Applications now open for Ontario Science Centre's 2020 Weston Youth Innovation Award

October 29, 2019

The Ontario Science Centre is now accepting applications for the 2020 Weston Youth Innovation Award, which honours young Canadian innovators who use science and technology in creative ways to find innovative solutions to real-world problems. Established in 2008, the annual award is funded by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to support and encourage young people between 14-18 years of age to pursue science, technology and innovation in order to make a positive impact in the world. For the second year in a row, the award includes five cash prizes: $15,000 for first place, $8,000 for second place and $3,500 each for up to three finalists. Past winners have come from across Canada, honoured for innovative solutions to clean up raw sewage from contaminated waterways and monitoring vital signs of mass casualty victims, to using a smartphone to help people with visual impairments identify objects. The Ontario Science Centre will accept award submissions until February 7, 2020. An external jury will select the winners in April 2020. Detailed information about the Weston Youth Innovation Award, including past recipients, can be found at

Donor control, conflict of interest and tainted money key ethical concerns for fundraisers

October 29, 2019

With the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) celebrating October as Ethics Awareness Month, the association conducted an online survey of its members earlier in the year to assess members’ awareness of AFP ethical resources, potential changes to its Code of Ethical Principles and which ethical issues were of most concern to members. The survey results show that long-standing issues such as donor control of gifts, conflict of interest and “tainted” money remain top ethical concerns for many fundraisers, but workplace issues, including sexual harassment and working with top executive staff, are important as well.

According to the survey, most members don’t have to address challenging ethical situations or dilemmas very often. Almost 50% of respondents said they typically face challenges or dilemmas once a year, while 23% reported they have never had to address such a situation, whereas close to 17% said roughly six times per year, and eight percent encountered challenges once a month. The survey did not specifically define what a “challenge” or “dilemma” was, so respondents may have different views of the situations they face.

From a list of common ethical challenges, respondents also identified ethical issues on which they need more guidance and resources. Donor control and restrictions on how gifts can be used was identified by almost half (48%) of respondents as a critical issue, followed by conflicts of interest (41%) and “tainted” money from donors (40%).

However, throughout the survey, several issues kept arising that members were interested in seeing AFP address through its Code of Ethics or through other means. These included sexual harassment, racial and gender bias, working with elderly donors, and online crowdfunding platforms.

Nearly 9 In 10 employees in Canada come to work sick, survey shows

October 24, 2019

In new research from global staffing firm Accountemps, 89% of professionals in Canada admitted they've at least sometimes come to the office with cold or flu symptoms. Of those respondents, 27% always go to work even when they're under the weather. More than half of those who report to the office with the cold or flu (54%) do so because they have too much work to do; another 33% don't want to use a sick day.

Funding available through Alberta Settlement and Integration Program

October 23, 2019

The Alberta Settlement and Integration Program, launched in January 2018, provides supports for newcomers as they settle and integrate into Alberta’s society. The program funds initiatives that contribute to the following outcomes:

  • newcomers have information about living and working in Alberta, and about access to services and opportunities that support their settlement and integration
  • organizations provide programs and services that help newcomers meet their settlement, integration and language needs
  • newcomers are welcomed and well-received within communities, workplaces and service organizations

Apply to have your project funded in one of 3 streams:

  • Building Community Receptive Capacity (up to $300,000)
  • Supporting Labour Market Integration (up to $300,000)
  • System Improvement (up to $400,000)

The deadline for applications is November 8, 2019.

Majority of managers in Canada say their staff are experiencing some degree of burnout

October 22, 2019

A recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps found that nearly all senior managers in Canada (96%) believe their team members are experiencing some degree of burnout. In a separate survey, 95% of Canadian workers said they are at least somewhat burned out. Senior managers were asked to report the level of burnout among employees on a scale of 1 (not at all burned out) to 10 (completely burned out), and the average was 5.7. One in five respondents rated their team’s burnout level 8 or higher. Workers cited an average burnout level of 5.6, with 22% of respondents falling within the 8 to 10 range. Workers and managers alike seem to agree burnout is an issue, but they don’t see eye to eye on the main reason. When given a list of factors that may be contributing to employee burnout, workers ranked constant interruptions and putting out fires first, while senior managers believed unmanageable workloads were the biggest issue for their teams.

