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Charitable giving a key theme for Canada's 150 celebration

May 30, 2017

With giving back a key theme of Canada 150, CanadaHelps feels it's important to shine light on our nation's rich history of charitable giving. Coast-to-coast, charities of all sizes are launching campaigns to mark Canada's 150th birthday and share their vision for a better Canada. Canada is home to more than 86,000 charities, of which 80% have overall annual revenues of less than $500,000 and a full 49% have annual revenues of less than $100,000. Further still, 86% of small charities have fewer than five staff and 48% are fully volunteer run. Considering the impact they make across the country, it's a hard truth that Canada's small charities receive just 24% of donations – a fact that is all too real during the summer months when donations tend to dry up compared to the holiday season. Whether donating time or money, Canadians are urged to incorporate giving back into their Canada Day celebrations. With over 260 campaigns to choose from, Canadian's can find a cause that's close to their heart as well as one that speaks to their vision for Canada's future. To view a full list of Canada150 campaigns and to get started giving, Canadians can click here.



Indigenous researchers receive $2.6 million for Indigenous maternal and child health program

May 25, 2017

A unique Indigenous-led, community-hospital-university-private sector partnership to enhance Indigenous maternal and child health will address some of the underlying causes of health inequity through an innovative new action-research project. The Kind Faces Sharing Places: An Action Research Project for Indigenous Families During and After Pregnancy and Birth project will aim to address some of the social determinants of health and break the multi-generational impacts of family disruption in Toronto. This project is supported by CAD$2.6 million in funding from Merck Canada Inc. provided in part through Merck for Mothers. Dr. Smylie and a team of Indigenous researchers and community partners from the University of Toronto's Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Well Living House, Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and Nishnawbe Homes will lead the project.



Facebook and Instagram Canada launch free courses for community organizations

May 24, 2017

Facebook and Instagram Canada have launched Facebook Blueprint x Canada 150 to help enable community organizations to share their story and cultural impact in Canada, as well as promote their Canada 150 initiatives and events. With 22 million Canadians on Facebook and 8.5 million Canadians on Instagram, Facebook and Instagram allow organizations to reach the people that matter to them. Facebook Blueprint x Canada 150 is a self-directed learning path featuring 40 courses, available in English and French, that makes it easy to learn and master the best practices of Facebook and Instagram marketing. The training module is segmented into 6 sections, and allows people to select courses based on their experience and interests. It can be accessed for free at: fb.me/blueprint/canada150



A third of Canadian employees check in with the office while on vacation

May 24, 2017

Are vacations where people completely disconnect from the office a thing of the past? Research shows "workations" may continue to be common for some professionals today. In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, 33% of Canadian workers said they typically check in with the office at least once or twice a week during their vacation, not changing significantly from 36% one year ago. On the bright side, those who do connect with the office do so fewer times during their break: six percent of workers touch base at least once or twice a day, compared to 10% in 2016. Their reasons for checking in include gaining peace of mind that things were under control (55%), keeping projects moving along (51%), avoiding coming back to extra work (47%) and preventing colleagues from feeling undue stress (25%).



Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup aims to celebrate World Environment Day with 150 cleanups Canada-wide

May 24, 2017

In celebration of World Environment Day on June 5, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is excited to partner with Environment and Climate Change Canada to encourage Canadians to "connect with nature" by leading 150 shoreline cleanups across the country on World Environment Day weekend, June 2 to 5, 2017. Canada has been selected as the host country of this year's World Environment Day. As we gear up to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is encouraging Canadians to lead 150 cleanups on this weekend to observe Canada's continuous efforts to protect our waters and wildlife. Registration for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is easier than ever with a new, user-friendly website. Join the movement at ShorelineCleanup.ca. Participants registering for a shoreline cleanup on World Environment Day are also encouraged to register their event on the World Environment Day website at www.worldenvironmentday.global to gain global interest for the event.



Canadians increasingly eating lunch by themselves, at their desks

May 24, 2017

A new Dalhousie study found that eating lunch at one’s desk seems to be widespread across Canada. Almost 50% of consumers in the Atlantic region eat lunch at their desk, a figure higher than any other region in Canada. Most Canadians also eat lunch alone. The percentages of consumers in Ontario, the Prairies, and the Atlantic region who eat lunch alone are higher than the Canadian average while, in Quebec, only 36% eat lunch alone. Researchers discovered that many consumers are inclined to eat out more often, and will continue to do so. Among single people, 42% anticipate eating lunch on-the-go or at a restaurant more often in the next year



Survey finds employees want flexible schedules this summer

May 23, 2017

What are the hottest summer perks? Workers surveyed by OfficeTeam said they're most interested in flexible schedules (46%), but only 27% of Canadian human resources (HR) managers reported their organization offers them at this time of year. Additionally, 25% of employees surveyed would like the option to leave early on Fridays, 10% would appreciate a more relaxed dress code, and 8% would enjoy company events such as potlucks or picnics. Unexpected absences (28%) and being overly distracted or checked out at work (20%) were identified by employers as the most common negative employee behaviours this time of year, ahead of dressing too casually (18%), not planning well for vacations (17%) and sneaking in late or leaving early (14%).



