Nonprofits and charities included in this year's Canada's Top 100 Employers list

November 10, 2015

The 2016 winners of the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition were announced this week. The winning organizations collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation's employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond. Now in its 16th year, the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Mediacorp editors grade employers on eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the project began: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time-Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. The editors publish detailed reasons for selection and grades for these criteria, providing transparency in the choice of winners and a catalogue of best-practices for employers and job-seekers alike.

CharityVillage would like to particularly congratulate the nonprofit organizations and charities that made this year's Top 100 Employers list. Well done!

Liberals to restore mandatory long-form census

November 5, 2015

Justin Trudeau’s new Liberal government will reinstate the mandatory longform census, which was cancelled in 2010 by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

It was replaced by a voluntary National Household Survey for the 2011 study. Critics said data from Statistics Canada’s voluntary survey was of much lower quality than the mandatory census. More information.

Habitat for Humanity GTA needs 2200 volunteers leading up to Holiday Season

November 5, 2015

Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area (Habitat GTA) needs 2,200 volunteers to help build Habitat homes across five build sites this holiday season to ensure that 13 Habitat Partner Families can come home in time for the holidays, followed by another 13 families by Spring, 2016.

The campaign, entitled "Home for the Holidays Challenge" running from  November 5th to December 19th, will challenge members of the community to give back this holiday season by volunteering their time at one of their five build sites in Toronto, Brampton & York Region. 

2015 Aviva Community Fund competition finalists announced

November 3, 2015

Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading providers of home, auto, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance, is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2015 Aviva Community Fund competition.

In its seventh year, the Aviva Community Fund had over 380 fantastic ideas submitted. After 18 days, over 548,000 votes were cast by Canadians from coast-to-coast. The ideas each fell within at least one of the three categories: Community Resilience, Community Health, and Community Development, as well as two funding levels: up to $50,000 and between $50,000 and $100,000. More information.

Future care for Canadian seniors: demand and expenditures expected to rise dramatically by 2026

November 3, 2015

Spending on continuing care supports for seniors across all provinces is projected to increase six-fold from $28.3 billion in 2011, to $62.3 billion in 2026 and to $177 billion in 2046, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report entitled Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Status Quo Forecast.

Moreover, the strong growth in projected spending does not account for the significant level of perceived unmet and under met needs of seniors, projected to worsen. By 2046, it is estimated that seniors expressing unmet or under met needs could more than double. "The proportion of Canadian seniors age 65 and older is growing, with seniors over 85 escalating even faster." said Louis Thériault, Vice-President, Public Policy. "This trend will cause a dramatic rise in demand for continuing care as the number of Canadian seniors needing support is projected to increase by 71 per cent by 2026." More information.

The Ivey Connects Community Internship Program is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations

October 29, 2015

The Ivey Connects Community Internship Program is designed to give business students greater awareness of how the community sector operates by giving them an opportunity to work over the summer for a not-for-profit organization in the Toronto or London regions. NPOs will gain strategic decision-making and implementation, and students will gain practical work experience.

The London Life Ivey Connects Community Internship Program began in 2005 and has funded 23 non-profit internships in London to date. In 2013, we were proud to announce the inaugural year of the Great-West Life, London Life & Canada Life Ivey Connects Community Internship Program in Toronto. More information.

New report from .CA and Framework highlights technology opportunities in the non-profit sector

October 29, 2015

October 29, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Although fifty-seven percent of Internet users between the ages 18-34 now typically access the Internet through a mobile device, only one-third of non-profit organizations studied are leveraging responsive websites designed for viewing on smartphones and tablets. The .CA Factbook: digital capacity in Canada’s non-profit sector was funded by the .CA Community Investment Program and uses data from Framework’s web audits of more than 400 Canadian charities and non-profits. The report points to some critical opportunities for non-profits and charities looking to attract the next generation of donors, volunteers and employees. More information.

WWF Canada's Loblaw Water Fund now accepting funding applications

October 27, 2015

WWF Canada is now accepting applications for the Loblaw Water Fund, a program supported by Loblaw Companies Limited with a total of $225,000 available to distribute between selected projects across the country for the 2015-2016 granting cycle. Since 2013, the program has supported 24 action-oriented projects across the country – all with the aim of improving the health of freshwater in Canada. The Loblaw Water Fund provides grants to registered charitable organizations and not-for-profits working on critical projects that aim to protect and restore the health of freshwater in Canada. This year's Loblaw Water Fund will support projects that contribute to WWF's Watershed Reports, either through helping to improve watersheds in poor health or high threats or by contributing data to those watersheds which are data deficient. Priority regions were selected based upon health and threats assessments done for WWF's Watershed Reports. Proposals must be submitted by email to by 5 pm EST on or before December 14, 2015.

