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Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program now accepting applications for 2018

August 3, 2017

The Ontario Heritage Trust is calling for applications to the 2018 Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program. This residency program is open to Canadian professional artists practising a wide array of disciplines. Located at Fool's Paradise, McCarthy's former home on the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, the site provides accommodation and studio space in a serene and picturesque setting where artists can concentrate on their creative work. Residencies are available throughout 2018, with terms ranging from one to six months. The program at Fool's Paradise is coordinated and delivered by the Ontario Heritage Trust. According to McCarthy's wishes, the Trust established the residency program to embrace the multi-disciplinary nature of the arts, demonstrate the positive and restorative influence of landscape and the environment, and foster excellence among contemporary Canadian artists, musicians and writers. As part of the residency, artists are required to provide a mentorship opportunity to support the development of an emerging artist or artists. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2017.

New grants available for Canadian organizations focused on reducing food waste

August 3, 2017

The Walmart Foundation announced that it is making $1.87 million CAD ($1.5 million USD) available to fund proposals from eligible nonprofit 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 $250,000 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:

  • Addressing food loss and waste from farm to consumer, such as increasing knowledge of the causes of food loss on farms or during processing;
  • Building capacity in the charitable food system, such as increasing the ability to recover and distribute food to people in need, specifically in rural areas and for under-served populations;
  • And optimizing and/or developing organic recycling solutions, such as advancing innovations and programs that improve organic recycling

The deadline to apply is August 21, 2017.

CRA releases two new videos covering receipting at charitable auctions

August 3, 2017

The Canada Revenue Agency has released two new videos for charities regarding receipting rules for charitable auctions. The first video, Auctions: when you can issue donation receipts, helps charities understand the general rules for issuing donation receipts at auctions. The second video, Auctions: advantage and 80% rule, helps help you understand how to calculate donor advantage and the 80% rule to winning bidders at auctions. Both videos are also available on YouTube.

Pro-bono consulting available from University of Toronto undergraduate & MBA students

July 28, 2017

The University of Toronto Consulting Association’s (UTCA) Volunteer Consulting Group (VCG) is a pro-bono consulting service offered through the University of Toronto. They take on a select number of consulting cases each year to offer services from our teams that have a mix of undergraduate and MBA students along with professional consultant advisors. These engagements run from October 2017 to March 2018 and span a wide variety of business problems, such as, improving engagement, retention, sales, management, or profit. We aim to provide maximal value to our clients; if you’re unsure if your business problem fits, feel free to apply and they will follow-up. 

New photography award for young Canadian artists

July 25, 2017

Scotiabank, in partnership with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada, announced today the inaugural New Generation Photography Award. The prize, designed to support the careers of young artists and to help them reach their infinite potential, will recognize three Canadians ages 30 and under, working in lens-based art. More about the New Generation Photography Award:

  • Winners of the inaugural New Generation Photography Award will each receive a $10,000 cash prize and an exhibition in the Canadian Photography Institute PhotoLab exhibition space at the National Gallery of Canada from March 2 – May 27, 2018.
  • Mentorship is an important aspect of the award. Winners will work closely with the curators and production staff at the Canadian Photography Institute on their exhibition. The award also provides the opportunity for the recipients and their work to be included in artist talks and education programming at the National Gallery of Canada, including tours, photography workshops for school groups, and webinars.


  • Recipients of the New Generation Photography Award will be selected from a longlist of finalists. Nominees are submitted by nominators, chosen from members of the arts community, comprised of photography experts from arts universities and colleges across Canada.
  • To be eligible for the New Generation Photography Award, recipients must be exhibited, Canadian lens-based artists aged 30 and under.

Government of Canada seeks views from Canadians on protecting fish and fish habitat

July 25, 2017

Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the launch of the second phase of Let’s Talk Fish Habitat, an online public consultation to seek Canadians’ views on recent changes to the Fisheries Act. In the first phase of this consultation, Canadians provided Fisheries and Oceans Canada with clear recommendations. They identified lost protections they want to see restored to the Fisheries Act and also shared their views on which modern approaches should be taken to better protect fish and fish habitat. The Government of Canada is now seeking Canadians’ views once again on potential program and policy changes for a revised Fisheries Act. They are also seeking feedback on how to best proceed in order to achieve some of the goals identified in the first phase of consultation.