Ontario releases the Changing Workplaces Review final report and summary

May 23, 2017

The Special Advisors to the Changing Workplaces Review (Ontario) have released a 419-page Final Report. A Summary Report has also been issued. The Report, which proposes amendments to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995, contains 173 recommendations. In 2015 Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn initiated the Changing Workplaces Review by appointing C. Michael Mitchell and John C. Murray as Special Advisors to lead the largest review of Ontario's labour laws conducted within decades and report back to the Minister. The review was to consider issues brought about in part by the growth of precarious employment. The Review’s first phase of public consultation involved 12 sessions held across Ontario that heard over 200 presentations and received over 300 written submissions. A summary of the final report can also be found here.



Food Banks Canada wins $750,000 Google grant to develop FoodAccess app

May 17, 2017

Over 900 Canadian nonprofit organizations applied for the #GoogleImpact Challenge grant and through online voting, Food Banks Canada secured the People’s Choice award and $750,000 towards technological innovation to develop the FoodAccess App. With $31 billion worth of food currently wasted each year in Canada, the FoodAccess App’s goals is to help link Canadian retailers, farmers, manufacturers and restaurants to food banks and agencies to help provide quality food to assist those who need it most and reduce the amount of food going to waste. Food Banks Canada now begins the work to develop the highly anticipated FoodAccess App.



University of Fredericton launches online course to enhance resiliency, help students cope with stress

May 17, 2017

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, more than a quarter of Canadians perceive work-related stress to be high. When demands on individuals exceed their personal resources, they become more susceptible to the negative impacts of stress, and it can severely inhibit performance. To address the growing need for skills and strategies that help individuals to better manage stress, the University of Fredericton is pleased to be launching a new, fully online course called Enhancing Workplace Resiliency. Designed by Dr. Joti Samra and Dr. Rakesh Jetly, the Enhancing Workplace Resiliency course will help students to learn effective coping mechanisms and strategies that lead to more productive, healthier, and well-balanced lives, both inside and outside of the workplace.



#SNAPourStories centres newcomer youth voices and experiences on social media

May 17, 2017

On May 1st, Planned Parenthood Toronto and its Supporting Newcomer Access Project (SNAP) launched its latest social media campaign #SNAPourStories, aimed at giving visibility to newcomer youth's stories and experiences. Throughout the month of May, #SNAPourStories will be sharing photos and stories from newcomer youth across Toronto around the topics of body image, self-esteem, relationships, family and sexuality/sexual health. We aim to create an online space where newcomer youth can engage with these topics in a safe and positive way. Created by newcomer youth, #SNAPourStories highlights stories that we rarely hear; the challenges and successes that newcomer youth experience while navigating their new lives in Toronto. By centring these stories, newcomer youth can be seen and heard and we all stand to learn and grow. #SNAPourStories will have its home on Planned Parenthood Toronto's Instagram (@pptoronto), and profiles will be shared on Planned Parenthood Toronto's Facebook (Planned Parenthood Toronto) and Twitter (@ppofto).



Pathways to Education receives $500,000 corporate commitment

May 17, 2017

Pathways to Education got a boost from longtime supporters Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life when the companies announced a $500,000 commitment to the national Pathways Innovation Fund. The Innovation Fund is intended to help Pathways Program partners across Canada respond to opportunities for specific program improvements, accelerate the pace of learning at both the local and national level, and broaden public awareness through knowledge sharing. Pathways currently operates in 18 communities across Canada in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and New Brunswick. The organization intends to develop and test – over the next five years – as many as 30 different innovation initiatives across their national network.



New national innovation hub launched to support healthy aging

May 17, 2017

The AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) are pleased to announce the launch of a national innovation hub to advance policies, practices and services in the fast-evolving field of technology and aging. With Canada's aging population, the new AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub will help ensure Canadians benefit from new and emerging technologies that can support independent living and improve quality of life of older adults and caregivers. This hub is the first of its kind. The Advancing Policies and Practices in Technology and Aging (APPTA) hub will design innovative solutions to specific policy, program and service challenges, and will develop best practices for rapid adoption of new technologies. The hub will help innovators and entrepreneurs transform their ideas into market successes by connecting them with end users, policymakers and service providers, and nurturing the transfer and early adoption of new technologies. It will give stakeholders ready access to the latest research findings and information on emerging tools and health technologies.



National Aboriginal Day becomes a statutory holiday in Yukon

May 11, 2017

The Government of Yukon’s Bill 2 to amend the Employment Standards Act was passed after third reading of the National Aboriginal Day Act and assented to by the Commissioner of Yukon Doug Phillips. The legislation creates National Aboriginal Day as an annual statutory holiday in Yukon beginning on June 21, 2017. “The Government of Yukon firmly believes that recognizing National Aboriginal Day as a statutory holiday is a progressive step in our territory. By creating a statutory holiday on June 21, we are enabling all Yukoners to celebrate Indigenous peoples’ history, culture, traditions and continuing contributions across Canada and here at home. This is key to a modern Yukon that can build on its strengths of diversity and inclusivity," says John Streicker, Minister of Community Services.



