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The Children's Prize is accepting project proposals

May 20, 2015

The Children’s Prize is an open web-based competition focused on under-five child survival with eligibility extending to everyone, individuals and organizations, across the world. Through our entrepreneurial and scientific approaches we are ensuring that more children under the age of five survive and thrive.

The 2015 Children’s Prize seeks the best and most effective project that proposes to save the greatest number of children’s lives. One winner will be awarded the $250,000 prize to directly execute their proposed project, within two years. Think you have the best project idea to save the most children under-five? Apply now, the 1st round deadline is Friday, June 12, 2015.



Federal Government invests in youth through Pathways to Education

May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015 - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today announced additional federal funding to Pathways to Education Canada. Minister MacKay spoke about the important work Pathways undertakes in helping at-risk youth stay in school and pursue post-secondary education and in providing students with the employment coaching, financial literacy, career planning and job search skills they need to transition into the jobs that are in demand.  

This funding of $10.5 million over three years will allow Pathways to Education to expand into new sites and support programming for youth. Read more



Feathers of Hope forum gathers First Nations youth to address crisis facing child welfare system

May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015  - Approximately 100 First Nations youth from Ontario added their voices in calling for changes to the province's child welfare system. The youth gathered in Thunder Bay to attend the "Feathers of Hope: Child Welfare Youth Forum" – which is held on May 19-23 and hosted by the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

Recent media stories have highlighted the challenges facing Ontario (and other provinces) in providing safe, equitable and supportive care to children and youth under the protection of the government. Despite representing less than 3 per cent of Canada's total child population, Aboriginal children make up approximately 15 per cent of all children in care. In some provinces, they represent as many as 65 per cent of all children in the child welfare system. Further, experts believe that there are currently more children in care than at the height of the Indian Residential School period (nineteenth and twentieth centuries). Read more



CharityVillage launches new Twitter channel for job seekers: @VillageJobs

May 14, 2015

Responding to requests from our core audience of Canada's job seekers to join them on social media, we are pleased to announce that we have launched a new Twitter channel just for those seeking work in the nonprofit sector, or researching a job shift from within the sector.

Effective immediately, CharityVillage will communicate job postings via Twitter at @VillageJobs.

As soon as a job posting appears live on CharityVillage, nearly every job posting will appear in the @VillageJobs Twiiter stream. We'll also be helping job searchers using this channel by including links to tips and advice on finding meaningful work in Canada's nonprofit sector.

CharityVillage will also maintain our strong sector presence and dialogue on our regular Twitter channel, @CharityVillage.com. Follow us on both channels for a complete picture of Canada's nonprofit sector and job market.



Government of Canada announces enhancements to compassionate care benefits

May 14, 2015

May 13, 2015 - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, along with the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development, on behalf of the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today highlighted increased financial support proposed for individuals taking care of family members facing a significant risk of death.

Compassionate care benefits, which are provided through the Employment Insurance (EI) program, are available to individuals temporarily away from work to care for a sick family member with a significant risk of death. Effective January 3, 2016, the proposed enhanced benefit will allow claimants to collect up to 26 weeks of benefits, up from the current 6 weeks. The benefits can also be taken within an expanded period of 52 weeks (up from 26 weeks) and can be shared between family members.

The enhancements being made to compassionate care benefits through Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2015 reaffirm the Government's commitment to helping families receive the support they need as they care for loved ones at end-of-life.

Today's announcement is one example of what the Government is doing to help Canadians. To help hard-working families, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children's Fitness Tax Credit.



12 Cancer Specialists Receive 'Colourful Honours' from the Princess Margaret

May 14, 2015

May 13, 2015 - 12 cancer specialists including researchers and clinicians who independently formed separate teams for the Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer, received "colourful honours" from The Princess Margaret in Toronto on Wednesday.  Funds raised through OneWalk support Personalized Cancer Medicine at The Princess Margaret, which enables world-leading clinicians and researchers to detect cancers earlier, diagnose with more precision, target treatment for each patient and support patients and their families throughout the cancer journey.