Donner Book Prize now accepting submissions for best book on public policy

October 27, 2015

Allan Gotlieb, Chairman of the Donner Canadian Foundation, today announced the jury for the eighteenth annual Donner Prize, the award for best public policy book by a Canadian. The Honourable Anne McLellan will return as this year's jury Chair. The winner of the 2015 Donner Prize will receive $50,000, with $7,500 awarded to each of the other shortlisted titles. The 2014 prize went to Michael J. Trebilcock for Dealing With Losers: The Political Economy of Policy Transitions. The prize encourages and celebrates excellence in public policy writing by Canadians, on topics of great importance to Canadians. The deadline for submissions for this year's prize is November 30, 2015. The shortlist will be announced in late March 2015, and the winner will be proclaimed at a gala dinner in Toronto on April 27, 2016.

New Bridgespan Group study offers tips for nonprofit succession planning

October 26, 2015

In a new paper, The Nonprofit Leadership Development Deficit, The Bridgespan Group addresses the number one organizational concern expressed by nonprofit boards and CEOs year after year — succession planning. The study asserts that “nonprofit leaders are missing an answer sitting right under their nose: the home grown leader.” According to the groups’ latest research, only 30% of senior roles in the social sector were filled by internal promotion in the past two years — about half the rate of the for-profit world. Specifically, the study shows that coming right after the issue of low compensation (cited by 57%), 50% of respondents pointed to lack of career development opportunities as cause for their departures from their organizations. Others cited lack of mentorship and support, particularly from their boards. Only 17% indicated desire for a different work environment as the reason for moving on.

Canadian Women's Foundation accepting proposals for Girls' Fund Grants

October 26, 2015

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is now accepting proposals for Girls’ Fund Grants for 2016-2020. The Girls’ Fund grants are intended to support community programs or networks designed to increase protective factors in girls aged 9 to 13 – such as confidence, critical thinking skills, social connectedness, and overall resilience. Organizations can apply for one of the following types of grants:

  • Girls program involving weekly programming for girls.
  • Girls group mentoring involving formal mentoring, matching small groups of girls with one mentor or team of mentors.
  • Combined girls program and girls group mentoring.
  • Network activities involving building the capacity of girls serving organizations across a region or nationally.

We will select up to 28 grants to a maximum of $40,000 per year for four years. Initiatives must work with girls aged 9 to 13 and be inclusive of all gender expression. The deadline for proposals is December 2, 2015.

Many employees left in the dark about growth prospects at work

October 22, 2015

A new survey shows employees want more feedback on their future from the boss. In research from Robert Half Finance & Accounting, nearly one in three (28%) professionals said their managers never discuss their career paths with them. The data also suggests professionals are hungry for this information: 41% said they would like to discuss their career paths at least quarterly; another 45% want to review their options annually.

Students encouraged to enter RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition

October 19, 2015

In celebration of the upcoming Black History Month, the Royal Bank of Canada is giving more to students by increasing the number of scholarships available through its Black History Month Student Essay Competition. Students can now earn one of 25 scholarships, including grand prizes of up to $5,000 that will help give their Someday a head start. The competition gives students an opportunity to learn about the contribution black people have made to Canadian history. The RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition asks students entering a Canadian university or college in the 2016/17 academic year to learn about and share their thoughts on how black Canadians have helped to define Canada's diverse heritage and identity through their achievements and contributions to the broader society. Essays should be 750 words or less, and must be submitted by December 4, 2015.

Vote today: 15 BC nonprofits in running for $10,000 awards

October 19, 2015

What do spawning fish, used clothing, kids on bikes and less-than-perfect cucumbers have in common? They're all key elements in videos, submitted by not-for-profit local groups across BC, that have been short-listed to be in the running in BC Hydro's Community Champions program. Fifteen semi-finalists are vying for five $10,000 conservation awards for 2015, and you can help determine the winners by voting today. Voting by the public opened on October 15, 2015 and runs through until November 30, 2015. So if you haven't already voted, please vote for a not-for-profit after viewing this year's semi-finalists on our Community Champions site. And if you're a student, a parent or a kid who wants to get involved, get a classroom in on the voting. Classes who choose a semi-finalist to support can receive a $1,000 award for their school conservation project. The three semi-finalists who get the greatest number of public votes at the close of the November 30 voting period earn $10,000 awards. And a judging panel makes the choice of the other two winners.

