Number of Canadians facing long commutes to work is on the rise

February 26, 2019

Commuting is a fact of life for many Canadians. According to Statistics Canada data, in 2016, 12.6 million Canadians reported that they commuted to work by car. For these commuters, the average duration of the commute was 24 minutes, and the median distance to work among those who had a usual workplace was 8.7 kilometres. For some car commuters, however, the duration of the trip can be particularly long. In 2016, approximately 854,000 car commuters spent at least 60 minutes travelling to work. From 2011 to 2016, the number of car commuters who took at least 60 minutes to get to work rose by 5%, while the total number of car commuters increased by 3%.

Census metropolitan areas (CMAs), such as Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal, are not only major population centres, but also large employment centres. People who work in one of these three CMAs but live outside their boundaries are more likely to have long commutes. Long duration commutes are not limited to people living outside of a major CMA. In fact, among those who worked in Toronto, Montréal or Vancouver, a majority of car commuters who reported long commute times also lived within the same CMA. Among car commuters who worked in Toronto and reported a commuting time of at least 60 minutes, for example, 64% also lived in Toronto. These commuters took almost as long to get to work as those who came from Barrie, Oshawa or Hamilton, despite travelling a shorter distance. Similarly, of all car commuters with a usual workplace in Vancouver who spent at least 60 minutes getting to work, 81% also lived in Vancouver. These workers took almost as long getting to work as those commuting from Abbotsford–Mission to Vancouver.

Seven in ten Canadian women make significant financial sacrifices for the sake of others

February 21, 2019

As many as seven in 10 (69%) Canadian women make significant financial sacrifices including putting their careers on hold to care for loved ones, a new CIBC study finds. Almost 3 in 5 (57%) women say there have been consequences to their career after caring for others, compared to 45 per cent of men, while 19% have taken an extended absence and an almost equal number have decreased work hours (16%). Women are nearly three times more likely than men to quit work to provide care at 16%, compared to 6% of men, and 18% hesitated on making a career move

Law Foundation of Ontario accepting nominations for the Guthrie Award

February 21, 2019

Nominations are now being accepted for the Guthrie Award, the Law Foundation of Ontario's signature award to recognize individuals who have a significant and proven track record of furthering access to justice. Past recipients have come from many directions - the judiciary, private bar, community legal clinics, and nonprofit organizations. They saw a chance to make a difference and took it. Guthrie Award recipients have: built bridges between youth and the justice system; advanced justice for Indigenous people; served women experiencing violence; strengthened the community clinic system to assist people with low-incomes; and more. Nominations are being accepted until May 10, 2019. For details on our streamlined nomination process, please visit the Guthrie Award webpage.

Study finds adults with developmental disabilities at higher risk for dying prematurely

February 21, 2019

Adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario are nearly four times more likely to die before the age of 75 compared to adults without developmental disabilities, according to a new report by researchers at ICES, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). In fact, adults with developmental disabilities continue to consistently have poorer health outcomes across the board when compared to other adults. The report entitled “Addressing Gaps in the Health Care Services Used by Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario” found that during the six-year study period (2010 to 2016), 6.1 per cent of adults with developmental disabilities compared to 1.6 per cent of adults without developmental disabilities died prematurely. Other key findings for adults with developmental disabilities during the six-year study include:

  • Nearly two times more likely to have at least one return visit to an emergency department within 30 days of an earlier visit or hospitalization (34.5 per cent vs. 19.6 per cent).
  • More than three times more likely to be readmitted to hospital within 30 days of their initial discharge (7.4 per cent vs. 2.3 per cent).
  • Six and a half times more likely to have at least one alternate level of care day (the need to remain in hospital despite being well enough for discharge) in hospital (4.6 per cent vs. 0.7 per cent).
  • 17 and a half times more likely to spend at least one day in long-term care (3.5 per cent vs. 0.2 per cent).
  • Nearly four times more likely to experience premature mortality (6.1 per cent vs. 1.6 per cent).

Call for proposals for Government of Canada's Settlement Program for immigrants and refugees

February 20, 2019

The Government of Canada's Settlement Program assists immigrants and refugees in overcoming barriers specific to the newcomer experience, such as a lack of official language skills and limited knowledge of Canada, so that they can participate in social, cultural, civic and economic life in Canada. The program focuses on five areas: needs assessment and referrals, information and orientation; language training and skills development; employment related services; and community connections. There are also support services to ensure that programming is accessible, such as transportation, child care and translation services. All services are designed and delivered by service provider organizations in Canada and overseas.

