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Fasken Martineau releases new occupational health and safety survey report

May 31, 2016

Fasken Martineau is pleased to release its 2016 Employer Occupational Health and Safety Survey Report, Building a Safer Workplace. The 2016 Employer Occupational Health and Safety Survey was conducted to better understand the current trends in OHS compliance and regulatory enforcement across Canada. Key findings of Building a Safer Workplace include:

  • Approximately 10% of employers surveyed responded they did not have a written OHS policy in their workplace or were unaware if they had a policy.
  • Officers and directors drive the health and safety culture of a workplace. Approximately 55% are trained in an OHS program.
  • 81% of workplaces have an Employee Assistance Program to help workers with substance abuse issues.
  • Over 50% of employers reported an increase of harassment complaints in the workplace in the last 12 months.
  • Over 80% of survey respondents have not appealed an OHS order or direction in the past 12 months.

This first-ever national employer survey has brought significant Canadian health and safety realities to light. Responses to the survey not only revealed predominant OHS trends, but also exposed critical legal compliance gaps across Canadian workplaces.



InSpirit Foundation's ChangeUp Grants now accepting applications

May 30, 2016

The Inspirit Foundation has announced they are now accepting applications for ChangeUp Grants, which create opportunities for young people aged 18 to 34 to initiate creative solutions-based projects that address issues of discrimination and prejudice in their local communities. While an emphasis is placed on media and arts for change projects, Inspirit welcomes a wide-range of exploratory ideas, which will open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race, or religion. To be eligible to apply, a project will need to:

  • be led and driven by young people between the ages of 18 and 34
  • be led by young people who have personal experience with issues being addressed in the proposed initiative
  • aim to open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnic, cultural, or religious difference
  • impact people and communities in Canada
  • wrap up within a 12-month period

The deadline to apply is June 16, 2016.



CanadaHelps launches new resources to help charities share their impact

May 30, 2016

Today, CanadaHelps officially launched their new Impact Tool, which provides charitable organizations of all sizes with an easy, step-by-step approach to track and share the results they have generated, the impact they have had on the problem they are trying to solve, and their plans to deliver change long-term. The straight-forward tool is designed to enable all charities, regardless of size, to share their impact. The new Impact Tool is accessible from your profile on CanadaHelps. Preparing the content and populating it on your CanadaHelps page should take approximately one hour to complete, and CanadaHelps has designed four questions that, once answered, will share your impact story.

To help charities of all sizes become more knowledgeable about the concept of Impact, CanadaHelps is providing a free educational resource published by their partner PHINEO, a European leader in impact measurement specializing in small and medium sized charities, available to Canadian charities through their CanadaHelps Charity Admin account. The 130-page guide provides step-by-step guidance and practical examples to help all organizations on their journey of communicating and measuring their impact.



Corporate Knights seeks nominations for second annual Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders list

May 30, 2016

According to the United Nations, nearly a third of the world's population falls into the "youth" category. It's imperative, the global agency says, that youth from all parts of the world participate actively in all levels of decision-making related to sustainable development. Just as important is that their voice is heard and their actions are recognized. This is exactly what the Fall 2016 issue of Corporate Knights magazine intends to do. The youth-themed October issue will recognize the top 30 individuals under 30 years old who are leading on sustainability issues. They could be young social entrepreneurs or business leaders; budding politicians or impactful bureaucrats; up-and-coming scientists or innovative activists. Common to them all is their drive to create a more equitable and sustainable economic system. To nominate someone who fits this bill, visit the website and fill out the online form. Nominations should be for Canadians who are age 29 or younger as of September 30, 2016. Nominations close June 20.



New partnership keeps public informed on advances in cancer environment

May 27, 2016

With the expansion of cancer research into areas such as immunotherapy, genomics and new emerging medicines, the outlook for important advances in treatment has never been more promising. To ensure Canadians continue to have access to accurate information about cancer in such a rapidly evolving and complex world, the Canadian Cancer Society is partnering with Merck Canada Inc. to launch New Horizons in Cancer Research. Announced at the MaRS Discovery District, Merck, known as MSD outside Canada and the United States, confirmed a $1 million contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society to support the creation and roll out of the New Horizons project, designed to become the go-to online source for answers about the latest scientific discoveries in cancer and the implications for prevention, screening and treatment. The partnership also includes sustained support for the Society's divisions in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.



Canadian employers can do more to help individuals affected by MS

May 27, 2016

While Canada has the highest rate of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the world, we may not be doing enough in terms of providing appropriate workplace accommodations and income supports for this population and their caregivers, according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). Highlights of the report include:

  • Canada has the highest prevalence of MS in the world. As well as being an important health issue, this creates significant economic costs for individuals and the wider economy, as much as $2.8 billion annually.
  • Productivity loss in individuals living with MS is estimated to account for about one-third of the total economic burden of MS.
  • Proper supports could ensure that people living with MS effectively participate in the labour force, while creating economic benefits for employers and governments.

