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Canadians recognized by Governor General for advancing gender equality

October 18, 2016

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, announced the six outstanding Canadian women who are receiving the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case for 2016. They are:

  • Cecilia Benoit (Victoria, BC) - Academic, mentor, advocate
  • Anna-Louise Crago (Toronto, ON) - Academic, women’s rights advocate
  • Lucia Lorenzi (youth recipient) (Port Coquitlam, BC) - Activist, volunteer, educator and advocate
  • Pascale Navarro (Montréal, QC) – Journalist and author
  • Norma Jean Profitt (Yarmouth, NS) – Academic, community leader, international activist
  • Diane Redsky (Winnipeg, MB) – Community leader, advocate for Indigenous women’s rights

This year’s Persons Case Awards will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on November 15, 2016, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of women first achieving the right to vote in Manitoba in 1916. Saskatchewan and Alberta followed Manitoba granting women the right to vote in 1916. Ontario extended voting rights to women in 1917. By 1918, federal legislation was passed granting all women 21 years of age and over the right to vote in general elections. The first federal election in which women voted under the universal franchise was in 1921.



RBC celebrates 150 years of Canada by inspiring young Canadians to #Make150Count

October 18, 2016

To celebrate Canada's remarkable past and looking to its bright future, RBC will launch its Canada 150 initiative by giving thousands of young Canadians $150 with one simple request: use the money to help communities prosper. Through #Make150Count, RBC will celebrate these extraordinary acts of kindness that are generated across Canada. RBC employees will select young people within their communities to participate in the program. In addition, young Canadians between the ages of 16-25 can be part of RBC's national movement by sharing how they would make $150 count through Twitter or Instagram using #Make150Count for a chance to be selected.



Report provides tools to improve mental health of Canada’s immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized populations

October 18, 2016

New research conducted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) makes a powerful case for the social and economic imperative of responding to the unique needs of immigrant, refugee, ethno-cultural and racialized (IRER) populations — this includes racialized populations born in Canada. The Case for Diversity: Building the Case to Improve Mental Health Services for Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-cultural and Racialized Populations (CFD) provides policy makers and system planners with empirical evidence about current mental health disparities, and the cost savings associated with closing the gap. As the report points out, one size doesn't fit all—tailored and culturally appropriate services are needed for the varied groups that make up IRER populations living in Canada.

MHCC is taking the next step to address the needs of one of these groups. "We are prepared to back this research with an investment of our own," says Louise Bradley, MHCC President and CEO, who announced today that the MHCC will provide funding to the Refugee Mental Health Project, an evidence-informed online course – available in English and French – to help settlement, social and health service providers build knowledge and skills around the needs of refugees. The course is offered for free in Ontario; however, the MHCC's commitment will see 300 service providers trained outside the province.



Are you Ontario’s most innovative thinker?

October 17, 2016

The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize wants to elevate Ontario’s profile in our country and the world by recognizing you — our most creative thinkers. This is your opportunity to identify and address the challenges that Ontario will face over the next 50 years, and we are open to it all: from evolving environmental pressures to the future of governance in the 21st century. This prize is about the public good. If you are selected, you will get the chance to present your idea to an audience of government, business, and innovation sector heavyweights.

Submit an essay (maximum 800 words) or video (maximum 2 minutes) containing a visionary idea in one of six categories (or all six if you so choose!) about the future of the province and a matter of important public policy. Up to 6 finalists in each category will be chosen. If you are selected as a finalist, you will present your idea in front of a judging panel and live audience in one of six Ontario locations in September 2017. At the end of each event, a winner will be declared. The events will be free and open to the public.

Click here for the complete rules and regulations. Submissions close in March 2017.



New forum to delve into topics on the front lines of Canada’s nonprofit sector

October 17, 2016

The Philanthropist and Imagine Canada have launched Sector Pulse, a group of thought leaders from across the country who will meet regularly to explore issues related to Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector. Sector Pulse provides a new way for two national organizations to align their interests and work together to discuss various issues that inform our public policy work, communication efforts, and research and knowledge agendas.The forum will serve as an advisory body to The Philanthropist and Imagine Canada, with members who are a part of non-profit communities in many parts of the country. Sector Pulse members reflect the diversity of the sector in terms of organizational size, cause, culture, and age. Imagine Canada and The Philanthropist anticipate that their perspectives, insights, and strategic thinking as part of this collaboration will help strengthen and enhance the network of social good across Canada. Sector Pulse members will gather four times per year.



