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Salary and benefits, good work-life balance are what employees want, according to research

April 27, 2017

Randstad Canada revealed today the results of its Employer Brand Research 2017 (previously known as the Randstad Award). According to the research, employees' expectations are not always met. Employees identified money, work-life balance, job security and pleasant work atmosphere as what attracts them most to an employer. When choosing an employer, competitive salary & employee benefits (64%) tops the list as the most important factor for Canadian workers. Canadians also value good work-life balance (50%), long-term job security (49%), a pleasant working atmosphere (44%) and career progression opportunities (33%).



The Royal Ontario Museum receives landmark $5 million gift

April 27, 2017

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce it has received a gift of $5 million from entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Mishra, which represents the largest donation to the Museum's South Asian section. With this landmark gift, the Dan Mishra South Asian Initiative establishes a newly endowed curatorial position and sustainable funding for exhibitions, public engagement, research, and learning activities that will support and enhance the Museum's commitment to South Asian art and culture.



Mowat Centre releases new report on strengthening the Canadian charitable sector

April 26, 2017

The Mowat Centre has released a new report, Charting a Path Forward: Strengthening and Enabling the Charitable Sector in Canada. This paper is the first in Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment Series, which explores the different dimensions of an ‘Enabling Environment’ in the relationship between the charitable and nonprofit sector and government. The paper defines the current challenge in the relationship between the federal government and the nonprofit and charitable sector; explores what an enabling environment could look like; identifies possible priorities; and presents different ways that the government and the sector can work together.



Funding available for adult foundational learning in Calgary

April 26, 2017

The Calgary Learns initiative grants address new and emerging adult foundational learning needs in Calgary. This funding supports community-focused nonprofit organizations to research and develop learning resources, and to pilot innovative foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians with financial barriers. Proposals are due June 1, 2017 for the July 2017/June 2018 grant term and initiative funding supports one-time projects to a grant maximum of $25,000. Projects must demonstrate community need and an innovative response, and piloted learning opportunities must be non-credit and part-time. Learners in piloted learning opportunities must have financial barriers. For more information, and to take part in a Proposal Preview session, please visit the Calgary Learns website.



Free webinar offers practical steps to address workplace mental health

April 26, 2017

Organizations are planning their activities and programs for North American Occupational Health and Safety (NAOSH) Week that runs from May 7 to 13. As part of their NAOSH program, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) will be hosting a free, live webinar that provides a practical approach to addressing mental health in the workplace. The live webinar, Steps to a Mentally Healthy Workplace, will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the tools and resources an organization needs to create and implement a comprehensive healthy workplace program. A recorded session of the webinar will be made available after the live event, and can be watched on-demand. More information on how to register is available on the CCOHS website.



Second 2016 Census of Population release: Age, sex, and type of dwelling

April 26, 2017

Statistics Canada will release the second installment of its year-long census story, with data on age, sex and types of dwellings being published at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on May 3, 2017, on Statistics Canada's website. The age and sex release will show results at the national, provincial, territorial and sub-provincial levels. In addition, two Census in Brief articles will examine current population trends. The first will unveil the portrait of the population aged 85 and older in 2016 in Canada. The second will examine recent trends among the population aged 15 to 64. Also released that day will be a Census in Brief article that presents the types of dwellings Canadians live in—whether they be detached houses, apartments, or collectives such as seniors' residences.

As with the first release, the story of Canada, as seen through the 2016 Census, is being told in words and pictures in a variety of mediums, through infographics and a video. Over the coming months, Statistics Canada will continue to release results from the 2016 Census of Population, and provide an even more comprehensive picture of the Canadian population. Data and analysis on the following topics will be released throughout 2017:

  • families, households, marital status and language (August 2, 2017)
  • income (September 13, 2017)
  • immigration, ethnocultural diversity, housing and Aboriginal peoples (October 25, 2017)
  • education, labour, journey to work, language of work, mobility and migration (November 29, 2017).



Sparking Change report identifies impacts of parks in underserved neighbourhoods

April 25, 2017

Park People's report Sparking Change identifies the key social impacts that occur when people get involved in parks in underserved neighbourhoods. It highlights tried-and-true strategies that have helped maximize parks’ potential to serve community development goals, increase civic engagement, support local economies, and create inclusive, welcoming public spaces. Through interviews with community volunteers, partner organizations, and city staff in seven different North American cities, including Toronto, the report highlights five major social impacts of park engagement.



