Survey reveals how happy Canadian workers are with their bosses

November 13, 2018

Do managers deserve a pat on the back? It depends on whom you ask, according to new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam. While the majority of workers surveyed (79%) said they're happy with their bosses, just over 1 in 5 respondents gave their leaders less-than-stellar reviews. More than two in five respondents (42%) feel their manager is a good leader, and more than one-quarter consider their boss a mentor (27%) and friend (26%). But not everyone shares these sentiments: 15% said their supervisor is a micromanager and 13% went as far as saying he or she is incompetent.

Young workers could alleviate Canada's labour shortage, but they need help

November 13, 2018

Many young people start their careers in small businesses, but more than half of employers say that high schools do not adequately prepare them for the jobs of today, according to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Colleges did better at preparing grads for employment, with 51% of employers saying they were very or somewhat satisfied, compared to only 37% who were satisfied with how universities prepare their students for a career. CFIB's report, Hire Education: Connecting youth and small businesses for the jobs of today, recommends that high schools and post-secondary institutions collaborate with the business community to help close the gap by revamping their curriculums to emphasize soft skills like workplace communication, problem solving and networking, and promoting careers in the trades.

#NotHere25 campaign launches to eradicate all forms of harassment by 2025

November 13, 2018

International Day of the Girl marks the launch of a bold new campaign, #NotHere25. A movement created to eradicate all forms of harassment by 2025, by empowering men and women to use their voice and shed light on this global epidemic. #NotHere25 joins the ongoing effort to empower survivors to speak up, report an issue, share their story of harassment on or using #NotHere25. Join the community by registering at for the March 2019 launch event.

Gender equality best predictor of peace: Oxfam Canada report

November 13, 2018

The gap between life for women in places like Canada, and life for women displaced by conflict has never been greater, says a new Oxfam Canada report published today. Civil wars are on the rise and in 2017, they were the main driver behind most of the humanitarian crises in the world. Protected and Powerful: Putting Resources and Decision Making in the Hands of Women in Conflict pinpoints how women and girls forced to flee their homes are shut out of decisions that affect their lives. The results are dramatic: between 25 and 50 per cent of maternal deaths in refugee settings are caused by unsafe abortions and related complications; and more than a third of Rohingya women in refugee camps say they do not feel safe collecting water or using the toilet. Both are problems that could be solved by a humanitarian system that listens to women.

Interventions that are 'one-size fits all' don't account for those differences and therefore don't work for women. The report highlights how gender equality is the best predictor of a country's peacefulness – more so than its level of democracy, its level of wealth or its ethnic and religious makeup. The report also notes progress made by the Canadian government such as the Feminist International Assistance Policy and the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. Despite this, there remains a crucial gap between these commitments and current resourcing on the ground. In 2016, only 0.1% of Canada's total humanitarian aid had gender equality as a main goal.

Canadian youth report feeling hopeful, but nervous about future employment opportunities

November 13, 2018

An RBC survey of more than 2,000 Canadians aged 15-24, has found that across every province and major city, youth are feeling hopeful, but nervous about their future employment prospects. key findings from the survey include:

  • While most young people have some idea of the professional area they want to pursue, and are confident it will be in demand in the future, they appear to have mixed feelings about entering the workforce, with only a fifth saying that they feel very prepared to do so.
  • When it comes to accessing career advice, the majority of youth across the country report that their parents are the first stop (8 provinces), followed by online resources (8 provinces).
  • The majority of Canadian youth (83%) believe that a part-time job is the best way to develop professional skills. However, Statistics Canada reported that the summer employment rate for youth aged 15-24 who are returning to school was just 50.9% in 2018.
  • When it comes to their top worries about future employment, rejection due to lack of experience is at the forefront, followed by finding satisfying work.

