In response to the Government of Canada’s commitment to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees, many municipalities have expressed an interest in welcoming Government-Assisted Refugees, and integrating them into their communities. Communities outside the traditional network of cities and towns that welcome GARs are being invited to develop a Community Partnership Settlement Plan, which prepares them to welcome Government-Assisted Refugees. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in cooperation with provinces and territories, has established criteria for communities wishing to become welcoming communities for GARs. The application process will open in the coming weeks and be available on IRCC’s website.
Municipalities that wish to welcome and integrate Government-Assisted Refugees must develop a plan that demonstrates that they have the necessary services in their communities to help refugees settle, integrate, and ultimately thrive in their new home towns. Municipalities will work with employment, housing, educational and other partners within their community to create a plan. Plans will be validated by the respective provincial or territorial government, and submitted to IRCC. The process will be open to communities outside the province of Quebec, which is responsible for its own refugee resettlement program.
The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) launched today a call for nominations for the 2016 Sobey Art Award. Agents and institutions have until March 4, 2016, to submit artist nominations. The Award will distribute a total of $100,000 to Canadian artists aged 40 and under who have exhibited professionally within the last 18 months. The winner of the top award will receive $50,000, each of the four finalists will receive $10,000, and the other long-listed artists will receive $500 each. The Award's 2016 long list of nominees will be announced in April and the short list in June. An exhibition of works by the five short-listed artists will be presented at the National Gallery of Canada from October 6, 2016 to February 5, 2017. The winner of the 2016 Sobey Art Award will be announced at the Gallery during a gala event in November 2016.
Since 2006, the DoGooder Awards have celebrated the best in video for good. Hosted by See3, YouTube and the Nonprofit Technology Network, these awards highlight nonprofits, do-gooders, and creators who use the powerful medium of video to change the world. The DoGooder Awards are now accepting video submissions for their 2016 award program. Categories include Best Nonprofit Video Award, Funny for Good Award, and DoGooder YouTube Creator for Good Award. You are allowed to submit as many videos as you would like, but you may not submit the same video to multiple categories. Please note that the video has to have been released in 2015. The deadline for submissions is February 12, 2016.
Many Canadians show their support for arts and culture organizations through the time and money that they give as volunteers and donors. Volunteers and Donors in Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2013, the 46th report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, highlights the volunteer time and financial donations given to Canadian arts and culture organizations, based on statistics that Hill Strategies Research queried from Statistics Canada’s 2013 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering, and Participating (GSS-GVP), a survey of nearly 15,000 Canadians 15 or older. The key findings of the report are that:
- The equivalent of 56,000 jobs were volunteered by 900,000 Canadians in arts and culture organizations in 2013.
- The 107 million hours contributed to arts and culture organizations represent an average of 120 hours per volunteer – more hours, on average, than volunteers in any other type of organization.
- Between 2004 and 2013, the number of volunteers in arts and culture organizations increased by 23%, much higher than the 7% increase in all volunteers.
- In 2013, $162 million was donated to arts and culture organizations by over 1 million Canadians (3% of the population 15 and older). This represents, on average, $159 per donor to arts and culture organizations.
- After adjusting for inflation, donations to arts and culture organizations increased by 46% between 2007 and 2013, a much greater increase than the 16% growth in donations to all types of not-for-profit organizations during the same timeframe.
- Between 2007 and 2013, the number of arts and culture donors increased by 34%, the highest rate of increase among 11 types of organizations, well above the 6% increase in all donors during the same timeframe.
- The four Western provinces have the highest volunteer and donor rates in the arts and culture.
To build on their Joy of Eating Better movement that allows the young and the young at heart to eat better by teaching them to cook better and more often, Sobeys Québec and its merchants from IGA, Les Marchés Tradition, and Marché Bonichoix are proud to announce the launch of The Joy of Eating Better Foundation. The Foundation is committed to donating one million dollars to the different causes it supports during its first year of existence. To do so, Sobeys Québec will donate $500,000 over five years, or $100,000 per year. Achieving this goal will rely mainly on in-store fundraising already in place.
Bell Let's Talk Day 2016 set all-new records as over the 28.5 hour period between midnight Newfoundland time and midnight Pacific time, Bell Let's Talk Day 2016 tallied 125,915,295 total interactions, including wireless calls, long distance calls and texts by Bell customers, and tweets and Facebook shares supporting Bell Let's Talk by people around Canada and worldwide. That's a 3.1% increase over the 122,150,772 total interactions on Bell Let's Talk Day 2015. With Bell's donation of 5 cents per interaction, at no extra charge to participants, that's $6,295,764.75 more for Canadian mental health programs.