Funding available to support amateur ice hockey and other sports

October 19, 2015

The legacy of legendary philanthropist Doc Seaman lives on through the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund, an endowment fund administered by the Calgary Foundation. In accordance of the Will of Daryl K. Seaman, grants from the Daryl K Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund will support all aspects of amateur ice hockey in Canada on a nation-wide basis and registered Canadian amateur athletic associations. As an endowment fund, only a portion of the income earned will be granted each year. In 2015, the total amount of all grants will not exceed $500,000. In addition to amateur ice hockey grant applications, proposals of interest include activities that encourage young people to learn about, enjoy and play amateur sport of all kinds as well as initiatives that increase equal access and promote participation in community-based amateur sport. Previous recipients of a Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund grant cannot apply until the prior grant’s activity is completed and the final report has been accepted. Proposals must be for activities taking place after the grant decision date of January 31, 2016. Retroactive activities and expenses cannot be supported. Applications must be sent by email to and received no later than noon MST November 12, 2015.

Teachers encouraged to apply for the RBC–Evergreen Watershed Champions Award

October 19, 2015

Evergreen’s Watershed Champions program is designed to inspire and equip elementary and intermediate classes across Canada to learn more about their local watershed. Children have a natural curiosity about the world around them and an instinct to care for the environment. By teaching students about the dynamics of their local watershed and how to take care of it, schools can help maintain the vitality of the ecosystem. The RBC–Evergreen Watershed Champions Award recognizes classes that demonstrate learning about their local watershed and who take action to care for it. For the 2015–2016 school year, nine awards are available:

  • 1 Grand Prize Award (Grades K–12) – $3,500
  • 4 Elementary Awards (Grades K–6) – $2,500
  • 4 Intermediate/Secondary Awards (Grades 7–12) – $2,500

Submit an online application form no later than April 8, 2016. Be sure to include all necessary attachments. Applications are accepted in English or French. It is not necessary to complete the entire application at once. You can save your work as you go. You will find instructions to fill in and submit the application in the online application. You'll be notified by e-mail when your application has been received. Award recipients will be announced in June.

Home Depot Canada Foundation now accepting applications for Orange Door Project grants

October 15, 2015

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is now accepting preliminary applications for The Orange Door Project grant program. This program provides grants of up to $50,000 to Canadian registered charities that support homeless youth. Projects must include repairs, refurbishments and/or modifications to an existing housing accommodation that benefits homeless youth and/or a facility in which supportive and/or life skills development programs are delivered to homeless youth. The deadline for preliminary applications is November 9, 2015. Canadian registered charities that are looking to complete small-scale affordable housing and community based improvement projects that benefit Canadians in need and encourage hands-on service through volunteer engagement may also apply for funding through The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s Community Grants program. Applications are accepted year-round for this program that provides grants of up to $5,000. Priority is given to initiatives that prevent and end youth homelessness. This includes funding for renovation and repair projects and programs that provide access to safe, stable shelter and support services.

Funding available to grow and care for urban forests

October 14, 2015

With the launch of TD Green Streets 2016, Tree Canada and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) invite municipalities and Aboriginal communities nationwide, as well as Business Improvement Associations in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, to submit proposals for innovative projects aimed at growing and caring for their urban forests. Twelve qualifying projects will be selected to each receive a grant of $25,000. The deadline to submit an application for a 2016 TD Green Streets grant is November 30, 2015. Recipients will be announced in February 2016. Grant recipients will be selected by a panel of representatives from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Tree Canada, and regional urban forest practitioners.

Canada’s top retailers raising funds and consumer engagement at the till

October 14, 2015

Sixty percent (60%) of Canadians report having made a donation to a charity at the checkout counter, the most frequently cited way Canadian brands are helping consumers make a social impact, according to a new study by Ipsos Marketing and Companies & Causes Canada. Thirty percent (30%) report making a point of sale donation within the past 30 days. Only 7% of the 1000 Canadians surveyed cited peer pressure as the reason they donate at checkout. Almost half of Canadians (47%) reported “my budget at the time” as the reason they give while 30% say, “the cause is personal to me”. “Checkout charity” is one of the key topics Jessica Avery, Vice President of Ipsos Marketing, will cover when premiering the ‘How-To Guide for Marketing Causes to Canadians’ study at the Companies & Causes Canada conference on October 22nd in Toronto. Avery will also share insights on preferred causes, communication strategy and consumer attitudes.