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Special Reports

Budget 2021: A New Social Contract?

After a year of the most significant economic and social crisis of our generation, this year’s federal budget is critical — and highly anticipated by many, especially those in social impact. The communities and groups social impact organizations work with are devastated by the pandemic, organizations can’t keep up with the demand for economic and social support on their own, and our current social safety nets aren’t keeping everyone safe. Will the federal budget catalyze the beginnings of a new Canadian social contract?

Canada's SDG Strategy: What Now?

How are the SDGs and rebuilding the social impact sector interconnected? What will it take to fulfill Canada’s commitment to the SDGs within a post-COVID reality? How will we know when we make progress? Who’s at the decision-making tables on SDG strategy? Who’s pushing for action and change from the grassroots?

Canada's Social Finance Fund: What Now?

Two years ago, the Government of Canada announced the Social Finance Fund, $755 million over 10 years, meant to power innovative approaches to our country’s persistent and complex social challenges. Enter: a global pandemic, and a moment of introspection, responsibility, and opportunity for the fund. What now? This is a members-only special report.

Featured Collections

Local solutions to global challenges

Most, if not all of the world’s toughest challenges are playing out on both international and hyper-local scales. From economic inequality to climate change, on-the-ground, localized solutions are key to helping people thrive. This collection is a deep dive into some insightful examples of this local work, and the ecosystems building up around it.

Tech

Money

Work

Social impact professionals are on the verge of burnout — these organizations radically changed their work culture to help

Why It Matters

Canadian Mental Health Week provides an opportunity to practice values and restructure organizational goals, which can ultimately lead to increased performance and better outcomes. While some of these measures are unconventional in the non-profit sector, the stakes are high, as deteriorating mental health may lead to employee burnout.

Opinion: The world’s biggest problems won’t be solved by the social impact sector alone — here’s what’s needed

Why It Matters

While the social impact world makes big commitments to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems, the complexity and scale of those problems mean the sector simply cannot do it alone. Leaders with experience in the corporate world, government, and other sectors can help build bridges and get things done.

New Economy

Talks

Inclusion

Four tips for building intergenerational connection into social impact work

Why It Matters

Older Canadians and youth are two of the demographics who’ve suffered the most throughout the pandemic. Experts in intergenerational connection say key to community recovery will be building connection across age groups, but it won’t be easy.

The pandemic has created a fear of aging. Stronger intergenerational bonds could fix that

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased concern for the emotional wellness of older Canadians and the mental health of younger people among healthcare workers. Experts believe this has created an opportunity to leverage intergenerational connections to shape the future of elder care in Canada; if this opportunity is not taken, society will be left in a troubling disconnected state.

The social innovation ecosystem still doesn’t understand Indigenous innovation. This project is working to close the gap.

Why It Matters

The rate of new businesses in Indigenous communities is growing at five times the rate of non-Indigenous entrepreneurship. The size of the Indigenous business economy is expected to grow from $30 billion to $100 billion by 2025. If impact investors want in, they need a much deeper understanding of what makes up Indigenous innovation.