The Niagara Prosperity Initiative uses a neighbourhood-based approach as specific poverty issues and community dynamics vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.
Research shows that strong neighbourhoods are ones that engage residents and are essential to healthy, safe and prosperous communities. Niagara Prosperity Initiative uses defined neighbourhoods to focus funding in areas that require attention.
The defined neighbourhoods were identified through work done in 2006 where an Ontario Early Years Data Analysis Coordinator facilitated community focus group sessions across the twelve municipalities. At these sessions participants looked at maps to determine neighbourhood boundaries - consensus was reached in all sessions and 74 neighbourhoods in Niagara were identified and named.
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