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Discover the story behind every door with Doors Open Ontario 2016

April 21, 2016

From April to October, the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to explore Ontario’s heritage treasures during Doors Open Ontario 2016. The season kicks off April 23 in Guelph and runs on weekends throughout the summer and fall with events in 43 communities across the province. Satisfy your curiosity and get behind normally closed doors to experience intriguing interiors, where you will be inspired by rare and exceptional materials, craftsmanship and design. From historical houses to modern marvels of construction, Doors Open Ontario has something for everyone! Doors Open Ontario 2016 focuses on the province’s rich legacy of medical science and innovation. The number of innovations in medical science, procedures and technology conceived in Ontario is extensive and their stories fascinating. Featured sites include hospitals, medical schools and laboratories that showcase Ontario’s and Canada’s achievements in medicine. Learn more about ingenious innovators and their remarkable discoveries while you uncover the places that made medical history. Many of the participating sites offer special activities, such as tours, exhibitions and demonstrations – all free of charge. For detailed event information and interactive tools to help you plan your Doors Open Ontario experience, visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.

New survey finds more than two thirds of Canadian agree their work causes them stress

April 19, 2016

Constantly being busy may be the new normal, but being stressed shouldn’t be. A survey released today revealed that more than two thirds (67%) of Canadians agree that their work causes them stress. A staggering six in ten (59%) say their health is negatively impacted by stress experienced at work, and two thirds (63%) feel the stress they experience at work negatively impacts other areas of their life. Whether you work in an office, from home, or on the road, workplace stress in Canada is a real problem with serious consequences. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) and Leger conducted the survey. Highlights from the survey include:

  • Ontarians reported the highest levels of workplace stress in the country with 72% in agreement that work causes them stress. British Columbia residents reported the lowest levels of workplace stress, with 56% of those surveyed in agreement.
  • Respondents from Manitoba and Saskatchewan were 10% more likely than the rest of Canadians to agree that their health is sometimes negatively impacted by the stress they experience at work. Residents of Atlantic Canada were the least likely to agree with this, coming in at 49%.
  • Sixty-nine percent of younger employed Canadians are more likely to say work stress negatively impacts other areas of their life. This trend is felt most among 18-35 year olds.
  • Employed Canadians under the age of 55 experience significantly more negative health effects from work stress compared to older Canadians over 65 years of age (61% versus 34%).

Canada announces final tally of Syria Emergency Relief Fund

April 18, 2016

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced funding of $100 million to help the most vulnerable communities affected by the Syrian crisis. Canadians generously donated a total of $31.8 million to charitable organizations in response to the conflict in Syria, which the Government of Canada will match through the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. The Minister also announced that the government is going beyond the matching fund with an additional $68.2 million in humanitarian assistance to address the needs of people across the region affected by the Syrian conflict. The government’s $31.8-million contribution to the matching fund will be entirely allocated to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). This contribution will increase education opportunities, provide child-protection services in Syria and Jordan and support immunization efforts for children in Syria, responding to critical needs and building the resilience of conflict-affected communities. The balance of today’s $100-million funding announcement will be allocated to trusted Canadian and international partners, whose work includes a multi-purpose emergency assistance program in Iraq and providing life-saving assistance, such as shelter, food, health care and water, to conflict-affected families in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.

Get ready for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge coming up in June

April 15, 2016

Are you ready for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge launching this June? An initiative of GIV3 and CanadaHelps, the Challenge includes a contest where every dollar donated to your charity from June 1 - June 30 via givingchallenge.ca or canadhelps.org earns your organization a chance to win a $10,000 donation.The Challenge begins June 1, 2016 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), with the grand prize draw taking place on Canada Day, July 1, 2016, where $10,000 will be donated to the winning charity. Only donations made on givingchallenge.ca or through the canadahelps.org website will be entered for the prize draw Donations made on GivingChallenge.ca are processed by CanadaHelps and are subject to the standard CanadaHelps fees. There are no other Giving Challenge fees.

ABC Media Sale offers discounted advertising to raise funds for literacy programs

April 15, 2016

The ABC Media Sale is an online sale of advertising space that is donated by leading magazines, newspapers, websites and outdoor media from across the country. Since 2000, more than $2.1 million has been raised for literacy programming. The donated media is sold at up to 65% off the rate card value with all funds raised going towards ABC Life Literacy Canada's work to inspire Canadians to increase their literacy skills. The ABC Media Sale launches on April 25, 2016 at 9:00 am EDT. You can register now if are interested in purchasing media once the sale begins.

