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New partnership supports mental health literacy in Canadian classrooms

February 21, 2017

Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) and The Co-operators are proud to announce a new partnership that will support mental health literacy and improve well-being in school communities across Canada. Teach Resiliency is an online portal and community of practice offering teachers tools and strategies to assess resilience needs and resources to promote and enhance teacher and student mental health. Research indicates approximately 20% of Canadian students are suffering from a mental health illness and, in comparison to the general workforce, almost twice as many Ontario teachers feel stressed all the time. Teach Resiliency is a response to recent research and a 2014 study released by PHE Canada that identified gaps and needs of teachers in supporting positive mental health for themselves and their students. The program will launch in May 2017.

Productivity decreases when senior managers leave, survey shows

February 21, 2017

Employee productivity can take a big hit when the boss leaves, a new survey shows. According to research from staffing firm Robert Half, both workers and CFOs believe having a vacant senior manager role has an adverse impact on the team's efficiency, though those in leadership (78%) are likelier to find it an even greater problem than staffers (69%). Decreased morale and motivation were the biggest reported causes of lost productivity among both groups, followed by concerns over increased workloads and fear about job security or relationships with the new boss.

Nominate an outstanding access to justice leader

February 16, 2017

The Law Foundation of Ontario is encouraging nominations for its signature Guthrie Award, which was created 1996 to honour Hugh Donald Guthrie, QC, a long-time member and Chair of the Foundation’s Board. This year the Foundation celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first time the award was presented. The 2017 Guthrie Award will once again recognize an access to justice champion. Past recipients have come from many directions – the judiciary, private bar, community legal clinics, and nonprofit organizations. They saw a chance to make a difference and took it. Guthrie recipients built bridges between youth and the justice system; advanced justice for Indigenous peoples; served women experiencing violence; and strengthened the community clinic system to assist people with low-incomes.

With the 2017 Guthrie Award, the Foundation hopes to recognize a champion who is actively engaged with the challenges and opportunities in today’s justice landscape – someone who has made a difference in the past and is also focused on the future. Nominations of individuals who have a significant and proven track record of furthering access to justice are being accepted until April 17, 2017. For details on the streamlined nomination process, visit

Making health innovation a reality: Second-round of Joule Innovation grants now open

February 16, 2017

Joule™ has opened its second round of grants seeking promising physician-led ventures designed to innovate and revolutionize health care in Canada. Five grants ranging between $25,000 and $50,000 will be allocated in three categories to eligible Canadian Medical Association (CMA) members. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017 with submissions being made via the Joule app.

New survey reveals the diversity of Canada's Millennial generation through their social values

February 16, 2017

A new national survey released today reveals a bold portrait of Canada's Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995), that for the first time presents the social values of this generation, and the distinct segments that help make sense of the different and often contradictory stereotypes that so frequently are applied to today's young adults. Key findings from the survey include the following:

  • What Millennials most want out of work and career is a good balance between work and their personal life, followed by financial security, wealth generation, and flexibility on the job. Making an important contribution to society is of strong importance to some Millennials and not so much to others, based on their social values.
  • Millennials with a post-secondary degree were asked, if they could do it over again, what would they would do. Just under half say they would have completed the same post-secondary education. But a slightly higher proportion indicate they would have followed a different path, either pursuing a different type of post-secondary education or done something else instead of getting a degree.
  • Low voter turnout has earned Millennials a reputation for being disconnected from politics and current events, but this is more stereotype than reality. Most follow news and current events at least daily if not more frequently, and significant proportions pay attention to politics at the local, national and international levels. Social media is the most common platform, but surprisingly large numbers also rely on such traditional media such as TV, print newspapers and radio.
  • One in four Millennials has been actively engaged in a cause or issue in the past year, mostly involving social justice, the environment, politics or health care. Such involvement is linked to education as well as social values. Members of this generation tend to get involved through online channels, but a significant proportion also seek to participate in person at events or group meetings.