Half of fundraisers likely to leave current position within two years

October 22, 2019

More than 80% of fundraisers are satisfied with many key aspects of their current job, yet half are likely to leave their position by 2021, according to a new survey by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and The Chronicle of Philanthropy conducted independently online by the Harris Poll. The survey, which queried more than 1,000 fundraisers across the U.S. and Canada including members of AFP, asked questions related to job satisfaction, fundraising support in the workplace, organizational culture, professional development and salaries and benefits.

The survey reveals a significant amount of tension and pressure in most fundraising jobs. Eighty-four percent feel tremendous pressure to succeed in their role, and more than half (55%) feel or have felt under-appreciated in their role. This pressure is one factor in leading to 51% of respondents indicating they are very or somewhat likely to leave their current job over the next two years. In addition, 30% of fundraisers reported they are likely to leave the fundraising profession altogether by 2021. The 2019 Report found that two-thirds of respondents looked for a promotion within their organization in 2018, while 26% sought opportunities at other charities or nonprofits. Salary, along with organizational, management, and leadership issues, are the most common reasons given for being likely to leave the profession, followed by workload.

Over $3.5 million raised for local charities at the 30th Annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 22, 2019

More than 26,000 people, from over 70 countries, took part in the 30th annual Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this weekend, raising over $3.5 million for 190 charities, through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is one of Scotiabank's six sponsored running events in Canada this year, with events taking place in Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is a turnkey fundraising program that provides a simple and effective way to support local causes that make a big difference in people's lives. Participating charities keep 100 per cent of the proceeds raised, as Scotiabank pays for all transaction and credit card fees.

One-third of workers OK with discussing politics at work: survey

October 18, 2019

According to an article published by Canadian HR Reporter, almost one-third (31%) of Canadian workers feel discussing politics at work is appropriate, though the majority (57%) think it depends on the situation and people involved. But younger workers are more comfortable with the topic than older ones: 55% of workers ages 18 to 24 think political conversations at work are appropriate, compared to 35% of those ages 25 to 40 and 27% of those 41 to 54 and 55 and older.

Survey finds Canadian workers are scrutinizing salaries

October 18, 2019

Canadian employees are putting in more work when it comes to knowing their worth, according to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. The studies revealed that 75% of professionals feel well-informed about what they should be making in their current position, and 56% say they’ve checked their salary against market rates through online resources, salary guides or job postings in the last year ? up from 52% in a similar survey two years ago. The majority of workers, 53%, also admit to comparing notes on compensation with coworkers. While their level of salary research may be rising, many workers aren’t liking what they’re finding, the survey suggests. Only 49% feel they are adequately paid.

Applications for grants to build safer communities being accepted in BC

October 18, 2019

Organizations throughout the province working to make B.C. communities safer are invited to apply to the 2019-20 Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation grant program. This year’s funding streams focus on a number of government priorities, such as:

  • community-led crime prevention;
  • healing and rebuilding in Indigenous communities;
  • restorative justice;
  • addressing violence against women and children;
  • police responses, specialized equipment and training.

As in past years, the overall amount of funding available for grants will depend on the value of cases concluded by British Columbia’s Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) during the current fiscal year, with grants awarded by the end of March 2020. The deadline to apply is November 18, 2019.

