Morneau Shepell survey shows salaries expected to increase by 2.6% in 2019

August 16, 2018

Employers in Canada are expecting salaries to rise by an average of 2.6% in 2019, according to Morneau Shepell's annual survey of Trends in Human Resources. This is consistent with the actual 2.6% average increase in 2018. The national forecast for salary budget increases for 2019 includes expected salary freezes, with 4.6% of respondents expecting a zero salary budget for 2019.

The survey highlighted some provinces that are expecting higher than average salary increases in 2019, including British Columbia at 2.8% and Alberta at 2.7%. This follows the trend witnessed last year, with western Canada taking the lead in the country's growth tables – Alberta recorded the fastest expansion and British Columbia posted its strongest pace in more than a decade. Employers in Quebec and Ontario are expecting salary increases of 2.6% and 2.5% respectively, while salary increases in other provinces ranged from 2.3% to 2.6%.

Lower than average salary increases are expected in certain industry groups. Information and cultural industries salary increases are among the lowest at 1.5%. Health care and social assistance employers are expected to average 1.7% next year, with arts, entertainment and recreation slightly higher at 2.1%.

How job candidates show their emotions may result in hiring disparities

August 16, 2018

Job applicants who want to appear calm and collected might be at a disadvantage. According to a new Stanford study, American employers are more likely to favor excited over relaxed candidates. This is one of several findings psychology Professor Jeanne Tsai and former graduate student Lucy Zhang Bencharit reveal in a a recently published paper that examines how the cultural differences of how emotions are displayed could bias hiring decisions. In one experiment, participants were asked to imagine they wanted a competitive internship. They were then asked to fill out an application, including a video introducing themselves. At the end of their application, they were asked which emotions they wanted to convey. The researchers found that what is interpreted as the “best impression” varies from person to person and from culture to culture. European Americans were more likely to convey excitement and enthusiasm than Hong Kong Chinese, who desired calm and even-tempered states.

“In the US, career counselors and job advisers often tell applicants to be excited and enthusiastic when applying for jobs,” Bencharit said. “It is important to recognize that this message is shaped by our culture, and it may not be right or feel natural for everyone.”

Submissions open for Aviva Community Fund #BetterTogether community event grants

August 14, 2018

Aviva Community Fund (ACF) celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and will once again donate $1 million to fund charitable initiatives in communities across Canada. In celebration of the communities it serves, Aviva Canada is kicking off this year's ACF competition with the launch of #BetterTogether events. Starting today and until August 24, submissions are open for the #BetterTogether events at There are 100 prizes of $1,000 up for grabs for those looking to host events that bring the community together – such as barbeques, open houses, restoring community spaces, or hosting an arts or cultural gathering. In addition to these events, the ACF will fund 60 #BetterTogether projects with over $900K – that competition will launch on August 28.

Blackbaud Institute releases The Next Generation of Canadian Giving report

August 9, 2018

Last published in 2013, the Blackbaud Institute today released a new issue of its Next Generation of Canadian Giving report. The first step to building meaningful relationships with supporters is to learn about them at a fundamental level. The Next Generation of Canadian Giving helps you do just that by revealing multichannel preferences and charitable habits of Generation Xers, Baby Boomers, Civics, and Millennials. The latest report is presented in conjunction with hjc of Canada and Edge Research. A few key findings:

  • Giving is distributed across more channels than ever before
  • Civics donate more money per capita than any other cohort and give more to more charities, but their numbers are declining
  • Baby Boomers remain the most generous generation, and they are also more likely to be givers than younger generations
  • Generation X giving continues to grow; with 66% donating, the ‘Age of X’ in philanthropy is on its way
  • Millennial giving is still a work in progress

You can download the full report here.

Study examines how retirement affects charitable giving finds men and women give differently

August 9, 2018

A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute is the first known scholarly research examining how retirement affects charitable giving. The study finds that while most households decrease their overall spending around retirement, they generally maintain charitable giving levels — but gender differences exist. Single women and married couples are more likely to give, give more and give more consistently than single men in the years surrounding retirement. Single women and married couples are also more likely than single men to volunteer at this time in their lives. Key findings from the report include:

  • Both men and women maintain their charitable giving after retirement, especially compared to other types of spending, which typically decrease at this stage in life.
  • Around retirement, single women and married couples are more likely to give and give more than single men. These gender differences are consistent with patterns seen both before and after retirement.
  • Around retirement, giving by single women and married couples is more stable than giving by single men. Single men’s likelihood of giving and amount of giving varies widely from year to year, compared to single women and married couples.
  • Around retirement, single women and married couples are more likely to volunteer, and their likelihood of volunteering is more constant over time, compared to single men.

