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 cancerstrategy.ca 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.
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 www.rbc.com/essay.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPTrust Select, the new defined benefit solution from OPTrust, has today been recommended by the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) as the pension plan of choice for organizations in the nonprofit sector. It is the first and only ONN-recommended sector-wide pension plan for the 58,000 nonprofit organizations and over one million workers in Ontario. OPTrust Select, which launched in April of this year, was designed specifically for employers and employees in the charitable, nonprofit and broader public sectors. The ONN has been working for years to support Ontario's nonprofit sector by taking a leadership role in championing decent work, including exploring pension plan options for the sector. The ONN and its two pensions task forces held discussions with several plans between 2015 and 2018. In September 2018 the ONN's board of directors accepted the recommendation of the ONN pensions implementation task force and recommended OPTrust Select. ONN has no involvement in the management of OPTrust Select. OPTrust Select, which offers a defined benefit pension at a moderate cost, will provide members with a steady stream of secure, reliable retirement income and includes the following features:
- Members contribute 3% of earnings and employers match the contributions
- An annual pension accrual rate of 0.6% of earnings;
- Benefit upgrades and cost of living increases, dependent on the Plan’s funded status and annual Board approval.
OPTrust Select is targeted to Ontario workplaces in the broader public sector, charitable and nonprofit groups that do not have a workplace defined benefit pension plan but may have a defined contribution plan, a group RRSP, or no retirement savings arrangement at all.