Endeavour Volunteer Consulting is now accepting applications for Spring 2017 projects

October 17, 2016

Do you want to build the capacity, impact or sustainability of your nonprofit organization? Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-profits can help! Apply to become a client for a Spring 2017 consulting project. Bringing together skills-based volunteer consultants to work with clients for a six-month engagement, Endeavour provides innovative pro bono management consulting (without charge) that delivers practical solutions for your nonprofit challenges. Services encompass four key areas: strategic planning, marketing effectiveness, operational efficiency and organizational strength. You can apply to be an Endeavour Client if your organization:

  • Is a nonprofit or a registered charity in Canada
  • Has an annual budget of under $2 million
  • Has been operating for a minimum of two years
  • Has a mission focused on solving social problems

The application deadline for Spring 2017 consulting engagements is Wednesday December 7, 2016.



New Canada150 grant applications open next week

October 17, 2016

Momentum is building with 2017 just around the corner! More than 75 communities are currently accepting calls for grant applications to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. Communities in Brampton, Durham and Port Moody are next to start accepting applications for local projects that build community and encourage engagement in our sesquicentennial. Check out the community foundations opening their call for grant applications shortly and don’t miss the deadline for those closing soon. Opening soon are:

  • Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation (ON) - October 24
  • Durham Community Foundation (ON) - October 31
  • Port Moody Foundation (BC) - November 21

Visit the Community Foundations of Canada website for the full list of other community foundations participating in the Fund.



Apply now for new .eco website domains for environmental nonprofits and campaigns

October 17, 2016

.Eco is a new top-level domain created by and for the environmental community. They’re launching in early 2017, but this fall they’re giving away up to 500 .eco domains to the environmental movement. Unlike other top-level domains, .eco will only be available to organizations, businesses and people committed to positive change for the planet. Supported by over 50 environmental organizations, including WWF and Greenpeace, .eco promises to be a trusted symbol for those of us working on environmental issues. You can apply for any common keyword or phrase that aligns with your issue or an upcoming campaign. For example, tuna.eco, ClimateAction.eco or BanBatteryCages.eco. Launching a campaign to protect honey bees? Apply for Bees.eco. The application period runs between October 17 and December 16, 2016. Environmental organizations can apply for up to three .eco domain names. For more information and to apply, click here.



The Orange Door Project accepting funding applications focusing on youth homelessness

October 17, 2016

The Home Depot Canada Foundation believes that good neighbours make great neighbourhoods. Their primary focus is supporting initiatives that help put an end to youth homelessness. There are two funding streams available to Canadian organizations.

1. Community Impact Grants - provides registered Canadian charities with funding for affordable housing and community based improvement projects that benefit Canadians in need. Our primary focus is on supporting initiatives that prevent and end youth homelessness. As such, preference will be given to repair, renovation and/or improvement projects to housing and/or other support facilities (i.e. employment services) for homeless youth. Maximum Grant is $5,000 (cash and/or The Home Depot gift card) and applications are accepted year-round for this program. Eligible projects include but are not limited to: small-scale renovation and repair projects and programs that benefit vulnerable youth and affordable housing and neighbourhood improvement projects that involve rebuilding, repairing, painting, refurbishing, landscaping, and planting.

2. The Orange Door Project Grant Program - provides funding to Canadian registered charities making repairs, refurbishments and/or modifications to a housing accommodation or other support facility that benefits homeless youth. Maximum Grant is up to $50,000 cash and the deadline for preliminary applications for this program is November 11, 2016. Eligible projects include but are not limited to: window replacement, weatherizing, painting, enhancements to the outdoor landscape (i.e. trees, gardens, seating areas), lighting or fixture upgrade projects, insulation improvements, small kitchen or washroom renovations.



Centraide of Greater Montreal and the INRS announce results of study on working poverty

October 17, 2016

On the occasion of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Centraide of Greater Montreal and the INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) today released the results of a joint study on the working poor in the Montreal region. This study reveals that employment no longer provides an adequate income for a growing number of workers. In the Montreal region, out of every ten low-income individuals aged 18-64, four are employed. Some 125,000 people are confronted with this reality. Highlights from the report include:

  • Between 2001 and 2012, the number of working poor individuals in Greater Montreal grew by about 30%.
  • This phenomenon is particularly marked on the Island of Montreal. The highest rates of working poor are found in the following Montreal neighbourhoods: Park Extension (30.7%), Peter McGill (19.7%), Côte-des-Neiges (18.9%), Little Burgundy (18.5%), Pointe-Saint-Charles (18.2%), Saint-Michel (17.6%) and Saint-Henri (17.5%).
  • More than half of working poor individuals have children (55%).
  • 38% of single parents under age 30, the majority of whom are women, belong to the working poor.
  • 27% of recent immigrants belong to the working poor; they are 5 times more at risk of working poverty than non-immigrants (6%).



