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On behalf of ONLIS agencies, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic has organized and launched TWO online courses funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) Access to Justice Fund titled: Connecting Legal Services to Interpretation.

One course is designed for Spoken Language Interpreters, the other for Legal Service Providers.  Both courses are FREE and enrolment is now open!

Connecting Legal Services to Interpretation: A Course for Legal Service Providers is designed for lawyers, paralegals and other legal service providers. The course is intended to help service providers work better with language interpreters. The course is accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada for Continuing Professional Development credits.

Connecting Legal Services to Interpretation: A Course for Interpreters is an advanced online training for interpreters who have already successfully completed an interpreter training course. The course is designed to teach interpreters how to interpret effectively in legal settings.

Cost: FREE (until March 31, 2016)    To self-enroll visit

INCommunities is in the News

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Click here to read the full article in the Welland Tribune.

Syrian Refugee Re-Settlement – Find Help and Give Help with 211

Many communities across Ontario are getting ready to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees in the coming weeks and months, and 211 is here to help!  211 is available by phone, 24/7, in more than 150 languages to help newcomers learn about the services available, and understand how to access them.  Click here to see our brochure in English, Arabic and French.

PREB-Ontario is here at Volunteer Connections!

PREB-Ontario is a Volunteer Experience Recognition Program that supports capacity-building for the voluntary sector in Ontario through standardized volunteer recognition practices. A set of online proprietary tools, PREB-Ontario is used to prepare personalized, official PREB Certificates that recognize volunteers for their skills demonstrated during their volunteer experiences. Using its network of Volunteer Centres in Ontario, the OVCN provides the necessary framework to ensure that non-profits and voluntary organizations are PREB-Ontario certified and qualified to deliver PREB Certificates. An adaptation of the national PREB program, PREB-Ontario is a Pan Am/Parapan Am Games’ Volunteer Legacy Initiative, sponsored by the Government of Ontario.

First training took place on November 24th with 9 certified PREB users trained.  Look for new training sessions in 2016.

Change the World!

ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge will be happening in many communities across Ontario between April 10th – May 23th, 2016.   To register as a volunteer, to submit an event or for more information on what’s happening in Niagara, please click here.


On October 16th, 2014 we held a community event to celebrate 40 years of service for our organization. With over 100 people in attendance, we reviewed some of the highlights of the last 40 years, demonstrated the use of our services through storytelling and we also unveiled our new brand and name – INCommunities.

The IN is a “INCommunitiesnod” to our history of Information Niagara and the Communities refers to the fact that we are now serving multiple geographic communities as well as many diverse communities of people – non-English speakers, survivors of sexual violence, seniors, students, and professionals serving their clients, as well as acting as a point of entry for other programs through our 211 service. Thank you to all who have supported us, both last night and over the last 4 decades. We look forward to supporting you in the coming ones.


 Donation of Goods Portal!

As a result of a need identified by Niagara Regional staff, INCommunities launched an on-line service: Donation of Goods Portal!

This Portal provides agencies with an on-line spot to post their needs – anything from household goods to clothing to food. Individuals, businesses or groups wanting to donate items, can search the Donation Portal to view donation opportunities.

Learn more about the Donation of Goods Portal now!


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United Way
Niagara Region
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