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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.


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

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.

Survey discovers what questions hiring managers ask the most

September 28, 2016

A job interview can be nerve-racking, but add curveball questions to the mix, and you have a formula for a challenging discussion. The good news for Canadian jobs seekers is that many employers prefer to stick with standard inquiries, according to a survey by staffing firm Accountemps. Questions about the applicants' interest in the position and company were most frequently cited as senior managers' favourites (45%), followed by asking about candidates' previous experience (20%). For some of the most popular interview questions, click here.

Vic De Zen Family pledges $10M donation to future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital

September 28, 2016

Vaughan citizen and entrepreneur Vic De Zen and his family have pledged $10 million to help build and equip the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital – the largest donation to date from an individual to Mackenzie Health Foundation's $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign. The main lobby at the new hospital, slated for completion in 2020, will be named the Vic De Zen Family Welcome Centre in recognition of the transformative gift pledge to Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

Canada Revenue Agency begins online consultation on charities' political activities

September 27, 2016

The Government of Canada has committed to modernizing the rules governing the charitable sector. This includes clarifying the rules governing political activities. Registered charities are allowed to engage in non-partisan political activities within certain limits. They are not allowed to engage in partisan political activities. As announced in Budget 2016, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will collaborate with the Department of Finance to engage with charities to clarify the rules governing political activities. As part of this engagement process, the CRA is collecting feedback from charities and the public. To help with its policy development efforts, the CRA wants your feedback. Respondents should feel free to answer the questions asked on the CRA website or to address any other issues related to charities’ political activities. These consultations are open to everyone. Please email your comments to: All comments are requested by November 25, 2016.

Federal funding available for innovative solutions to prevent and reduce homelessness

September 27, 2016

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced two calls for proposals under the Innovative Solutions to Homelessness funding stream of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The two calls for proposals are seeking projects with innovative approaches and ideas that aim to prevent and reduce homelessness, particularly among Indigenous Canadians, youth, women fleeing violence and veterans.

The call for proposals for Microgrants is open until October 21, 2016. Stakeholders and organizations are invited to apply for small-scale project funding of up to $25,000. Projects will focus on exploring effective and innovative practices, tools or initiatives that prevent or reduce homelessness in Canada.

The call for proposals for Contribution Projects is open until November 14, 2016. Stakeholders and organizations are invited to apply for funding of between $25,000 and $500,000 for large-scale pilot projects that aim to test innovative and promising interventions and practices to prevent or reduce homelessness in Canada.

Most organizations have substance misuse policies in place, but few measure their effectiveness

September 26, 2016

Substance misuse and abuse has been linked to absenteeism, lost productivity, on-the-job accidents and injuries, and workplace violence and harassment. While the majority of Canadian employers have a formal drug and alcohol policy in place, few evaluate their effectiveness, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report. Highlights from the report include:

  • Nearly all employers offer their employees at least one drug and alcohol support program.
  • A majority of Canadian organizations do not evaluate their substance misuse policies and programs.

Among the employers surveyed, 72% reported having a formal drug and alcohol policy. However, only 32% of employers surveyed reported that they evaluated the effectiveness of their drug and alcohol support programs and policies. Most employers take actions that support, rather than discipline, employees requiring treatment for a substance use issue. In fact, only 3% of the employers surveyed indicated they would suspend or dismiss an employee with a substance use issue. The top three drug and alcohol programs implemented by organizations were: EAP/EFAP, return-to-work support and wellness/health promotion/prevention programs.

Government of Canada launches call for proposals to support social inclusion of Canadians with disabilities

September 22, 2016

The Government of Canada is working to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in their communities and workplaces. To this end, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities today invited national not-for-profit organizations with a focus on disability to apply for funding through the 2016 Social Development Partnership Program – Disability Component (SDPP-D) call for proposals. Under this competitive process, eligible national disability organizations are invited to submit funding proposals over a six week period until November 3, 2016 for innovative projects that identify, develop and test promising practices and tools that promote the social inclusion of people with disabilities. The practices and tools may be new or build on existing programs and services.

Free consulting services available from the UBC Sauder School of Business

September 22, 2016

The Community Business Project at the UBC Sauder School of Business gives not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises across British Columbia access to free consulting projects from teams of Master of Management students. Organizations get the chance to tackle key challenges, while giving students the opportunity to hone their business skills and gain real-world business experience. Over a period of six months, teams of 3-4 UBC Sauder Master of Management students apply their expertise and knowledge in business and marketing to tackle key challenges for a variety of community organizations. In the past, Sauder students have produced a business plan that won the BC SPCA an $180,000 grant, developed an international expansion strategy for JusTea, and helped SkyHarvest carve out a plan for the first rooftop greenhouse in Vancouver. Applications are due on September 30, 2016.

UBC Arts Internship Program now accepting proposals for 2017 projects

September 20, 2016

The UBC Arts Internship Program provides nonprofits in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland the chance to host undergraduate students from the Faculty of Arts as interns at no cost. Students are available for internships beginning in January and May and are eligible to volunteer with you for 8-12 hours per week for a duration of 4-8 months. As a host organization, you are expected to prioritize the student's learning and provide strong mentorship and support. In exchange, your organization will benefit from added energy and opportunities to expand programming and services. For more information see or contact Allison Mander-Wionzek, Program Coordinator at The proposal submission deadline is October 3, 2016 for internships that will begin in January 2017.

Work stress and job demands keeping Canadian employees up at night

September 20, 2016

A new Conference Board of Canada survey finds that 27% of Canadian workers report being fatigued most days or every day during a typical work week. More than 40% of those surveyed reported that their productivity and performance were somewhat or significantly worse when they did not get enough rest. Work stress and job demands topped the list as the main cause of fatigue. Of the employees surveyed, 28% identified it as one of the biggest factors contributing to their lack of sleep. Other leading factors included stress from home demands (26%) and physical health problems (9%). Poor sleeping habits, such as caffeine before bed or too much screen time, also contributed to lack of sleep.

Two-thirds of Canadian workers are prepared to leave their current employer, study finds

September 20, 2016

As back-to-work season sets in, almost two thirds (65%) of Canadian workers are prepared to leave their current employer, according to the latest ADP Canada Sentiment Survey. Compensation is the main reason employees say they would make a move, mentioned first or second by two-thirds of Canadian workers (66%). However, Canadians also cite a variety of reasons related to quality-of-life — "better work/life balance/fewer hours," "less stress" and "better location/shorter commute" — which when combined, are mentioned first or second by 56% of employees. The desire for a higher position is also a key motivator, mentioned first or second by 30% of employees overall, though significant age and gender differences emerge in this area. Specifically:

  • Over one third of men (36%), who would leave their job, say they'd do so for a better position, but fewer than one quarter of women (23%) say the same.
  • Age matters: Four out of ten employees (39%) ages 18-34 who say they might leave their jobs would do so for a better position, and an almost equal segment of those ages 35-44 (32%) agree. The numbers drop at 45-54 (21%) and 55-64 (7%).

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