Veterans Affairs Canada now accepting 2019 applications for the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund

February 28, 2019

The Veteran and Well-being Fund supports innovative initiatives and projects through grants and contributions to private, public or academic organizations to conduct research and implement initiatives and projects that support the well-being of Veterans and their families. Today, Veterans Affairs Canada launched the second call for applications for the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. Organizations are invited to share their innovative ideas and encouraged to submit their applications online as early as possible. The deadline to submit an application for the 2019 year is March 29, 2019. Learn more about the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund at

Register now for Blumbergs Charity Law Boot Camp and International Philanthropy Conference

February 28, 2019

Blumbergs is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp again on Monday April 8, 2019. This is a one-day boot camp on compliance and standards issues for Canadian registered charities. You can register for the program here. This one-day workshop on Monday April 8, 2019 will cover the differences between for-profits, non-profits and registered charities and why in some cases you may wish to have one or more of each to have maximum impact. It will focus on matters that are significant for any operating charity surrounding revenue generation rules, receipting, transparency, and protecting your charity against risks. Topical issues such as collaboration, foreign activities, political activities, the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) and Ontario Non-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) will be touched upon as well.

Blumbergs is also holding a full-day event on international philanthropy on April 12, 2019: Blumbergs' International Philanthropy Conference 2019. There are significant risks and compliance issues when Canadian charities conduct foreign activities or foreign donors wish to donate to Canadian charities. Blumbergs’ International Philanthropy Conference 2019 is a full day of presentations and discussions from various charity law and compliance experts that will include 3 parts: Fundamentals of Foreign Activities, CRA audits and foreign activity charities, and Challenges and Recent Changes to Non-Profit Law and Regulation in Asia. Get more information and register here.

Joule Innovation grants to deliver $200,000 in support of Canadian ingenuity in health care

February 28, 2019

The 4th annual Joule Innovation grant program is underway and, more than ever, aims to drive change in the health care system. This year, selected recipients will share $200,000 in grants for initiatives designed to help shape a better health care future for all Canadians. Since 2016, the grant program has provided $500,000 to 19 recipients, powering physician-led innovation in the country. The Joule Innovation grant program opens today and will accept applications until March 28, 2019 (11:59 PM EST). This year's categories are as follows:

  • Access to care (2 grants: $100,000 & $20,000). These grants support CMA member-led initiatives that focus on innovative solutions to improve access to health care for all Canadians. This year there is a special emphasis on projects that focus on marginalized communities who face challenges in obtaining equitable access to health care services and rural and remote populations who often find themselves underserved for all or part of the year.
  • Health care solution (2 grants: $40,000 & $20,000). Each day, physicians, governments and policy-makers struggle to manage the limited resources available for our health care system. Health care solution grants will support initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality, safety and efficiency of health care and improving health outcomes for patients, while at the same time reducing overall costs within the Canadian health care system.
  • Emerging physician innovator (4 x $5,000) - Student grants (2x $5,000) - Resident grants (2 x $5000). Grants for medical students and residents representing the future of medicine in Canada. These grants will help support the ideas of medical learners and residents who are looking to increase or improve access to care or create health care solutions that will provide better outcomes for patients.

In addition to valuable, flexible funding, recipients will also benefit from Joule Innovation Council mentorship and access to a network of innovation leaders. To learn more about the application process or to submit an idea, visit

Income volatility threatens financial security of one in three Canadians: CPA Canada Study

February 28, 2019

Income volatility is linked to lower levels of financial knowledge and capability, often leading people to conclude that they have no personal control of their fiscal situation, according to ground-breaking new research from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). While the link is intuitive, prior to this study, there was little research into the prevalence of income volatility in Canada and its correlation to financial behaviours. According to The Perils of Living Paycheque to Paycheque: The Relationship Between Income Volatility and Financial Insecurity, more than a third of Canadians report volatility in their monthly incomes, whether it's the source of the money, the amount they'll be receiving or both. It also shows that those precarious and uncertain income flows put people at greater risk of financial calamity and make it harder to effectively use common mitigating strategies like budgeting and saving.

