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Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program accepting applications for 2020

August 28, 2019

The Ontario Heritage Trust is calling for applications to the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program. The application deadline is September 30, 2019. This residency program is open to Canadian professional artists who are practising a wide array of disciplines. Selected artists will live at Fool's Paradise, the former home and studio of renowned artist Doris McCarthy. Located on the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, the site provides accommodation and studio space in a serene and picturesque setting where visual artists, musicians, and writers can concentrate on their creative work. Residencies are available throughout 2020, with terms ranging from one to three months.

New survey reveals productivity peaks for workers in Canada

August 21, 2019

Monday and Tuesday, especially in the morning, are when employees are most productive, suggests new research from staffing firm Accountemps. More than half of workers surveyed in Canada said their productivity peaks at the beginning of the week, with Tuesday (35%) edging out Monday (25%) by ten points. After Hump Day (18%), worker productivity dips: 12% of employees do their best work on Thursdays, followed by 10% on Fridays.

Many professionals said they accomplish more work at the start of the day: 41% are most productive in the early morning and 31% in late morning, compared to 3% who like to burn the midnight oil. It's probably best to avoid scheduling meetings at noon: only 2% of workers surveyed said they get the most work done at lunchtime.

For peak productivity, where is as important as when to work, but employees are divided: 44% of workers say they work best in a private office with a closed door, according to the survey. Meanwhile, 33% prefer working in an open office with coworkers, followed by 19% who say they are most productive when working from home.

Employees were also asked about the single biggest distraction that impacts their productivity during the workday. Coworkers who are too chatty and social topped the list (28%), followed by office noise and unnecessary conference calls/meetings (tie; 23%), unnecessary emails (20%) and cell phone use (7%).

New report examines refugee women's ability to access paid, decent work

August 21, 2019

In accessing paid, decent work, refugee women face restrictive labor market laws, increased threat of violence, discrimination, as well as regulatory and administrative barriers. According to a new analysis conducted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS), in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), refugee women could generate up to $1.4 trillion to annual global GDP if employment and wage gaps were closed. The key takeaways from the report are:

  • Refugee women’s labor market participation is as low as 6%.
  • Highest refugee women employment rates are seen in the US (40%) and Uganda (37%), but down to as low as 6% in Germany, Jordan and Lebanon.
  • The gender pay gap is highest in Turkey, where there is a pay gap of roughly 94 cents per dollar between refugee women and host men. The gap is lower in the US, where the pay gap is roughly 29 cents per dollar earned.
  • Refugee women could generate up to $1.4 trillion to annual global GDP if employment and earnings gender gaps were closed to meet the national levels of hosting countries, per analysis done in top 30-refugee hosting countries, which host 90% of the world's refugees.
  • Refugee women in the US alone could contribute $1.6 billion to US GDP.

The report focuses on Turkey, Uganda, Lebanon, Jordan, Germany, and the US, and extrapolates findings to the top 30-refugee hosting countries, which collectively host approximately 18 million refugees.

Tides Canada launches first customizable Donor Advised Fund to be 100 percent invested for impact

August 21, 2019

Tides Canada launched ImpactDAF, the first customizable Impact Donor Advised Fund (DAF) in Canada to be 100 percent invested for impact. This first-of-a-kind charitable vehicle will make use of the Genus-SVX Impact Investment Counsel platform to create a new way to maximize philanthropy by bringing together charitable giving and impact investing. The ImpactDAF offers a unique opportunity to align and activate investment capital and philanthropy. Typically with a donor advised fund, impact is only derived from grant dollars while the underlying investments often have neutral or negative impacts. By creating an ImpactDAF, positive impacts are created through both the grantmaking dollars and investments. Tides Canada’s ImpactDAF will be invested with a customized strategy that aligns with each DAF’s mission, and the success of the portfolio will be measured using a methodology aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Poll finds few Canadians have an advance care plan for future health care needs

August 21, 2019

A national poll was commissioned by the 'Speak Up' Advance Care Planning in Canada initiative to identify people's current attitudes and behaviors towards planning for their future health and personal care. People in Canada were asked about Advance Care Planning, which includes reflecting on and talking about their wishes for future care in the event they have a serious illness or health crisis. Key findings include:

