Communiqués, reports and/or custom information briefs have been provided to Welland early years service providers, school board officials, and MPP. A presentation was made to both Welland Council and its Social Justice Committee. UEY knowledge is being used to help inform city planning, as well as community programs and services.

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The neighbourhoods were identified through the Neighbourhood Creation Project (Ontario Early Years Niagara Region, Niagara Region Public Health Department - 2006). The map was created by UEY (2007), in partnership with the Data Analysis Coordinator at the Regional Municipality of Niagara and the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. Base features for the map were created by the PREP Unit, Public Health.  The neighbourhoods are outlined in brown.

We have also worked closely with the Early Years Niagara Research Advisory Group and the Niagara Region's Ontario Early Years Data Analysis Coordinator to make decisions on how best to report the information given mandated restraints (i.e. neighbourhood samples with less than 30 children cannot be reported on in order to protect confidentiality and privacy).

As a result, 10 of the 12 neighbourhoods in Welland were amalgamated in order to report on EDI data and create a long-term workable solution. Neighbourhoods were amalgamated based on geographic proximity and similar socioeconomic conditions. This map will only be used for reporting EDI results. Maps with the original neighbourhoods will be used to report on socioeconomic conditions and community resources and their names will be included in all maps - out of respect and appreciation for the work and wisdom of the community champions who participated in the Neighbourhood Creation Project. Click here to see the amalgamated neighbourhoods in Welland.

"Located in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula, Welland's weather is tempered by two Great Lakes, Erie and Ontario. The result being a moderate climate, not too hot, not too cold, not too wet and not too dry. Being central in the Niagara Region it has easy access to all major transportation corridors. Everything from rural tranquility to urban excitement is within easy reach. "Where Rails and Water Meet" has long been the slogan for this City.  ... Of all the cities in the Niagara Peninsula perhaps Welland best represents the cultural mosaic that truly is Canada, a fact that is celebrated annually with its Folklore Festival, just one of many festivals the City hosts. With a high French-Canadian population the City is also home to a significant Italian community and over the past 10 years has become the port of call for immigrants from South America, Africa, Asia and Russia."
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