Youth sport organizations encouraged to apply to new Freshslice Cares charity

August 9, 2018

Freshslice Pizza is celebrating the launch of BC's newest charity FRESHSLICE CARES. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, their primary purpose is to contribute financially to sports associations based near their restaurants to facilitate and promote sports for children and youth.

To apply, download and complete your Freshslice Cares – Grant Application. Then meet with the owner/manager of your closest Freshslice restaurant for review of your application, after which you can email your completed grant application to In 10 business days you will receive notification of the status of your application.

More than half of Canadian HR managers say their companies have demoted an employee

August 9, 2018

How common are demotions at work? According to new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam, more than half of HR managers (58%) have seen someone at their company moved down a rung on the career ladder. Professionals were most commonly demoted for poor performance (52%) and voluntary demotion (20%). A separate survey found that nearly one in 10 workers (9%) have been asked to take on a lower role. In terms of gender, 11% of male professionals were demoted versus 8% of women. Employees ages 35 to 54 (10%) were downgraded positions more often than those ages 18-34 (9%) and 55 and older (7%).

Common Good Retirement Initiative releases consultation paper

August 8, 2018

The Common Good Retirement Initiative continues to consult the nonprofit sector on retirement security, and is pleased to release a consultation paper on the Common Good Retirement Plan. The paper takes a closer look at the nonprofit workforce and the benefits of a collective, portable retirement plan for the sector, as well as provides technical details on the proposed design and governance of Common Good. The Initiative organizers invite input and feedback from nonprofit and charitable sector employers and workers, particularly from executive directors, finance and human resources managers, and board members.

The Initiative is working towards confirming the “First 50 Employers” who are publicly committed to offering Common Good to their employees, should the plan proceed. If your organization would like to explore being part of this initial group of employers, please email Common Good or sign up at

MBA student groups available to work with Calgary organizations

August 7, 2018

CCVO has developed a unique opportunity for nonprofit organizations to participate in a Management Consulting project through a partnership with the MBA program of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. Through an organizational or management project of your choosing, you will receive the strategic insights of advanced MBA students who are well-versed in managerial, financial, accounting, marketing, and operational management skills. A dedicated student group will work with your organization as consultants to develop solutions to your specific issue. The project will be completed over 12 weeks this fall (Sept - Nov). To learn more, and find out how this project could benefit your organization, contact Karen Whiteman at CCVO; or 403-910-5880. Please submit your application by August 15.

More than two-thirds of Canadian workers say they've achieved work-life balance

August 7, 2018

Are professionals living to work or working to live? A new survey from global staffing firm Robert Half shows it's more of the latter these days. More than two-thirds (69%) of workers polled said they've achieved a good to excellent work-life balance. Thirty-five percent think it's getting better compared to three years ago. In fact, according to Robert Half research linking happy workers with higher productivity and increased loyalty, employees who felt they achieved symmetry between work and home were twice as likely to be happy on the job compared to those who reported they didn't. So, who should be responsible for work-life balance? Thirty-six percent of workers think it's the company's job. But in a separate survey, 24% of business leaders said they believe achieving that balance is primarily the employee's concern.

Kraft Heinz commits $325,000 to building better places to play

August 7, 2018

Starting today, Canadians can nominate their local recreation project for Kraft Heinz Project Play for a chance to win local facility upgrades. The Grand Prize winner will receive $250,000 towards a recreational facility upgrade, and the three second-prize winners will each receive $25,000. The Top Four Kraft Heinz Project Play finalists will be announced October 13, 2018 on TSN and RDS. Canadians can then vote for their favourite community project at The Kraft Heinz Project Play Grand Prize winner will be announced on October 28, 2018 on TSN and RDS, earning a quarter of a million dollars ($250,000) for a recreation facility upgrade. Three second-prize winners will each receive $25,000. Canadians are invited to learn more, share their stories, and encourage others to nominate their own towns and cities on Facebook and Twitter using #PLACETOPLAY.