"Today we are witnessing a new standard of charitable excellence," said Paul Alofs, the President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Read more



First Indigenous Workplace Inclusion Leadership Awards: Honouring Performance Excellence

May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015 - Today, for the first time in Canada, companies and individuals that are advancing engagements, relationships and partnerships with Indigenous people, businesses, and communities will be honoured for Indigenous workplace inclusion performance excellence.

"We are recognizing hard work, innovative brilliance, and strategic business approaches that are building social and economic inclusion that is resulting in prosperity for Indigenous communities, companies, and a stronger Canada," said Kelly J. Lendsay, President and CEO, of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council (AHRC) – the nation's leading experts in Indigenous workplace inclusion.

Nominations were reviewed by a non-partisan group of experts actively working in the field of workplace inclusion and diversity. Award nominations were evaluated against AHRC's workplace inclusion system and methodology, which involves a nine-point evaluation framework used to benchmark workplace systems, practices and behaviours to determine the state of Indigenous inclusion within a company, and where it is positioned on the council's seven-stage Inclusion Continuum.



Children's charitable foundation concerned by CRA's aggressive tactics

May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015 - The Giving Tree Foundation of Canada ("The Giving Tree") today called upon the Canada Revenue Agency ("CRA") to stop its unfounded, callous campaign to revoke The Giving Tree's charitable status.

The Giving Tree's donor-directed dollars – millions of which fund over 20 Canadian children's charities – are now in jeopardy due to the CRA's aggressive bullying tactics. The Toronto based charitable foundation gives millions of dollars to children's charities across the country that provide essential services and core programs for young people and their families.

"Our entire program is at risk of being shut down. After several requests, the CRA has not provided any opportunity to meet and discuss the issue," said JoAnne Korten, The Giving Tree's Executive Director.

"We've always been open and transparent and the giving program has passed numerous detailed audits. The CRA's heavy handed approach is putting essential children's programs at risk. It's completely disheartening," said Korten. "These children need an advocate, and we view that as our role. We must be allowed to continue to support community charities and the good work that they do."

"The donation structure is entirely appropriate, legitimate and within the bounds of law as it stands and as was intended," said Vern Krishna, CM, QC, former President of the Law Society of Upper Canada, former Chief of Tax Policy & Legislation in the Department of Finance, and architect of the original federal Charity Donation Rules and Structure.



Tourisme Montréal earns major sustainable tourism award

May 14, 2015

Tourisme Montréal is proud to announce that it received the coveted Destination Award from the Responsible Travel & Tourism Forum (RTTF) yesterday in Toronto. This accolade is part of the Leadership Awards, presented annually by Baxter Travel Media since 2008 to recognize Canadian tourism organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to socially, economically, and environmentally responsible practices.

This recognition underscores the work accomplished by Tourisme Montréal under the tourism industry's Green Plan, but also within the organization itself. All Tourisme Montréal departments take part in integrating environmental responsibility into inhouse management practices and thus earned the RTTF honor through real teamwork.

As part of its environmental responsibility approach initiated in 2008 and formalized in 2011 with the creation of a position dedicated to sustainable tourism, Tourisme Montréal engages the Montreal tourism industry through various activities. Thanks to the support of the tourism industry's Green Committee, Tourisme Montréal raises awareness of, supports, and promotes Montreal tourism businesses that care about sustainable development.

"I am extremely proud of the work accomplished by Tourisme Montréal in terms of sustainable tourism," said Tourisme Montréal CEO Yves Lalumière. "Once again, our organization has demonstrated initiative and leadership in a sector that is key to the future of tourism."

Although initially intended for the eco-friendly conference industry, Tourisme Montréal's Green Plan gradually developed into a more global action plan seeking to make a larger number of stakeholders more socially, economically, and environmentally accountable. The restaurant, hotel, and festival industries thus play an important role in positioning Montréal as a sustainable tourist destination.



