Digital Skills for Youth is an initiative of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Continuing Education and Career Services at the University of Calgary are collaborating to deliver a unique online program for eligible participants across the Prairie Provinces. Students will be able to choose from nine different pathways of unique course combinations that meet the program requirements, all of which are available online. Continuing Education will also support the training aspect of the program, whereas Career Services will be responsible for recruiting employers and coordinating the internships. The program is open to:
- Recent Post-secondary Graduates. Youth aged 15-30, who have graduated from a two-year post-secondary diploma or degree within the last two years but are lacking the skills for today's digital economy.
- Profit or Nonprofit Organizations. Qualified employers with fewer than 100 employees are eligible to receive a 50% wage subsidy up to $10,500 to support interns in the DS4Y Program.
Space is available for 65 internships in each of the next two years.
The Law Foundation of Ontario has launched two calls for applications for two new granting opportunities. Both calls are for one-time project funding and both are open to nonprofit organizations that work to improve access to justice for the people of Ontario. The two calls are:
1. Measuring impacts and progress. The purpose of the Measuring impacts and progress granting is to support empirical research that will help improve how the justice system serves the people of Ontario. Nonprofit organizations who benefit the people of Ontario are eligible to apply for a small grant of up to $25,000 or a large grant between $50,000 and $100,000. The application deadline is November 30, 2018.
2. Justice and technology research. The purpose of the Justice and technology research grant is to gain a better understanding of the practical ways in which technology is, or could, potentially change how legal services are provided, and to support access to justice for people with legal needs. The Foundation is open to various research approaches as part of this call. Nonprofit organizations who benefit the people of Ontario are eligible to apply for up to $100,000. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2018.
This year, Food Banks Canada is working in collaboration with the Ontario Association of Food Banks to roll out Hunger Action Month. This nation-wide campaign will take place during the entire month of September and asks the public to participate in a variety of ways. As part of the campaign, food banks across the country will be participating to help raise awareness on a national, provincial and local level, while encouraging Canadians to take action in four key ways:
- Educate: Take the Impossible Choices test on the Food Banks Canada website to get the first-hand experience of the life of one of three individuals in Canada experiencing food insecurity. Access the test on the Food Banks Canada Website here.
- Advocate: Spread the message of Hunger Action Month by following the conversation on social media, using the hashtags #HungerActionMonth and #FeedTheChange
- Volunteer: Reach out to your local food bank to find out how you can get involved.
- Donate: Support your community by donating food, funds or time to your local food bank.
As part of this year's Hunger Action Month campaign, Food Banks Canada will be asking the public: "Can you make these Impossible Choices?" From September 10 to September 21, our National Sponsor, Farm Credit Canada, will donate 3 meals every time someone takes the test on the Food Banks Canada website AND shares it on social media using #ImpossibleChoices and #HungerActionMonth.
New Orb Media Inc. reporting and data analysis finds young people are choosing street protests and informal organizing over political parties and traditional engagement. Continued lower voting turnout diminishes their impact in elections with 4 - 11 percent not casting ballots. According to Orb Media's analysis of nearly one million responses from 128 countries, this engagement dichotomy has led to a widening generation gap. Individuals under 40 are 14 percent more likely to participate in informal politics than citizens over 40. Global participation ranges have shifted from between 1 - 5 percent in the early 2000s, to 9 - 17 percent today. Individuals over 40 continue to participate in traditional political parties and vote in greater numbers.
Perceptions of government corruption are amplifying young people's disengagement with voting as those who believe their government is corrupt are between 7 - 15 percent less likely to vote than those of the same age group who believe their government is not corrupt. For those over 40, government corruption perception has only a slight negative effect on voting behaviors.
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, published the What We Heard Report on the results of consultations by the Government of Canada on modernizing federal labour standards to better reflect the realities of the 21st century workplace. Federal labour standards establish the basic rights of employees regarding hours of work, holidays, leaves, wages and other working conditions in federally regulated industries, such as banking, telecommunications and interprovincial and international transportation.
From May 2017 to March 2018, the consultations heard from employers and employer organizations, unions and labour organizations, experts and individual Canadians about their perspectives on what a robust and modern set of federal labour standards should look like. One strong message was repeated throughout the consultations: The way Canadians work has changed but federal labour standards have not.
Another message that emerged among employers and employer organizations was that federal labour standards should be more flexible to allow employers to operate nimbly, remain competitive and adapt to industry-specific realities. Unions and labour organizations, conversely, recommended that federal labour standards be raised to meet or exceed the highest standards in the provinces and territories. The findings of the consultations also made it clear there were some areas where the government can take action quickly, while others require more in-depth review and discussion.
Lowe's Canada is proud to announce the launch of its national Lowe's Canada Heroes campaign. This year, for the very first time, every Lowe's, RONA, and Reno-Depot corporate store in the country will support a non-profit organization or public school in the community by collecting donations to help it fulfill its mission or carry out a specific project. A total of over 260 local organizations will be financially supported by this campaign throughout September. From September 1 to 30, customers from all Lowe's, RONA, and Reno-Depot corporate stores will be invited to make a donation at check-out to support the local organization chosen by their store. Lowe's Canada will match 50% of all customer donations up to $2,000 per store.