Ontario's organ and tissue donor registry tops four million

August 7, 2018

Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario's government agency responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplantation, announced a milestone today: four million Ontarians have registered consent to donation. Ontario reached this achievement fittingly during BeADonor Month in April – a month devoted to celebrating and raising awareness for organ and tissue donation. This past BeADonor Month was incredibly successful, with a 24% increase in new registrations over an average month in 2017. In large part, this was owing to Ontario's overwhelming response to the Humboldt tragedy and Logan Boulet's lifesaving gift. Moved and inspired by his generous act, thousands of Ontarians became registered donors.

Canadian workers and executives dread wasted time, interruptions

July 31, 2018

Love 'em or hate 'em, meetings are an essential platform for sharing information, brainstorming new ideas and collaborating as a team. But are meetings always necessary? It doesn't seem so, finds new research from Accountemps. Professionals surveyed said they spend 15% of their work hours in meetings but feel a quarter of that time is wasted. Responses from finance leaders show slightly more of their time (26%) is spent in meetings, and they feel 18% of that is unproductive. Workers cited the most common issues in meetings include:

  • Starts or ends late (64%)
  • It's unnecessary (e.g., could've been handled over email) (58%)
  • Attendees interrupt each other (56%)
  • Too much or not enough time allotted for the meeting (56%)
  • Attendees distracted (using phone, checking email, doodling, etc.) (52%)
  • Attendees unprepared (49%)
  • Not following an agenda when one is provided (47%)

Forty-nine percent of workers admitted they're less engaged during remote meetings, while 60% of finance leaders said the same regarding their staff. Finance leaders said, on average, that 15% of their meetings are conducted through online meeting platforms.

Mysterious benefactor buys 1100 free coffees in Toronto for positive pay-it-forward event

July 31, 2018

In the spirit of celebrating the good nature of Torontonians and giving back to the city, an anonymous benefactor has teamed with eleven independent Toronto coffee shops to create #BuyTOaCoffeeDay. Part social experiment and part pay-it-forward opportunity, 1100 coffees will be pre-paid for on Tuesday, August 7th at café's across the city. Sponsored by a mysterious local benefactor who would prefer to remain unnamed, the eleven coffee shops will be giving away a total of 1100 coffees (or teas) to the first patrons through the doors. Each individual café will start with 100 coffees to give away. The complimentary caffeine hit comes with just one simple catch: each person to receive a free coffee is asked to pay the kindness forward to another. The local benefactor founded this unofficial holiday #BuyTOaCoffeeDay to encourage Torontonians to appreciate the small acts of kindness that happen every day and pay them forward to others in their community.

Canada Learning Code receives $525,000 donation from Amazon

July 31, 2018

Canada Learning Code, a national charity championing digital literacy education, has received a $525,000 donation from Amazon to support the development of a Canadian kindergarten-to-grade-12 computer science education framework as well as coding education programs, including a traveling mobile classroom and Canada Learning Code Week. The donation from Amazon will help create 275,000 "learner" experiences over three years, empowering Canadian youth to learn skills to create and invent using technology.

Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program now accepting applications for 2019

July 30, 2018

The Ontario Heritage Trust is calling for applications to the 2019 Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program. The application deadline is September 30, 2018. This residency program is open to Canadian professional artists who are practising a wide array of disciplines. Located at Fool's Paradise, McCarthy's former home on the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, the site provides accommodation and studio space in a serene and picturesque setting where artists can concentrate on their creative work. Residencies are available throughout 2019, with terms ranging from one to three months.

The program at Fool's Paradise is coordinated and delivered by the Ontario Heritage Trust. According to McCarthy's wishes, the Trust established this residency program to embrace the multi-disciplinary nature of the arts, demonstrate the positive and restorative influence of landscape and the environment, and foster excellence among contemporary Canadian artists, musicians and writers. As part of the residency, artists are required to provide a mentorship opportunity to support the development of an emerging artist or artists.