Heritage funding available for digital stewardship and digitization projects

May 11, 2015

EMC Corporation announced today that the 2015 EMC Heritage Trust Project is now accepting nominations for grants. Grants will support projects that practice and encourage the stewardship of cultural information in local communities around the world. Founded in 2007, the EMC Information Heritage Initiative program recognizes organizations and individuals that protect and preserve cultural information from around the world through digitization, allowing readily accessible online research and education. In conjunction with the program, the EMC Heritage Trust Project recognizes and supports local people and projects that practice and inspire the digital stewardship of the world’s information heritage. This year, EMC’s Heritage Trust Project will accept applications in 24 countries, including Canada (excluding Quebec). The application deadline is June 19, 2015.



Vancouver Foundation joins the Open Licensing movement

May 11, 2015

Vancouver Foundation has announced that, beginning in 2017, it will adopt an open licensing policy for projects funded through its community granting programs. The Foundation’s goal is to advance transparency and accessibility of materials to drive greater innovation and creativity in British Columbia and beyond. The Open Licencing Policy will require grantees to apply a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY 4.0) to projects and research funded through community advised grant programs. This policy will enable grant recipients to retain copyright over materials while, at the same time, allowing others to use and build upon the positive work created by these Vancouver Foundation grants. Vancouver Foundation will also apply this policy to its own intellectual property, including publications and reports.



Be inspired with the latest Unsung Heroes video biography: The Iceman

May 8, 2015

CharityVillage has unveiled the newest video in their biography series called Unsung Heroes, which profiles Canadians who make sacrifices in order to live, breathe and work for change, without expecting anything in return.

We're honoured to introduce you to "The Iceman" - a dedicated Ontario teenager who proves you are never too young to make a big difference in the lives of others. Watch the video today to learn more about how this former AAA hockey player is bringing his love of the game to kids who might not otherwise have a chance to play, and help us sing his praises by sharing the video with your friends, family and colleagues.

The Unsung Heroes project was conceived by Mary Barroll. A former TV journalist and presently an entertainment lawyer and television producer, Mary was inspired by the stories she discovered about the people behind Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector when she joined CharityVillage as General Counsel and VP Media Affairs. “I love the idea of exploring the untold stories of secret heroes who live among us – real-life Canadian superheroes whose great works should be acknowledged and celebrated.” The series will include at least six video biographies.



New research shows managing work-life balance is growing increasingly difficult

May 6, 2015

EY has released new research that shows one third of full-time workers say that managing work-life has become more difficult in the last five years. Younger generations and parents are harder hit than others, plus workers in certain countries. The online survey of close to 9,700 full-time workers at companies of varying sizes in eight countries (Canada was not included) explored a wide variety of areas including: younger generations moving into management, work-life and economic challenges, workplace flexibility around the globe, plus what employees seek in a job and why they quit. Among the key findings, the top reason one-third of full-time employees globally say it has gotten more difficult to manage work/family in the last five years is that “my salary has not increased much, but my expenses have,” which was about tied with “my responsibilities at work have increased.” The other top 5 reasons include increased responsibility at home, working longer hours and having children.



National Gallery of Canada Foundation receives $2 million gift to endowment fund

May 5, 2015

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation announced today a gift of $2 million from the Koerner Foundation of Toronto to the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment Fund. In appreciation, the National Gallery of Canada will rename its Water Court the Michael and Sonja Koerner Family Atrium. The Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment Fund will provide vital financial support to Canadian artists representing Canada at the Venice Biennale, the iconic art exhibition in Venice, Italy. This fund is being endowed with the aim of attracting other philanthropic partners.