This Call for Proposals process will determine the Settlement Program and Resettlement Assistance Program services across Canada that will be in place for up to 5 years. Funded projects are expected to begin on April 1, 2020, and will end no later than March 31, 2025. The deadline for submissions is April 12, 2019.

IncludeMe app for workplace mental health needs your feedback

February 20, 2019

Canadian employers are legally obligated to protect workers’ physical and psychological safety. The IncludeMe app was designed to make it fast and simple to get managers up to speed on awareness and on how to engage and accommodate employees experiencing mental health challenges. The training has been reviewed by the MHCC and CMHA and is fully funded by the Government of Canada. This is your organization's opportunity, in one shot, to deploy free, baseline training in workplace mental health to all managers or members. It helps mitigate risk and demonstrates due diligence andemployee care by getting everyone on board.

IncludeMe is under an effectiveness study by Queen’s University to understand whether this is an effective way to learn about workplace mental health. Your feedback is valuable. By selecting the Advanced Survey path you will be asked to provide your consent to participate in this study. This will involve a set of 15 questions before you take the training and then they are repeated at the end of the training. They take about 3 minutes to respond to. Your personal information (such as name and phone number) is not shared with Queen’s or others at any time. The login information is there to protect your personal information from others which is why it requires you email and cell phone authentication. Thank you for helping to further the field of workplace mental health. Please email with any concerns or questions.

Expert Panel to provide advice on complex workplace issues facing Canadians

February 20, 2019

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Government has established an independent Expert Panel to study the more complex workplace issues facing Canadian employers and workers. The process to select panelists was lengthy, thorough and extensive. The Labour Program considered upwards of 100 potential candidates over the course of about five months.

The Panel will study, consult and bring forward recommendations to Minister Hajdu on: federal minimum wage; labour standards protections for non-standard workers; the “right to disconnect” outside of work hours; collective voice for non-unionized workers; and, access and portability of benefits. Chaired by Sunil Johal, Policy Director at The Mowat Centre, the Panel will operate at arm’s length from the Government to ensure it provides independent, evidence-based advice. Collectively, the seven members of the Panel bring valuable expertise in areas such as labour policy, law, economics and business, and possess a well-rounded understanding of employer and worker perspectives. The other Panel members are Richard Dixon, Mary Gellatly, Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau, Kathryn A. Raymond, W. Craig Riddell and Rosa B. Walker. The results of their work will be made public in Summer 2019.

Nominations open for the Business / Arts Community Impact Award

February 13, 2019

Business / Arts Community Impact Award recognizes a partnership between an arts and culture organization and a corporate partner that has resulted in an enriched local culture scene through innovative programs. Here are a few reasons to nominate an outstanding partnership which has helped your arts organization or community at large:

  • To thank them for their ongoing support and partnership to you and your arts organization.
  • To build a closer and longer lasting relationship which benefits your partnership.
  • To recognize them publicly at B/A’s Annual Awards Gala, where they will share the stage with a sold-out audience of national business and arts leaders.
  • To join the company of previous celebrated recipients including Manulife for their partnership with Luminto, The Daniels Corporation for their partnership with Artsscape and last year’s winner Sun Life Financial for their partnership Musical Instrument Lending Library program.

The nomination deadline has been extended to February 28, 2019.

Volunteer Alberta accepting applications for the National Volunteer Week Grant

February 13, 2019

Volunteer Alberta wants to help you recognize Alberta’s amazing volunteers! Every year, with support from the Government of Alberta, they assist communities across Alberta to celebrate National Volunteer Week through the National Volunteer Week Grant. Their focus is on helping as many communities as possible to recognize volunteers and the power of volunteerism. The National Volunteer Week Grant is designed to supplement other sources of funding. As well, the grant is intended to promote and celebrate National Volunteer Week and volunteerism on behalf of your entire community. The application deadline is February 22, 2019.