New survey shows where workers things managers need to improve

February 16, 2017

Strong communication skills are necessary at every career stage, but especially for those in leadership positions. In a new study from Robert Half Management Resources. However, one in three workers (35%) did not give their boss high marks in this area, reporting communication and diplomacy are where their managers most need improvement. Greater leadership (20%) and technical expertise (14%) ranked second and third, respectively, on professionals' wish lists.

Canada's top family-friendly employers for 2017 announced

February 16, 2017

It's not every day that employees feel like they have a powerful advocate to help balance their work and family commitments. But that's just what the nation's leading employers are doing, with the best among them offering a range of great benefits suited to employees at all stages of life. Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2017 were announced yesterday and the winners have set the bar, turning work-life balance into an important tool for recruitment and retention. The competition reviews a range of employment practices and policies, including: maternity, parental and compassionate leave; daycare assistance; reproductive assistance, including fertility drugs and IVF; adoption assistance; paid personal- and earned-days-off (EDO) programs; flexible work arrangements; and even academic bursaries for employees' children. CharityVillage would like to congratulate the nonprofit organizations and charities who were recognized on this year's list!

Federal government launches nation-wide consultation on Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy

February 16, 2017

The federal government has launched a new initiatives to support the development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: a nation-wide consultation process and a call for nominations for a ministerial advisory committee on poverty. The nation-wide consultation process will give Canadians an opportunity to have their say on reducing poverty through a Poverty Reduction Strategy engagement website, including discussion forums and online town halls. The online engagement will be complemented by roundtables with stakeholders; Indigenous organizations; businesses; community organizations; academic experts and Canadians who have experienced poverty. The Government of Canada will also work with Indigenous organizations to ensure the participation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in the consultations. The Government also launched a call for nominations to invite interested individuals who have experience with poverty and poverty reduction to apply for the ministerial advisory committee on poverty.

Healthcare foundation launches call for innovations in palliative and end-of-life care

February 16, 2017

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) has launched an open call for innovations in palliative and end-of life care. Of the approximately 220,000 Canadians who die each year, an estimated 70 percent do not have access to palliative services – and for many a palliative approach or referral is initiated only within the last weeks of life. By identifying palliative care innovations, we can improve access and spread a palliative approach across health systems. CFHI is calling on individuals and teams with demonstrated or emerging innovations in palliative care to apply. Selected applicants will:

  • Receive a 2017 CFHI Innovation Award and be recognized as an innovator;
  • Present their innovation at the CFHI CEO Forum, held June 21, 2017 in Toronto; and
  • Benefit from CFHI support to identify opportunities to spread their innovation.

The deadline for submissions is April 5, 2017.

Study shows workers are happiest and least stressed in first year of job

February 7, 2017

For many professionals, that first year in a new job can be a "honeymoon period," full of new and exciting challenges. But a recent study from Robert Half and Happiness Works shows that professionals with between one and two years on the job are less happy, less interested in their work and more stressed than those still in their first year. After three years or more on the job, happiness levels edge back up and interest levels increase. In fact, those with the greatest tenure (21 years or more) showed the highest level of interest in their jobs. Although managers can take steps to create a happier work environment, they aren't the only ones who can fan the flames of employee happiness. When asked who's responsible for keeping spirits high on the job, 25% of North American workers surveyed said it was their responsibility alone. Another 5% said it was all in their company's hands. The majority of respondents – 70% – cited a combination of the two.

Applications open for paid Justice Fellowship for nonprofit leaders

February 7, 2017

The call for applications for The Law Foundation of Ontario’s Community Leadership in Justice Fellowships for the 2017/2018 or 2018/2019 academic terms is now open. The fellowship gives nonprofit leaders the opportunity to further their careers and their causes through a paid fellowship. It provides a professional development opportunity for leaders in the public sector and builds bridges between community and academia, leaving a lasting access to justice legacy for both. The opportunity is open to senior employees in public interest organizations who are dedicated to advancing access to justice. It allows recognized leaders in the public sector to spend all or part of an academic year at an Ontario university, law school, or college in a legal or justice studies related department (including but not limited to criminology, sociology, social work, political science, and law and society programs). The fellows plan and implement their individual projects, leading activities such as research, teaching, lectures, events, and collaborations. Candidates do not need to have a law degree. The Law Foundation of Ontario provides funding toward the cost of the fellow’s salary and for equipment and other program-related costs the academic host may need. The deadline for applications is April 29, 2017. For full details of the program criteria and application process, visit