Income volatility is not new – some of the oldest occupations, such as fishing or farming, traditionally have unpredictable earnings and widely differing income flows throughout the year. However, workplace shifts towards short-term, task-oriented employment – the "gig" economy – make it increasingly hard for many people to know where their next paycheque is coming from and how much that payday will bring. According to this study, people with volatile incomes have trouble keeping track of money and planning ahead, making it more difficult to make ends meet than for people who, while they may have lower incomes, know what they are getting and when.

Woodbine Cares Community Investment Program accepting funding applications

February 28, 2019

The Woodbine Cares Community Investment Program is committed to giving back to organizations that focus on: Vibrant and Connected Communities creating healthy places to play, work, live, learn and grow, For the Love of Horses inspiring a love for horses and creating awareness of horse racing in Ontario, and The Environment and Sustainability demonstrating a commitment to making to the planet a better place for tomorrow. The application period closes April 1, 2019. Click here for more information, including eligibility requirements.

New 2019 Digital Outlook Report for nonprofits now available for free download

February 27, 2019

Care2, hjc and NTEN have released a brand new Digital Outlook Report for 2019. In keeping with the theme of the 2019 Digital Outlook Report, “Navigating the Unknown,” this report will help you steer your ship to smoother waters. The report covers how to better measure the ROI of your fundraising efforts, simple ways to improve cross-team communication, and how to think outside the #nptech box to find software solutions that fit your organization. Now in its fifth year, the Digital Outlook Report is loaded with in-depth guides and expert advice. With actionable ideas for every organization, it’s really a must-read for any nonprofit digital team hoping to improve their results in 2019. Click here to download the free report.

Poverty rates decline in 2017, especially for Canadian children

February 26, 2019

According to new Statistics Canada data, median after-tax income of Canadian families and unattached individuals rose 3.3% to $59,800 in 2017, following two years without growth. This gain was the result of a combination of factors, including higher wages and salaries among non-senior families (where the highest income earner was less than 65 years of age), and an increase in child benefits. Fewer Canadians lived below Canada's Official Poverty Line in 2017, as measured by the MBM. According to the MBM, a family lives in poverty if it does not have enough income to purchase a specific basket of goods and services in its community. In 2017, 3.4 million Canadians, or 9.5% of the population, lived below the poverty line, down from 10.6% in 2016.

In 2017, 622,000 children under 18 years of age, or 9.0%, lived below the poverty line, down from 11.0% (755,000 children) in 2016. The child poverty rate, according to the MBM, has declined fairly steadily since reaching its most recent peak of 15.0% (1.0 million children) in 2012. There were 238,000 (3.9%) seniors living in poverty in 2017, down from 284,000 (4.9%) in 2016. This decline was concentrated among unattached seniors, where the poverty rate fell from 11.0% in 2016 to 8.4% in 2017. People in lone-parent families recorded among the largest decreases in poverty in 2017—the proportion of people in these families living below the Official Poverty Line fell from 29.2% in 2016 to 22.7% in 2017. The poverty rate for persons in lone-parent families has been declining steadily over the previous five years, associated with increases in child benefits.

Giving in the US up slightly in 2018, but only due to larger gifts

February 26, 2019

Giving in the US increased by 1.6% in 2018, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2018 Fourth Quarter Report, with philanthropic gains being driven exclusively by donors who gave $1,000 or more. After a sluggish first half of the year, charitable giving rebounded in the third and fourth quarters of 2018 to end with an overall increase. However, the increase was smaller than in 2017 (when giving increased by 2.0%) with other key giving indicators continuing to fall. While total giving from gifts of $1,000 or more increased by 2.6%, revenue from smaller gifts decreased. Gifts in the $250 - $999 range dropped by 4.0%, while gifts of under $250 dropped by 4.4%. The number of donors also fell, as did retention rates (the percentage of donors who continue to give to the same organization).

The total number of donors dropped by 4.5% from 2018 to 2017. In that total are the following groups:

  • New donors to an organization, which dropped by 7.3% from 2017;
  • Newly retained donors, those who have given a second time to an organization, which dropped by 14.9%;
  • Recaptured donors, those who stopped giving to an organization but returned and gave again to the same organization in 2018, which dropped 1.6%; and
  • Repeat retained donors, who have been giving to the same organization for at least three years, which increased by 0.2%.