Apply now to KIND Causes monthly funding program

July 25, 2017

KIND Causes is a monthly grant program under The KIND Foundation – a separate charitable entity established by KIND Healthy Snacks. To date, the program has supported nearly 50 causes and impacted over 5,000 people. Through KIND Causes, the Foundation gives a $10,000 grant each month to a winner chosen by the community. The KIND Foundation invites their community to vote for their favorite causes and each vote is a pledge to carry out a kind act in one’s own life. To learn more about KIND Causes, see here. To apply you must be:

  • Any individual above 18 years of age and living in the US or Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • A charitable organization that has obtained federal registration with the Canada Revenue Agency

Deadlines are the 7th day of each month - an example of the schedule is below:

Submission Period: August 8, 2017 – September 7, 2017
Voting Period: September 10, 2017 – September 30, 2017
Winner Contacted On/About: October 5, 2017

Additional federal funding for immigration and refugee legal aid in BC

July 25, 2017

The Legal Services Society has received confirmation that the federal government will provide additional funding to ensure continued legal aid services for immigrants and refugees. LSS announced last month it would stop taking applications for immigration and refugee services effective August 1, 2017, due to a lack of funding to keep up with increased demand. The new funding allows LSS to maintain services until November 2017 and federal-provincial discussions regarding immigration and refugee legal aid in BC are concluded. The Legal Services Society is BC's legal aid provider. Services include legal advice, information, and representation for financially eligible people who are facing serious family, child protection or criminal matters, and some immigration, mental health and prison law issues.

Ontario Trillium Foundation announces new CEO

July 20, 2017

The Ontario Trillium Foundation's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has appointed Katharine Bambrick (Schmidt) as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 11, 2017. Before joining OTF, Katharine was the Executive Director of Food Banks Canada which supports a network of 10 provincial associations and over 500 local food bank organizations. Before being named Executive Director of the national organization, she led the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. She has a wealth of experience in senior roles, including as the Senior Director of Public Policy at the Food and Consumer Products of Canada, Director of Provincial and National Affairs at the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, and during her ten-year career with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs where she was a Regional Manager, Senior Project Coordinator and a Rural Leadership Consultant.

Microgrants available in Calgary to make communities more walkable

July 19, 2017

ActivateYYC is a new, one-time microgrant program that centers on local community projects in Calgary that bring people together to walk, play and be neighbourly. These projects employ tactical urbanism – quick, temporary, and low-cost initiatives. ActivateYYC will provide grants – averaging $750 – to organized groups and businesses to experiment with temporary local projects and events that motivate Calgarians to walk, play and be neighbourly. Projects are encouraged to take place in any season of the year. To support, organize and administer these grants, the Federation of Calgary Communities has partnered with the City of Calgary and Walk21 to introduce the ActivateYYC program to local communities! If you have a great idea to make your community more walkable, submit your application by August 15, 2017.

Honda Indy Toronto raises nearly $90,000 for Make-A-Wish Canada

July 19, 2017

Thanks to the incredible generosity of race fans, the Ontario Honda Dealers Association (OHDA) and the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF), nearly $90,000 was raised for Make-A-Wish® Canada during the Honda Indy Toronto race weekend. This marks the eighth consecutive year of Make-A-Wish® fundraising efforts at the race, which has generated a total of more than $600,000 for the organization dedicated to granting wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions. All contributions from race fans over the weekend were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Honda Canada Foundation, Honda Canada's national charitable arm.

Survey finds Canadian workers spend average of 1 day per work week on personal tasks

July 19, 2017

Canadian professionals surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said they spend an average of 43 minutes per day, or the equivalent of more than three and a half hours a week, using their mobile device for non-work activities in the office. In contrast, senior managers estimate their staff members spend 32 minutes each day on their cell phones during business hours. Workers also admitted to clocking 40 minutes a day on personal tasks. All in all, the average employee could be wasting nearly 7 hours per work week on activities unrelated to the job. While 38% of managers think staff spend the most time on social networks when using their own mobile devices during business hours, workers said they're most occupied by personal email (35%).

Canadians invited to share their ideas on how to prevent and reduce homelessness

July 17, 2017

The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Advisory Committee on Homelessness, chaired by Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary (Housing and Urban Affairs) to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. To assist the Advisory Committee with its work, an online engagement process has been launched to gather feedback and ideas from Canadians on how to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada. All Canadians are invited to share their views and ideas through the online survey and by sharing their stories before the end of August 2017. The Advisory Committee will consider the feedback and ideas from the engagement process and will provide the Minister with options for the redesign of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).

Ministry of the Status of Women Ontario seeking public feedback

July 17, 2017

Share your feedback about how to help women and girls achieve their full social and economic potential. Your feedback will be used by the Ministry of the Status of Women to develop Ontario’s first strategy for the economic empowerment of women. The Ministry will report back on the findings of this consultation in September 2017 before they release the final strategy in Fall 2017. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2017.

