Half of Canadians check their work emails while on vacation

January 29, 2019

A new study shows half of Canadians say they check their office emails while travelling on vacation. Of those, 24% say they do so at least once, if not several times, each day. The results were gathered in a survey of Canadian travellers by Allianz Global Assistance Canada, which asked Canadians about their travel habits. The Ipsos survey also revealed that men are the most likely to check their work emails, with 54% responding affirmatively versus 44% of women. However, the greatest differences were associated with age. Some 72% of Millennials say they check their work emails while on vacation, compared with 42% of GenXers and 32% of Baby Boomers. 

Majority of Canadian consumers buying from companies that take a stand on issues they care about

January 28, 2019

Fifty-five percent of Canadian consumers prefer to buy goods and services from companies that stand for a shared purpose that reflects their personal values and beliefs, and are ditching those that don't, according to new research from Accenture. Fifty-two percent of Canadian consumers want companies to take a stand on the social, cultural, environmental and political issues close to their hearts. Moreover, 55% say their purchasing decisions are influenced by the words, values and actions of a company's leaders. Consumers are attracted to organizations that are committed to using good quality ingredients (83%), treat employees well (66%), and believe in reducing plastics and improving the environment (58%).

Today, 57% of consumers say their purchasing consideration is driven by a company's ethical values and authenticity. Furthermore, 68% crave greater transparency in how companies source their products, ensure safe working conditions and their stance on important issues such as animal testing. Over 61% of consumers believe their individual protest actions, such as boycotting a company or speaking out on social media, can make a difference in how companies behave. Twenty-seven percent have been disappointed by how a company acted which betrayed consumers' belief in what the company stands for, and 37% have stopped doing business with the company as a result.

2019 Sobey Art Award: Call for nominations

January 28, 2019

The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada launched a call for nominations for the 2019 Sobey Art Award, Canada's prestigious contemporary art prize. The annual award is presented to a Canadian artist aged 40 or under. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Established in 2002, the Sobey Art Award represents unprecedented opportunities for Canadian contemporary artists, providing national and international recognition. From a total of $240,000 CAD prize money, $100,000 is awarded to the winner, $25,000 is given to each of the four shortlisted artists, and $2,000 is awarded to each of the remaining twenty longlisted artists. Three artists from the longlist will also be selected each year by the Sobey Art Award Jury to participate in the Sobey Art Award Residencies Program (SAARP), providing international residencies which range in length from three to six months. The work of the five finalists, representing as many regions in Canada selected from the longlist of 25 nominees, is featured in a special exhibition that alternates yearly between the National Gallery of Canada and prominent art institutions across the country.

Call for entries: Landsberg Award celebrates journalist championing women's issues

January 28, 2019

Journalists who highlight women's equality issues are encouraged to apply for The Landsberg Award, presented by The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) in association with the Canadian Women's Foundation. The deadline is February 22, 2019. Established to increase women's voices and awareness of women's issues in the media, this award recognizes a working journalist — staff or freelance — doing exceptional research, analysis and reporting through a gender lens about women's issues. Journalists working in print, broadcast and online news reporting are eligible to apply. The recipient will receive $5,000 from the Canadian Women's Foundation. The award is named after Michele Landsberg — award-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist — to acknowledge her tremendous impact as an advocate and role model.

VHA Home HealthCare accepting nominations for Heart of Home Care Awards

January 24, 2019

Each year, VHA Home HealthCare recognizes the true heart and soul of home care – the family members and friends caring for people living with chronic disability and disease. Do you know an unpaid caregiver whose caregiving is nothing short of spectacular? Submit a nomination for a 2019 Heart of Home Care Award in one of four different categories. Nominations of non-professional caregivers in Ontario will be accepted until January 31, 2019.

Volunteer Ottawa accepting nominations for 9th annual volunteer awards

January 24, 2019

Volunteer Ottawa (VO) strengthens the nonprofit sector through a focus on building expertise, fostering collaboration and promoting volunteerism. On April 17th, 2019, VO will be hosting the 9th Annual VOscars at Ottawa City Hall. This event is a highlight of the year for the city’s volunteers and not-for-profits. It celebrates Ottawa’s vibrant volunteer community and gives special recognition to those individuals, organizations and businesses that have made a meaningful difference in people’s lives. Every year, organizations and individuals that exemplify the spirit of volunteering or who have contributed to the community are nominated for the following awards:

  • Mayor's Award for Volunteer Spirit
  • Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award
  • Outstanding Senior Volunteer Award
  • Leadership in Corporate Volunteerism
  • Outstanding Volunteer Program Award
  • Leadership in Volunteer Diversity

For more information on the Award criteria and how to nominate, click here. Nominations are due by Monday, February 11, 2019.