The overall retention rate—the percentage of all donors making a gift to the same organization in 2017 and then again in 2018—dropped almost two percentage points to 45.5% from the 2017 rate. The repeat retention rate (the percentage of repeat donors who gave in 2017 and then again in 2018) remained fairly steady at 61%, while the new donor retention rate (donors who gave in 2017 for the first time and gave again in 2018) fell four percentage points to 20.2%.

Number of Canadians facing long commutes to work is on the rise

February 26, 2019

Commuting is a fact of life for many Canadians. According to Statistics Canada data, in 2016, 12.6 million Canadians reported that they commuted to work by car. For these commuters, the average duration of the commute was 24 minutes, and the median distance to work among those who had a usual workplace was 8.7 kilometres. For some car commuters, however, the duration of the trip can be particularly long. In 2016, approximately 854,000 car commuters spent at least 60 minutes travelling to work. From 2011 to 2016, the number of car commuters who took at least 60 minutes to get to work rose by 5%, while the total number of car commuters increased by 3%.

Census metropolitan areas (CMAs), such as Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal, are not only major population centres, but also large employment centres. People who work in one of these three CMAs but live outside their boundaries are more likely to have long commutes. Long duration commutes are not limited to people living outside of a major CMA. In fact, among those who worked in Toronto, Montréal or Vancouver, a majority of car commuters who reported long commute times also lived within the same CMA. Among car commuters who worked in Toronto and reported a commuting time of at least 60 minutes, for example, 64% also lived in Toronto. These commuters took almost as long to get to work as those who came from Barrie, Oshawa or Hamilton, despite travelling a shorter distance. Similarly, of all car commuters with a usual workplace in Vancouver who spent at least 60 minutes getting to work, 81% also lived in Vancouver. These workers took almost as long getting to work as those commuting from Abbotsford–Mission to Vancouver.

Seven in ten Canadian women make significant financial sacrifices for the sake of others

February 21, 2019

As many as seven in 10 (69%) Canadian women make significant financial sacrifices including putting their careers on hold to care for loved ones, a new CIBC study finds. Almost 3 in 5 (57%) women say there have been consequences to their career after caring for others, compared to 45 per cent of men, while 19% have taken an extended absence and an almost equal number have decreased work hours (16%). Women are nearly three times more likely than men to quit work to provide care at 16%, compared to 6% of men, and 18% hesitated on making a career move

Law Foundation of Ontario accepting nominations for the Guthrie Award

February 21, 2019

Nominations are now being accepted for the Guthrie Award, the Law Foundation of Ontario's signature award to recognize individuals who have a significant and proven track record of furthering access to justice. Past recipients have come from many directions - the judiciary, private bar, community legal clinics, and nonprofit organizations. They saw a chance to make a difference and took it. Guthrie Award recipients have: built bridges between youth and the justice system; advanced justice for Indigenous people; served women experiencing violence; strengthened the community clinic system to assist people with low-incomes; and more. Nominations are being accepted until May 10, 2019. For details on our streamlined nomination process, please visit the Guthrie Award webpage.

Study finds adults with developmental disabilities at higher risk for dying prematurely

February 21, 2019

Adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario are nearly four times more likely to die before the age of 75 compared to adults without developmental disabilities, according to a new report by researchers at ICES, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). In fact, adults with developmental disabilities continue to consistently have poorer health outcomes across the board when compared to other adults. The report entitled “Addressing Gaps in the Health Care Services Used by Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario” found that during the six-year study period (2010 to 2016), 6.1 per cent of adults with developmental disabilities compared to 1.6 per cent of adults without developmental disabilities died prematurely. Other key findings for adults with developmental disabilities during the six-year study include:

  • Nearly two times more likely to have at least one return visit to an emergency department within 30 days of an earlier visit or hospitalization (34.5 per cent vs. 19.6 per cent).
  • More than three times more likely to be readmitted to hospital within 30 days of their initial discharge (7.4 per cent vs. 2.3 per cent).
  • Six and a half times more likely to have at least one alternate level of care day (the need to remain in hospital despite being well enough for discharge) in hospital (4.6 per cent vs. 0.7 per cent).
  • 17 and a half times more likely to spend at least one day in long-term care (3.5 per cent vs. 0.2 per cent).
  • Nearly four times more likely to experience premature mortality (6.1 per cent vs. 1.6 per cent).