People on the Move: Marcie Flom named executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation

July 12, 2017

The Board of Directors of Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and the Board of Governors of the Jewish Community Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Marcie Flom to the position of executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation. Marcie brings more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience to the role. Marcie previously served as both director of the Jewish Community Foundation and vice-president, financial resource development of Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, where she was responsible for the revenue functions of the organization including the annual campaign, special projects, and corporate funding of nearly $15 million annually. Prior to that, she had a consulting practice and held leadership roles at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company and the National Ballet of Canada.

Air Canada Foundation raises more than $1,100,000 to help Canadian children's charities

July 12, 2017

The Air Canada Foundation sixth annual golf tournament netted over $1,100,000 in support of organizations focused on health and well-being of children in Canada. The tournament was held Monday, July 10 at the Saint Raphaël Golf Club, Québec, and featured close to 300 golfers from across North America. It included a full day of golf followed by a cocktail-style dinner, silent and live auctions of items donated by tournament partners and Air Canada Foundation supporters.

Companies come forward to support disaster relief efforts in British Columbia

July 12, 2017

As the devastating wildfires in British Columbia continue to burn, causing thousands to be displaced from their homes, companies across Canada are announcing donations to assist both the victims and the disaster relief efforts:

  • iA Financial Group - $25,000
  • Great-West Life - $25,000
  • Sun Life Financial - $25,000
  • CN - $25,000
  • RBC - $50,000
  • BMO - $50,000
  • Scotiabank - $50,000
  • TD Bank Group - $50,000
  • Honda Canada Foundation - $100,000
  • HSBC - $100,000
  • BCAA - $100,000
  • Unifor - $100,000

Additionally, Lowe's Canada announced the launch of a national campaign, in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, to aid victims of the wildfires currently raging in British Columbia. White Spot has also announced a fundraising day for July 13, and Boston Pizza has also announced a fundraising initiative.

New, enhanced version of the Mental Health at Work® Challenge now available

July 10, 2017

BestLifeRewarded® Innovations (formerly Cookson James Loyalty), Excellence Canada and Economic Club of Canada, among other partners, launched an exciting, organizational support program called the Mental Health at Work® Challenge 3 years ago. The aim of the program is to create a FREE, easy-to-follow, one-stop-shop tool providing organizations with the essentials to begin to implement the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the "National Standard"). The Mental Health at Work® Challenge is a fun and engaging program that provides a step-by-step approach for administrators to implement the essentials of creating a psychological healthy and safe environment along with resources for employees to become more aware and educated about mental health stigma in the workplace, as well action tools to be more psychologically healthy.

Based on member feedback, the partners made several enhancements to the program, such as new 30-day challenges that launch every three (3) months, the addition of a new Excellence Canada Guidebook, offered free of charge to program participants as an easier-to-navigate administrative portal, and more automated communications to employees. All Canadian companies and organizations (including nonprofit) are encouraged to join the FREE Mental Health at Work® Challenge and together we will de-stigmatize mental illness in the workplace. Get started here.

Apply now to host a Speaker's Bureau with Plan International Canada

July 7, 2017

Host a Speakers Bureau in your community to promote youth voice and help advance gender equality! Plan International Canada is looking to partner with community-based organizations in Canada to host local Speakers Bureau hubs. There will be 5 Speakers Bureau hub locations across Canada led by 2 local facilitators at each location, who will be trained, paid and supported by Plan International Canada staff.

A Speakers Bureau Hub builds a local network of young people, ages 14-24 who create positive change through the Because I am a Girl movement. Speakers Bureau members participate in monthly meetings co-led by the facilitators, which consist of interactive workshops designed to develop their knowledge of issues related to gender inequality and enhance their public speaking skills. Speakers Bureau members will create action plans to raise awareness for these issues in their community.

Apply today! Applications close on Sunday, July 23rd.

Employers concerned about the impact that legalization of marijuana will have on the workplace: HRPA

July 6, 2017

With less than one year until the legalization of marijuana in Canada, a new study reveals that employers feel unprepared for the impact the increased drug use may have on the workplace. In a survey answered by over 650 Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) members between June 1 and June 9, 2017, over 45% of respondents do not believe their current workplace policies adequately address the potential new issues that may arise with the legalization and expected increased use of marijuana.

In the new whitepaper entitled Clearing the Haze: The Impacts of Marijuana on the Workplace, HRPA makes 10 recommendations to governments and employers to ensure that they are prepared for the increased use of marijuana and the affects that will inevitably have on the workplace. These recommendations include that the government maintain two regulatory streams for medical and recreational cannabis, and ensuring employers are prepared to answer questions about coverage of medical marijuana in their extended health care plans.

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