Children's Aid Foundation receives a $400,000 donation from the Joe Carter Classic

April 25, 2017

Children's Aid Foundation prevention programs aimed at strengthening at-risk communities in the Toronto area will receive a boost with a $400,000 donation from the Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament. Since 2010, the Joe Carter Classic has made a significant commitment to helping children and their families, and with today's gift, the annual celebrity golf tournament has raised over $1.5 million for the Children's Aid Foundation. The donation will support the Children's Aid Foundation's Joe Carter Family Support Endowment Fund, which was established to provide vital financial assistance to prevention programs that aim to develop healthy families and strengthen communities in Toronto, decreasing the number of children and youth served by child welfare agencies.



Winners of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2017 are announced

April 25, 2017

Canada's Greenest Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes the employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness. The winning employers, selected by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers, are evaluated on the following criteria: (1) unique environmental initiatives or programs they have developed; (2) whether they have been successful in reducing their own environmental footprint; (3) whether their employees are involved in these programs and contribute unique skills; and (4) whether their environmental initiatives have become linked to the employer's public identity to attract new people to the organization. CharityVillage would like to congratulate the charities and nonprofit organizations included on this year's list!



New report showcases public/private partnerships for green space revitalization

April 20, 2017

Breaking New Ground, the latest report from Park People, demonstrates how an innovative partnership between the public and private sector spurred the creation and improvement of more than 200 acres of green space through the Weston Family Parks Challenge. From food-growing to restoring natural habitat to arts-based programming, the Weston Family Parks Challenge kick-started a more creative, collaborative approach to public space in Toronto that other municipalities across Canada can learn from. Breaking New Ground highlights the challenges and key learnings from the Weston Family Parks Challenge, including creating sustainable partnership strategies for foundations, municipal governments, and communities that foster innovation, engage citizens, and revitalize urban green spaces.



New funding available for ‘breakthrough’ family law ideas that advance access to justice

April 19, 2017

The Law Foundation of Ontario opened a new call for applications today to fund innovative legal projects in the area of family law through its national Access to Justice Fund. Family law, including child protection, is an important area of focus for the Foundation because many people experiencing family problems struggle to use the law to improve their lives and address those problems. The call for applications includes one round for small grants, those under $15,000, and one round for major grants, those up to $250,000. The deadlines for applications are June 30, 2017 and October 2, 2017 respectively. For full details, including program criteria and the application process, visit lawfoundation.on.ca.



Volunteer Canada and Investors Group release new volunteer recognition study

April 18, 2017

Volunteer Canada and Investors Group engaged Ipsos Public Affairs to conduct an opinion poll, to examine Canadians' perceptions and attitudes on volunteering. The results revealed that community involvement is increasingly varied and diverse, and may not always fall into the traditional definition of volunteering. From the research emerged the notion of Individual Social Responsibility (ISR), a concept that may disrupt the traditional definition of volunteering but also offers a more inclusive and progressive way to frame volunteering and community engagement. Non-profits can use ISR to better understand what drives Canadians' community engagement motivations. Acknowledging ISR can also help businesses to grow their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. As the definition of volunteering evolves, organizations can celebrate all Canadians who make a difference in their communities. To read the full report of Recognizing Volunteering in 2017 visit volunteer.ca/recognition.



Alternative work arrangements becoming the new normal, research suggests

April 18, 2017

Is your office becoming a ghost town? Many work environments may be less crowded, new research from staffing firm The Creative Group suggests. More than three-quarters (76%) of advertising and marketing executives surveyed said their company offers some form of alternative work arrangement. The most common is part-time hours, provided by roughly six in 10 employers (61%). Flextime and telecommuting are available to another 33% and 30% of professionals, respectively. The research shows that employees who work remotely do so an average of three days a week. But advertising and marketing executives who are able to telecommute typically spend only one day a week off-site. Executives ranked part-time hours, flextime and telecommuting as the most important alternative work arrangements for recruiting and retaining creative professionals. But what do employees want? When asked which option they find most appealing, the top response was flextime (37%), followed by telecommuting and a compressed workweek (tied at 26%).



Ontario communities can apply for $50K in grants for a green facelift

April 18, 2017

Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) has reopened its Community Renewal Fund (CRF) providing funding for green community and non-profit projects in the province. The fund gives Ontario communities up to $50,000 toward building or renewing spaces using sustainable materials made with recycled Ontario tire rubber. Communities and eligible non-profit organizations in the province can apply for funding through the CRF immediately. Selected recipients could receive up to $50,000 towards the purchase and installation of Ontario-manufactured recycled rubber products.