The micro-break is Canada's answer to vacation deprivation

November 13, 2018

Expedia® released the results of the 2018 Expedia Vacation Deprivation® report, which revealed that over half of Canadians (55%) use their vacation days by incorporating some element of a 'quick trip' into their plans throughout the year, such as a long-weekend or a 1-2 day micro-break. On average, Canadian workers receive 17 vacation days and take 15 of them – leaving two days on the table. Vacation deprivation is on the rise both globally (58%) and at home, with more than half of Canadians feeling vacation deprived (54%); an increase from last year, demonstrating that challenges are still at hand. The study revealed:

  • In comparison to their US neighbours, Canadians are less vacation deprived overall, with 59% of workers south of the border reporting feeling strained and deprived for time off.
  • Ontario is the most vacation deprived region within Canada with almost 60% feeling this sentiment (57%); the Atlantic region reported being the least vacation deprived (44%) and, in fact was over 10% less than Ontario.

Canadians feel strongly that vacations are a key component in their mental well-being. Almost 90% said that vacations give them a chance to hit the "reset button" on their stress and anxiety. The report revealed:

  • Over 80% of Canadians said they regularly take vacations where the primary goal is their own mental wellness. This was of the greatest importance to Quebecers (84%).
  • Additionally, 87% of Canadians return from a vacation feeling less anxious and worried, but instead more able to take on the next challenge.
  • On average, Canadians take two mental health days per year. Mental health days are a common occurence around the world, with about half (54%) of workers globally having taken at least one last year.

Federal government introduces proposed legislation on political advocacy for charities

November 8, 2018

The federal government has introduced proposed legislation as part of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2 to change the rules for charities so that they have the full ability to pursue their charitable purposes by engaging in non-partisan political activities and the development of public policy. Specifically, the legislation proposes to:

  • Remove the Income Tax Act provisions relating to the non-partisan political activities of charities, including the provision that effectively limits charities to devoting only 10 per cent of their resources to non-partisan political activities;
  • Maintain the prohibition on charities providing direct or indirect support to, or opposition to, a political party or candidate for public office; and
  • Clarify that charitable organizations, like charitable foundations, must be constituted and operated for exclusively charitable purposes.

These changes are consistent with Recommendation no. 3 of the Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities. Once adopted by Parliament, the proposed legislation will apply retroactively. The proposed legislation follows a Department of Finance Canada consultation launched in September, and takes into account feedback received from stakeholders. The legislative change also reflects the Government’s commitment to clarify the rules that govern the participation of charities in political activities as stated in the Minister of National Revenue’s and the Minister of Finance’s mandate letters.

Three in ten Canadians don't have enough money for their needs

November 7, 2018

The inaugural BDO Canada Affordability Index, which examines how affordable life is in Canada, reveals that three-in-10 Canadians don't have enough money to buy the things they need, which can lead to more reliance on debt to cover expenses. The report also finds that, among those with debt, Canadians' average non-mortgage debt load is $19,977. The poll of 2,000 Canadians, conducted by Ipsos for BDO Canada Limited, shows that a majority of respondents (74%) live under the burden of debt with credit cards and mortgages being the most common forms of debt. A quarter of respondents who carry debt say their personal debt is so overwhelming that they do not know what to do about it.

As compared to men, women in Canada are more likely to struggle with affordability. Women find it more challenging to save for retirement (73% women vs 65% men), save for a major purchase (74% women vs 64% men) and afford transportation costs (43% women vs 36% men). Women are also more likely to carry heavier debt (52% women vs. 45% men). Millennials (aged 18-34) are also significantly impacted by affordability in Canada. Nearly one-in-five (18%) say they are actively delaying having children due to affordability.

Canadians with children are far more likely to say that their personal debt is so overwhelming that they don't know what to do about it (34% vs. 20% of those with no kids). Across all measures (food, housing & utilities, transportation, saving for retirement, leisure and clothing), Canadian families are more likely to find it challenging to pay for these expenses than those without kids. Many families may be financially burdened by adult children continuing to live at home. Nearly one-fifth (18%) of Canadians have a child over the age of 18 still living at home and three-quarters (76%) of those families say it is because it is too expensive for the adult child to rent.

New CAMH youth-developed guide offers science-based info on cannabis use

November 7, 2018

CAMH's Youth Engagement Team has developed a new pocket-sized guide called #TheBluntTruth. This youth-developed guide provides science-based facts on cannabis, using a conversational tone to explain the health and safety risks of cannabis and 10 recommendations to reduce these risks. "There is so much value in combining scientific knowledge and the expertise of young people with lived experience," says Karleigh Darnay, Coordinator, Youth Engagement Initiative at the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health at CAMH. The youth-driven approach brings a level of trustworthiness that comes from peer-to-peer education, she says, while also enabling a balance of helpful information with elements of humour to create a more engaging, accessible resource. The guide's evidence-based approach includes the scientific rationale behind each recommendation, so that young people who decide to use cannabis can make informed choices. The guide can also help in having conversations about cannabis with youth.