Public space competition calls for big ideas from young people in Toronto

May 5, 2015

With Toronto experiencing a period of immense growth and an influx of young people returning to the city, public space is more important than ever before. That's where the 2015 NXT City Prize, presented by Oxford Properties, comes in. Building on the success of its inaugural year, the 2015 NXT City Prize asks young people under the age of 35 to submit big ideas to improve public space anywhere in the City of Toronto. The winning submission receives a $5,000 cash prize together with the chance to have the idea implemented. Category winners each receive a $1,000 cash prize. This year's competition theme is "Opportunity" – how can we create new economic, social, or environmental opportunities through public space? How can we connect people in new and meaningful ways? More importantly, how can we make our public spaces great? Along with the grand prize award, category prizes are available for the best submission by an individual or team under the age of 18, best technology-focused public space idea, best idea for energy & sustainability in public space, and best idea in one the City's Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2015.



New handbook helps employers address workplace mental health

May 4, 2015

Mood Disorders of Canada has released a new handbook for employers called Workplace Mental Health. Mental Health in the Workplace is based on the results of a survey of Canadian employees and employers talking about their perceptions of mental illness, either as experienced themselves, or as observed in their co-workers. The survey also spoke to managers who reported that they often did not know that one of their employees was struggling with a mental illness and, even if they knew, were unsure what to do to help. This handbook helps employers and employees create and sustain a mentally healthy workplace. It is also a guide to employers for the development of programs that will support employees who are experiencing mental illness.



Government of Ontario accepting expressions of interest for Local Poverty Reduction Fund

April 30, 2015

The Government of Ontario is inviting expressions of interest for the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, which gives money to community organizations and municipalities to evaluate their poverty reduction initiatives, create partnerships and build a body of evidence of programs that work for Ontarians living in poverty. To be considered for funding, projects will be required to meet the following criteria:

  • Projects are local, innovative programs that focus on preventing and transitioning people out of poverty, and support the goals of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.
  • Projects help groups disproportionately affected by poverty, including women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Aboriginal Peoples.
  • Projects use community partnerships and collaboration to deliver programs and services.
  • Projects include partnerships with third-party evaluators (academia or practitioners) to develop and implement a clear evaluation framework.

Expressions of interest must be submitted by May 5, 2015.



Submit your nominations for Canada's Safest Employers Awards - including psychological safety

April 30, 2015

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) defines mental health as being more than the absence of mental illness - it's a state of well-being. Given that most people spend approximately 60% of their waking hours at work, protecting psychological health and safety in the workplace is a critical component to supporting employee well-being, on par with physical health and safety. To coincide with CMHA's Mental Health Week (May 4 – 10, 2015), the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (the Centre) invites organizations to submit their nominations by June 1 in the psychological safety category in the Canada's Safest Employers Awards, offered by Canadian Occupational Safety.



Canadian workplace study shines light on changing work values

April 30, 2015

Is honesty the best policy for professionals who have been fired from a job? According to LinkedIn's New Norms @Work study, Canadian workers generally think not. Over half (56%) of Canadian respondents reported they wouldn't be completely honest about being fired, with millennials ages 25-34 least likely to be honest at 62%. The global LinkedIn study illustrates how Canadian full-time working professionals shape their professional brands for the modern workplace both online and on the job. It also shines a light on Canadians' changing work values, showing that Canadians want progressive workplaces that offer more than the standard benefits package. According to the study, we're over the 9-5 work day, with more than 50% of those surveyed stating that all companies should offer flexible work schedules. Maternity leave top-up was also a top priority, particularly in Quebec, with almost 30% of respondents stating that this practice should be mandatory. Ontarians, on the other hand, were less adamant, with only 17% in agreement.



New arts partnership looks to create new dialogues between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples

April 29, 2015

The Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) today announced the launch of a new, cross-sector funding partnership to support artistic projects that explore the ongoing process of conciliation and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Called {Re}conciliation, this unique initiative will promote artistic collaborations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists, investing in the power of art and imagination to inspire dialogue, understanding and change. The Canada Council for the Arts will administer the {Re}conciliation initiative and a call for proposals will be issued in late May 2015. Interested artists and arts organizations will be invited to submit proposals for project funding up to $75,000. This initiative precedes the release of the report from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and seeks to help artists and Canadians alike reflect upon, and help repair historic injustices.



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