Neighbourhood Relations Programs
Good Neighbour Guide The Guide provides information for students, residents and landlords about neighbourhood and community relations. It is distributed in September to households in neighbourhoods around the university and available year-round. Student Welcome Wagon Kit The Welcome Kit is delivered to student households in early September to provide students with information on waste management, volunteering in the Niagara region, shopping, responsible partying, and much more. Responsible Citizenship Campaign This campaign encourages students to make the most positive impact in their surrounding communities that they can by utilizing hard copies in the form of drink coasters, posters, ads in the student newspaper, a social media stream and “Community Engagement Stations”. Knowfire.ca & Live Burn A collaborative effort between Brock University, Niagara College and the Niagara Regional Fire Chiefs, this educational campaign delivers fire safety messages to the 17-24 age demographic, particularly university and college students living on and off-campus. The campaign includes 8 videos and a customized interactive website- www.knowfire.ca. In addition to this campaign, during Orientation Week, the Fire Department assists with a “Live Burn” and distributes www.knowfire.ca materials. NRPS Community Policing Initiative This initiative, conducted by the Niagara Regional Police, runs on selected Friday and Saturday nights during the school year. It has 2 dedicated uniform officers in St. Catharines and Thorold that provide increased visibility and respond directly to noise or rowdyism. Each call is documented and fines under the noise or nuisance bylaws are issued where warranted. Neighbourhood Drop-ins This initiative can involve NRPS officers and/or University staff visiting homes/neighbourhoods year-round where there have been recent complaints regarding student conduct to speak with both student tenants and adjacent neighbours about neighbourhood relations and answer their questions. Good Neighbour Award This BUSU initiative is a student-run program that connects the St. Catharines and Thorold communities with Brock University and our students who live in the area. We recognize students who make an effort to create a positive relationship with their neighbours, such as shovelling a neighbourhood driveway or helping someone take out the garbage. Off-Campus Living Video The off-campus living video will help facilitate students’ successful transition from living on-campus to rental accommodations in the greater community by providing them with the necessary information to make good rental decisions and reduce neighbourhood concerns.