The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada issued a final call for nominations for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship 2019. The Fellowship is Canada's most prestigious recognition of excellence in educational leadership and teaching at the university and college level, and has been in existence for a little over three decades. Former students, administrators, department heads and colleagues are being encouraged to nominate teachers who embody the highest ideals of teaching and educational leadership by the deadline of 30 September 2018. The Fellowship is open to any individual currently teaching at a Canadian university or college, regardless of discipline, program, level, or term of appointment. Current Fellows span many disciplines – from Statistical and Biological Sciences to Geography and Visual and Performing Arts. To learn more about the 3M National Teaching Fellowship 2019 and to make a nomination, please visit www.stlhe.ca.
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (Holland Bloorview) has launched year two of Dear Everybody, a national movement to end stigma and eliminate bias towards disability. The campaign returns with powerful imagery that challenges Canadians to rethink their perceptions of disability. In Canada, there are more than 400,000 children and youth (up to and including the age of 24) living with a disability, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission notes disability is the most cited (59%) reason for discrimination by people in Canada. Find out what a world without stigma looks like for kids with disabilities at www.deareverybody.ca where visitors can find the full image gallery and learn how they can support Dear Everybody. The website provides educational tools and resources for the public, encouraging Canadians to unite and challenge disability stigma in areas including employment, bullying, friendship, education, and health. The goal is to create an inclusive and equitable society that includes kids and youth of all abilities.
Overall donations to charities in the US increased by 2% in 2017 while the number of donors increased by 0.7%, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report. The report, a product of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) and the Growth in Giving database — the world’s largest database of actual charitable donation history — also found that the donor retention rate increased slightly to 45.5%. The donor retention rate—that is, the percentage of donors who gave in 2016 and again in 2017 to the same organization — has hovered in the mid-40th percentile for the past decade, underscoring just how difficult it is for nonprofits to keep donations flowing from their supporters.
The report found that the average gift amount crept forward — a 1% increase from $1,024 in 2016 to $1,037 in 2017. However, nonprofits with less than $100,000 in contribution income declined 8.2% from 2016 to 2017. Meanwhile nonprofits with more than $500,000 in contributions increased 9% in the same time. For more information on the 2018 study, and to download the Annual FEP Survey Report and learn about other free FEP tools to help measure effectiveness, click here.
Forty-one percent of Canadian employers report difficulty filling jobs, according to the ManpowerGroup 2018 Talent Shortage Survey. At a time when organizations face a tightening labour market and the lowest unemployment in 40 years, most of the jobs where demand is growing are mid-skilled roles that require post-secondary training, yet not always a full university degree. Nearly three in four of the companies surveyed (68%) are investing in learning platforms and development tools to build their talent pipeline, while 28% percent of employers are changing their existing work models, including offering flexible work arrangements to attract and retain talent, according to the nearly 2,000 employers surveyed. More than half of companies (56%) are looking at different talent pools for skills including boomerang retirees or returning parents and part-timers.
The Government of Canada has launched the Climate Action Fund. The Fund will support projects that raise awareness of climate change and clean growth and that encourage others to take action in support of Canada’s climate goals. The Fund will provide up to $3 million to support projects driven by, or in support of, students, youth, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The Climate Action Fund will strive to ensure that:
- Canadians are more aware of actions to address climate change;
- Youth, students, and Indigenous Peoples and organizations are engaged on clean growth and climate change initiatives; and
- Communities are better able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
This year, submissions for the 2018-19 intake period are due on September 21, 2018, and funding decisions will be made in mid-autumn.
In new research from Robert Half Technology, 93% of IT hiring decision makers admitted to making a bad hire, and 38% acknowledged it was due to a corporate culture issue, meaning the new hire wasn't a good fit for the company or work environment. Skills-based issues (30%) and interpersonal problems (25%) have also contributed to hiring mistakes, together accounting for over half of bad hires, according to IT leaders. While culture fit is the main issue with poor hires, the challenges may start early in the hiring process, as 44% of IT managers said adequate technical skills are the most difficult thing to evaluate during a job interview. Corporate culture followed, at 36%, and 20% of survey respondents said soft skills are hardest to gauge.
TSheets conducted a survey of 500 employees who telecommute in the United States to collect some thought-provoking data on the state of the remote workforce. The dataset reveals when people telecommute. Three-quarters of employees surveyed (75%) say they commute at least three days per week. Of that, 28% say every day is a remote day. And the time-saving benefits are serious. According to our survey, remote workers save an average of 165 minutes each week by not commuting. That’s nearly three hours a week.
More than half of our respondents say they are more productive when they work remotely, which could be due, in part, to the fact that many remote workers (58%) are able to work from home. That said, not everyone feels great when they work off-site. Although over a third of employees surveyed seem to feel remote environments are more relaxing, 30% say they experience increased stress while working remotely. Still, 71% say the number of distractions either stays the same or decreases.
Among some of the other challenges faced by the telecommuting workforce is the propensity to work more hours in a day. Just over 29% say this is their top challenge. Nearly the same percentage of respondents say people assuming they aren’t actually working while they work remotely is a major challenge, and over 26% cite motivation as their biggest challenge. Other big challenges for remote workers include disconnecting from work, loneliness, and bad internet connections.