Nominate an Alberta organization for a Nonprofit Innovation Award

May 8, 2019

The Alberta Nonprofit Innovation Awards celebrate nonprofit professionals and organizations across Alberta who have challenged the status quo and inspired others with creative and disruptive solutions to address enduring community challenges. Nominate an inspiring organization or individual today!

Award winners exemplify creativity and innovation through new models of organizational effectiveness, collaboration, and program delivery. They increase impact and address systems-level gaps. They create an inspiring picture of the future and empower others to have a positive impact on the community. From well-known programs to a variety of smaller scale initiatives, there are many rich examples of innovative practices in the nonprofit sector.

Click here to view the Award guidelines and eligibility requirements. Questions? Please email Dana Silver at Please note, self nominations are no longer accepted.

CRA Charities Directorate announces in-person information sessions across Canada

May 8, 2019

The Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Directorate is offering in-person charities information sessions. These sessions are free to all registered charities and other qualified donees across Canada. If you are a board member, a treasurer, a volunteer, or an employee of a charity, a session is a great way to learn about the legal obligations that come with registration. Topics discussed will include:

  • Receiving gifts and issuing receipts
  • Gifting to qualified donees
  • Keeping books and records
  • New educational products and digital services

In-person sessions are being held in the spring (May and June) and the fall (September and October), while the videoconference sessions will start next year. Register for a 3-hour session that includes a question and answer period.

Funding available for Calgary initiatives to support affordable housing residents

May 7, 2019

As part of The Home Program, The City of Calgary is offering grants of seed money to non-profits for initiatives that improve the housing system and stimulate lasting positive change for affordable housing residents. Applications with a focus on improving tenant self-sufficiency and increasing participation in community well-being activities can receive up to $15,000 per initiative. This program also advances The City’s affordable housing strategy, Foundations for Home. Nonprofit applicants are asked to show benefits to the affordable housing resident community in four key areas:

  • Residents feel they have increased housing stability
  • Residents have increased financial competency
  • Residents are more comfortable with and have better access to community wellness services and activities
  • Increased opportunities for resident-led community wellness activities

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis while funds are available. Once $125,000 is awarded, the application process will close for 2019. Organizations may submit more than one application for consideration, and accepted initiatives must be completed within 12 months from the time the funds are awarded.

Government of Canada launches call for proposals for grants to accelerate action on Sustainable Development Goals

May 7, 2019

Today, the Government of Canada launched a call for proposals on an ongoing basis under the Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program for 2019-2020 to support and leverage the work of stakeholders furthering Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding for one-year projects aimed at building awareness, increasing partnerships and networks, and advancing research, are encouraged to apply. The government is seeking to fund projects that are up to 12 months in duration, and that implement innovative approaches or complement and augment existing activities, in order to achieve two or more of the following objectives in support of the 2030 Agenda:

  • Enhance multi-stakeholder efforts by promoting partnerships and bridging efforts across sectors;
  • Raise awareness and support for the SDGs;
  • Ensure that Canada's progress on this global effort leaves no one behind, including vulnerable or marginalized groups; and
  • Foster and integrate Indigenous and local knowledge into approaches and efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda.


CERIC funds research to support the professional integration of immigrants in Quebec

April 30, 2019

CERIC will fund a new research project in Quebec that will examine how services can better support the professional integration of immigrants in response to the struggles many face despite being selected for their qualifications and having high levels of education and training. The project will be led by Marcelline Bangali, a professor at Université Laval’s Faculty of Education and the Assistant Director of the Centre de recherche et d’intervention sur l’éducation et la vie au travail (CRIEVAT), one of the largest career counselling research centres in Canada.

Research for the project will be undertaken in partnership with the Service d’Orientation et d’Intégration des Immigrants au Travail (SOIT), a nonprofit employment agency in Quebec City serving newcomers and employers. The partnership with SOIT will allow researchers to gain a better understanding of how well the services offered by the organization meet the needs of its clients for lasting integration in a job that they consider decent and that aligns with their life choices. The end goal of the research is to design a service model that helps new immigrants manage this transition, with its inherently complex professional and identity issues.

Survey: Only 27% of companies in Canada are acing employee recognition

April 30, 2019

Are today's workers getting the recognition they deserve? Just over one-quarter of senior managers (27%) in Canada think they're nailing employee recognition, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. For the remaining 73%, there is at least some room for improvement. While 66% of senior managers said their company coordinates some form of employee recognition during the Administrative Professionals Week, with gifts and office celebrations being the most popular methods, over one-third (34%) indicated they don't do anything to acknowledge their staff.

RED Academy students available to work on marketing and design projects

April 30, 2019

Through their Community Partner Program, RED Academy students get to work with small and big charities, businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups and everything in between. Through this enriching experience, students are guided on how to best communicate with clients to help them gain the skills required for leading client-facing projects. If you are out to create an impact in the world, and are looking for a website, an app, or a marketing strategy, RED students are coached and trained to work with you as their client, to produce industry-quality work. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

New mental health program for Toronto youth leaving the child welfare system

April 30, 2019

A new Children's Aid Foundation of Canada program aimed at providing faster access to mental health supports is now available through a partnership with the Children's Aid Society of Toronto. Since September, Connections has helped 158 young people in Toronto access mental health services, art therapy sessions and assisted young people with the financial resources required to pursue counselling and therapy in the community.