CharityVillage has launched the 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey

October 13, 2016

CharityVillage is pleased to announce the 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Survey. The Report (to be released in early 2017) that follows the Survey is the largest and most comprehensive Canadian report to provide a detailed picture of nonprofit sector salaries and benefits.

All Canadian nonprofit organizations are encouraged to participate in the survey. There is no cost to participate. The survey closes on October 26th, 2016.

Knowledge regarding sector compensation packages is vital to workforce planning in organizations across the country.

More.



The Cancer Research Society funds the best research in Canada - Awards $13.8 million in grants this year

October 13, 2016

MONTREAL, Oct. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of the Cancer Research Society approved $13.8 million to support the best cancer research projects in Canada.

Through a combination of donations, fundraising events and partnerships, Canadians have once again demonstrated their support for cancer research, which has led to tangible results.

These generous contributions will allow 166 research projects to be financed during the 2017 Fiscal Year, including 64 new initiatives and 102 ongoing projects. More.



CCHRA becomes CPHR Canada

October 13, 2016

The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) and the eight provincial associations that make up the national body have announced they are aligning under the name and designation CPHR – Chartered Professionals in Human Resources.

“This change further unites and strengthens the organization on behalf of our members” said Shannon Railton, chair of the CCHRA. “The human resources role continues to become more critical in accelerating economic growth through business success and in improving the lives of employees. Our strong, single CPHR designation showcases the unique experience and expertise CPHRs bring to the workplace.” More.



Public Health Agency of Canada Cutting Funding to Canadian AIDS Service Organizations

October 13, 2016

OTTAWA, Oct. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Just two weeks after the federal government pledged $804 million to international efforts on AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference, HIV organizations have had their federal funding drastically cut or completely discontinued across Canada. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) sent out responses from the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (CAF) Letter of Intent Process starting on Sept 29, 2016, several months later than originally promised, and the results have been catastrophic for the sector. More.



CharityVillage to conduct 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Survey

October 6, 2016

Starting the week of October 11th, CharityVillage will be conducting the 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Survey. The Salary Survey allows CharityVillage to collect and share the largest range of salary data from across the Canadian nonprofit sector. Sector professionals from coast to coast have told CharityVillage that this information is vital to workforce planning in their organizations - we look forward to your participation.

Look for your 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Survey email following October 11th. A link to the Survey will also be circulated across social media platforms. Please direct questions to Jennifer Ross, Director, Marketing at jen@charityvillage.com.



Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy - Minister Duclos releases discussion paper in advance of consultations

October 5, 2016

The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy and will be consulting with Canadians in 2017 to gather views to help develop this strategy.

On October 4, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, presented his discussion paper entitled Towards a Poverty Reduction Strategy to the members of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA). This paper is designed to open a dialogue on the subject of poverty reduction in Canada and provides context and background information on this important issue.

Interested individuals and organizations can review this discussion paper in advance of the broader consultation process. More.



Employers increasingly more flexible when it comes to employee time off

October 5, 2016

Today's workforce is made up of a diverse group of Canadians from multiple generations and life stages. With this in mind, employers are offering a range of paid and unpaid leaves to acknowledge the varied priorities of today's workers. Many organizations are choosing to top-up parental leaves with additional time off or provide additional vacation and flex time in order to attract talent, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report.

"More than ever before, Canadians are focusing on competitive benefits and work-life balance when choosing an employer," said Allison Cowan, Director, Leadership and Human Resources Research, The Conference Board of Canada. More.



Activism, faith and digital connectivity key to community participation and belonging in Canada, says new national Vital Signs report

October 5, 2016

Canadians who are involved in activism, attend religious services and connected online are more likely to feel they belong to their communities. That's the headline behind a new national Vital Signs report released today exploring how social participation and our sense of belonging influence each other in Canada.

The second edition of Belonging: Exploring Connection to Community, supported in partnership with MFS, draws on community knowledge, local data as well as responses from a 2015 cross-country survey to ask: What does it means to belong and be involved in our communities? More.



Sustainability a top retention tool

October 5, 2016

A leading figure in the field of sustainability has spoken out about the practice saying it’s not only good for the environment but it’s an invaluable attraction and retention tool too.

“Sustainability programs play a very significant role in attracting and retaining employees and then engaging those employees while they’re at work,” says Frances Edmonds, head of sustainability at HP Canada. More.



CAMH loses $1 million donation due to ‘issues of accountability’

October 5, 2016

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has lost a $1 million donation due to “issues of accountability.”

Philanthropist Andrew Faas, the founder of The Faas Foundation, withdrew the grant to CAMH because the organization was unable to demonstrate that the first installment of the donation was used in accordance with his foundation’s goals. More.



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