Media Releases

An archive of Community Development Halton media releases dating back to 1999.


The Halton Age-Friendly Network is pleased to invite the community to attend an empowering seniors’ education session, entitled: Age-Well – It’s Up to You!

The guest speaker is Dr. John Puxty, Geriatrician, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Queen’s University. Dr. Puxty has a primary interest in promoting healthy aging and effective care for seniors with a research interest in aging, chronic disease, knowledge mobilization and information technology.

Date: June 1, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (Rehearsal Hall)
2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, ON L6L 3L5

Registration is required:
Online registration at:
Or by phone: 1-855-395-8807 ext. 3

Funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For more information contact:
Heather Thompson, Manager Age-Friendly Initiatives: 1-855-395-8807 ext. 3

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Community Development Halton releases the calculation of a living wage for Halton Region.

A living wage is not a minimum wage which is set by government without consideration of the ability of working people to have a quality of life. A living wage is envisioned as a wage that allows working people not just to survive but to enjoy a decent quality of life where individuals and their families are included in the social, cultural, and economic life of their communities. Low wages negatively impact the individual worker and their family by withholding the tools that enable people to rise out of poverty. The community experiences multiple effects of low wages, including inequality, high rates of child poverty, poor health, high rates of crime and a weak local economy.

Employers paying a living wage have seen reduced employee absenteeism, decreased turnover rates, lower recruitment, and training cost due to employee retention, increased morale, productivity, and loyalty among staff as well as being recognized in their community as a responsible employer.

Across Canada and the United States, municipalities, universities, school boards, nonprofit agencies and businesses are becoming living wage employers. Dr. Joey Edwardh, Executive Director of Community Development Halton, commented that “paying a living wage is about fairness and the active support of an inclusive healthy community for all.”

A living wage of $17.95/hour has been calculated for a Halton family of four (2 parents, one boy aged 10 and one girl aged 14). A report titled Calculating a Living Wage for Halton – 2016 Update is available on the CDH website (

For more information, contact:
Dr. Joey Edwardh, Executive Director
(905) 632-1975

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North BurLINKton Community Group, with the help of Community Development Halton, is pleased to announce that they have been funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunity Fund a grant of $181,700 over 30 months. The North BurLINKton Leadership Team has a desire to see multiple community spaces that are inviting and inclusive for youth from all walks of life in the north Burlington area. Bill Shackleton Place, Van Norman Homes, has partnered with North BurLINKton providing them with a monthly space to get together with other youth from the north Burlington community. This space will provide youth with a safe place to meet, and to be themselves.

Bill Shackleton Place is just one space that the North BurLINKton Community Group has secured. They also plan on gaining two more spaces across north Burlington for teens to have a safe, welcoming, and free space to drop-in. Over the next year and a half our team will be working hard to secure these spaces by listening to the needs of youth in the community. We want to know where the spaces are needed, and we can do this by asking other teens. The money received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Youth Opportunity Fund will help to secure these spaces, and to offer free events and training opportunities for young people in the north Burlington community.

For more information, contact: Dr. Joey Edwardh, Executive Director (905) 632-1975

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Community Development Halton is pleased to announce that it has received an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant of $347,000 over 36 months. The grant will assist in the expansion of the of the Burlington Age-Friendly Seniors Council’s ongoing work, new initiatives, and to develop a Halton Age-Friendly Network. Based on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) framework on Age-Friendly cities and communities, a commitment must be made to encourage active ageing by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age. The eight features of Age-Friendly cities and communities are:

  • Outdoor spaces and buildings
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social participation
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services

Building inclusive and engaged communities together, this initiative is helping people to have a say in shaping services and programs that matter to them and has an impact on the lives of seniors and their families in Halton.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Joey Edwardh, Executive Director (905) 632-1975

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Burlington, April 2, 2015 -  In an age of selfies it is more important than ever to take a moment to think about someone other than yourself. More than a moment, in fact. This year, Ontario students will rise to the challenge for six weeks, kicking off with National Volunteer Week April 12th-18th. The 2015 ChangeTheWorld campaign, April 12th to May 24th, is an Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge, a joint initiative between the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN) and the Government of Ontario to inspire high school students to give back to their community. Students from different schools, neighbourhoods, and backgrounds will share their passion in dozens of community projects. Volunteer Halton, our local volunteer centre, is committed to working with students to realize their vision of better communities. We support youth as they think outside the box to find ways to contribute that are beyond the traditional volunteer roles and capitalize on the skills and interests of high school students today.
ChangeTheWorld is an opportunity to provide a vital connection between students and the world around them. Last year 3,263 youth volunteered a minimum of 3 hours each in over 30 events across Halton to a total of 12,238 hours. This year Volunteer Halton invites all youth between the ages of 14-18 to look around and choose a way you can make a difference, big or small, in your neighbourhood. If you need some ideas visit our website at

For more information, contact:
Shannon Kitchings
Coordinator of ChangeTheWorld
Community Development Halton/Volunteer Halton
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