The youth-in-transition mental health hub was created by Children's Aid Foundation of Canada in response to a persistent need by former youth in care who urgently require mental health services yet do not know where to turn to for help or feel discouraged from seeking assistance due to service gaps and long wait lists. They often suffer from unaddressed mental health issues due to early life traumatic experiences of abuse and neglect, which can cause lasting effects into adulthood. Children and youth in care are almost four times as likely to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder compared to children in the general population.

Many youth transitioning out of care starting at age 18 are referred to practitioners in the adult mental health services sector yet fail to make the connection to the service. Youth often don't have the support they need in attending appointments or experience a lack of trust in meeting with someone who was not part of their support network while in care of the child welfare system. As a result, after missed appointments, their file is closed and there is no follow-up, leaving former youth in care without access to the mental health services they urgently require.

Health Canada is seeking advice on new ways to reduce youth vaping

April 30, 2019

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, launched consultations on potential new regulatory measures aimed at reducing the uptake of vaping among youth. Potential measures include additional restrictions for online sales, prohibiting the manufacture of vaping products with certain flavours or flavour ingredients, and restricting the concentration and/or delivery of nicotine in vaping products. This consultation will run from April 11 to May 25, 2019, and will inform decisions on future regulations to help protect youth from the harms and risks associated with vaping products.

New funding available to help preserve Indigenous culture and language recordings

April 24, 2019

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of its Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative, which offers funding and digitization services to preserve Indigenous culture and language recordings. This initiative is part of the institution’s Indigenous Documentary Heritage Initiatives (IDHI). This initiative provides funding of up to $100,000 per project to eligible Indigenous organizations to digitize existing culture and language recordings, and to help them build the skills, knowledge and resources they need to carry out this work in their communities. LAC invites all eligible Indigenous organizations to submit their applications by noon on July 17, 2019 (Pacific Daylight Time). Interested parties can find guidelines, eligibility criteria and the application form on the preserve Indigenous culture and language recordings web page.

Nominations now open for Canada's National Volunteer Awards

April 24, 2019

The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open and will run until June 21, 2019. This is the chance for all Canadians to nominate exceptional individuals, a not-for-profit organization that helps to find innovative solutions to social challenges, or a business or social enterprise that demonstrates social responsibility in its community. This year, 21 awards will be presented during an award ceremony in April 2020. Recipients will also have a chance to give back; regional award recipients are eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $5,000 grant, and the national award recipient is eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a $10,000 grant. Nominate an individual, a not-for-profit organization or a business today! For more information and to submit a nomination, visit

CERIC announces call for presenters for Cannexus20 conference next year

April 24, 2019

CERIC invites individuals or organizations with an interest in presenting at Cannexus20 to submit a brief outline for consideration by June 7, 2019. Cannexus presenters are researchers and practitioners from universities, schools, community agencies, governments, private practices and corporations. They are professionals in career development and related fields who are forward-thinkers with fresh and impactful ideas and projects to share. Presentations are 30, 50/60 or 75 minutes in length. The 30-minute presentations are part of a Carousel. Carousel sessions are a great way to share knowledge in a less formal setting. Presenters speak for 30 minutes at an interactive round table, then delegates rotate to another table of their choice. Presenters deliver their 30-minute presentation twice within a 75-minute block. Carousels can accommodate up to 15 attendees per table. Click here for more information, including a list of areas of interest.

Survey: More than 9 in 10 companies offer employees financial support for certifications

April 24, 2019

Workers today can expand their professional skills with less financial stress thanks to a majority of employers in Canada offering to cover or offset educational costs, research suggests. In a new survey from global recruitment firm Robert Half Finance & Accounting, most CFOs in Canada (92%) said their companies foot the bill for some or all costs for staff to obtain professional certifications. Ninety-three percent provide full or partial support to maintain credentials. Executives reported bottom-line benefits from this incentive, with increased productivity (40%) and enhanced retention efforts (30%) topping the list. CFOs also said providing financial assistance for employees' professional development brings in additional revenue, contributes to succession planning and enhances information-sharing among colleagues.

The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee is accepting nominations

April 24, 2019

The Sunhak Peace Prize awards distinguished individuals or organizations that have contributed significantly to peace and the welfare of future generations throughout the world. The Prize emphasizes three core areas in its evaluation of candidates: Sustainable Human Development, Conflict Resolution, and Ecological Conservation. The laureates are selected biannually by an international committee, and receive an award in the amount of one million dollars. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Individual or organization that has contributed to the areas of sustainable development, conflict resolution, or ecological conservation.
  • Individual or organization that has positively improved the lives of people from diverse nations, races, religions and cultures for the sake of peace.

Nominators are to prepare the candidate nomination form and supporting material, detailing the candidate's achievements, and submit to the Sunhak Peace Prize Secretariat by May 31.