  • Eight in ten Canadians have given end-of-life care some thought, but less than one in five has an advance care plan (ACP).
  • Most frequently Canadians report thinking it is important or somewhat important to talk to family or a healthcare provider about care near the end of their lives. They also most frequently report talking to family or talking to no one about end-of-life care.
  • More than half of Canadians (54%) have given some thought to care near the end of their lives; 20% have given it no thought.
  • Most frequently (36%), Canadians say they have talked to their family about their future care; 21% say they have not talked to anyone.
  • Canadians (36%) most frequently say that planning for future care should start when one is healthy.

Most frequently people in Canada report not affording a lawyer can make it more difficult to plan for their future care. The poll found that 31% of people in Canada need more information about Advance Care Planning and 12% are not encouraged by their loved ones and family to prepare a plan. However, the majority reported that resources, support and more personal time would make it easier to have a conversation about their future care.

Catalyst report finds people of colour pay 'emotional tax' in Canadian workplaces

August 14, 2019

A Catalyst study of over 700 Canadian women and men of colour found a worrisome story of Emotional Tax and consequent attrition. Emotional Tax is the combination of feeling different from peers at work because of gender, race, and/or ethnicity, being on guard to experiences of bias, and the associated effects on health, well-being, and ability to thrive at work. In Canada, Catalyst found that Black, East Asian, and South Asian professionals who are highly on guard have a dangerously high intent to quit, ranging from 50% to 69%. Key findings of the new report include:

Being “on guard” is a shared experience.

  • 33% to 50% of Black, East Asian, and South Asian professionals report being highly on guard to protect against bias.
  • In in-depth interviews, 77% of women and men of colour shared harrowing stories of exclusion and being on guard. In many cases, these stories did not come to light until well into the interview—indicating the importance of going beneath the surface to better understand the experiences of people of colour.
  • Even when they are on guard, Canadian people of colour have a strong drive to contribute and succeed.

Emotional Tax is linked to Canada’s retention problem.

  • 50% to 69% of Black, East Asian, and South Asian professionals who are highly on guard against bias have a high intent to quit.

Emotional Tax is associated with threats to health and well-being.

  • 22% to 42% of Black, East Asian, and South Asian professionals who are highly on guard against bias report high rates of sleep problems.

Access the full report and Catalyst's recommendations on creating a more empowering workplace.

New survey shows all generations favour flexible working hours

August 14, 2019

A survey conducted for the latest edition of ATB's Perch found respondents across all age groups were clearly in favour of flexible work hours and all preferred working at a single job for an extended period of time over the idea of working a series of "gigs." Other highlights of this edition of Perch include:

  • Boomers stood out with 88% of respondents agreeing that their generation has a strong work ethic. Gen Z was not far behind at 78%of respondents compared to just 48% among Gen X and 50% among Gen Y.
  • When it comes to the economy and the workplace, using technology to communicate differs between the different generations as well. Talking to people in person or over the phone rather than sending a text or email was preferred by a larger proportion of Boomers (58%) with Millennial respondents least likely to prefer this option (45%).
  • Between 80 and 85% of respondents surveyed across the four generations said they were in favour of flexible work hours and agreed flexibility makes the workplace more productive.

Call for applications for the federal Social Innovation Advisory Council

August 14, 2019

The Government of Canada is launching a Call for Applications for a Social Innovation Advisory Council of stakeholders to help advance and oversee the implementation of Canada’s Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy with the aim of making real progress towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. They invite leaders, practitioners and experts from across social purpose sectors, including the community, cooperative, philanthropic, financial and research sectors, to apply. The application deadline si September 2, 2019.

New report examines Canadians' online habits

August 14, 2019

Simplii Financial has released a Deep Dive on Digital Trends in Canada report, which examines everything from the Canadian sharing economy, to app culture, to Canadians' online habits and whether digital has simplified our lives for the better. For Canadians, the most important motivators for using technology are to simplify life (43 per cent) and save time (40 per cent). When asked what they are doing with the extra time, 58 per cent say they spend it using more technology while nearly half report socializing with friends/family (45 per cent) and pursuing a passion, hobby or activity (38 per cent). Boomer Canadians (age 55+) are the most likely to want to decrease their use of tech (64 per cent vs. 52 per cent for GenX (35-54 years)) and 44 per cent for Millennials (18-24 years). They are also far more likely to want to talk on the phone than text.

Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards now accepting nominations

August 14, 2019

The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize extraordinary Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards are presented annually on or around International Volunteer Day, December 5. Two awards are given in each of the following 3 categories: Youth, Adult, and Senior. The deadline for nominations is September 20, 2019.

Kraft Heinz Project Play returns, committing $325,000 to building better places to play

August 7, 2019

Kraft Heinz, TSN, and RDS are coming together once again to build better places to play across the country through Kraft Heinz Project Play. From now until September 22, Canadians can nominate their local recreation project through Kraft Heinz Project Play for a chance to win local facility upgrades. The Grand Prize winner will receive $250,000 towards a recreational facility upgrade, and three second-prize winners will each receive $25,000. Canadians can nominate the places, spaces, and projects that keep their communities playing, active, and united at KraftHeinzProjectPlay.com. The top four finalists will be announced October 12 on TSN and RDS. Canadians can then vote for their favourite community project.

Health care and social assistance highly impacted by aging workforce

August 7, 2019

A new study published in Insights on Canadian Society finds that an aging workforce is affecting all occupations, but also that there is considerable variation in the extent and pace of aging across occupations. The study, titled "Results from the 2016 Census: Occupations with older workers", uses the Census of Population (1996 and 2016) and the Labour Force Survey (1996 to 2018) to examine changes in the age composition of occupations. The aging of the workforce can be examined by calculating the ratio of younger workers to older workers, which is defined in this study as the number of workers aged 25 to 34 for every worker aged 55 and older.

Health care and social assistance was the largest industry in Canada in 2016, accounting for 2.3 million or 13%, of all workers. This industry also had one of the most rapid growth rates in the number of workers from 1996 to 2016 (+68%). Despite the rising demand for health care services, workers who are providing health care to an increasingly older population are themselves aging. For instance, among registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses—the largest occupation related to health care—about 1 in 5 was aged 55 and older in 2016, compared with less than 1 in 10 in 1996. In 1996, there were 4.5 female nurses aged 25 to 34 for each female nurse aged 55 and older. By 2016, that ratio had declined to 1.6.

Lacey Prize for small arts organizations and artist-run centres now accepting nominations

August 7, 2019

Launched earlier this year, the National Gallery of Canada’s Lacey Prize is a biennial Prize will recognize small arts organizations and artist-run centres across Canada through a cash prize of $50,000 to the winner and $20,000 to two runners-up (the inaugural submissions deadline is August 30, 2019). The Lacey Prize will also facilitate a more active relationship between these centres and the National Gallery of Canada, with a contemporary art curator travelling from Ottawa to visit the winning centre. The National Gallery of Canada will accept nominations for the 2019 edition of the Lacey Prize until August 30, 2019. The three winners will be selected by an independent jury and announced in late November 2019.

RBC Future Launch Community Challenge accepting applications from youth-led projects

August 7, 2019

The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is a call to action for youth, aged 15 – 29, in more than 150 small and mid-sized communities across Canada. In each participating community, youth and partner organizations will have the opportunity to team up and apply for a grant of up to $15,000 to support youth-led projects that respond to one central question: What is your boldest idea to respond to an urgent local need? As a national initiative, the challenge will shift power into the hands of young people as they lead projects connected including health, food security, education, the environment, reconciliation, and many other community priorities. It is an opportunity for youth to create positive change while also learning new skills, gaining experience, and building relationships across their community — all things that will help them prepare for the future of work. For a list of community foundations participating in the challenge, and application deadlines, please visit the Community Foundations of Canada website.

