Ontario adults reporting increases in mental health problems

January 22, 2019

Mental health problems among adults in Ontario may be on the rise, according to the latest CAMH Monitor survey – the longest ongoing study of adult mental health and substance use in the province. Significant findings of the survey show that between 2016 and 2017:

  • Self-rated reports of fair or poor mental health increased significantly from 7.1% to 10.1%.
  • The proportion reporting frequent mental distress in the past month increased from 7.4% to 11.7%. This increase was particularly prominent among women.
  • Thoughts about suicide almost doubled, from 2.3% to 4.1%, representing an estimated 426,900 adults.

These findings are consistent with what has been reported from the CAMH Emergency Department in recent years, where visits have increased by 70% between 2012 and 2017.

A consistent theme in the Monitor over the years, and one that is evident in this report, is the prominence of substance use and mental health problems among young people between 18 and 29. This age group is more likely than other age groups to report problematic use of alcohol, cannabis use, and e-cigarette use, and to have significantly higher reports of suicidal ideation, frequent mental distress days, and psychological distress.

CRA accepting public feedback on guidance for public policy dialogue and development activities by charities

January 22, 2019

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has issued for consultation the draft guidance document CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities. This document explains how the CRA expects to administer changes to the Income Tax Act that permit a charity to carry on unlimited public policy dialogue and development activities in furtherance of a stated charitable purpose. This includes guidelines on what is direct and indirect support or opposition to a political party or candidate for public office. The publication of the guidance follows Parliament passing legislation that changes the rules governing charities’ political activities. These changes were included in Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, which received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018. The CRA is accepting comments on the guidance document until April 23, 2019. All feedback received will be considered to inform the publication of a final version of the guidance.

TD Park People Grants now accepting applications

January 22, 2019

TD Park People Grants will provide $2000 to groups from Metro Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax Regional Municipality to help make community events happen in our green spaces. The 2019 application season runs from January 16 to March 4. Grant recipients will be announced mid-April and events will begin the Saturday before Earth Day (April 20) and continue until New Year’s Eve.

CERIC releases new report exploring Canada's diverse settlement services sector

January 22, 2019

With Canada set to welcome 330,000 new permanent residents this year – the highest levels of immigration since the early 1900s – a timely new research report examines the nature of the settlement sector in Canada and the competencies of the settlement services workers who comprise the sector. Written by Iren Koltermann and Daniel Scott, The Competencies of Front-line Settlement Practitioners in Canada: A Background Research Report is part of a project funded by CERIC to enhance understanding of capacity building among settlement workers. The objective of the report is to define the nature of front-line settlement work, the context in which it is carried out, and to review what research and work has been undertaken toward strengthening the capacity of front-line settlement practitioners.

Applications now being accepted for Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting

January 21, 2019

Applications open today for the Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting, offering a prize of $1,000 for excellent Canadian journalism on the subject in English in 2018. Applications are also open for the French equivalent, le prix En-Tête pour le reportage en santé mentale au travail, which also carries a $1,000 prize. There is no application fee. Online applications for both awards will close on February 15. The competitions are open to journalists writing or broadcasting in the designated language anywhere in Canada, for work first published or broadcast in Canada during 2018.

Almost half of workers In Canada would relocate for a job

January 16, 2019

Offering relocation benefits to job candidates may be a good move for employers, suggests new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. Forty-nine percent of workers surveyed said they would consider moving for a position. They identified better pay and perks (46%) as the top motivation for moving to a new city, followed by family or personal reasons (18%) and cost of living (16%). A separate survey of senior managers in Canada found that, in the past five years, 22% of companies have increased what's offered in the relocation packages they present to top candidates outside their geographic area. In contrast, 37% of organizations do not offer any incentives for moving.

Laidlaw Foundation launches new Emerging Policy Lab for young people

January 16, 2019

Laidlaw’s new, online Emerging Policy Lab (EPL) is designed for young people to inform the world about what they feel may be a pressing policy issue in the short to near future that policymakers need to be aware of. This platform will give youth an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and actively share their perspectives on emerging needs. They are now accepting submissions and will be doing so year-round until December 2019. Click here for more information, including information on content submissions, examples of topics and more.

