2015 - Equity & Inclusion

  • Canada Votes – 2015 Federal Election Bulletins

    Published: September 2015

    The federal election is on October 19, 2015. Use Canada Votes to help spark dialogue about social issues in Canada and put them on the public agenda.

    On October 19, 2015 Canadians will come together to choose the direction of policy in this country for the next 4 years. Democracy works best when citizens engage in dialogue about the society in which we want to live. Canada Votes is a tool to help spark dialogue about social issues in Canada. The federal government has a role to play in addressing them – and you can help by talking about the social issues that matter to you and asking questions to find out what will be done.

    With Canada Votes you can:

    • Read about 14 social issues affecting Canadian Communities
    • See sample questions to ask your candidates about social issues
    • Share with your friends, family, and colleagues
    • Vote on October 19, 2015

    THIS SERIES WAS PRODUCED BY: Canadian Council on Social Development, Community Development Council Durham, Community Development Halton, Edmonton Social Planning Council, Saint John Human Development Council,Social Planning and Research Council of BC, Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries, Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo, Social Planning Network of Ontario, and Social Planning Toronto.

    Social planning organizations across the country are helping to strengthen communities and work on social justice issues. We also recognize the need to work together around key issues affecting our communities. We have come together to provide this publication on the federal election because we believe that democracy works best when citizens engage in dialogue on important issues.

    Click here for reference materials and additional language translations.

  • All We Need is Community: Urban Aboriginal Homelessness Survey

    Published: May 2015

    Summary of results from survey conducted in February 2015, showing 47% of Hamilton’s residents experiencing homelessness surveyed on downtown streets were Aboriginal.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and Service Canada

  • Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council Service Provider Survey Report

    Published: May 2015

    This report documents findings of the 2014 Service Provider Survey for the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC). The main objective of the 2014 Service Provider Survey is to document levels of awareness of services available to newcomers among service providers as well as service provider confidence in making referrals to these services. This report also aims to offer comparisons between this year’s findings and earlier findings as possible.

    Funded by: Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

  • Profile of Hamilton’s Aboriginal Residents

    Published: April 2015

    This short report gives overview of demographics of Hamilton’s Aboriginal residents in other to better understand this important community. The report highlights a growing youth population, a large age group in the 45-49 year age group, possibly due to the “Sixties Scoop”, as well as education, occupations and income. Finally the report ends with some data from a recent survey of Aboriginal people experiencing homelessness in Hamilton.

    Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and Service Canada

  • Profile of North Hamilton

    Published: April 2015

    This Profile of North Hamilton describes the trends and conditions within North Hamilton, including the North End and Keith neighbourhoods. The report was commissioned by North Hamilton Community Health Centre and the Hughson Street Baptist Church. This profile will inform NHCHC’s Board of Directors’ strategic planning process as they chart the future directions of the NHCHC to fulfill its mission “to enable health through healing, hope and wellness” and realize its vision of “no obstacles to health”. The Profile of North Hamilton reveals a community of resilience, a community facing challenges, and a community poised with opportunities.

    Community Partners: North Hamilton Community Health Centre and the Hughson Street Baptist Church

  • Grocer Ease Program Review and Evaluation

    Published: March 2015

    The purpose of this review is to determine what resources and structure Grocer Ease requires to ensure that it meets the needs of the community, the mandate of its funders, and supports the mission of Banyan Community Services. The review showed that participants are extremely satisfied with the program. Challenges around communication, documentation, emergency procedures, program accreditation, and funder requirements, among several others, are explored, and recommendations are offered to address these issues.

    Funded by: Banyan Community Services

  • Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council 2014-15 Contribution and Impact Assessment

    Published: March 2015

    The Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council (HIPC) again enlisted the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC) to conduct an evaluation of the impacts of the HIPC’s work in the community and to quantify its members’ contributions to its work in 2014. This follows SPRC’s evaluation of HIPC contributions and impacts in 2012 and 2013.

    Funded by: Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

  • Community Engagement Process on Street Level Sex Work in the Sherman Hub

    Published: January 2015

    For over a decade in Hamilton there have been various tables and task forces established to address the reality of street level sex work and its impact on neighbourhoods from various angles.  From The Barton Street Community Partners for Crime Prevention (2003) to the Sex Trade Task Force (2003 – 2008) and now the current Sex Work Engagement Project Team, (2011-present), many community partners have come together in various configurations over the years to address this issue.

  • YWCA Hamilton Financial Literacy Program Evaluation

    Published: January 2015

    This report summarizes the evaluation of the YWCA Hamilton’s Financial Literacy Program, which aimed to reach 80 disadvantaged women in the course of developing a model for financial literacy and training that could be incorporated into existing programs. The evaluation examined program effectiveness, adaptability/viability, and partnerships.

    Funded by: YWCA Hamilton, TD Financial Literacy Grant

  • Hamilton’s Vital Signs – Hamilton’s Economic Renaissance: A prosperity unevenly shared

    Published: January 2015

    Improved unemployment rates, a booming real estate market and an influx of young adults are proof of Hamilton’s “economic renaissance,” but the prosperity has not reached across the city, says a new report from Hamilton Community Foundation.

    Hamilton’s Vital Signs report for example, that rents have risen by over four percent in one year and rental vacancy rates have dropped to an unhealthy level of 1.8 percent, foreshadowing a looming housing crisis.  Unemployment rates are better than the provincial average, but some 57 percent of Hamilton’s workers are in “insecure employment” with less access to benefits and pensions, the highest rate across the GHTA.

    “This Vital Signs report reaffirms many reasons for the city’s new sense of energy and optimism,” said Terry Cooke, President & CEO, “but also that disparity remains a critical issue.  Many Hamiltonians still struggle to secure basics such as safe, affordable housing, secure jobs and an income above the poverty line.”

    Funded by: Hamilton Community Foundation

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