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New funding aims to help more women get elected to public office

October 26, 2016

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, today announced that Equal Voice is receiving $1-million in funding for a three-year national project to address systemic barriers that contribute to the under-representation of women in politics. Through this project, Equal Voice and its partners will examine how legislatures and councils function, with the aim of making them more inclusive.This project is being funded through Status of Women Canada's last call for proposals, entitled Support for Women's Empowerment, which closed on May 3, 2016. Through this call for proposals, approximately 45 community organizations have been selected to receive over $8 million in Government of Canada funding for a dozen projects to create inclusive contexts to foster women's participation and leadership in the democratic and public life of the country.

Call for nominations for federal government social innovation and finance steering group

October 26, 2016

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a call for nominations to seek membership on a Steering Group that will embark on a collaborative initiative to co-develop a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy with Government. Through consultations and engagement activities, the Steering Group will seek perspectives of industry, sector and community leaders to co-create a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. Previous findings from government consultations and engagement activities related to social innovation and social finance will help the Steering Group identify policy solutions for the Strategy.

The Government of Canada, recognizing that new approaches are required to tackle social issues, invites leaders, practitioners and experts from multiple fields, including the community, philanthropic, financial and research sectors to apply to become a member of the new Steering Group. The application period will be open from October 25 to November 21, 2016 (23:59 PT). The members of the Steering Group will be announced in winter 2017.

Habitat for Humanity Canada one of Canada's Safest Employers

October 26, 2016

In recognition of Habitat for Humanity Canada's commitment to safety, Canadian Occupational Safety awarded Habitat Canada with Silver in its sixth annual Canada's Safest Employers awards. Habitat for Humanity Canada supports 56 Affiliates across the country, who collectively built 228 homes across the country last year with the help of over 70,000 volunteers. Habitat Affiliates in every province and territory ensured that decent and affordable housing for low income families is built safely. From construction sites to offices to Habitat ReStores and distribution warehouses, managing the safety of staff and volunteers in a variety of workplaces is a priority. Launched in 2011, Canada's Safest Employers awards recognize companies from all across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their workers.

Still time to participate in the 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary Survey

October 20, 2016

There is still time to participate in CharityVillage's 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. Knowledge regarding sector compensation packages is vital to workforce planning in organizations across the country. All Canadian nonprofit organizations are encouraged to participate in the survey. There is no cost to participate and all participants will be eligible to win a new iPad Mini. The survey closes on October 26th, 2016.

Survey: More than eight in 10 Canadian employees have gone to the office when ill

October 20, 2016

Being under the weather isn't keeping workers out of the office, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows. While 74% of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said their company encourages staff to stay home when they're sick, 87% of employees have gone to the office anyway. Thirty-two percent of those who showed up to work while ill did so because they felt well enough to do their jobs; another 32% said they didn't want to fall behind on assignments. Workers also identified their biggest pet peeves during cold and flu season, with 42% irked by those around them who don't cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing, followed closely by 40% who are most annoyed when someone comes in sick.

Organizations encouraged to apply to be part of upcoming social good hackathon

October 20, 2016

Red Academy and Launch Zone are partnering together to help bring some small to medium size nonprofits and charities who need a digital uplift through a two-day event. The idea is to bring together designers, coders and marketers to help provide digital marketing strategies or create a better user experience for social good. Everything will be created on an open-source platform and the nonprofits and charities will get to keep all the creation that was made for them. To apply to be a part of this event, nonprofits and charities should clearly identify challenges that they are currently facing from an online or digital marketing perspectives. Please provide a clear outline of the challenge in 250 words or less to to be considered or ask any questions that you may have.

Canadians leaving an average of three vacation days unused, says survey

October 19, 2016

Most Canadians would like an additional 11.5 more vacation days per year, according to the latest annual "Vacation Deprivation" survey from But would they take them? On average this year, Canadians received 17.3 vacation days from employers, but will take only 14 of them – leaving three days of unused vacation time on the table. That represents nearly 31 million unused vacation days this year alone, and more than $5.5 billion in wages handed back to employers. More than a quarter of Canadians (27%) go a year or more without taking a vacation, with an additional 36% going six months to a year without a break. In this year's survey, 55% of respondents consider themselves "vacation deprived," meaning they feel they either don't get enough time off or are not taking some or all of their vacation days, while a strong majority (62%) feel they deserve more vacation days than they get.

TechSoup Canada and Adobe partner on new contest celebrating nonprofit creativity

October 18, 2016

Does your nonprofit have a knack for creating beautiful posters? Or maybe you designed a stellar pamphlet or educational resource that you’re really proud of? If so, then this contest is for you - Adobe and TechSoup Canada have teamed up to bring you a Facebook contest where your creative material (e.g., posters, brochures, any marketing collateral), designed in any Adobe program, can win your organization up to $2,000 CAD.

  1. Upload your creative piece to the Celebrate Creativity with Adobe contest - deadline is November 25, 2016
  2. Submissions must be created using an Adobe product
  3. Only one image submission will be accepted per organization/branch

After voting ends, the team will tally up the votes, determine the top three submissions and verify that the winning submissions were created using an Adobe product. Verified submissions with:

  • The highest amount of votes wins the Grand Prize of $2,000 CAD
  • The 2nd highest amount of votes wins the Silver Prize of $1,000 CAD
  • The 3rd highest amount of votes wins the Bronze Prize of $500 CAD

Enter to win an office makeover from Staples

October 18, 2016

Staples Business Advantage is giving away $10,000 in workplace products to one charitable organization. If you’re a Canadian charity, submit a photo of your out-of-date office and tell Staples why you need a spruced-up space. Please ensure there is no sensitive information or people visible in the photo that you don’t want to appear in the public gallery. Makeover contest ends November 18, 2016. The Grand Prize winner will be chosen by a contest committee at Staples Business Advantage from the top 10 contest finalists. The 10 top finalists will consist of the 5 entries with the highest number of votes, and 5 wild card entries. Only registered Canadian charities are eligible to enter.

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,, or Launching a campaign to protect honey bees? Apply for 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.


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