Nominate a Canadian making a difference in mental health for CAMH Difference Makers

May 9, 2017

CAMH Difference Makers is a national movement to nominate and celebrate 150 Canadians making a difference in mental health. You can join CAMH in celebrating the significant progress being made in Canada to improve diagnosis and treatment, and to break down the stigma around mental illness and addiction. Nominate a person with lived experience, a caregiver or family member, a health professional, a researcher, an advocate, a philanthropist...or nominate a Canadian defying categorization but who is making a difference in small and big ways; in local or international circles; in public or private lives. Nominating someone is easy; start your nomination by signing up with your name and email, the name of the person you are nominating and why you think he or she should be included in the list of 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health. To nominate someone, complete the nomination form, which includes:

  • a synopsis of her or his contribution to mental health from your perspective; and the nominee's contact information.
  • other materials that provide more insight into your nominee’s accomplishments.

The deadline is midnight pacific time Canada Day, July 1, 2017.



The National Gallery of Canada receives major donation of art valued at more than $12m

May 9, 2017

197 paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media pieces made by some of the most well-known and established Canadian and international artists working today have been donated to the National Gallery of Canada. A gift to the nation in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, the donation of artwork by businessman and art collector Bob Rennie, is one of the largest gifts of contemporary art ever received by the Gallery. In appreciation of Bob Rennie's generous gift, the National Gallery of Canada will name the Upper Contemporary exhibition gallery (B204), the Galerie RENNIE Gallery.



Enter for a chance to win early bird prizes for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge

May 9, 2017

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is back this year. From June 1 - June 30, every dollar donated to your charity via givingchallenge.ca or canadhelps.org earns your organization a chance to win a $10,000 donation! New this year, charities can enter for a chance to win early bird prizes celebrating Canada's 150th. From April 18th until May 15th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT), all charities that launch a Canada 150 campaign on CanadaHelps.org will be automatically entered in a random draw for a chance to win one of ten $150 donations or the grand prize of one $1,500 donation. Organizations must be fundraising for a specific program or need and you must choose Canada 150 as the Campaign Type when setting up your campaign page. For more eligibility requirements and contest details, click here.



CharityVillage and TalentEgg acquire BMeaningful

May 9, 2017

CharityVillage, the largest and most popular job board in Canada’s nonprofit sector, and TalentEgg, Canada’s leading job board and online resource for students and new grads, announce Bmeaningful, Canada’s leading social impact career site has joined their family of online companies. Together, the family of companies will provide greater support, value and reach to its users and clients and are committed to helping people with their careers find purposeful work.

“Bmeaningful’s focus on social impact- including corporate social responsibility (CSR), social good and nonprofit – and their belief that there’s more to a job than making money are values that are aligned with CharityVillage and TalentEgg” says Wayne Albo, Chairman of CharityVillage and TalentEgg.

Doing well by doing good is fast becoming a business and financial imperative. In addition to the more than 170,000 charitable and non-profit Canadian organizations, there is also a movement within the for-profit sector to find ‘a better way to do business,’ with more corporations putting a higher priority on CSR. Additionally, many startups are structuring themselves as social purpose businesses- working towards social and financial goals. “The addition of Bmeaningful helps broaden our reach to the socially conscious professional and provides a platform to showcase for-profit companies commitment to social issues” says Geoff Earle, Chief Operating Officer at CharityVillage.



Endeavour Volunteer Consulting accepting applications for pro bono consulting

May 8, 2017

Do you want to build the capacity, impact or sustainability of your non-profit? Endeavour is accepting new clients! Bringing together skills-based volunteer consultants to work with clients for a six-month long engagement, Endeavour provides innovative pro bono management consulting (without charge) that delivers practical solutions for your nonprofit challenges. Their services encompass four key areas: strategic planning, marketing effectiveness, operational efficiency & organizational strength. If your organization meets the following requirements: nonprofit or a registered charity in Canada; annual budget of $2 million and under; operating for a minimum of two years; and mission focused on solving social problems, apply by Friday, June 16, 2017.



21 leading organizations ask government to enact panel recommendations on freedom of speech for charities and income tax law reform

May 5, 2017

May 4, 2017 Today, 21 leading charities and non-profit organizations reacted to a new independent Expert Panel Report by requesting the federal government immediately table a bill to implement the recommendations it provides. As described in the Minister of National Revenue's press release, the report was written by a panel of five experts charged with giving recommendations for a new legislative framework to strengthen the charitable sector. The report recommends that the rules governing the freedom of Canadians to speak be enhanced by removing prohibitions on participation in public policy development by the charities they support. It recommends that the antiquated laws which govern the 86,000 Canadian charities be replaced so as to prevent further infringements on freedom of speech. More.



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