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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.

The State of Crowdfunding in Canada

Today, crowdfunding funds everything from artistic projects on Kickstarter to community fundraisers. And now, social enterprises and non-profits are using this form of financing to avoid the hassles of venture capital or tedious grant applications. Crowdfunding is democratizing capital in new, exciting ways.

Tech

Money

Work

Partnered

COVID-19 will “absolutely exacerbate homelessness in Canada,” say advocates

Why It Matters

Approximately 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year, and there are even more who are underhoused. Housing advocates say these figures may increase, due to economic instability during the coronavirus pandemic. Our fifth story in partnership with United Way Centraide Canada examines how a movement to close the housing gap influenced the federal government’s first national housing strategy.

How the pandemic has accelerated healthcare innovation

Why It Matters

Healthcare has fundamentally changed in the wake of COVID-19, with many providers reaching up to 90 percent virtual encounters. But adapting to virtual service delivery is only one of the many important ways healthcare innovation — which has historically been sluggish — has accelerated during this time.

New Economy

Talks

Inclusion

Women are leading pandemic relief and recovery as non-profit workers, but their childcare duties are holding them back

Why It Matters

Women make up between 75 and 85 percent of the non-profit workers at the forefront of pandemic relief and recovery. They also take on a disproportionate share of childcare duties, both pre-pandemic and while schools and daycares are closed. Lifting some of this burden could be critical to the pandemic recovery.

8 women in social impact share their visions for an equitable pandemic recovery

Why It Matters

Canadians are facing a long road to recovery from the pandemic, but not all have been, or will be, equally impacted. Women of colour and young women have led the country through the pandemic, and they’ll feel the most intense economic and societal impacts — so their perspectives should be at the forefront of any conversation about recovery.

Partnered

3 Community Innovators Upping Canada’s Culture of Innovation

Why It Matters

More than half of Canadians believe it’s important for people to engage in local problem-solving efforts. This story in our series in partnership with the Rideau Hall Foundation features the many local innovators supporting their communities during pandemic recovery, and what this means for Canada’s culture of innovation.