Intact Foundation Adaptation Action Grants offer funding to build a more climate-resilient Canada

October 15, 2019

The Intact Foundation Adaptation Action Grants window is open from October 22 to November 30, 2019. The goal is simple: protecting Canadians from natural disasters caused by climate change. The Intact Foundation is looking for charities who are working to build a more climate-resilient Canada. They will invest $1 million across Canada in projects that help protect people and communities from floods, wildfires, extreme heat, wind and hail. They have three types of grants:

  • Fostering Ideas: Developing new ideas through research, peer support and/or skills development (Term: 1-2 years)
  • Testing Concepts: Testing existing concepts to validate their impact and make necessary adjustments to create a viable solution (Term: 2-3 years)
  • Scaling Projects: Scaling proven concepts to expand impact and reach (Term: 2-3 years)

They will prioritize projects that:

  • use natural infrastructure (wetlands, forests, etc.,) as part of their solutions
  • aim to create practical and effective solutions
  • take a community engagement approach
  • help Canadians understand the climate risks they are facing

For more details about the Adaptation Action Grants window, including the link to apply, please visit the Intact Financial Corporation website. Please contact the Intact Foundation at with any questions.

Survey finds 71% of Canadian organizations impacted by a cyber-attack last year

October 10, 2019

Today, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) released its 2019 Cybersecurity Survey Report which provides an overview of the Canadian cybersecurity landscape. More than 500 individuals with responsibility over IT security decisions at both private and public sector institutions across Canada were surveyed to learn more about how they are coping with the increase in cyber threats. Key findings include:

  • 71% of organizations reported experiencing at least one cyber-attack that impacted the organization in some way, including time and resources, out of pocket expenses, and paying ransom.
  • While 96% of respondents said that cybersecurity awareness training was at least somewhat effective in reducing incidents, only 22 percent conducted the training monthly or better.
  • Only 41% of respondents have mandatory cybersecurity awareness training for all employees.
  • Among those businesses that were victimized by a cyber-attack, 13% indicated the attack damaged their reputation. This perception is a sharp contrast to the findings of CIRA's recent report: Canadians deserve a better internet, which indicated that only 19% of Canadians would continue to do business with an organization if their personal data were exposed in a cyber-attack.
  • 43% of respondents were unaware of the mandatory breach requirements of PIPEDA. Of those businesses that were subject to a data breach, only 58% reported it to a regulatory body; 48% to their customers; 40 per cent to their management and 21% to their board of directors.
  • 43% of respondents who said they didn't employ dedicated cybersecurity resource cited lack of resources as the reason. This is up from 11 per cent last year.

For more information on how to protect your organization from cyber attacks, register for our free webinar on October 17, 2019, presented by BDO Canada.

BMO Donates $5 Million to University of Toronto

October 10, 2019

BMO Financial Group today announced a donation of $5 million to support the University of Toronto's efforts to combine its world-renowned strength in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research and its globally recognized excellence in the arts and humanities. The donation is the largest ever from BMO to a post-secondary educational institution in Canada.

Women’s Philanthropy Institute launches first index to systematically measure total giving to women’s and girls’ causes

October 9, 2019

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute released the Women & Girls Index: Measuring Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes, which, for the first time, quantifies the number of charities in the United States dedicated to women and girls and the amount of charitable giving they receive. The report finds these organizations received a collective total of $6.3 billion in charitable contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations in 2016 — 1.6% of all donations made that year.

The index identifies 45,000 US charities that are dedicated to serving primarily women and girls or are collectives of women and girls that serve general philanthropic purposes. While most previous research has focused on donors to women’s and girls’ causes, the new report focuses on the recipient side of the equation, filling a gap in knowledge about the organizations themselves. Other key findings uncovered by the Women & Girls Index (WGI) include:

  • Organizations dedicated to women and girls make up 3.3% of all nonprofit organizations in the US and are in every nonprofit subsector. The greatest percentage are human services organizations.
  • Women’s and girls’ organizations that focus on general women’s health receive the largest amount of philanthropic support ($1.2 billion in 2016). Women’s and girls’ organizations addressing reproductive health and family and gender-based violence also receive large amounts of charitable giving.
  • On average, organizations dedicated to women and girls are smaller than other charities, as measured by financial and human resources.
  • Women’s and girls’ organizations received approximately 3.1% of all donor-advised fund dollars granted between 2012 and 2015.
  • Two in five workers in Canada have quit due to a bad boss

    October 8, 2019

    New research from global staffing firm Robert Half suggests there's some truth to the saying, "people leave managers, not companies." About two in five professionals surveyed in Canada (39%) have quit a job due to a bad boss. "Managers set the tone for the office and have a considerable amount of influence over the daily experiences and satisfaction of their employees for better or worse," said David King, senior district director for Robert Half. "When supervisors show genuine enthusiasm for projects or new initiatives, and encourage open and frequent communication in the workplace, staff feel more engaged, and better supported in day-to-day challenges."