Seven in ten Canadian employees report increased work stress

February 7, 2017

Having trouble "keeping calm and carrying on" at work? You're in the majority. More than half (58%) of Canadian workers said they are stressed at work on a day-to-day basis, and 70% reported work-related pressure has increased in the last five years, according to a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps. Executives should take note: Only 21% of Canadian CFOs acknowledged their teams are stressed, and only 23% recognized an increase in worker anxiety. Employees polled cited heavy workloads and looming deadlines (41%), attaining work-life balance (22%), and unrealistic expectations of managers (17%) as top worries.

Research finds organizations using the Mental Health Standard are perceived as safer

February 7, 2017

If you'd describe your workplace as psychologically safe, with civil relationships and satisfactory work/life balance, it just may be due to a major shift in how employers understand and respond to workplace mental health issues. In 2016, 77% of working Canadians indicated attitudes toward workplace mental health issues are better than they were in 2007. Additionally, those Canadians who say their workplace is psychologically unhealthy or unsafe (10%) has been cut in half, down from 20% in 2009. These are just two of the findings arising from recent research commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (the Centre). Some of the research highlights include:

  • More working Canadians (79%) say they know about mental health conditions like depression, up from 66% in 2007.
  • Since 2009, fewer workers describe a workplace that has serious or significant psychosocial concerns. Most significant improvements have been made in the areas of civility and respect (27% are concerned, down from 33%) and balance (30%, down from 35%).
  • Employees have more concerns than managers. For example, employees were more concerned with growth and development (38% of employees vs. 26% of managers).

Additionally, a number of Canadian workplaces are now following best practices based on the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) released in 2013. In organizations implementing the Standard:

  • Only 5% of employees say their workplace is psychologically unhealthy or unsafe vs. 13% in organizations that are not implementing the Standard.
  • Employees who are or have experienced depression are missing less time (7.4 days per year) from work as a result than the average employee with depression (12.5 days).

New 2017 Global NGO Technology Report released

February 7, 2017

The 2017 Global NGO Technology Report is now available in English, French and Spanish! This year’s report highlights how 4,908 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide use online technology — such as email communications, online and mobile fundraising tools, and social and mobile media — to engage their supporters and donors. This report was researched by Nonprofit Tech for Good and sponsored by Public Interest Registry. The Global NGO Online Technology Report is intended to be an annual project. If you are interested in becoming a partner for the 2018 report, please contact

Top performing health care fundraisers focus on major gifts, according to study

February 7, 2017

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) recently recognized 52 US and Canadian development organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the North American health care industry for FY 2015. The organizations are primarily foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems and were surveyed for AHP's 2016 Report on Giving (FY 2015). AHP's Report on Giving defines high performers as organizations that raise more net funds than 75% of all responding institutions. In FY 2015, the median amount raised by high performers was more than $11.9 million in the U.S. and $14.4 million in Canada. A key difference between high performers and the organizations surveyed was the type of fundraising activities pursued. High performers focus less on annual gifts and special events while putting more emphasis on major gifts and corporate giving as their major fundraising sources. Planned giving also accounts for a higher share of fundraising revenue for high performers than the average institution, especially in the US. In Canada, fundraisers depended more on corporate giving and less on annual gifts. High-performing organizations also allocated more of their resources to research and fewer resources to capital equipment. In the US, 13.5% of high performer resources were allocated to research vs. 6.4% overall.

Women's College Hospital receives $12-million gift for the field of women's cancers

February 6, 2017

Peter Gilgan and the Canadian Cancer Society are providing a collaborative $12 million gift to Women's College Hospital (WCH), establishing a collaboration that will further research, education and innovation in the field of women's cancers – particularly breast, ovarian and thyroid cancers. Together, Women's College Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society will launch a major new initiative to transform care for women's cancers on a national scale by drawing together WCH's excellence in research, clinical care, innovation and education and then leveraging that knowledge across the country through the Canadian Cancer Society's national network. With the leadership investment from Peter Gilgan and the Canadian Cancer Society, a centre in women's cancers will be established at Women's College Hospital. In recognition of their leadership, vision and profound generosity, the centre will be named The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women's Cancers at Women's College Hospital, in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society.