The Intercultural Innovation Award accepting applications from projects promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding

April 13, 2017

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group are pleased to announce the fifth edition of the Intercultural Innovation Award. Grassroots initiatives that encourage intercultural understanding through innovative methods, with the aim of alleviating identity-based conflicts around the world, are encouraged to apply online at interculturalinnovation.org. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Ten organizations will receive the Intercultural Innovation Award following a rigorous selection process. Awardees will be given a monetary contribution to help their project expand and replicate, with a first prize of USD 40,000. They will also take part in a one-year support program that includes training and capacity-building, increased visibility, access to a network of change makers working in intercultural dialogue and ongoing project-specific mentoring.



Scouts Canada partners with the Canadian Red Cross to offer free first aid training to youth

April 13, 2017

For the first time, Scouts Canada is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross to offer free introductory first aid training to Canadian youth between the ages nine to 16. Training sessions take place in Halifax, Ottawa, Mississauga and Vancouver to kick off Scouts Canada's eighth annual Good Turn Week, taking place April 29 – May 7, 2017. The first aid sessions are among more than 30 major community projects Scouts Canada is launching to bring the spirit of Good Turn Week to communities from coast to coast. Four first aid training sessions will be offered in each city, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30. The courses will explore prevention and response training, focusing on increasing the confidence of youth and inspiring action when they are presented with an emergency situation and the opportunity to help someone in need. Participants will learn how to prevent injury, assess an emergency, respond in a first aid or emergency situation while keeping themselves safe and compression only CPR. Youth do not need to be Members of Scouts Canada to participate. Advance registration is required and available spots are first come, first served.



Launch of the Ottawa Non-Profit Employer Engagement Project

April 12, 2017

World Skills Employment Centre is excited to receive funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration to launch the Non Profit Employer Engagement Project. This project is part of the Ontario Bridge Training Program for Internationally Trained Individuals and is designed to strengthen the capacity of 50 nonprofit organizations (small, medium and large) in the Ottawa region to enhance their ability to recruit, hire, onboard and retain internationally educated individuals. The project will support 40 internationally trained to gain employment commensurate with their skills and experience and /or to secure a mentorship opportunity. Interested organizations can register here.



CAMIMH calls for nominations for the Faces of Mental Illness Campaign

April 11, 2017

Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) officially launched the 15th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign, seeking nominations from the public. The campaign selects individuals living in recovery from mental illness and shares their experiences with the public. These stories are shared online, through promotional materials, in profile videos and through media and political engagement. The Faces of Mental Illness campaign is a key component of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) running from October 1-7, 2017. To nominate yourself or someone you know for the campaign, please visit camimh.ca. Nominations will be accepted until May 26, 2017. The 2017 Faces of Mental Illness will be announced in late June.



Report highlights 30% increase in homelessness in Metro Vancouver region

April 11, 2017

The Preliminary Data Report for the 2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver, prepared by BC Non-Profit Housing Association and M.Thomson Consulting, on behalf of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy's Community Entity, Metro Vancouver found 3,605 people homeless in the region-wide count, an increase of 30% from the previous 2014 count. Preliminary report findings include:

  • Region-wide, 828 more people were identified as homeless in 2017 compared to 2014, representing a 30% increase in homelessness and highest number to date.
  • The largest homeless populations can be found in Vancouver, with 2,138 people, followed by Surrey with 602 people.
  • Homelessness increased in all communities except on the North Shore, between 19% (Burnaby) and 142% (Delta/White Rock).
  • Aboriginal people represented 34% of the homeless population, with 746 surveyed individuals identifying as Aboriginal. This is the highest share reported to date in a regional count and is a very strong over-representation compared to the total population.
  • A total of 230 seniors between 55 and 65 years and another 176 seniors above the age of 65 years, for a total of 556 seniors counted as homeless. Seniors aged 55 and over thereby represented 23% of the homeless population compared to 18% in 2014, as share that has steadily grown.
  • A total of 199 children under 19 years of age and 179 youth between 19 and 24 years were found homeless on March, for a total of 378. Young people under 25 years thereby represented 16% of the homeless population in 2017 compared to 20% in 2014.



BMO pledges $1 million to new mental health centre at Royal Columbian Hospital

April 11, 2017

BMO Financial Group is making a major contribution to Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation's dedevelopment fundraising efforts. The financial services provider has pledged $1 million towards the new Mental Health and Substance Use Wellness Centre, which is now under construction at Royal Columbian Hospital. The Foundation is working with donors to raise $9.1 million for the new facility. Opening by 2020, the new Mental Health and Substance Use Centre will offer more inpatient beds, outpatient clinics, and space for training and education. The facility will replace the aging 30-bed Sherbrooke Centre as part of the first phase of redevelopment at Royal Columbian Hospital.



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