Call for proposals for Government of Canada's Settlement Program for immigrants and refugees

February 20, 2019

The Government of Canada's Settlement Program assists immigrants and refugees in overcoming barriers specific to the newcomer experience, such as a lack of official language skills and limited knowledge of Canada, so that they can participate in social, cultural, civic and economic life in Canada. The program focuses on five areas: needs assessment and referrals, information and orientation; language training and skills development; employment related services; and community connections. There are also support services to ensure that programming is accessible, such as transportation, child care and translation services. All services are designed and delivered by service provider organizations in Canada and overseas.

This Call for Proposals process will determine the Settlement Program and Resettlement Assistance Program services across Canada that will be in place for up to 5 years. Funded projects are expected to begin on April 1, 2020, and will end no later than March 31, 2025. The deadline for submissions is April 12, 2019.

IncludeMe app for workplace mental health needs your feedback

February 20, 2019

Canadian employers are legally obligated to protect workers’ physical and psychological safety. The IncludeMe app was designed to make it fast and simple to get managers up to speed on awareness and on how to engage and accommodate employees experiencing mental health challenges. The training has been reviewed by the MHCC and CMHA and is fully funded by the Government of Canada. This is your organization's opportunity, in one shot, to deploy free, baseline training in workplace mental health to all managers or members. It helps mitigate risk and demonstrates due diligence andemployee care by getting everyone on board.

IncludeMe is under an effectiveness study by Queen’s University to understand whether this is an effective way to learn about workplace mental health. Your feedback is valuable. By selecting the Advanced Survey path you will be asked to provide your consent to participate in this study. This will involve a set of 15 questions before you take the training and then they are repeated at the end of the training. They take about 3 minutes to respond to. Your personal information (such as name and phone number) is not shared with Queen’s or others at any time. The login information is there to protect your personal information from others which is why it requires you email and cell phone authentication. Thank you for helping to further the field of workplace mental health. Please email with any concerns or questions.

Expert Panel to provide advice on complex workplace issues facing Canadians

February 20, 2019

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Government has established an independent Expert Panel to study the more complex workplace issues facing Canadian employers and workers. The process to select panelists was lengthy, thorough and extensive. The Labour Program considered upwards of 100 potential candidates over the course of about five months.

The Panel will study, consult and bring forward recommendations to Minister Hajdu on: federal minimum wage; labour standards protections for non-standard workers; the “right to disconnect” outside of work hours; collective voice for non-unionized workers; and, access and portability of benefits. Chaired by Sunil Johal, Policy Director at The Mowat Centre, the Panel will operate at arm’s length from the Government to ensure it provides independent, evidence-based advice. Collectively, the seven members of the Panel bring valuable expertise in areas such as labour policy, law, economics and business, and possess a well-rounded understanding of employer and worker perspectives. The other Panel members are Richard Dixon, Mary Gellatly, Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau, Kathryn A. Raymond, W. Craig Riddell and Rosa B. Walker. The results of their work will be made public in Summer 2019.

Nominations open for the Business / Arts Community Impact Award

February 13, 2019

Business / Arts Community Impact Award recognizes a partnership between an arts and culture organization and a corporate partner that has resulted in an enriched local culture scene through innovative programs. Here are a few reasons to nominate an outstanding partnership which has helped your arts organization or community at large:

  • To thank them for their ongoing support and partnership to you and your arts organization.
  • To build a closer and longer lasting relationship which benefits your partnership.
  • To recognize them publicly at B/A’s Annual Awards Gala, where they will share the stage with a sold-out audience of national business and arts leaders.
  • To join the company of previous celebrated recipients including Manulife for their partnership with Luminto, The Daniels Corporation for their partnership with Artsscape and last year’s winner Sun Life Financial for their partnership Musical Instrument Lending Library program.

The nomination deadline has been extended to February 28, 2019.