Gig economy study reveals Millennials are not the only generation considering contract work

July 30, 2018

BMO Wealth Management today released a report describing Canada's labour market shifting from permanent employment to on-demand temporary or contractual employment as "the new normal" – and the challenges and opportunities within this so-called "gig economy". The Gig Economy: Achieving Financial Wellness with Confidence is based on a survey of more than 1,000 Canadian small-business owners. They revealed 40 per cent had or currently worked as self-employed professionals pursuing contract or freelance project-based careers. Of all the respondents, 40% identified as being part of gig economy now or in the past. Popular reasons for taking contract work: to have autonomy and control (49%); make extra money on the side (49%); balance career and family needs (42%); or because it was the only way to make an income (27%). More Boomers were likely to value autonomy and control when taking freelance jobs (70%) or felt it was the only option at this stage to earn income (35%). Generation Xers valued balancing career and family needs more than other groups (52%). Millennials were more inclined to work in the gig economy to make extra money on the side (53%), or until they found a better job (30%).

TD celebrates heroes making a difference in communities across the country

July 26, 2018

Today, TD is saying #TDThanksYou to the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes in communities from coast to coast to help build an inclusive tomorrow. Each of these heroes has a personal, inspiring story that demonstrates the difference an individual with heart and purpose can make.TD has selected customers and charitable causes aligned with The Ready Commitment, the Bank's corporate citizenship platform, aimed at opening doors for a more inclusive tomorrow by building Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health.

TD will donate up to CDN $1 million in celebration of #TDThanksYou, including seven donations of $50,000 to organizations associated with the work of these community heroes, highlighted in a series of video stories linked below. Canadians are encouraged to watch the videos, share the causes with their social networks and join us in celebrating these Canadians who are helping to improve lives and open doors across the country. A further 42 causes associated with TD customers' community efforts will each receive $5,000 to help fund work that aims to address the needs of Canadians of all ages.

Half of female students in Ontario experience psychological distress, CAMH study shows

July 25, 2018

For the first time, just over 50% of female students in Ontario show signs of moderate to serious psychological distress, according to the latest Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), released by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Psychological distress – which refers to symptoms of anxiety or depression – has been rising steadily among all Ontario students in Grades 7 to 12 since it was first monitored in 2013. However, girls seem to fare worse on this and other mental health measures.

One in four students visited a professional for a mental health issue over the past year, a figure that has remained stable from past surveys. Five percent of secondary school students were prescribed a medication for anxiety, depression, or both, and about three per cent of all students sought help by calling a telephone counselling helpline or over the internet. Still, nearly one-third said they wanted to talk to someone about their mental health, but did not know where to turn. Almost four in 10 said that they rarely or never talk to their parents about their problems or feelings.

Technology and social media use have also increased. In total, 20 per cent of students spend five or more hours on social media a day, compared to 11% in 2013. And nearly one-third (30%) spent five or more hours a day, in their free time, on electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, computers and gaming consoles. Five per cent of secondary school students reported symptoms suggesting they had a serious problem with use of technology. For the first time, the survey included questions on these symptoms, which included a preoccupation with technology, a loss of control, withdrawal symptoms, and problems with family and friends.

Report shows nationwide success in saving cats

July 25, 2018

Humane Canada is thrilled to announce the release of a final report on a nationwide pilot program to save the lives of shelter cats, which reveals tremendous successes in achieving better welfare and outcomes. Humane Canada brought the Capacity for Care Pilot Program to six Canadian member shelters, launching the pilot in 2014 and wrapping it up at the end of 2017. This report outlines the results from all six shelters, demonstrating the program's success in lowering euthanasia and reducing stress-related illness for cats. Capacity for Care was developed by the team at the University of California Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, based on a concept outlined in the Association of Shelter Veterinarians' Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters. The Canadian pilot was spearheaded by Humane Canada and funded by the Summerlee Foundation.

  • The average decrease in the number of sick cats was 48%, and the range was 30% to 87%, depending on the shelter.
  • The average reduction in euthanasia was 34%. It was as high as 55% at Edmonton Humane Society and 63% at Guelph Humane Society.
  • Length of stay decreased by an average of 20% at the six shelters.

The case studies in this final report describe the overall experience of each shelter as they changed their operational procedures for sheltering cats and the remarkable benefits this brought to their organizations. As a next step, Humane Canada and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program team have just piloted an online version of the program, called the Capacity for Care Online Boot Camp. To date, three new Canadian shelters have completed the program, and the outcomes look promising.

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