    The 20th Ball for the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation raises $1,244,000

    October 8, 2019

    The winds of generosity were blowing at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth on Friday, October 4. Hundreds of business people, major philanthropists, government ministers and artists responded to the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation's invitation to the 20th edition of the Ball for the Children's to support the wellbeing of children and their families. Honorary co-presidents of the Ball were André Beaulieu, Senior Vice-President of Corporate Services at Bell, and Joseph Broccolini, Executive Vice-President at Broccolini. The Masquerade Ball for the Children's raised $1,244,000 to support the Healthy Kids Fund, so the hospital can purchase state-of-the-art medical and surgical equipment and continue to finance ground-breaking projects that are internationally renowned.

    Nominate a person, group or program for the Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards

    October 2, 2019

    Do you know a person, group or program that is making Ottawa a safer, better place to live? Don’t miss the chance to nominate them for the 11th annual Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards! How do you recognize a crime prevention leader? They represent all ages and walks of life, including volunteers and staff with many different kinds of organizations. They include groups of dedicated individuals working to build community pride or address crime and safety issues in their neighbourhoods. The deadline for submissions is October 2, 2019. Please take the time to recognize a person, group or program that is making a difference by submitting a nomination. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, November 4, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm at Ottawa City Hall.

    Introducing the new Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

    October 2, 2019

    The new Workplace Strategies for Mental Health name and look was unveiled at the Better Workplace Conference in Whistler, BC, hosted by the Conference Board of Canada. Formerly known as the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, the organization will be called Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, compliments of Canada Life, effective immediately. The refreshed brand identity will be rolled out to existing online and social media platforms. It will also be incorporated into new communication materials and tools as they are developed. The next part of the organization's journey includes offering a simplified website experience, slated to launch in fall 2020.

    Survey reveals growing disconnect between level of cyber security training in the workplace

    October 2, 2019

    Scalar Decisions announced an inaugural survey exploring how aware and prepared Canadian employees feel when facing the unique cyber security and cloud security challenges of the digital era. The Digital Citizen: A Canada-Wide Survey on Security Awareness in the Workplace revealed a growing disconnect between how prepared Canadian employees feel to deal with cyber security threats and how much training they receive. While 75% of Canadians feel they are prepared to handle cyber security attacks in the workplace, the majority of Canadians (60%) say they have not received any form of cyber security training.

    Of concern and revealed in The Digital Citizen, seven percent of respondents indicated their organizations do not take any measures at all to prevent attacks. A large percentage of Canadians also remain unsure about cloud security, what it means, and whether they've received any training regarding cloud security. Following these new findings, it is clear that Canadian organizations are presented with an opportunity to better fut­ure proof employees. In fact, one quarter (24%) of those surveyed revealed they have been the target of an attack at work, and a further third (31%) of respondents have been targeted at home. Employees in Alberta (36%) expressed the highest rates of at-home threats, while those in Quebec (26%) were the least likely.

    Morneau Shepell survey shows salaries expected to increase by 2.7 per cent in 2020

    October 2, 2019

    Employers in Canada are expecting base salaries to rise by an average of 2.7% in 2020, according to Morneau Shepell's 2020 Salary Projection Survey. This is an increase from the actual 2.6% average increase in 2019. The forecast includes increases in salary structure, length of service, cost of living and merit pay, and excludes salary freezes and promotional adjustments. The expected 2.7% increase is higher than the projected rate of inflation for the year. In July, the Bank of Canada noted that consumer price index inflation is expected to rise to about 2.0% by the end of 2020. When looking at economic growth, according to the Bank of Canada, the Canadian economy is projected to grow by just 1.4% in 2019.

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