Young Edmonton Grants accepting funding applications from local youth

January 22, 2019

Edmonton Community Foundation’s (ECF) Young Edmonton Grants (YEG) program provides local youth with funding to turn their ideas into reality. The YEG program gives funding for projects initiated, led, and organized by young Edmonton and area residents. These grants range from $500-$3,000 and are available for residents between the ages of 13 and 24. The key to a successful application is “initiated and organized” by young Edmonton and area residents. This granting program is not intended to support charities or agencies that provide programming or services for youth. Instead, it is intended to support young residents who create their own projects or initiatives.

Application deadlines are three times a year, February 15 for funding after April 1, May 15 for funding after July 1, and October 15 for funding after December 1. Applications will be available one month before the deadline. Applicants need to partner with their school or a registered charity to support their applications. Funds, if awarded, will be sent to the partner charity or school. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of applicants, partner charities and ECF within this program, click here.

Canadians can now apply for funding to build wildfire resiliency in their community

January 22, 2019

Canadians can now apply for funding to support their local Wildfire Community Preparedness Day activities, and join municipalities from coast to coast in a national effort to reduce wildfire risk to local homes and environments. Successful applicants can use funding from May 5, 2019 through October to host Wildfire Community Preparedness Day events that raise awareness of wildfire risk, help protect homes, and encourage neighbourhoods to improve wildfire resiliency through "FireSmart" activities including proper maintenance and clearing of dead or combustible vegetation, wildfire-resilient landscaping, and using fire-resistant roofing materials. To learn more about Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and to submit an application for funding, click here. Applications close March 9, 2019.

Ontario adults reporting increases in mental health problems

January 22, 2019

Mental health problems among adults in Ontario may be on the rise, according to the latest CAMH Monitor survey – the longest ongoing study of adult mental health and substance use in the province. Significant findings of the survey show that between 2016 and 2017:

  • Self-rated reports of fair or poor mental health increased significantly from 7.1% to 10.1%.
  • The proportion reporting frequent mental distress in the past month increased from 7.4% to 11.7%. This increase was particularly prominent among women.
  • Thoughts about suicide almost doubled, from 2.3% to 4.1%, representing an estimated 426,900 adults.

These findings are consistent with what has been reported from the CAMH Emergency Department in recent years, where visits have increased by 70% between 2012 and 2017.

A consistent theme in the Monitor over the years, and one that is evident in this report, is the prominence of substance use and mental health problems among young people between 18 and 29. This age group is more likely than other age groups to report problematic use of alcohol, cannabis use, and e-cigarette use, and to have significantly higher reports of suicidal ideation, frequent mental distress days, and psychological distress.

CRA accepting public feedback on guidance for public policy dialogue and development activities by charities

January 22, 2019

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has issued for consultation the draft guidance document CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities. This document explains how the CRA expects to administer changes to the Income Tax Act that permit a charity to carry on unlimited public policy dialogue and development activities in furtherance of a stated charitable purpose. This includes guidelines on what is direct and indirect support or opposition to a political party or candidate for public office. The publication of the guidance follows Parliament passing legislation that changes the rules governing charities’ political activities. These changes were included in Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, which received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018. The CRA is accepting comments on the guidance document until April 23, 2019. All feedback received will be considered to inform the publication of a final version of the guidance.

TD Park People Grants now accepting applications

January 22, 2019

TD Park People Grants will provide $2000 to groups from Metro Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax Regional Municipality to help make community events happen in our green spaces. The 2019 application season runs from January 16 to March 4. Grant recipients will be announced mid-April and events will begin the Saturday before Earth Day (April 20) and continue until New Year’s Eve.

CERIC releases new report exploring Canada's diverse settlement services sector

January 22, 2019

With Canada set to welcome 330,000 new permanent residents this year – the highest levels of immigration since the early 1900s – a timely new research report examines the nature of the settlement sector in Canada and the competencies of the settlement services workers who comprise the sector. Written by Iren Koltermann and Daniel Scott, The Competencies of Front-line Settlement Practitioners in Canada: A Background Research Report is part of a project funded by CERIC to enhance understanding of capacity building among settlement workers. The objective of the report is to define the nature of front-line settlement work, the context in which it is carried out, and to review what research and work has been undertaken toward strengthening the capacity of front-line settlement practitioners.