Statistics Canada releases updated information on charitable giving in Canada

February 13, 2019

According to a new information release from Statistics Canada, total donations reported by Canadian tax filers rose to $9.6 billion in 2017, up 7.7% from 2016. This increase more than offset a 2.6% drop in donations in 2016, which was associated with slower economic growth that year for provinces rich in natural resources. British Columbia had the largest increase for charitable donations (+18.9%) which followed a strong increase the previous year (+7.1% from 2015 to 2016). Nunavut (+13.5%) followed by Alberta and Nova Scotia (both up 9.1%) also experienced notable increases. For Alberta, this was in sharp contrast to the decrease the previous year (-10.7% from 2015 to 2016).

While the dollar amount of charitable donations increased in 2017 over the previous year, the number of donating tax filers fell by 48,840 (-0.9%) to 5,348,220, continuing a trend which started in 2011. The number of donors fell in all provinces and territories, except Quebec which experienced a modest increase (+1.0%). The largest decrease in donors was in Alberta (-4.4%) followed by Newfoundland and Labrador (-4.0%). Even in British Columbia, where the increase in the dollar amount of charitable donations was largest, the numbers of tax filers making donations fell slightly (-0.2%).

Nationally, the median donation was $300 in 2017, meaning that half of those claiming a donation tax credit made donations of more than $300, while the other half donated less than $300. Nunavut had the highest median donation ($560) followed by Alberta with $480 and British Columbia with $460. The lowest median donation amount was in Quebec ($130).

Tax filers age 65 and older have seen a gradual increase in their relative importance among donors. In 2007 they represented 24% of all donors, compared with 30% in 2017. This increase was accompanied by an even stronger increase in their share of the overall donations amount. In 2007 they were responsible for 30% of the total donation amount, while in 2017 they represented 42% of the total donation amount. Tax filers age 65 and older also had the highest average donation among tax filers in 2017 ($2,500). From 2007 to 2017, the strongest decrease in the proportion of donors was for tax filers aged 45 to 54. In 2007, they represented 24% of all donors, compared with 19% in 2017.

Survey: 33% of Canadian workers negotiated pay with last job offer

February 13, 2019

Canadian job seekers may need a confidence boost when it comes to setting their salary, suggests new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. One-third of professionals surveyed (33%) tried to negotiate a higher salary with their last employment offer, falling one point from a similar survey in 2018. A separate survey finds many employers are willing to make a deal with candidates: 65% of senior managers said they expect some back-and-forth on salary. More than half are more open to negotiating compensation (53%) and nonmonetary perks and benefits (56%) than they were a year ago.

McCall MacBain Foundation makes single-largest gift in Canadian history to create a flagship graduate scholarship program at McGill University

February 13, 2019

Today, John and Marcy McCall MacBain announce the creation of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill through a landmark gift of $200 million (Canadian), the single-largest gift in Canadian history. The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill will provide outstanding students from Canada and internationally with the opportunity to pursue a master's or professional degree, combined with a world-class enrichment program. In addition to full funding to cover tuition and fees plus a living stipend, scholars will benefit from mentorship and immersive learning experiences including retreats, workshops and internships.

In initiating this gift in honour of McGill's bicentennial, the McCall MacBains and their Foundation recognize an important gap in the Canadian higher education landscape: that there is currently no comprehensive, leadership-driven scholarship in the country for master's and professional degree students. As a result, the McCall MacBain Scholarships will invest in students who are developing expertise in their respective fields and have a track record of collaborating with others to understand and address important problems and challenges. By creating Canada's first comprehensive scholarship at this level – one that builds on but is not limited to academic excellence – John and Marcy McCall MacBain hope to bring together a resilient community of students dedicated to solving pressing global issues and complex problems, to ultimately improve the lives of others.

Food Banks Canada for releases HungerCount digital report for all access

February 5, 2019

Food Banks Canada released today its national HungerCount 2018 report digitally; now accessible to all Canadians, year-round, and provides a clear view of who is most affected and where across the nation. HungerCount 2018 emphasizes that food bank use across Canada remains unacceptably high with 1.1 million visits to food banks in March 2018 alone. In addition to Food Banks Canada releasing its first-ever HungerCount Report in digital format that allows for easy access to all Canadians, there is also a focus shift to taking action by donating Funds, Food, Time, and Community Advocacy. Overall, the groups that continue to remain unacceptably high are children; single adult households; and, Northern Canadians who face the highest rate of food insecurity nationwide.