Without employment, individuals with MS or their caregivers are vulnerable to economic hardship, social exclusion, and reduced self-confidence. Individuals with MS who are willing and able to work can do so as long as the proper supports are in place. Helping employees with MS talk about staying in their jobs is also beneficial to employers, as it increases the retention of skilled employees, while boosting productivity.



More than half of workers unsatisfied with time-off policy

May 26, 2016

Despite bluer skies and warmer weather, some workers are feeling a little grey when it comes to their vacation time away from work. According to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps, more than half of Canadian professionals (52%) feel they don't have enough vacation time. Some reasons professionals aren't reaping the full benefits of time off:

  • 36% said they were worried about their colleagues absorbing their workload.
  • 38% said they were concerned about the amount of work that would await them when they returned.
  • 36% of workers admitted to checking in with the office at least once or twice a week while on vacation.

Some sunnier survey results show professionals plan to take an average of 11 vacation days this summer, and 30% plan to take more vacation days this summer than last year.



Nonprofit Tech for Good and Public Interest Registry release inaugural nonprofit tech report

May 25, 2016

Nonprofit Tech for Good and Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains, have announced findings of the inaugural “2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report” which uncovers how non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are using digital tools to communicate with their supporters. In addition to revealing how NGOs’ online communications, online fundraising, and social media usage vary by continent, the report includes insights collected from donors on their giving preferences to help NGOs to optimize their own fundraising strategies.

The report details the findings from a survey of 2,780 NGO representatives from 133 countries conducted in late 2015. While digital platforms and social media are popular with NGOs in Australia & Oceana, Europe and North America, the survey found that NGOs in markets with a growing Internet infrastructure – including Africa, Asia and South America – are not using these tools as frequently. Other findings include:

  • 90% of NGO respondents maintain a website and 70% of respondents use a .org domain
  • Three-fourths of NGO respondents stated that they regularly send email updates to donors and supporters
  • 46% of respondents stated that they maintain their own blogs
  • 78% of respondents agreed that social media is effective for online fundraising
  • While nearly all NGO respondents maintain a presence on social media, only 11% of respondents assign a full-time or part-time social media manager and 15% of respondents rely solely on volunteers



New survey report available on Canada's social enterprise sector

May 19, 2016

In 2014 and 2015, the Social Enterprise Sector Survey collected impact data from nonprofit social enterprises in all provinces and territories of Canada (except Quebec, where the Comité sectoriel de main d’oeuvre économie sociale et action communautaire conducted a sector survey). In the survey, 1,350 of more than 7,000 confirmed social enterprises across Canada reported at least $1.19 billion in revenues, including over $828 million in sales. They paid at least $442 million in wages and salaries to 31,000 employees, of whom 76% were mission-focused employees. Social enterprises across Canada also trained 116,000 people, provided services to over 5.48 million individuals, and involved 116,000 volunteers.



CRA releases FAQs for charities impacted by Alberta fires

May 19, 2016

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released a list of Frequently Asked Questions relating to how to assist people and charities impacted by the Alberta wildfires. For charities impacted by the fire, information is given on how the CRA will handle reporting requirements (considering some organizations may have lost their books and records in the fires) and filing deadlines. Information is also given to charities who are looking to raise funds to assist fire victims. The FAQ page also includes common questions asked by donors.



Survey reveals biggest challenges for new managers

May 19, 2016

New managers face a number of challenges, but which is the most daunting? According to Canadian CFOs interviewed for a Robert Half Management Resources survey, the most difficult part of becoming a manager is balancing individual responsibilities with time spent overseeing staff (38%). Meeting higher performance expectations ranked as the second greatest concern (24%), followed by motivating the team (18%) and prioritizing projects (16%). Supervising former peers and friends was only cited as a concern by 3% of the survey respondents.



Nominations open for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver's Power of Peace Awards

May 18, 2016

Each year, to help celebrate YMCA Peace Week, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver hosts a special event, the Power of Peace Awards, which presents YMCA Peace Medallions to remarkable individuals or groups who, without any special resources, demonstrate a commitment to the values of peace through special contributions made within their community — locally, nationally or globally. Nominees volunteer their time to create positive social change, taking action and inspiring others to find peaceful solutions to the challenges faced by communities both locally and globally. Nominations are divided into the following categories:

  • Local/International Social Change Leader, Individual. This award honours individuals working in their own community or international community for social change.
  • Local Social Change Leader, Group. This award is open to groups working locally for social change.
  • International Social Change Leader, Group. This award is open to groups working in the international community for social change.
  • Emerging Young Social Change Leader(s). This award is open to individuals and groups under 18 years of age working locally or globally for social change.
  • Social Change Leader, Lifetime Achievement Award. This award will be presented from time-to-time at the discretion of the Power of Peace committee, in recognition of an individual’s extraordinary contribution and dedication to social change.

Nominations are now being accepted until June 15, 2016.