Grants in Gear funding program now accepting applications

April 15, 2016

The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) has partnered with Scout Environmental (formerly Summerhill Impact) to offer the Grants in Gear funding program for a third year. The national program will award up to $100,000 in funds to Canadian environmental not-for-profit and entrepreneurial groups and municipal/regional governmental bodies. ARC will disburse four grants worth a maximum of $25,000 each to organizations across Canada whose project ideas seek to achieve tangible results in emissions reductions or pollution prevention in the transportation sector or excellence in automotive recycling or reuse techniques. This year, one of the four grants will be offered as an optional legacy grant to allow previous winners to apply for additional funding to increase the capacity of their existing program. Applications will be accepted until May 6, 2016. You can find more information on this program by visiting the Grants in Gear website.

Study finds employees exhibit risky cloud behavior, despite new level of cloud sophistication

April 13, 2016

Enterprise cloud adoption has matured in recent years, but employees using cloud apps continue to display reckless technology habits that put their employers at risk, according to a new study by Softchoice, a leading North American IT solutions and managed services provider. The study, (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud, found 1-in-5 employees keep passwords in plain sight, such as on Post-It notes, and 1-in-3 cloud app users have downloaded an app without letting their IT department know. Based on a similar study Softchoice conducted in 2014, (Still) Careless Users in the Cloud finds employees' bad cloud app habits have gone unchanged over the past two years. This kind of behavior can be attributed to the lack of cybersecurity training provided to employees on corporate policy and the safe and effective use of cloud applications. The study found 58% of full-time employees cite having not been told the right way to download and use cloud apps, and 39% having not been told the risks of downloading apps without IT's knowledge.

Deadline fast approaching for Public Outreach Recruitment Challenge

April 12, 2016

If you had the chance to create a national recruitment marketing campaign for Public Outreach, what would your approach be, and how would you execute it? Public Outreach, in partnership with TalentEgg, is looking for talented young professionals to share their fresh perspectives by submitting a professional-level case study that answers this question. Public Outreach is an international face-to-face fundraising agency dedicated to building a sustainable charitable sector. The first place prize for this Challenge is full-time position as Recruitment Marketing Manager at Public Outreach, plus a trip and tour of Public Outreach’s Los Angeles Office and second place receives a cash prize of $500. The Challenge deadline (April 22, 2016) is quickly approaching - submit your proposal now!

Proposals will be judged on the following:

  • Is it well-researched? Your submission should show that you understand the nonprofit sector, recruitment tactics and approaches, and the organization (Public Outreach) itself.
  • Is it innovative? Think outside the box – Public Outreach is looking for fresh, new, and exciting perspectives.
  • Is it feasible? It’s not enough to put together a unique proposal. Be sure that your strategy is well-thought out and realistic for the organization to implement.
  • Is it well-presented? Challenge participants should conduct themselves like professional consultants — your submission should be polished and free of spelling and grammatical errors. The information should also flow in a logical fashion, so there’s no confusion for the recipient. It also doesn’t hurt to add some visual components as well!

Each area will be weighted equally in value (25% each) during the evaluation process. Your submission can include written proposals, visual diagrams, videos – anything that conveys your strategy best! Please upload your project as a PDF doc (Powerpoint presentations work well!) on the TalentEgg website. Any additional features (i.e. videos) should be hosted externally and linked through the submission document. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 22, 2016.

Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation Wellness Research Innovation Grant: Call for pre-applications

April 11, 2016

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation are pleased to launch the Wellness Research Innovation Grant, a funding opportunity that aims to translate research findings into innovative wellness solutions that will improve health and quality of life for people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). The Wellness Research Innovation Grant encourages the formation of partnerships between academia and community innovators, and is open to applicants in Canada including, but not limited to, academic researchers, clinical practitioners, technology companies, community-based organizations, policy makers, and educators. Community innovators must partner with an academic investigator at a Canadian research institution to apply. Applicants will be required to engage people affected by MS in a collaborative way, to ensure that their perspective is represented and integrated throughout the study. The Wellness Research Innovation Grant application process is staged and consists of two parts: a short pre-application and a full application. The pre-application deadline is Monday May 9, 2016 at 16:00 EDT.

