Take #30MinutesThatMatter to shape the future of cancer care

October 15, 2018

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) announces the launch of the #30MinutesThatMatter campaign asking Canadians to share their experiences about cancer to directly shape how prevention, screening, care and survivorship are delivered in this country over the next decade. The federal Minister of Health has asked the Partnership, as the steward of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, to undertake this public engagement work. Canadians' opinions will shape recommendations to update the country's cancer control strategy. All Canadians are encouraged to participate, including people living with cancer, those caring for someone with cancer, and anyone who knows someone with cancer. Take #30MinutesThatMatter and visit to complete the Choicebook™, an online survey that lets Canadians identify what's most important to them and have their say on improving how cancer care is delivered. The Choicebook™ is part of the Partnership's Canada-wide public engagements on how to evolve the cancer control strategy. The Partnership is working alongside provincial cancer agencies and programs, cancer organizations, charities, patients, caregivers, the private sector and First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada, to identify and address the most pressing challenges faced by those affected by cancer.

RBC launches 10th annual Black History Month student essay competition

October 15, 2018

As part of the celebrations for next February's Black History Month, the Royal Bank of Canada today announced a call for submissions for the 10th Annual RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition. This year there are 30 available scholarships, including three top prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500. The competition is open to all Canadian grade 12 students who are applying to a Canadian post-secondary school for the 2019/20 academic year. It asks students 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. The competition will be judged by a jury of community leaders from across Canada, and the winners will be announced on February 8, 2019. Essays must be 750 words or less and must be submitted by December 7, 2018. Full details can be found online at

Participate now in Senate Committee's electronic questionnaire on nonprofit sector challenges

October 15, 2018

On January 30, 2018, the Senate passed a motion to create the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector to examine the impact of the charitable and nonprofit sector and the rules that govern it. As part of its study, the committee has developed an electronic questionnaire that is designed to help the committee better understand the challenges faced by the sector. The questionnaire has 18 questions and will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. The questionnaire will be open until 11:59 pm on November 2, 2018. All data collected will be treated as confidential and will not be shared with third parties. The committee’s final report will include key results from the survey and will be made available on the committee’s website. Be assured that no identifying information, such as your organization’s name, will appear in the committee’s final report, or any related publications. Any questions about this electronic consultation should be directed to the committee’s clerk, Mr. Kevin Pittman.

CERIC releases free e-book identifying tips for nonprofits & charities to attract and retain staff

October 10, 2018

CERIC has released a new e-book available for free download that identifies 40+ low-cost tips, activities and actions that nonprofits and charities can take right now (some in only 10 minutes a day) to attract, engage and retain staff. Written by author Lisa Taylor in an innovative “travel guide” format, the publication includes:

  • Special sections on new graduates, the aging workforce and precarious employment, and provides planning templates and links to unique resources
  • Research, facts and statistics that shed new light on Canada’s nonprofit workforce
  • Practical career management tools to use with employees in ways that advance thriving careers and build the capacity of the nonprofit sector

Career management – even for the smallest nonprofits – offers a strategic lever for stronger performance. Indeed, career management affects more than just employee satisfaction and loyalty. It drives better client service, faster identification of ways to deliver on your mission and increased opportunity for growth – for staff as well as for your organization. Download your free copy of the e-book today.

New free online program helps you assess and improve your workplace mental health

October 10, 2018

In any given week, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems. Beyond compassion, there is a strong business case for supporting mental health in the workplace. The good news is that employers WANT to help. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 32% of Canadian business leaders are taking action to address workplace mental health, while 42% are interested but haven’t taken action due to barriers such as lack of time, resources, or know-how. In collaboration with a group of employers, experts, and people with first-hand experience of mental health issues, CivicAction has developed MindsMatter. This free workplace program gives employers the motivation and know-how to create mental health-supportive workplaces. CivicAction’s MindsMatter program provides an online assessment tool designed to help you quickly know where your organization is at in supporting your people’s mental health and how to better support them. The assessment tool is free, easy to use, and takes under three minutes to complete. Once you’ve taken the assessment, you’re given a confidential, tailored report that provides three suggested actions and a sampling of resources suggested by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, with the financial support of Health Canada.

