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Canadian organizations should focus on middle managers to drive employee engagement

September 25, 2018

Organizations often focus on driving engagement for the broad employee population. However, a new Conference Board of Canada report finds that focusing on managers as a distinct group of employees can drive higher engagement overall. The report, Employee Engagement: Driving Engagement From the Middle, shows that as middle manager engagement scores improve, so do the scores of their employees. In fact, employees who work for engaged managers are 59% more likely to be engaged compared to those supervised by disengaged managers. Highlights of the survey include:

  • Middle managers are central to an organizations' ability to execute its business strategy. Ensuring this group is engaged is critical to organizational success; however, only one-third of middle managers are highly engaged.
  • When senior leaders focus on engaging middle managers they will also impact broader employee engagement.
  • Leadership, and specifically the confidence employees have in leadership, has the greatest influence on engagement.

Confidence in senior leadership is the most influential factor in determining engagement for both managers and workers. Trust in senior leadership and communication regarding organizational objectives are key drivers in improving the engagement of managers and workers. Addressing gaps in engagement between senior leaders and middle managers in areas such as ensuring cooperation, confidence that leaders can achieve goals, alignment in the vision for the organization, and taking pride in their contributions and success of their organizations can help boost middle managers engagement.

Mental health issues are less likely to be seen as a disability, survey finds

September 25, 2018

Despite the rise in public awareness of mental health issues, Canadians still hold a bias toward viewing disabilities as being largely physical rather than mental in nature, according to a recent survey from RBC Insurance. While two in three view multiple sclerosis (65%) and physical accidents (65%) as disabilities, fewer than half feel the same way about depression (47%) and anxiety (36%). Despite Canadians' perception of mental illness, 30% of working Canadians who have taken time off for a disability say it was because of a mental illness.

Affordable co-working space available in Vancouver through restaurant partnership

September 24, 2018

Vancouver is often recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Yet some of the most beautiful spaces in prime locations within the city, sit underutilized for significant portions of the day. This is how FreeSpace was born. FreeSpace partners with restaurants throughout the city of Vancouver to provide affordable and convenient co-working space where you will have access to free coffee and tea, secure high speed WIFI and outlets at every seat, with no contracts. For more information such as our locations and pricing please visit www.thisfreespace.com or contact Kamila directly at kamila@thisfreespace.com.

Ivey Connects Internship Program offers funding opportunity for London and Toronto nonprofits

September 24, 2018

With support from Great West Life, London Life and Canada Life, the Ivey Connects Internship Program annually funds a number of summer internships in both London and Toronto for a 10-12 week placement between May and August. Each chosen nonprofit will receive $6,500 to subsidize the salary of interns. The program is designed to give future business leaders greater access to the not-for-profit industry and expand their knowledge and experience in the impact space. Ideally, the internship will give students the opportunity to engage in strategic decision-making and implementation processes significant to the organization. The goal is to maximize the organization’s benefit and deeply engage the students in the not-for-profit space. The best internships will have specific deliverables with measurable impacts.

Applications and further details can be found here. To apply, please fill out the appropriate application (London-based vs. Toronto-based) and send the completed form to the Program Coordinators, Ashley Wang and Emily Dolan at iveyconnectsinternships@gmail.com by 11:59pm on November 2, 2018.

Canadian Advocacy Network accepting applications for pro-bono services

September 20, 2018

The Canadian Advocacy Network (CAN) is a group of Ottawa-based professionals who believe that public affairs and policy belongs to everyone. Not-for-profit sector organizations are doing important work and CAN volunteers want to help achieve maximum results for your organization’s advocacy efforts. CAN has been developed as a connector, ensuring that charitable and not-for-profit organizations looking to access pro-bono services are able to be matched with interested professionals who want to volunteer their time and expertise. Some of the services CAN volunteers would offer range from government relations counsel to media training, communications support and various campaign tactics. Find out more and submit an application here.

Federal government consulting Canadians on draft legislative proposals regarding political activities of charities

September 19, 2018

On August 15, 2018, the Government of Canada announced its intention to amend the Income Tax Act to implement changes consistent with Recommendation no. 3 of the Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities and allow charities to pursue their charitable purposes by engaging in non-partisan political activities and in the development of public policy.

The Department of Finance Canada released for a 30-day public consultation period draft legislative proposals that would deliver on this commitment by removing the quantitative limits on political activities from the Income Tax Act. Under these draft legislative proposals, charities would still be required to be constituted and operated for exclusively charitable purposes, meaning they cannot have a political purpose, and restrictions against partisan political activities would remain.