Nominations for Canada's Top 40 Under 40® 2019 are now open

November 7, 2018

Canada's Top 40 Under 40 is an annual recognition of the exceptional achievements of 40 outstanding Canadians under the age of 40. This highly-coveted award honours the exceptional achievements of a new generation of business and community leaders. Nominations are being sought from across the country. A Nominee must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and 39 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2019. The Advisory Board will be looking for concrete and objective evidence, of the nominee's achievements in each of four selection criteria:

  • Vision & Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Impact & Influence
  • Social Responsibility

The ideal candidate will be active and engaged in work and community, a creative problem-solver, disciplined in performance, and generous in spirit — a real contributor to the fabric of our nation. The last date to submit a name for nomination is January 24, 2019. The process is simple, visit for nomination details and timelines.

New report examines top mental health conditions covered by employers

November 7, 2018

A new survey report from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans examines the current state of mental health and substance abuse in the workplace and how employers are taking action. The report found that 60% of US and Canadian organizations are noticing an uptick in mental illness and substance abuse compared to two years ago. Forty percent of organizations report their participants are very or extremely stressed, and almost 40% say stress levels are higher now compared with two years ago. The top ten mental health and substance abuse conditions covered by employers:

  • Depression (84%)
  • Alcohol addiction (82%)
  • Anxiety disorders (78%)
  • Prescription drug addiction (77%)
  • Nonprescription drug addiction (72%)
  • Bipolar disorder (72%)
  • Eating disorders (62%)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (62%)
  • ADD/ADHD (56%)
  • Autism (50%)

Deloitte releases 2018 Millennial Survey, which explores retention strategies

November 7, 2018

Following a troubling year, where geopolitical and social concerns gave rise to a new wave of business activism, millennials and Gen Z are sounding the alarm, according to Deloitte’s seventh annual Millennial Survey. Forty-three percent of millennials envision leaving their jobs within two years; only 28% seek to stay beyond five years. The 15-point gap is up from seven points last year. Employed Gen Z respondents express even less loyalty, with 61% saying they would leave within two years if given the choice.

Both millennials and Gen Z place a premium on factors such as tolerance and inclusivity, respect and different ways of thinking. While pay and culture attract this cohort to employers, diversity, inclusion and flexibility are the keys to keeping millennials and Gen Z happy. Those working for employers perceived to have diverse workforces and senior management teams are more likely to want to stay five or more years. And among millennial and Gen Z respondents who said they intend to stay with their current employers for at least five years, 55% note greater flexibility in where and when they work now compared to three years ago.

Ontario Nonprofit Network releases State of Evaluation report

November 7, 2018

To succeed, public benefit nonprofits must be capable of responding to changing circumstances quickly and redirecting resources where they can help the most people or have the greatest benefit. This is why evaluation work is so important to the nonprofit sector. Though it is important, evaluation work isn’t always easy. It can be time consuming, expensive, technically difficult and stressful. Over the last several years, the Ontario Nonprofit Network has sought to better understand how evaluation is practiced by Ontario’s public benefit nonprofits, and to identify strategies to make evaluation more efficient, more meaningful and more action oriented.

They have now released the first-ever State of Evaluation report for Ontario. This is the first detailed picture of how evaluation is practiced across our province, and how the findings of evaluation work are being translated into action. This report is intended yo spark a rich discussion about improving evaluation practice and develop a strong, responsive, impactful nonprofit sector. The report was produced in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Imagine Canada, Taylor Newberry Consulting and The Counselling Foundation of Canada with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ignite NPS. Read it today.

CFRE International updates brand and unveils a revamped website

November 7, 2018

CFRE International, which awards the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification, officially announced its updated brand, which includes a fresh new logo. The organization also unveiled an updated website and new tagline: Confidence, ethics, and professionalism in fundraising. In addition to an updated brand, CFRE International’s refreshed website will make it easier for visitors to find the information they need. The site also includes a robust study aids area so that CFRE candidates can access a variety of preparation tools.