Call for nominations for 2018 Human Rights Awards in Nova Scotia

October 10, 2018

Nova Scotians are encouraged to nominate individuals and groups for the 2018 Human Rights Awards. The awards are presented each year by the Human Rights Commission and Partners for Human Rights, a group of organizations dedicated to creating more respectful communities through promotion of human rights. Award recipients are chosen in three categories: youth, individual and organization. Each year a recipient is selected to receive a special award named for Dr. Burnley Allan "Rocky" Jones in honour of the late community leader. Nominations should include people or groups that support projects which advance human rights. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, November 9, at 4:30pm. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Human Rights Day, December 10 in Halifax.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Network releases report highlighting the comprehensive lived experience of breast cancer patients

October 10, 2018

A new report released today from the Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN), Breast Cancer: The Lived Experience, provides the comprehensive perspective of almost 500 Canadian women who have experienced a breast cancer diagnosis. Patients and survivors diagnosed with both early stage and metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer, share their experiences with the process of being diagnosed, making treatment decisions, accessing clinical trials, the psychosocial and financial impact, accessing palliative care and managing survivorship challenges. Through their experiences, patients identify current gaps when it comes to meeting the needs of breast cancer patients. This is the first Canadian report to share the experiences of early stage patients in parallel with metastatic breast cancer patients; creating a greater understating of the similarities and differences between both groups.

Mental Health Commission of Canada releases report exploring mental health needs of youth and children

October 10, 2018

Under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World, World Mental Health Day 2018 calls for global attention to the mental health needs of children and youth — a call echoed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). In Canada, more than 70% of adults living with mental health problems report their symptoms began in childhood or young adulthood. Yet fewer than 20% of our children and youth receive the care they require. Once they do access supports and services, they are vulnerable to losing them when they transition to adult mental health services. In its report, Strengthening the Case for Investing in Canada's Mental Health System: Economic Considerations, the MHCC underscores that wise mental health spending on promotion, prevention and early interventions — especially among children and youth — pays dividends. We can help our youth build mental resilience from an early age to prevent mental distress and illness from taking hold as well as intervene early to provide supports and services and promote recovery.

Ontario Heritage Trust seeks nominations for the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards and Young Heritage Leaders program

October 9, 2018

The Ontario Heritage Trust is seeking nominations for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards and Young Heritage Leaders program to recognize outstanding contributions to tangible and intangible cultural heritage, sustainability, biodiversity, and natural heritage conservation. The nomination deadline is October 21, 2018. Through the Trust's recognition programs, individuals, groups and communities are celebrated for demonstrating leadership, commitment, creativity, positive impact on their community and good conservation practices. The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards are awarded in four categories:

  • Excellence in Conservation: recognizes individuals, groups, organizations and communities for exceptional achievements through the completion of a specific heritage conservation project.
  • Community Leadership: recognizes exemplary leadership by a community in heritage conservation and promotion.
  • Lifetime Achievement: recognizes outstanding volunteer heritage contributions by an individual over a period of 25 years or more.
  • Youth Achievement: recognizes exceptional heritage contributions by young individuals and groups, age 24 and under. The individual award includes a $2,000 post-secondary scholarship, jointly funded by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life.

In addition, youth may be nominated for recognition through the Trust's Young Heritage Leaders program. Since 2000, hundreds of youth have been recognized for their efforts to identify, preserve, protect and promote Ontario's heritage. Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life are proud sponsors of the Young Heritage Leaders program.

Ontario Nonprofit Network releases new report exploring women's experiences working in the nonprofit sector

October 9, 2018

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has released a new report exploring women and work in the nonprofit sector titled Women's Voices: Stories about working in Ontario's nonprofit sector. The ONN engaged self-identifying women in learning circles and a survey to share their employment experiences of working in Ontario’s nonprofit sector and recommendations for change. This report reflects what they heard from the 730 women participants, their perspectives, experiences, observances, and opinions, in their own voices.

Their voices are grouped into three themes: feminization of the sector, discrimination in a feminized sector, and conversation to action. Quotes in these sections come from what women said in both the learning circles and survey. They have been anonymized. While there are regional and subsector differences in experiences, what was striking was that participants overwhelmingly said the same things across Ontario.

Business consulting available to Vancouver organizations from UBC Sauder School of Business

October 3, 2018

Are you a not-for-profit organization, charity, or social enterprise in need of resources to tackle a key initiative? If so, you are invited to submit a proposal for a Community Business Project. The Community Business Projects provides organizations like yours with business consulting from teams of highly motivated Master of Management students from the UBC Sauder School of Business. This is a great opportunity for your organization to tackle key projects, such as fundraising strategies, recruitment and retention strategies, market research, and much more. Typical projects include: business plans and feasibility studies, fundraising and development initiatives, recruitment and retention strategies, corporate partnership strategies, and marketing strategies. Submit an application by October 15, 2018.