The Government of Canada announces a call for concepts for Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy

February 4, 2019

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, launched a call for concepts to expand the Designated Communities stream of Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy. On April 1, 2019, Reaching Home will replace the existing Homelessness Partnering Strategy, which is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. Currently, the Government of Canada provides long term stable funding to 61 Designated Communities across Canada to support local solutions to homelessness. Under the redesigned strategy, the Designated Communities Stream will be expanded to new communities.

The first step for this process is a competitive call for concepts. Communities outside of Quebec and the territories with a population size of 25,000 and over who demonstrate a need for long-term stable federal homelessness funding are encouraged to apply. Through this rigorous process, successful communities will be invited in the spring 2019 to develop and submit a full project proposal. The potential to increase the number of Designated Communities in Quebec will be explored as part of the negotiations of the sixth Canada-Quebec agreement.

An application process has been outlined to assist eligible communities to complete their submissions. Completed submissions with attachments can be sent to or mailed. The deadline for applications is March 8, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Home Depot Foundation accepting funding applications for programs assisting homeless youth

February 4, 2019

The Home Depot Foundation Canada is now accepting applications to two funding streams. Community Impact Grants provide registered Canadian charities with funding for affordable housing and community based improvement projects that benefit Canadians in need. Preference will be given to repair, renovation and/or improvement projects to housing and/or other support facilities (i.e. employment services) for homeless youth given the Foundation’s primary focus on preventing and ending youth homelessness.

The Orange Door Project Grant Program provides grants up to $50,000 to Canadian registered charitable organizations who are dedicated to preventing and ending youth homelessness in Canada, through the following streams: renovations, prevention, employment/life skills (see below). Maximum Grant is up to $50,000 cash.

More information on both grants can be found here.

Government of Canada launches Commemoration Fund for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

February 4, 2019

The Government of Canada is launching the Commemoration Fund for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, including LGTBQ2S individuals. The Government of Canada is investing $10 million over two years, which will provide funding for Indigenous governments and organizations, including Indigenous women's organizations and Two-Spirit organizations, to work with families and communities to develop and implement commemorative initiatives across the country. The activities and events that the Commemoration Fund will support will contribute to healing and help increase public awareness, and help honour missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ2S individuals.

Eligible organizations are invited to apply to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commemoration Fund call for proposals. Although organizations are encouraged to submit one application involving several communities for this call for proposals, an organization could submit multiple applications in which they would engage different communities. Completed applications must be submitted no later than March 28, 2019 at 11:59 a.m. (noon) Pacific Standard Time. Applications submitted after this deadline will be ineligible.

Edmonton ranked top city for youth to work: First-ever YouthfulCities Urban Work Index

February 4, 2019

YouthfulCities has launched its inaugural Urban Work Index, the first of its kind to look specifically at urban work in Canada. The Index, which was funded by RBC Future Launch, ranks 21 Canadian cities based on 48 urban work indicators, and found Edmonton to be the top-ranked city in the country. Edmonton scored 713.86 points out of a possible 1,310 available points. With 87% of Canadian youth aged 15-29 living in cities, the YouthfulCities Urban Work Index creates a way for youth to explore the best cities for them to work. It uses an expansive, youth-driven definition for work that includes four thematic areas: Education (affordability, access, work-integrated learning experiences), Entrepreneurship (spirit, spaces, programming) Affordability (housing, utilities, transportation, food/clothing, leisure, health) and Employment (basic, career-oriented, city economic profile, programs).

Scotiabank invests $15 million to help provide young people in the GTA a strong start

February 4, 2019

United Way Greater Toronto announced a $15-million investment from Scotiabank to help ensure that young people in the GTA have the opportunities and resources they need to have a bright future. The funds – the largest corporate commitment in United Way Greater Toronto's history – will be invested in a network of agencies across Peel, Toronto and York that support more than 245,000 young people and their families, each year.

CharityVillage releases 2019 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report

February 4, 2019

Compensation at nonprofits across the country continues to rise slowly for some nonprofit professionals, according to the new 2019 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report, published by CharityVillage. To better understand nonprofit compensation, we surveyed more than 1,500 participants who represented more than 12,000 individual employees from nonprofits across Canada. The results are gathered in our 2017 salary and benefits report, now available for online purchase. The report covers key metrics such as:

  • Annual salaries by position, experience, organization type, size, region, and focus
  • Performance incentive plans
  • Benefit packages

For additional insight from the report, click here for our companion article. To get more information about the report itself, and to order, please click here.

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