The draft legislative proposals would, if adopted by Parliament, apply retroactively to related audits and objections that are currently suspended. As announced on August 15, 2018, the Canada Revenue Agency will soon issue supporting administrative guidance for consultation with the charitable sector on how it would implement the legislative proposals released today. The Government intends to introduce legislation following the consultation period at an early opportunity.

Canadians are invited to provide comments on the draft legislative proposals below by October 13, 2018. Click here for more information and to submit your comments.

Most workers in Canada like listening to music at work and are more productive when they do, survey shows

September 19, 2018

Silence may be golden, but most workers in Canada feel they're more productive at the office when listening to music, new research from staffing firm Accountemps shows. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents who are able to do so say they enjoy turning on the tunes at work. Those ages 18 to 34 are most inclined to listen to music at work (87%), followed by those 35-54 years of age (73%) and employees 55 and older (57%). More than three in five (61%) professionals said they are at least somewhat more productive when music is playing at the office, with pop, rock, alternative and classical songs providing the biggest boost.

Over half of Canadians consider anxiety and depression 'epidemic'

September 19, 2018

Over half of Canadians (53%) consider anxiety and depression to be 'epidemic' in Canada, with that perception spiking amongst younger people, according to a new survey commissioned by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Fifty-nine percent of 18 to 34-year-olds consider anxiety and depression to be 'epidemic' in Canada, followed closely by addiction (56%) and ahead of physical illnesses such as cancer (50%), heart disease and stroke (34%), diabetes (31%) and HIV/AIDS (13%). The survey accompanies a national CMHA policy paper, Mental Health in the Balance: Ending the Health Care Disparity in Canada, released today, which calls for new legislation to address unmet mental health needs and bring mental health care into balance with physical health care.

Alberta's minimum wage set to rise on October 1

September 19, 2018

Alberta's minimum wage will increase to $15.00 an hour, up from $13.60 an hour on October 1. This increase will mark the final stage in a series of minimum wage increases enacted by the Alberta Government. In 2015, Alberta was the first province to commit to a $15.00 minimum wage phase-in, and as of October 1st, will be the first province or state in North America to accomplish it. Read more about the increase and CCVO's recommendations here.

Four calls for funding applications now open with the Law Foundation of Ontario

September 19, 2018

The Law Foundation of Ontario currently has four calls for applications open. The themes and criteria of the calls vary but all are for one-time project granting to nonprofit organizations.

Trusted help
Up to $100,000
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Visit the Trusted help webpage to learn more

Connecting rural regions
Stage one: up to $100K
Stage two: up to $250K
Deadline: November 1, 2018
Visit the Connecting rural regions webpage to learn more

Measuring impacts and progress
Small grant: up to $25K
Large grant: up to $100K
Deadline: November 30, 2018
Visit the Measuring impacts and progress webpage to learn more

Justice and technology research
Up to $100,000
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Visit the Justice and technology research webpage to learn more

The Walmart Foundation announces grants available for Canadian organizations focused on reducing food waste

September 19, 2018

The Walmart Foundation today announced that it is making $1.5 million USD ($1.89 million CAD) available to fund proposals from eligible non-profit organizations working to reduce food waste in Canada. The Walmart Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified organizations that have experience in formulating, proposing, and implementing food waste reduction efforts. Requests between $300,000 and $1,000,000 (USD) will be considered. This funding seeks to support promising programs that have the potential to significantly reduce food waste and loss – with the ultimate goals of preventing loss, maximizing donations of usable food, and minimizing food waste that ends up in landfills. Applications will be considered in three areas:

  • Prevention: Stopping waste from occurring in the first place. Advance the adoption of measurement tools and/or develop innovative prevention solutions.
  • Recovery: Redistributing food to people. Test innovative approaches or scale proven models that advance the food recovery and distribution of perishable food.
  • Recycling: Repurposing waste as energy, agriculture and other products. Accelerate innovations and programs that improve organic recycling.

Click here to learn more and apply. Deadline: October 19, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. PDT/PST.

Flexible work arrangements lead to better performance, according to Canadian creative managers

September 19, 2018

Working longer hours fewer days a week could be good for business, according to new research from staffing firm The Creative Group. Two in five advertising and marketing hiring decision makers (40%) surveyed feel productivity would increase if their company instituted a compressed schedule, where employees work four 10-hour days. In addition, more than two-thirds of respondents (68%) support allowing staff to attend to non-work-related tasks while on the clock in order to boost overall performance. When it comes to achieving healthy work-life balance, most employers want staff to meet them halfway, the survey suggests. Fifty-four percent of creative managers said companies and employees are equally accountable; only 2% said it's solely the company's concern.