CRA releases new guidance on the political activities of charities

October 3, 2018

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released new guidance on the political activities of charities. This document outlines the CRA's position on the types of public policy advocacy activities it deems acceptable, as well as limits on activities and an emphasis on a non-partisan approach. Additionally, the Department of Finance is accepting comments until October 13, 2018 on the draft legislative proposals related to this issue. The CRA accepts suggestions to guidance documents on an ongoing basis. As the legislation progresses further, suggested changes will continue to be accepted by the CRA until new legislation is tabled by the Department of Finance.

Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign supports Ottawa and Gatineau residents following the storm

October 3, 2018

Through Canada's largest charitable campaign, public servants come together every year to make a difference to those in need in communities across Canada. Last year, Canada's public servants donated $29.9 million to more than 5,600 charities in over 90 communities to change lives for the better through the employees' Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC). Through the employees' Campaign, public servants can support the United Way / Centraide, HealthPartners as well as any registered Canadian charity. In response to the devastating storms of September 21 in the National Capital Region, employees can now also give to two funds dedicated to support the short and long-terms needs of those affected. The United Way Ottawa and Centraide Outaouais have come together with organizations within the region to provide housing, counselling, food aid, and household goods to those impacted by the storms.

Canadian employees overwhelmingly in favour of having a Group Savings Plan at work

October 3, 2018

Nest Wealth has released a study examining how financial worry and retirement planning impact business performance, company culture and overall employee happiness across the country. The report, titled Strengthening Productivity: How to Relieve Employee Stress and Grow Your Business, finds that the simple act of offering employees a way to save for their future at work made a significant difference to their overall happiness, confidence in their financial future and consequently, their work performance. The study reveals that 42% of Canadian employees rank 'money' as their greatest stress, ahead of work (23%), personal health (19%) and relationships (17%). It's clear that Canadians are worried for their financial future - 65% of men and 75% of women stated that they are afraid they aren't saving enough for retirement. To build a more secure financial future, 82% of Canadians believe it is important to have a Group Savings Plan through work. Organizations that do not offer a Group Savings plan should take note - 69% of Canadians say they would choose a new job with a plan over a current one without it. This could clearly impact the ability of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBS) to retain talent if they don't offer Group RRSPs; 79% of those who contribute to a plan feel better informed and that they know how much they need to save for retirement, alleviating stress.

82,000 Canadians raise $16.2 million through the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure

October 1, 2018

Across the country, more than 82,000 Canadians gathered in 56 different communities to take part in the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, raising an estimated $16.2 million for the breast cancer cause. Funds raised in support of the 27th annual CIBC Run for the Cure will be invested by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in the most promising breast cancer research as well as the country's leading breast cancer information and support programs for people with breast cancer and their families.

New report explores whether volunteer behaviour is impacted by political climate

October 1, 2018

North America has been seeing significant shifts in civic engagement activities due to the political landscape. Record donations, marches and protests are happening on a more frequent basis than at any time in recent memory. Research that investigated whether volunteer behaviour was also impacted by the political climate was undertaken and discovered some surprising findings. Download the Executive Summary or full Research Report from the CARVE (Centre for Advanced Research in Volunteer Engagement) led by spinktank consulting for free.

Nominate a woman or workplace for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Metro Vancouver

September 25, 2018

Do you know a woman whose outstanding achievements contribute to the well-being and future of Metro Vancouver? Do you know a business that supports the wellness and diverse needs of its employees? Support the people and organizations that are making a difference across Metro Vancouver by nominating a woman or workplace for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. All nominations must be completed online and full eligibility criteria can be found here. The deadline for nominations is January 18, 2019.

The International Association of Business Communicators offers expertise to nonprofits in BC

September 25, 2018

A team of local International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) will work with you to create a strategic communications plan for an event, project, announcement or campaign as well as assist in the implementation and evaluation. Visit the IABC/BC website to learn more. Apply online before October 19. If your application is approved, the team will be available to work with you from early January until May 1, 2019.

Government of Canada announces new funding for Black Canadian youth

September 25, 2018

Today, the Government of Canada announced th launch a new funding initiative to address the significant and unique challenges faced by the Black Canadian community. To enhance community support for Black Canadian youth, Canadian Heritage is investing $9 million over three years, an investment that was originally announced in Budget 2018. The initiative will fund projects that respond to key concerns of Black Canadians to help address issues faced by Black youth that affect their full and equitable participation in our society. This new funding will help empower Black youth by promoting Black history, culture and identity; developing leadership skills; and encouraging local community involvement. The funding will also go toward projects that help combat discrimination. Projects funded by this new initiative will foster a better understanding of the experiences of Black youth and help facilitate dialogue between all Canadians. Those interested in applying for funding under this new initiative should contact Canadian Heritage at for more information.

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