The top Twitter trend in Canada yesterday, #BellLetsTalk was the most-used hashtag in the world, with 6,826,114 total tweets and retweets – 43% more than last year. The #stopthestigma, #endthestigma, #mentalhealthawareness and #sicknotweak hashtags also trended throughout the day.
ShakeOutBC is extending the deadline for its Show Me ShakeOut poster and video contest to ensure students from across British Columbia have an opportunity to enter. The new submission deadline is April 25, 2016. The winners will be announced during Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1 to 7). The poster contest is open to students in kindergarten to grade 7. Two winners will be awarded an iPad each. The video contest is open to students in grades 8 to 12. The winner will receive a $1,000 bursary. Prizes are sponsored by the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Winning submissions will be used in education materials about the importance of earthquake preparedness and how the simple steps of "Drop, Cover and Hold On" can save lives. They'll also be featured on the ShakeOutBC website, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
The Canadian Red Cross and Bell Let's Talk today announced a $150,000 investment in new initiatives focused on mental health training for Canadians. Canadian Red Cross will incorporate mental health programming into its standard first aid training, enabling individual Canadians to recognize the signs and symptoms of a developing mental health emergency and provide comfort and care until professional help arrives. Launch of a new Canadian Red Cross program focused on training first responders to look beyond physical symptoms and evaluate emotional well-being following an emergency such as a natural disaster. New research commissioned by the Red Cross shows that while the vast majority of Canadians (98%) feel it's important to respond to a mental health emergency, less than half would be comfortable taking action. The research further revealed that younger Canadians (age 18 to 34) were most likely to recognize a developing mental health emergency than other age categories.
The Fondation de l'Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec (FIUSMQ) is pleased to announce a $1 million donation from Bell Let's Talk in support of ground-breaking research to detect early signs of mental illness in youth from families with a history of mental illness. Today's announcement, attended by Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaetan Barrette, is the largest donation from a private partner ever made to support the Fondation de l'Institut en santé mentale de Québec.
The Michener Awards Foundation is reminding news organizations and journalists that the deadline is less than a month away for entries and applications for the annual Michener Award and two fellowships. Russell Mills, the foundation president, uged news organizations whose journalism has achieved results for the public good this year to enter the competition and also urged qualifying journalists to apply for two Michener-Deacon Fellowships, one for investigative reporting, the other for education. Both offer $30,000 and $5,000 in expenses. The deadline for both the Award entries and Fellowship applications is February 19, 2016. Since the Award was establishd in 1970 by the late Right Honourable Roland Michener it has become Canada's most coveted honour for public service journalism. Judges are required to take into account the resources available to the news organization to produce the reportage. As a result organizations large and small, including weeklies and periodicals, have won awards and citations.
The 2015 Federal Budget proposed that a registered charity may invest in limited partnerships without being considered to be carrying on a business solely because of that holding, as long as it meets all of the following conditions:
- The charity must be a limited partner of the partnership;
- The charity – together with all non-arm’s length entities – holds 20% or less of the fair market value of all interests in the partnership; and
- The charity deals at arm’s length with each general partner of the partnership.
A registered charity with partnership holdings other than what is described above would be considered to be carrying on the business of the partnership. Depending on the nature of the partnership’s activities and the arrangement, this could result in the registered charity not meeting the requirements for registration under the Income Tax Act.
All registered charities must now annually report their partnership holdings. To fulfil the reporting requirement for this year, charities must answer the question below and attach it to the charity’s Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return. Next year, this question will be included on Form T3010. For more information on how to respond to this question, please click here.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), supported by Bell Let's Talk, today launches Portico, an online interactive platform that connects health and community service providers to the latest clinical tools, resources and information about treating mental illness and addiction, and the Psychiatry in Primary Care app. Guided by CAMH expertise, porticonetwork.ca was designed in partnership with Bell Business Markets for healthcare professionals but is equally accessible for anyone looking for reliable, evidence-based information about mental illness and addiction. The online platform brings together tools, resources, and practitioners in an effort to improve care for people with mental illness.
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, today announced the winding down of the review by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) of registered charities’ political activities. A press release issued by the Government of Canada had this to say:
"Our government recognizes the critical role charities play in our society and their valuable contribution to public policy and public debate on behalf of all Canadians. To help them continue this important work, charities must be assured they are operating in a regulatory environment that respects and encourages this contribution.
"The results of the political activities audit program have shown substantial compliance with the rules regarding charities’ involvement in political activities. In light of these outcomes, the political activities program will be concluded once the remaining audits have been finalized.
"Our Government’s commitment to openness and transparency includes providing more information on the regulation of charities to the public and the charitable sector in a timely manner and in ensuring the engagement of the sector."
In order to achieve this, Minister Lebouthillier also announced that the CRA will publish an annual report to provide the public with more information about its activities and its contribution to an effective regulatory framework for registered charities.