Charities Directorate changes address for Registered Charity Information Return

September 19, 2018

The mailing address for the Registered Charity Information Return (T3010) will be changing on October 8, 2018.

The new address is:

Charities Directorate
Canada Revenue Agency
105 - 275 Pope Road
Summerside PE C1N 6E8

Please note that this change applies only to the annual return. All other correspondence should be sent to:

Charities Directorate
Canada Revenue Agency
Ottawa ON K1A 0L5

The CRA asks that you mail your returns to the new address if you are filing the T3010 on or after October 8th. Before this date, all returns should be directed to the Ottawa address.

Free organizational development consulting available to BC nonprofits

September 12, 2018

The BCODN and Building Community Organizations (BCO) are looking for nonprofit organizations that can benefit from free organizational development (OD) consulting. The mandate of the BCO is to support emerging OD practitioners and to bring awareness to the OD field, while providing consulting support to not-for-profit organizations. The projects are 4 months long, and focus on a specific need of the not-for-profit. They are looking for nonprofits for the Fall 2018 project launch. Potential projects include: succession planning, staff development, team development, change management, organizational design, and strategic planning (to name a few). Requirements of the nonprofit:

  • Would benefit from outside help with workplace/organizational issues and/or challenges
  • Lack the financial resources to hire a OD consultant
  • Be willing to work with emerging OD consultants who receive expert direction of a seasoned OD practitioner
  • Commit to an approximately 4 month project

For more information contact bco@bcodn.org and visit their website.

Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

September 12, 2018

New evidence continues to signal that the number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 released yesterday. Limited progress is also being made in addressing the multiple forms of malnutrition, ranging from child stunting to adult obesity, putting the health of hundreds of millions of people at risk. Hunger has been on the rise over the past three years, returning to levels from a decade ago. This reversal in progress sends a clear warning that more must be done and urgently if the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger is to be achieved by 2030.

The situation is worsening in South America and most regions of Africa, while the decreasing trend in undernourishment that characterized Asia seems to be slowing down significantly. The annual UN report found that climate variability affecting rainfall patterns and agricultural seasons, and climate extremes such as droughts and floods, are among the key drivers behind the rise in hunger, together with conflict and economic slowdowns.

iA Financial Group launches philanthropic contest for mental health charities

September 12, 2018

iA Financial Group is launching the second edition of its Canada-wide philanthropic contest. From September 15th to October 15th, charities that work with people living with mental health issues will be invited to answer the question "What more could you do with a donation of $125,000?". Close to $300,000 will be donated to the ten organizations with the most inspiring submissions. At the end of the submission period, they will select ten submissions, which will be presented to the public on November 1st. The public will be invited to vote for the two most inspiring submissions. A donation of $125,000 will be made to the charity that received the most votes, a donation of $50,000 will be made to the charities that rank second and third, and a donation of $10,000 will be made to the remaining seven finalists. Contest results will be announced on December 11th. Contest details and the complete list of eligibility criteria are available at ia.ca/contest-ia-donations.

Majority of workplace learning taking place outside of the classroom

September 10, 2018

Informal learning has surpassed more formal activities to become the dominant method for workplace learning in Canada. More than three quarters (78%) of respondents in a Conference Board of Canada survey indicated that they spend up to two hours per week on self-learning on the job. This new report, Informal Learning: A Spotlight on Hidden Learning in the Canadian Workplace, finds that 62% of learning activity in Canadian organizations is informal, compared to only 38% for formal learning. This is a marked increase from 2004, when only 12%t of learning taking place in organizations was through informal activities and formal learning made up 88%. More than 80% of employers believe that direct supervisors and managers are supportive of informal learning, while only 36% of learners feel this is the case. In fact, only 45% of respondents reported that their organizations provide a "bare minimum" to "basic learning opportunities" needed to support them in their job performance. Seventy-eight percent of survey respondents indicated they spend up to two hours per week on self-learning on the job.

Informal learning is learning that takes place without a curriculum. Employees establish their own objectives and determine for themselves when they have completed them. Examples of informal learning can include activities such as asking co-workers for help or seeking out expert knowledge on the Internet. Seventy-eight percent of survey respondents indicated they spend up to two hours per week on self-learning on the job.

Canadian workers prioritize screen time over face time at lunch

September 10, 2018

Most Canadian workers spend their lunch breaks 'screened-in,' new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests. While 45% of professionals said they do socialize with colleagues at lunch, 49% most frequently surf the internet or social media and 38% catch up on personal calls or emails. Thirty-two percent of professionals confessed to working during their break. The research also revealed that more than half of workers (54%) said their typical lunch break lasts 30 minutes or less. Of that group, 7% take no break at all.

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