YMCA Post-Secondary Youth Internship Program accepting work placements in Vancouver

January 16, 2019

The YMCA Post-Secondary Youth Internship Program in Greater Vancouver is a government funded program that provides a wage subsidy provided by the federal government that provides $8.00 per hour of the intern’s wages (with the expectation of a starting wage of $16). Placements are up to 8-weeks stating between now and January 28th, 2019. Employers may actively recruit and suggest candidates to YMCA Staff to be screened for PSYIP eligibility and would have access to a pool of pre-screened candidates. The program is designed to assist young graduates (ages 19-30) find employment in their field of study, while offering employers the financial support they need to provide hands-on training and mentorship.

Call for applicants for Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee

January 14, 2019

Through Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA), the Government of Canada aims to inspire Canadians from all walks of life to find new ways of making a difference in their communities. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the call for applicants for Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee (NAC). The NAC will play an important role as they advise and assist the Minister on all matters relating to the selection of CVA recipients. The National Advisory Committee will be made up of 15 members that have shown passion and commitment in the field of volunteerism. Members include individuals with experience working or volunteering in the not-for-profit, voluntary and business communities. The Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ National Advisory Committee proudly represents Canada’s cultural, linguistic and regional diversity. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

National student writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada launches

January 14, 2019

Students across the country have an opportunity to help a family become a Habitat homeowner, thanks to the Meaning of Home contest, a national writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada. The Meaning of Home contest asks students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 to submit an essay or poem on what home means to them to help support a Habitat build of their choice. Three grand prize winners, one for each grade, will have the opportunity to direct a grant of $25,000 to a local Habitat build of their choice. Nine runners up will also each receive a grant of $5,000 to donate to the Habitat build of their choice. For every contest entry, a donation of $10 will be made to that student's local Habitat, ensuring every student can help build Habitat homes in their community. The Meaning of Home contest is open to Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada. Submissions will be accepted online between January 7 and February 18, and winners will be announced in April. More information on how to enter, as well as details on prizing, can be found at

Nominations are now open for the 36th Annual Volunteer Awards in Manitoba

January 14, 2019

Volunteer Manitoba and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries are thrilled to once again host the Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner, which honours the contributions that individuals and groups have made to enrich the lives of Manitobans. For over 40 years, Volunteer Manitoba has proudly promoted, supported and celebrated community engagement in Manitoba and we are thrilled to be able to recognize the hard work and commitment of Manitoba's volunteers with the Annual Volunteer Awards. There are several categories open for nominations - please click here to view all and to review eligibility and submission requirements. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 8, 2019.

Apply now for a grant from the 2019 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund

January 11, 2019

Bell today announced the launch of the annual Bell Let's Talk Community Fund for 2019, with $2 million in grants available this year for local mental health leaders improving access to care in communities throughout Canada. Registered charities are invited to apply for a grant up to $25,000 to help fund local mental health programs by visiting All applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health experts from across Canada. The 2019 application period runs until March 15 and all 2019 grants will be disbursed before December 31, 2019.

Register now for CPA Canada's Not-for-Profit Forum - available virtually!

January 11, 2019

CPA Canada’s Not-for-Profit Forum is less than a month away! Join fellow NFP professionals on February 6 and 7 in Toronto, ON or virtually. Be inspired by meaningful sessions led by industry experts including Marc Kielburger (Co-founder, WE Organizations), Lynne Hudson (President, CEO of Canadian Cancer Society) and Mark Blumberg (Partner, Blumberg Segal LLP). New flexible registration options means you can sign up for one day only or attend virtually at a special rate. To learn more or register, click here.

Volunteer Toronto's 2019 Legacy Awards now accepting nominations

January 10, 2019

Volunteer Toronto’s 2019 Legacy Awards will formally recognize the passion, commitment, and effort of six volunteer superstars who make Toronto a kinder, safer, more resilient city. Nominations for the 2019 Legacy Awards are open until January 31 at midnight. To nominate a volunteer please fill out this form. The 2019 Legacy Awards will recognize six volunteers, one in each in six different categories.