Community foundations across Alberta unite for Fort McMurray

May 18, 2016

As first responders and frontline organizations continue to address the immediate crisis in Fort McMurray, community foundations from across Alberta are pooling their resources to create a Rebuilding Fort McMurray Fund. Although the present emergency is still unfolding, community foundations understand that after immediate needs are met the process of rebuilding Fort McMurray will require long-term financial commitment. Edmonton Community Foundation has contributed $100,000 to seed the fund and community foundations throughout the province are committing additional resources. This initiative is made possible by:

  • The Calgary Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta
  • Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta
  • Banff Canmore Community Foundation
  • Red Deer and District Community Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta
  • Community Foundations of Canada
  • Edmonton Community Foundation

The Fund will focus on restoring and enhancing the social infrastructure of the Fort McMurray community, especially things not covered by governments or insurance. Community foundations will be working closely with United Way of Fort McMurray and other United Ways in Alberta to ensure rebuilding funds are used efficiently and effectively for the benefit of the community. However, given the ongoing nature of the wildfire situation in Northeastern Alberta the Community Foundations of Canada encourages people to continue providing support for emergency needs directly to the Canadian Red Cross or to the United Way of Fort McMurray.



ARC extends the Grants in Gear environmental funding deadline

May 18, 2016

The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) announced they have extended their Grants in Gear funding deadline to June 12, 2016. In 2013, ARC launched a new granting initiative, Grants in Gear, which aimed to extend the environmental benefits achieved through the ARC membership’s dedication to environmental best practices. Through the Grants in Gear initiative, ARC has funded not-for-profits of all sizes across Canada seeking to make a difference for the environment and communities on a local, regional, or national level. Over $200,000 was distributed amongst the 2013 and the 2015 grant winners who were selected by a five-member jury. In 2016, ARC will disburse up to four (4) grants worth a maximum of $25,000.



Government of Canada conducting online consultations to explore flexible work in Canada

May 18, 2016

Improving work-life balance for Canadians, while adding value to businesses, is the goal of a new consultation launched today by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk. She is asking Canadians to have their say starting today as she launches a new consultation to bring the right to request Flexible Work Arrangements (Flex Work) to Canada.

Flex Work can take many forms but usually involves giving someone the right to change where or when they work to help balance other responsibilities. Reasons could include allowing someone to pick up or drop off their child at day care or school, to take care of a loved one, enrol in training or education program or participate in traditional Indigenous practices such as hunting or fishing. There are many reasons why someone might need a little more flexibility in their schedule, and under our plan they would have the formal right to request it.

Canadians will have a chance to give their say to the Government through online and in-person consultations. Anyone can submit their views through an online survey open today until June 30, 2016. The Government will also hold roundtables across Canada in the coming weeks to hear from employers, workers, academics and others.



Early response rate for census ‘slightly better’ than expected: Statistics Canada

May 13, 2016

Several days past Census Day, the day by which Statistics Canada had encouraged people to complete the questionnaires, the agency says it has received 7.6 million forms, a response so far that is “slightly better than anticipated.” It has mailed out questionnaires or notices to about 15.5 million households, and enumerators will determine in the coming months how many of those are unoccupied or not private dwellings. Read more.



Employees who think their workplace is fair are reportedly healthier

May 13, 2016

Employees who believe their workplace treats them fairly are more likely to report being "healthy" and willing to go the extra mile for their organization, according to a new study.

Researchers from England’s University of East Anglia and Sweden’s Stockholm University investigated whether perceptions of fairness among workers changed their self-reported health.

The study looked at more than 5,800 workers aged 16 to 64 in Sweden between 2008 and 2014, as part of the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health.

What they found was that when the workers’ perceptions of “procedural justice” improved – or the processes that dictated how rewards, pay, promotions and assignments were handed out – on average, they reported that they felt healthier. Read more.



Charity donation bins to be regulated in Richmond, BC

May 12, 2016

Effective July 1, only registered charities will be allowed to place bins on Richmond public property. Charities will have to apply for a permit and follow all the rules, including displaying a registered charity number, and the donations will have to benefit Richmond residents.

“Fifty per cent of the revenue has to go to that charity, and preference is given to charities that are running programs in Richmond,” said Ted Townsend, Corporate Communications Manager for the City of Richmond. Read more.



Donate fire relief to local charities, urges group

May 12, 2016

A group that evaluates charities is urging Canadians to donate money for Fort McMurray relief to local charities rather than to the Canadian Red Cross.  So far, Canadians have donated an unprecedented $67 million to that agency to help the 80,000 people who fled the massive wildfire that started on May 1. Read more.



'Most important cash transfer' in Red Cross history

May 12, 2016

The Canadian Red Cross will soon start providing emergency funds of $600 per adult and $300 per child from the millions raised so far for Fort McMurray, Alta., residents forced from their homes by the wildfire.

The funds will be transferred electronically, within the next 24 to 48 hours, to individuals who have already registered with the Red Cross. The transfers represent $50 million of the $67 million donated by Canadians. Read more.



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