ONN releases new toolkits for their Decent Work for Women initiative

April 17, 2019

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has released two new toolkits in support of their Decent Work for Women initiative. The Gender Equity Allies and the Decent Work Allies Communications Toolkits cover statistics, resources and communications strategies to assist allies in amplifying the impact of this important project. Those interested in learning more about the Decent Work for Women initiative should check out the recent recorded webinar on this topic presented by ONN and CharityVillage.

Getting involved and changing the world one campus at a time with WWF Canada

April 17, 2019

World Wildlife Fund Canada is the country’s largest international conservation organization with the active support of hundreds of thousands of Canadians. They connect the power of a strong global network to on-the-ground conservation efforts across the nation. Now they’re bringing conservation to campus – with your help!

WWF’s Living Planet @ Campus supports post-secondary students across Canada with ready-made activities, grant opportunities and tools to help build a more sustainable future where they live and learn. By reducing your environmental footprint and making choices that are better for the planet like switching to renewable energy and saying goodbye to single-use plastics, you can help fight climate change and protect wildlife habitat.

You’ll also get credit for it! By getting involved in and leading activities on campus, you could be recognized by WWF as a Living Planet Leader. This certification can be included on your resume and LinkedIn profile, demonstrating to future employers that you have the knowledge, experience and passion to make a difference.

GoFundMe launches new feature, simplifies charitable giving in Canada

April 16, 2019

GoFundMe has today announced a new feature that makes it easier for Canadians to support their favourite registered charities online, and gives Canadian charities a new tool to engage prospective donors and unlock the power of social fundraising. The feature makes charitable giving simpler and more accessible than ever before. In partnership with PayPal Giving Fund Canada, GoFundMe users in Canada will now be able to create and donate to a registered charity campaign on GoFundMe, with donations received and granted to eligible charities by PayPal Giving Fund Canada. In line with the rollout of this new feature, GoFundMe’s 0% platform fee has been expanded to include charity campaigns. While other platforms may charge platform of campaign development fees, the GoFundMe 0% platform fee means that the only costs to users creating charity or other fundraising campaigns are standard transaction or payment processing fees. As PayPal Giving Fund Canada is a registered charity, all donations made to charity campaigns on GoFundMe are tax deductible. To learn more about the variations between personal and charity campaign types and how to set each type up, click here.

One-in-ten Quebecers have skipped a meal, because they couldn't afford to buy anything

April 15, 2019

It's hard to shallow the fact that the majority (50.3%) of the 1.9 million food aid applications in Quebec come from households of individuals living on their own or single parents supporting a family alone.i In its commitment to help tackle food insecurity, Catelli pasta has launched Giving Feels Good, commissioning a survey to take a pulse on food bank users, perceptions and the struggle for single adults. The survey found:

  • One-in-five Quebecers (20%) admit that they have turned to a food bank at least once in their life.
  • While many Quebecers (87%) are grateful to have family/friends join them for meals, when they are left alone, more than half (55%) admit they turn to convenient, less healthy foods.
  • Almost two-thirds of Quebecers (60%) think that families are the most common food bank users.
  • In the last 12 months, one-in-ten Quebecers (10%) have skipped a meal, because they couldn't afford to buy anything.

The notion of loneliness amongst food bank users is a harsh reality for 250,000 single Quebecersii. While 76% admit they would get involved if someone they knew couldn't afford to feed themselves or their kids, one-quarter (25 %) claim that if they needed help, they don't feel they could turn to their family or friends. This result demonstrates that Quebecers are eager to help their neighbours, yet the stigma surrounding food insecurity may prevent people from raising their hand.

Inspired by Terry Fox's legacy, Canadian cancer centres join forces for the first time

April 15, 2019

Inspired by the legacy of Terry Fox, the Terry Fox Research Institute and partners launched a new national network to bring together, for the first time, leading cancer hospitals and research universities across Canada to accelerate precision medicine for cancer patients. The Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres network is named in honour of Terry's journey to raise funds for cancer research, which began in St. John's 39 years ago. The network will be created with the support of up to $150M over five years from the Government of Canada, announced as part of Budget 2019 on March 19. Five regional consortia, representing cancer research and care institutions in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, the Prairies and Atlantic Canada, are expected to participate in the network once fully operational. he federal investment will be matched with funds raised by the network partners, their foundations and The Terry Fox Foundation. With funding from TFRI and regional partners, pilot projects for precision medicine are already under way in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

Canada's Greenest Employers announced for 2019

April 15, 2019

Now in its 12th year, Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition organized by the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. This special designation recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations. These employers have developed exceptional sustainability initiatives – and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership. Each employer is evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers in terms of: (1) the unique environmental initiatives and programs they have developed; (2) the extent to which they have been successful in reducing the organization's own environmental footprint; (3) the degree to which their employees are involved in these programs and whether they contribute any unique skills; and (4) the extent to which these initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity, attracting new employees and clients to the organization. Congratulations to the charities and nonprofit organizations included on this year's list!

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