Applications now being accepted for Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting

January 21, 2019

Applications open today for the Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting, offering a prize of $1,000 for excellent Canadian journalism on the subject in English in 2018. Applications are also open for the French equivalent, le prix En-Tête pour le reportage en santé mentale au travail, which also carries a $1,000 prize. There is no application fee. Online applications for both awards will close on February 15. The competitions are open to journalists writing or broadcasting in the designated language anywhere in Canada, for work first published or broadcast in Canada during 2018.

Almost half of workers In Canada would relocate for a job

January 16, 2019

Offering relocation benefits to job candidates may be a good move for employers, suggests new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. Forty-nine percent of workers surveyed said they would consider moving for a position. They identified better pay and perks (46%) as the top motivation for moving to a new city, followed by family or personal reasons (18%) and cost of living (16%). A separate survey of senior managers in Canada found that, in the past five years, 22% of companies have increased what's offered in the relocation packages they present to top candidates outside their geographic area. In contrast, 37% of organizations do not offer any incentives for moving.

Laidlaw Foundation launches new Emerging Policy Lab for young people

January 16, 2019

Laidlaw’s new, online Emerging Policy Lab (EPL) is designed for young people to inform the world about what they feel may be a pressing policy issue in the short to near future that policymakers need to be aware of. This platform will give youth an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and actively share their perspectives on emerging needs. They are now accepting submissions and will be doing so year-round until December 2019. Click here for more information, including information on content submissions, examples of topics and more.

YMCA Post-Secondary Youth Internship Program accepting work placements in Vancouver

January 16, 2019

The YMCA Post-Secondary Youth Internship Program in Greater Vancouver is a government funded program that provides a wage subsidy provided by the federal government that provides $8.00 per hour of the intern’s wages (with the expectation of a starting wage of $16). Placements are up to 8-weeks stating between now and January 28th, 2019. Employers may actively recruit and suggest candidates to YMCA Staff to be screened for PSYIP eligibility and would have access to a pool of pre-screened candidates. The program is designed to assist young graduates (ages 19-30) find employment in their field of study, while offering employers the financial support they need to provide hands-on training and mentorship.

Call for applicants for Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee

January 14, 2019

Through Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA), the Government of Canada aims to inspire Canadians from all walks of life to find new ways of making a difference in their communities. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the call for applicants for Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee (NAC). The NAC will play an important role as they advise and assist the Minister on all matters relating to the selection of CVA recipients. The National Advisory Committee will be made up of 15 members that have shown passion and commitment in the field of volunteerism. Members include individuals with experience working or volunteering in the not-for-profit, voluntary and business communities. The Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee proudly represents Canada’s cultural, linguistic and regional diversity. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

National student writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada launches

January 14, 2019

Students across the country have an opportunity to help a family become a Habitat homeowner, thanks to the Meaning of Home contest, a national writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada. The Meaning of Home contest asks students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 to submit an essay or poem on what home means to them to help support a Habitat build of their choice. Three grand prize winners, one for each grade, will have the opportunity to direct a grant of $25,000 to a local Habitat build of their choice. Nine runners up will also each receive a grant of $5,000 to donate to the Habitat build of their choice. For every contest entry, a donation of $10 will be made to that student's local Habitat, ensuring every student can help build Habitat homes in their community. The Meaning of Home contest is open to Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada. Submissions will be accepted online between January 7 and February 18, and winners will be announced in April. More information on how to enter, as well as details on prizing, can be found at

Nominations are now open for the 36th Annual Volunteer Awards in Manitoba

January 14, 2019

Volunteer Manitoba and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries are thrilled to once again host the Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner, which honours the contributions that individuals and groups have made to enrich the lives of Manitobans. For over 40 years, Volunteer Manitoba has proudly promoted, supported and celebrated community engagement in Manitoba and we are thrilled to be able to recognize the hard work and commitment of Manitoba's volunteers with the Annual Volunteer Awards. There are several categories open for nominations - please click here to view all and to review eligibility and submission requirements. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 8, 2019.

Apply now for a grant from the 2019 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund

January 11, 2019

Bell today announced the launch of the annual Bell Let's Talk Community Fund for 2019, with $2 million in grants available this year for local mental health leaders improving access to care in communities throughout Canada. Registered charities are invited to apply for a grant up to $25,000 to help fund local mental health programs by visiting All applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health experts from across Canada. The 2019 application period runs until March 15 and all 2019 grants will be disbursed before December 31, 2019.

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