2016 Canadian HR Awards now accepting nominations

April 7, 2016

HRMonline is pleased to present the Canadian HR Awards! The Canadian HR Awards brings together industry leaders to celebrate excellence in the HR profession, recognizing individuals, teams and companies for their outstanding achievements in people management. There are 18 organizational and individual categories that have been designed to ensure national recognition of both large and small organizations on their individual merits. The available categories include the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award; the Best Workplace Culture Award; the Venngo Award of Excellence for Financial, Physical & Mental Wellness; and the Next Generation Employment Initiative of the Year. Nominations close June 17, 2016.

Children’s Prize Foundation announces quarter-million dollar 2016 competition

April 5, 2016

The Children’s Prize invites individuals, teams and organizations from around the globe to submit their proposals to reduce child mortality for a chance to win $250,000 USD to save lives. Each day, 16,000 of the world’s smallest citizens die before they reach five years of age, and many of these losses are a result of conditions that could be prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions. The leading causes of under five deaths include preterm birth complications, pneumonia, birth asphyxia, diarrhea, and malaria. Malnutrition is linked to nearly 45% of child deaths. Proposal submissions addressing these and all other causes of child mortality are encouraged.

The Children’s Prize is a three-round contest that begins with an online entry form. For the next six weeks, from April 5 to May 14, the Foundation will be accepting entries globally. Applicants are expected to include a science-based approach that will measure and evaluate the impact of lives saved as proposed in their projects. The Round 1 entry form and all relevant competition information can be found at www.childrensprize.org. In order to be considered for the prize, all materials submitted must be in English. A panel of expert judges will evaluate the strongest proposals, and the winner, who will be announced on December 10, 2016, will be awarded $250,000 USD to execute their proposed project.

First community foundations participate in Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

April 5, 2016

The first community foundations have opened grant applications to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a new initiative designed to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial across the country. The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, announced last month by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with Canada’s community foundation network, will provide thousands of small grants to local projects that build community and encourage engagement in the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The first community foundations to participate in the Fund have opened their call for grant applications, including:

  • Community Foundation of the North Okanagan (BC)
  • Revelstoke Community Foundation (BC)
  • Edmonton Community Foundation (AB)
  • South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SK)
  • Beautiful Plains Community Foundation (MB)
  • North Norfolk - MacGregor Foundation (MB)
  • Elkhorn and Area Community Foundation (MB)
  • Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (ON)
  • Grand Bend Community Foundation (ON)
  • Huronia Community Foundation (ON)
  • Fondation communautaire de la peninsule acadienne (NB)

Many more communities across Canada will participate throughout 2016 and 2017. Registered Canadian charities, municipalities and other qualified donees are eligible to apply to the Fund through the community foundation that serves their area. Grants will be determined at the local level with contributions coming from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, seeded by the Government of Canada, private philanthropists and matched locally by individual community foundations. To widen the impact of the Fund, successful applicants are required to contribute cash or in-kind contributions equal to or greater than the grant amount requested. For more information about the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th and which communities are currently accepting grant applications, visit communityfoundations.ca/cfc150 or contact your local community foundation.

Wanted: Creative ideas to help nature thrive in communities across Canada

April 5, 2016

As Canadians welcome spring, WWF-Canada is pleased to accept new ideas for action-oriented community projects that protect, restore, monitor, educate or celebrate nature as part of its Go Wild Community Grants program presented by TELUS. Applicants are encouraged to build their idea around what connecting to nature means to them. Go Wild Community Grants presented by TELUS range from $1,000 to $7,000. Go Wild applications are now open and close May 13, 2016.

BCAA Play Here invests in kids' play area projects across BC

April 5, 2016

BCAA announces the launch of BCAA Play Here: a multi-year, community investment initiative to protect kids in B.C. by rejuvenating play areas to make them safer and even more enjoyable for kids and families. This year's winner will receive a revitalization worth up to $100,000. Nominations from the public, community groups or nonprofits anywhere in the province are open from today at www.BCAAplayhere.com. The public will then vote for the winner from a shortlist determined by a judging panel, with the winning project announced in July. Nominations can be made until May 1, 2016.

Connect the Sector Writing Fellowship now accepting applications

April 4, 2016

Do you know an emerging nonprofit leader who is inspired by the big ideas that shape the nonprofit sector? Is this you? The Connect the Sector (CTS) Fellowship gives participants a chance to connect with peers, mentors, and sector leaders to build solutions for complex sector-wide issues. This year, fellows will conduct research and co-author a piece for The Philanthropist with an established nonprofit leader. They will have the opportunity to share ideas with other emerging leaders, network with influential actors, and creatively shape the national dialogue on intergenerational connections in the nonprofit sector. Connect the Sector is an incubated project of Ontario Nonprofit Network that aims to create a community of younger professionals, connecting across generations, to shape the future of the nonprofit sector. Applications will be accepted until April 17th, 2016. The nine-month fellowship runs from June 2016 - February 2017. Authors will be paid an honorariam for their work.