Help your clients get benefits and credits with a free outreach visit from the CRA

August 7, 2019

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)'s outreach team is looking to work with organizations who help one or more of the following groups:

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Newcomers to Canada or refugees
  • Seniors
  • Students and youth
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Housing insecure, homeless, or individuals staying in a shelter
  • Modest income Canadians

The CRA offers free, in-person visits to organizations across the country to help make sure that Canadians get the benefits and credits to which they are entitled. Their outreach officers are available to host a booth or give a presentation at your next event. They can answer your benefit and credit questions, and bring information materials that highlight the different payments and how to get them. They can also tell you more about free tax clinics where people with a modest income and a simple tax situation may be able to get their taxes done for free by community volunteers! As an organization, you can even host your own free tax clinic for the people in your community. Don't delay, request a visit from a Canada Revenue Agency outreach officer at canada.ca/cra-outreach.

Funding available in Alberta for public-use community facilities

August 7, 2019

Alberta's Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) funding provides financial assistance to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities. CFEP funding is approved on a matching basis. The applicant must contribute an amount equal to or exceeding the CFEP grant request towards the expenses of the project. The matching funding may be cash, donated labour, equipment or materials, all of which must be specifically related to the project. CFEP Small Funding stream maximum funding request is $125,000. Organizations may be considered for up to $10,000 non-matching funding. The CFEP Large Funding stream is for projects requesting over $125,001 and up to $1 million. The deadline for the Small Funding stream is September 15, while the deadline for the Large Funding stream is October 1.

Federal government seeking charities for donations of surplus goods

July 30, 2019

Attention all registered charities! Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is inviting registered charities interested in receiving donations of surplus goods from the federal government to identify themselves. PSPC is seeking charities interested in the following items:

  • Entertainment items
  • Games and toys
  • Clothing, footwear, outerwear
  • Outdoor equipment
  • Household items
  • Furniture

To participate, complete the Request for Information questionnaire currently posted on the Buyandsell.gc.ca site by August 30, 2019. The information you provide will help PSPC determine the demand for donations and evaluate the viability of a program for donating Government of Canada surplus goods. For any comments or questions, please contact Julia Caughey, Project Manager, PSPC, at julia.caughey@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

Nominations now being accepted for Post's Search for Goodness contest

July 30, 2019

Post Cereal Canada is looking celebrate the genuine goodness in all of us by nominating and voting for a stand out and stand up member or team in your community with their Search for Goodness contest. If your nominee wins, they’ll receive $10,000 to spread a lot more goodness! Ten finalists will be selected by online voting, and the winner will be determined by a panel of judges. The deadline for nominations is August 26, 2019.

Public consultations now open on proposed amendments to BC Societies Act

July 30, 2019

The BC Societies Act came into force on November 28, 2016, and recognizes there are over 27,000 societies in BC that vary significantly in size and purpose. The Act:

  • provides societies with a new user-friendly legislative framework
  • allows for electronic filings at the Corporate Registry
  • provides flexibility to accommodate the vast range of societies, and
  • ensures accountability in governance and managing of public funds

Over the past two-and-a-half years, the government has been monitoring the roll-out of the Act to make sure it is working for societies and their members. Based on the feedback received from societies, the legal community and the public, the Ministry has developed proposed amendments to the Act to address some of the issues that have come to light. The Ministry would like to provide societies, their members, the legal community and the public with an opportunity to review and to comment specifically on the amendments listed in the Appendix (PDF). The deadline for feedback is August 23, 2019. Please direct your comments in electronic format to: Societies.Consultation@gov.bc.ca.

Edmonton Foundation Community Grants now accepting applications

July 30, 2019

The Edmonton Foundation's Community Grants program can support a wide range of organizational needs. If you would like to discuss your organizational needs, start with a phone call to the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) to discuss the online application process and eligibility requirements. A nonprofit is eligible to apply if it serves the greater Edmonton area, including Leduc County, Parkland County, Strathcona County, and Sturgeon County. The nonprofit must also have a charitable registration number from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or be considered a qualified donee. If you don’t have a recent relationship with us (successfully received a Community Grant in the last five years), your organization can apply for a grant up to approximately $50,000. If you’ve worked with ECF recently (successful Community Grant approved, completed and reported on), you can apply for a grant up to approximately $80,000. The next deadline for grant applications is September 1.

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