreign workers and grandparents raising their grandchildren, among others.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
  • Not to Be Forgotten: Homeless Women in Hamilton

    Published: May 2011

    This report was commissioned by Mission Services of Hamilton and attempts to give at least a partial picture of the challenges and conditions faced by homeless women in Hamilton with the aim of aiding Mission Services to better understand this population and plan for potential additional services.

    Commissioned by: Mission Services of Hamilton
    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton, Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Language Quilt of Hamilton

    Published: April 2011

    Over 60,000 persons speak a language other than English at Home, representing 13% if Hamilton’s population. The last census in 2006 counted 60 different languages spoken by Hamiltonians at home. This poster gives a snapshot of Hamilton’s linguistic diversity.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton
    Community Partner: Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion

  • Our Health Counts: Urban Aboriginal Health Data Research Project: Community Report – First Nations Adults and Children

    Published: April 2011

    The goal of the Our Health Counts (OHC) project was to work in partnership with Aboriginal organizational stakeholders to develop a baseline population health database for urban Aboriginal people living in Ontario that is immediately accessible, useful, and culturally relevant to local, small region, and provincial policy makers.

    Community Partner: City of Hamilton
  • Hamilton Community Action Program for Children Evaluation

    Published: April 2011

    The purpose of this evaluation is to explore the nature of issues related to housing and student nutrition programs as they relate to child development and well-being in East Hamilton. This evaluation integrates an independent evaluation of the Hamilton Partners in Nutrition program in the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) area into a broader evaluation focusing on housing issues. The research supports recommendations for improving housing conditions in the CAPC catchment area, and improving Partners in Nutrition and CAPC programs more generally to enhance healthy child development.

    Funded by: Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Hamilton’s Vital Signs

    Published: January 2011

    In 2010, Hamilton’s Vital Signs pulled back the veil on a community making progress in some areas, but split by deep fault lines of inequality. Building on the work of the Hamilton Spectator’s Code Red investigation into Hamilton’s neighbourhoods, Vital Signs traced a picture of “two cities that share the same urban boundary but little else.”

    Community Partner: Hamilton Community Foundation
  • Seeking Better Outcomes for Youth in Hamilton

    Published: January 2011

    This report was prepared by the SPRC in partnership with the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton as a resource for addressing youth issues in Hamilton. It has been structured to focus on current knowledge about youth issues drawn from literature, practitioners and youth that is available with a particular emphasis on research that has been reported on youth over the last ten years in Hamilton.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
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