Canada-wide competition for innovative ideas to help kids learn

April 4, 2016

It is the ultimate cross-country search for innovative ideas to help ignite the imaginations of Canadian children. The CST Inspired Minds Learning Project kicks off today challenging communities and organizations across the country to 'think outside of the box' and find new and innovative ideas that support the growth and development of children from infancy to age 17. As part of the competition, the CST Learning Project is offering $250,000 in funding, including a $100,000 grand prize, to the best ideas which capture the hearts and minds of Canadians and CST's judging panel, whose expertise take us from the far reaching corners of the universe, on amazing adventures across the country as well as to glitz and glamour around the globe. Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, Olympian and host of CTV's The Amazing Race Canada Jon Montgomery, Anchor Ben Mulroney of CTV's Etalk, and popular Toronto duo, 'Choir! Choir! Choir!' are CST's Learning Project Ambassadors who will determine the competition winners. Ideas will be accepted until April 29, 2016.

Survey finds Canadian office workers worried about time spent sitting at work

April 4, 2016

Concerned you're spending too much time in a chair during business hours? Well, you're not alone. According to a new survey released by ParticipACTION, the majority of Canadian office workers (63%) are worried about the amount of time spent sitting at work. With a third (32%) of respondents saying they spend too much time sitting in meetings, and one in five committing at least an entire business day (8 hours) a week to meetings, the "meeting culture" is partly to blame for keeping us glued to our seats. During ParticipACTION's fifth annual Sneak It In Week - which runs from April 4 to 8 – Canadians are encouraged to challenge the social norms at work, including marathon meetings, by taking active breaks, "sneaking in" 10-minute increments of physical activity, and dedicating less time to sitting. According to the survey, Canadians are ready to make these changes at work. If given the opportunity, 59% of office workers said they would stretch during a meeting, 54% said they would be open to a walking meeting, and 41% would want to stand during a meeting if invited to do so.

Canadian artists challenged to create new Toronto landmark using clay

March 31, 2016

The Gardiner Museum is launching a Ceramic Sculpture Competition, open to all Canadian artists, to commission an original public artwork that will be installed in front of the Museum. Made mostly of ceramics and displayed along the busy Bloor and Avenue Road corridor in Toronto, the new sculpture will join the well-known Jun Kaneko "head" as a focal point of the Museum's plaza. This competition is open to Canadian artists who work in all mediums and reside in Canada. Artists may apply individually or can submit a collaborative team proposal, providing at least one artist resides in Canada. Artists directly involved with the Gardiner Museum are welcome to participate. The winning artwork will have a total budget of $95,000 (plus HST), which includes all costs associated with the creation of the artwork, including but not limited to artist design fees, administration, engineering review, supplies, materials and fabrication, insurance, delivery and installation. The closing date for Stage 1 submissions is May 1, 2016.

Two of Canada's breast cancer charities merge to expand and enhance leadership

March 30, 2016

Two of Canada's breast cancer charities - the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support (Willow) - are uniting to provide comprehensive leadership to the breast cancer cause. The merger will see Willow's information programs and peer support services continue and ultimately expand under the CBCF brand. "CBCF and Willow have been long time partners and successful collaborators on many fronts," said Karen Malone, executive director of Willow, who will join CBCF as Vice President, Research and Programs. "This union will allow for expanded delivery of unbiased information and timely access to vital support services for all individuals affected by breast cancer."

Funding available for innovative ideas in Ottawa for healthy oceans

March 30, 2016

Applications are now open for Ottawa Wave Makers, a microgrant for projects to help raise awareness in the nation's capital about Canada's oceans. The microgrant program, operated by Impact Hub Ottawa and the World Wildlife Fund Canada, is now in its second year. A total of $30,000 in microgrants for an unlimited number of projects that: creatively promote healthy oceans; reach diverse audiences; are a collaborative effort that involve multiple disciplines or sectors; empower action and increase awareness, participation and knowledge of ocean health; and are solutions-oriented.

Projects must also be nonpartisan and Ottawa-focused (i.e. taking place in Ottawa and raising the awareness of oceans among Ottawans). Eligible projects include but are not limited to campaigns, events, art installations, conferences, pop-up events, mobile applications, and workshops. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2016 and winning projects must be run by November 1, 2016.