Call for nominations for the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation

February 6, 2017

In 2010, the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation was created to recognize the outstanding contributions of countless individuals and groups across Canada who work tirelessly on behalf of Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and their families. Nominations are now open for the 2017 Commendation. Starting today, the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman is accepting nominations of individuals, organizations or groups that deserve recognition for their selflessness, hard work and dedication to Veterans and their families. Nominations can be made in any of these four categories:

  • National organization or group – to recognize the exceptional work and significant contribution of an organization or group with a national scope that have resulted in a long-lasting and positive impact on the well-being of Veterans and their families;
  • Local organization or group – to recognize the exceptional work and significant contribution of an organization or group that have resulted in a long-lasting and positive impact, at the local or regional level, on the well-being of Veterans and their families;
  • Individual – to recognize the exceptional work and significant contribution of an individual that have resulted in a long-lasting and positive impact on the well-being of Veterans and their families at the national or local level; and
  • Lifetime Contribution – to recognize the life-long dedication, exceptional work, and significant contribution an individual has made in supporting or advocating for Veterans and their families.

Nominations must include a completed nomination form and a summary of why the nominee is deserving of the Veterans Ombudsman's Commendation. Consult the nomination guidelines for more details and learn about past recipients on the OVO website. The deadline for submission of nominations is March 31st, 2017.

Calgary Foundation's Soul of the City grants now accepting 2017 applications

February 2, 2017

The Calgary Foundation's Soul of the City grants are now accepting 2017 applications. The program provides grants of $10,000 so that Calgarians can put into action their idea to improve, enhance, or revitalize their community or neighbourhood. Five winning applications will be awarded a $10,000 Soul of the City Neighbour Grant and the opportunity to share their project story with the community. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017.

New volunteer screening program in Alberta

February 2, 2017

Developed with the input of nonprofit voluntary sector stakeholders and police agencies, Alberta Culture and Tourism’s new Volunteer Screening Program will assist nonprofit organizations with a range of resources to help reinforce existing volunteer screening practices or establish robust new ones. Tools and training provided through the program will help organizations conduct a more thorough assessment of potential volunteers from the applications stage through interviews and reference checks to ongoing support, supervision and evaluation. The Volunteer Screening Program is a unique partnership funded by Alberta Culture and Tourism and administered and delivered by Volunteer Alberta. The program expands upon the existing Volunteer Police Information Check Program with a strong focus on education to support the development and enhancement of volunteer screening and management programs through online resources, learning modules, webinars and workshops.

Nominations open to become a member of the Advisory Committee on Homelessness

February 1, 2017

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced a call for nominations for an Advisory Committee of experts and stakeholders in the field of homelessness to support the renewal of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Employment and Social Development Canada invites Canadians to submit their nomination to become a member of the new Advisory Committee on Homelessness based on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy;
  • A minimum of two years of experience working or volunteering with an organization working on homelessness related issues (e.g. municipality, health sector, service provider, non-governmental organization, university/college etc.);
  • Ability to participate constructively in policy discussions. This could include public policy discussions at the local, provincial or territorial, federal or global levels on issues related to, for example, strategy development, planning, priority setting, and resource allocation; and,
  • Available and willing to commit to participate as an Advisory Committee member over the entire period of the Advisory Committee's work, anticipated to be up to six months.

Other considerations:

  • Knowledge of issues facing particular sub-populations experiencing homelessness in Canada (for example: Indigenous peoples and Inuit, veterans, youth, women fleeing violence) would be an asset.
  • Persons with lived experience of homelessness are encouraged to submit their nomination.

The nomination period will be open from February 1 to February 20, 2017 (23:59 PT). The members of the Advisory Committee will be announced in spring 2017.

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