Ontario Nonprofit Network releases new Decent Work video

October 31, 2018

The Ontario Nonprofit Network has released a new video highlighting the Decent Work initiative, as well as action you can take to support it. In Ontario, the nonprofit sector consists of over 55,000 organizations, employs 1 million people, and engages millions of volunteers. The decisions that individual nonprofit organizations make about employment have a dramatic and immediate impact on the labour market and on the sector’s ability to deliver on its community benefits objectives. Let’s grab the opportunity to be champions of decent work.

Slightly higher salary increases expected for Canadian workers in 2019

October 31, 2018

The average pay increase for non-unionized Canadian employees is projected to be 2.6% in 2019, up slightly from the 2.4% average increase received this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Compensation Planning Outlook 2019.

  • The average pay increase for non-unionized employees is projected to be 2.6 per cent next year.
  • Voluntary turnover rates are on the rise and nearly two-thirds of employers report challenges recruiting and retaining employees with specific skills.

Voluntary turnover increased in the past year, averaging 8.1 per cent, compared with 7.1 per cent in 2017. At sixty-four per cent, the number of organizations experiencing challenges recruiting or retaining specific skills is slightly more than the 57 per cent who reported the same last year.

Public education is a strong equalizing force in Canadian society, UNICEF report says

October 30, 2018

A new UNICEF report released today measures levels of educational inequality in 38 rich countries along different stages of schooling. Findings show Canada's education system is among the most equitable in the rich world. However, income inequality and its side effects may stretch the education gap wider for some children in Canada. In The Equalizer: How Education Creates Fairness for Children in Canada, the Canadian Companion to the global report, UNICEF digs deeper into what contributes to inequalities and how Canada could do better. Public education is a strong equalizing force in Canadian society, working to close disparities that children start school with so that by high school more children expect to continue their education beyond secondary school than in many peer countries. But school is not a place of opportunity for every child, and there are growing threats to the fairness and high standards Canada achieves in education.

Schools across Ontario invited to apply for support for musical instrument programs

October 30, 2018

Publicly funded schools across Ontario are now invited to submit expressions of interest to The Three Rs Music Program for musical instrument repair grants of up to $2,500, and requests for refurbished instruments. The Three Rs Music Program Portal provides a one-stop location to facilitate requests and applications. Administered by Music Canada's new national affiliated nonprofit, Music Canada Cares, The Three Rs Music Program aims to provide equitable access to quality music education by increasing the inventory of musical instruments in Ontario's publicly funded schools, increasing public engagement in support of music education, and connecting students' learning experience to various aspects of Canada's dynamic music industry. Requests through the portal can be submitted until November 18, 2018.

Builder's transformational gift names Markham Stouffville Hospital's Cancer Clinic

October 30, 2018

On October 30, Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) will host a celebration and unveiling event in honour of the seven-figure donation made by Mr. Shakir Rehmatullah, President & Founder of Flato Developments Inc. This monumental gift will support extraordinary patient care by funding the acquisition of priority medical equipment, innovative technology and emerging hospital needs. In honour and recognition of this transformational gift, the hospital is proud to name and announce – The Shakir Rehmatullah Cancer Clinic. Both Mr. Rehmatullah and his company are long-time MSH supporters having generously contributed towards the most recent capital expansion of the hospital and numerous fundraising events. Mr. Rehmatullah often gives anonymously and has asked MSH to hold the amount of his gift in confidence.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy announces 2018 High Performers List

October 30, 2018

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) has recognized 54 US and 10 Canadian development organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the health care industry for fiscal year 2017. These organizations are primarily foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems and were surveyed for AHP's 2018 Report on Giving, which provides key industry benchmarks for health care fundraisers. The full list is available here. High performers are defined in the report as those organizations who represent the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns out of all responding institutions. This means they raised more than $12.4 million in the U.S. and more than $14 million in Canada and represented a median of $27.29 million in the US and $19.61 million in Canada in net fundraising returns. Congratulations to the Canadian charities who made this year's list!

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