Apply now to Law Foundation of Ontario's responsive grants program

January 9, 2019

The responsive grants program enables The Law Foundation of Ontario to fund ideas generated by nonprofit community groups to improve access to justice. The responsive grants program includes one round of major grants (two streams: up to $100,000 and from $100,000 to $250,000) and two rounds of small grants (up to $15,000). Responsive grants aim to encourage new ideas, approaches, and relationships that can help address emerging needs and connect more people to legal information and supports, especially people who are not currently being reached. More detailed information on eligibility requirements and how to apply can be found here. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019.

Majority of workers consider health and wellness offerings when choosing a job

January 7, 2019

Workers are looking to their employers for some help in meeting their health and wellness goals, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests. Sixty-three percent of professionals surveyed in Canada said a company's health and wellness offerings influence their decision to work there. Employees place the greatest weight on ergonomic workplace evaluations and equipment (30%) and fitness facilities or programs (25%). Fortunately, these are the resources most commonly offered by organizations (36% each). Twenty-nine percent of companies don't have any health and wellness options. Professionals ages 18 to 34 (74%) most often said health and wellness offerings impact their decision to work at an organization, compared to those ages 35 to 54 (60%) and 55 and older (50%). Companies with fewer than 100 employees were least likely to have health and wellness programs.

The 2019 World Vision Social Innovation Challenge has launched - apply today!

January 3, 2019

World Vision is launching its 4th Annual Social Innovation Challenge aimed at the best and brightest innovators. The Social Innovation Challenge is an annual pitch competition for innovators looking to make a social impact on the world by creating business solutions that address some of the world’s most difficult development challenges in vulnerable communities.

The Social Innovation Challenge provides innovators with an opportunity to develop their business ideas over the course of one-year through ideation support, technical advisory services, and the expertise of World Vision Canada to market test their solutions. Unlike any other pitch competition, SIC is an iterative process whereby entrepreneurs and community members abroad collaborate on solutions to create a bigger impact. The 2018 – 2019 Challenge will tackle the issue of waste disposal in Iloilo City, Philippines.

The Social Innovation Challenge pitch competition will take place in Toronto in June 2019. The winning team will receive a grand prize of $25K in seed capital and a 1-year commitment from World Vision Canada for business development support.

Applications for the Social Innovation Challenge officially opened on November 1, 2018. Final deadline for submission is February 22, 2019. Updates, resources and the submission portal will be accessible online on the Challenge website. The challenge is open to any entrepreneur at the idea stage of business development.

For more information, be sure to subscribe to the Social Innovation Challenge newsletter and sign up to the Challenge on the website:

Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education accepting nominations

January 2, 2019

The Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education have honoured outstanding early childhood educators since 2002, with almost 250 educators honoured to date. Recipients are honoured for their leadership, exemplary early childhood education practices, and their commitment to help build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life. To be eligible, nominees must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, educators who have successfully completed training in early childhood education and care, and have provided direct education and care to young children at least 15 hours per week in a licensed childcare centre for the past three years. Recipients of the award receive the following:

  • Cash awards worth up to $5,000
  • A certificate from the Prime Minister
  • Promotion of their best practices in early education and care
  • National recognition for their contribution to excellence in education in Canada

The deadline for nominations is January 14, 2019, and the entire information package, including details on how to make a nomination, can be found here.

Apply to become a member of the National Advisory Council on Poverty

January 2, 2019

On August 21, 2018, the Government of Canada released Opportunity for All – Canada's First Poverty Reduction Strategy with the vision of Canada as a world leader in poverty eradication. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development is launching a call for applications for membership of an Advisory Council, which would be composed of a Chairperson, a member with particular responsibilities for children’s issues, as well as members who have knowledge and experience of poverty-related issues. It would also include people living in poverty or with lived experience of poverty. The Advisory Council will be representative of Canada's diversity in terms of gender, regions, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities and official languages. The Advisory Council will operate for at least 2 years. Members must be available and willing to participate over the entire period.

The new performance review: shorter and more frequent, survey says

December 31, 2018

The performance review is getting a makeover, suggests new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam. More than half of companies in Canada (57%) have updated their performance appraisals within the past two years. Top changes include making the process shorter (47%) and increasing the frequency of feedback (36%). How often are organizations holding reviews? Seven in 10 HR managers (70%) said their company conducts formal staff appraisals at least once a year. Thirty-one percent have these meetings twice a year or quarterly.

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