Volunteer Alberta accepting applications for the National Volunteer Week Grant

February 13, 2019

Volunteer Alberta wants to help you recognize Alberta’s amazing volunteers! Every year, with support from the Government of Alberta, they assist communities across Alberta to celebrate National Volunteer Week through the National Volunteer Week Grant. Their focus is on helping as many communities as possible to recognize volunteers and the power of volunteerism. The National Volunteer Week Grant is designed to supplement other sources of funding. As well, the grant is intended to promote and celebrate National Volunteer Week and volunteerism on behalf of your entire community. The application deadline is February 22, 2019.

Statistics Canada releases updated information on charitable giving in Canada

February 13, 2019

According to a new information release from Statistics Canada, total donations reported by Canadian tax filers rose to $9.6 billion in 2017, up 7.7% from 2016. This increase more than offset a 2.6% drop in donations in 2016, which was associated with slower economic growth that year for provinces rich in natural resources. British Columbia had the largest increase for charitable donations (+18.9%) which followed a strong increase the previous year (+7.1% from 2015 to 2016). Nunavut (+13.5%) followed by Alberta and Nova Scotia (both up 9.1%) also experienced notable increases. For Alberta, this was in sharp contrast to the decrease the previous year (-10.7% from 2015 to 2016).

While the dollar amount of charitable donations increased in 2017 over the previous year, the number of donating tax filers fell by 48,840 (-0.9%) to 5,348,220, continuing a trend which started in 2011. The number of donors fell in all provinces and territories, except Quebec which experienced a modest increase (+1.0%). The largest decrease in donors was in Alberta (-4.4%) followed by Newfoundland and Labrador (-4.0%). Even in British Columbia, where the increase in the dollar amount of charitable donations was largest, the numbers of tax filers making donations fell slightly (-0.2%).

Nationally, the median donation was $300 in 2017, meaning that half of those claiming a donation tax credit made donations of more than $300, while the other half donated less than $300. Nunavut had the highest median donation ($560) followed by Alberta with $480 and British Columbia with $460. The lowest median donation amount was in Quebec ($130).

Tax filers age 65 and older have seen a gradual increase in their relative importance among donors. In 2007 they represented 24% of all donors, compared with 30% in 2017. This increase was accompanied by an even stronger increase in their share of the overall donations amount. In 2007 they were responsible for 30% of the total donation amount, while in 2017 they represented 42% of the total donation amount. Tax filers age 65 and older also had the highest average donation among tax filers in 2017 ($2,500). From 2007 to 2017, the strongest decrease in the proportion of donors was for tax filers aged 45 to 54. In 2007, they represented 24% of all donors, compared with 19% in 2017.

Survey: 33% of Canadian workers negotiated pay with last job offer

February 13, 2019

Canadian job seekers may need a confidence boost when it comes to setting their salary, suggests new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. One-third of professionals surveyed (33%) tried to negotiate a higher salary with their last employment offer, falling one point from a similar survey in 2018. A separate survey finds many employers are willing to make a deal with candidates: 65% of senior managers said they expect some back-and-forth on salary. More than half are more open to negotiating compensation (53%) and nonmonetary perks and benefits (56%) than they were a year ago.

McCall MacBain Foundation makes single-largest gift in Canadian history to create a flagship graduate scholarship program at McGill University

February 13, 2019

Today, John and Marcy McCall MacBain announce the creation of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill through a landmark gift of $200 million (Canadian), the single-largest gift in Canadian history. The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill will provide outstanding students from Canada and internationally with the opportunity to pursue a master's or professional degree, combined with a world-class enrichment program. In addition to full funding to cover tuition and fees plus a living stipend, scholars will benefit from mentorship and immersive learning experiences including retreats, workshops and internships.

In initiating this gift in honour of McGill's bicentennial, the McCall MacBains and their Foundation recognize an important gap in the Canadian higher education landscape: that there is currently no comprehensive, leadership-driven scholarship in the country for master's and professional degree students. As a result, the McCall MacBain Scholarships will invest in students who are developing expertise in their respective fields and have a track record of collaborating with others to understand and address important problems and challenges. By creating Canada's first comprehensive scholarship at this level – one that builds on but is not limited to academic excellence – John and Marcy McCall MacBain hope to bring together a resilient community of students dedicated to solving pressing global issues and complex problems, to ultimately improve the lives of others.

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