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Community Well-Being Indicators

Vital Signs

Hamilton Community Foundation (2010 – 12). Gives statistical indicators in ten different quality of life areas for the City of Hamilton.

Hamilton’s Social Landscape

Social Planning and Research Council (2010). Very detailed report on a wide range of indicators that compare major Ontario municipalities including Hamilton. Includes some health indicators as well. Very comprehensive report.

Wellness Indicators

City of Hamilton (current). Updated monthly indicators on welfare caseloads, unemployment rates, social housing waitlist, building permits, new housing starts, and others. Very accessible format.

Code Red

Hamilton Spectator (2010). Groundbreaking neighbourhood analysis of the City of Hamilton on 20 social and health indicators that has led to a concerted community response. Interactive maps allow examination of different neighbourhoods by each indicator. Follow up articles have included teen pregnancy (BORN), and property tax rates, among others.

Vision 2020 Progress Update

City of Hamilton (2012). Update of progress made on original Vision 2020 targets (ten different domains), creative use of local administrative data by neighbourhood with GIS mapping.

Your Community in Profile

Trillium Foundation (2008). Using 2006 census data, a variety of demographic information presented.

Diversity Scan

Hamilton Community Foundation (2010). Uses census data to understand demographic trends. Includes detailed descriptions of immigration trends.

Poverty

Hunger Count

Greater Hamilton Food Share (2012, annual updates). Information on food bank usage in Hamilton – users, amount, family type, income source etc.

Recession – Impacts. Update to Hamilton’s Social Landscape

Social Planning and Research Council (2013). Information on Hamilton’s employment situation.

Incomes and Poverty in Hamilton

Social Planning and Research Council (2009). Updates the landmark report on poverty in Hamilton.

Women and Poverty in Hamilton

Social Planning and Research Council (2010). Examines poverty in Hamilton through a gender lens.

Action Plan to Reduce Homelessness

Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction (2011). One of Hamilton’s most active anti-poverty group’s roadmap to reduce poverty.

Economic Impact of Social Assistance Rate Increases in Ontario

Dr. Atif Kibursi (2011). Economic analysis of what a rate increase would mean to local economies.

Working and Still Poor: Why a Living Wage is Coming to Hamilton

Social Planning and Research Council (2012). Examines how many people and what kinds of jobs fall below a living wage line.

Calculating a Living Wage for Hamilton

Social Planning and Research Council (2012). Using a model developed by the Canadian Council for Policy Alternatives, the SPRC presents a community-based calculation for 3 family types: $14.95/hour.

Hamilton’s Approach

Vibrant Communities (2012). Describes Hamilton’s collaborative efforts to address poverty, and contains descriptions of progress.

Housing and Homelessness

Housing and Homelessness Action Plan

City of Hamilton (2012). Ten year plan with 54 recommendations to end homelessness in the City.

On Any Given Night

City of Hamilton (2011) (and related bulletins). Gives updated statistical information on emergency shelter use in Hamilton.

Not To Be Forgotten: Homeless Women in Hamilton

Social Planning and Research Council & Woman Abuse Working Group (2011). Statistical information and analysis on women’s homelessness.

Adequate, Suitable, and Affordable: Affordable Housing in Hamilton

Social Planning and Research Council & the Affordable Housing Flagship (2010). Discussion of criteria for affordable housing, and describes current statistics for Hamilton.

Hamilton’s Hostels to Homes Pilot Project

Caledon Institute (2010). Review of Hamilton’s highly successful emergency shelter transition program.

Specific Populations

Impact of Immigrants in Hamilton’s Present and Future Prosperity

Jobs Prosperity Collaborative (2010). Discussion of local immigration trends and perspectives of Hamilton leaders on potential impacts of immigration.

Strengthening Newcomer Services in Hamilton

Social Planning and Research Council (2012). Contains results of community consultation to recommend strategies in the wake of the closure of Hamilton’s largest settlement agency.

Our Health Counts – Urban Aboriginal Health Database Research Project Community Report (2012)

Presents data from innovative research project partnership between OFIFC and CRICH to improve urban Aboriginal health data sets. Contains significant amounts of un-reported Aboriginal health and well-being data.

Profile of vulnerable seniors in Hamilton

Social Planning and Research Council (2011). Provides detailed information on Hamilton’s senior population.

Addressing the Needs of Street Involved Youth, Project evaluation

Social Planning and Research Council (2009 and related reports). Evaluation of groundbreaking collaboration to reduce youth homelessness. Contains background statistics/profile of street involved youth, best practice literature review, recommendations, and progress/challenges.

Seeking Better Outcomes for Youth in Hamilton

Social Planning and Research Council (2012). Commissioned report by the United Way to identify key issues for youth in Hamilton schools and discussion of solutions.

Health and Well-Being

Hamilton’s Health Profile

Statistics Canada (Current). Statistics Canada website allowing comparison of many, many health indicators with other jurisdications (provincial, other cities, national).

Hamilton’s Health Atlas

Local Health Integration Network (2012). Contains detailed information on Hamilton’s health and its health care system.

Community Health Survey

Hamilton Urban Core (2010). Description of inner city health concerns and trends. Includes excellent discussion of systemic barriers (racism, mental health issues, and others).

Social and Public Health Issues

City of Hamilton (2005, 2009). Detailed discussion of a series of health indicators, includes comparison to other jurisdictions.

Neighbourhoods and Urban Planning

Neighbourhood Profiles

Social Planning and Research Council (2012). Presents a series of indicators for 11 priority neighbourhoods in Hamilton.

Walkability and Economic Development

Centre for Community Study (2012). Report examines link between walkability, accessible transit and creative industry jobs.

Working in the Core: Downtown Employment Analysis

Centre for Community Study (2011). Snapshot of employment activity in downtown Hamilton and makes recommendations about how trends relate to the retention of youth. (Official City report – actual report begins page 6).

Code Red

Hamilton Spectator (2010). Groundbreaking neighbourhood analysis of the City of Hamilton on 20 social and health indicators. Interactive maps allow examination of different neighbourhoods by each indicator. Follow up articles have included teen pregnancy (BORN), and property tax rates.

Hamilton’s Labour Market and Related Issues

Hamilton Workforce Planning

has many, many excellent publications on local labour market conditions.

Where Are All the Jobs? Hamilton’s Top Occupations (2012)

Outlines the most prominent occupations in Hamilton's top 10 industries. Provided is information about the required skill level, median income and outlook for future employment for each occupation.

A Discussion of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada (2012)

Includes overview of the Live-in Caregiver Program, the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program and the Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training. Includes information on recent changes by the Federal Government to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and lists some of the common issues affecting the treatment of TFW in Canada.

2015 Labour Market Plan

Annual review of the progress on Hamilton's labour market action plan and up-to-date information on local labour market conditions.

Video - TV Series

Why Poverty? The Agenda with Steve Paikan - TVO – 2012

Panel discussions with experts on different aspects of poverty. Excellent discussion of key challenges and opportunties.