The non-profit sector, while employing 2 million Canadians, remains mostly off the radar when it comes to public cases of labour and human rights violations. But those in the sector say toxic work environments are leading to employee burnout.
Canada is not immune to racism. Though this has always been clear, the pandemic has demonstrated very visibly to Canadians that people of colour are disproportionately impacted. Anti-racism work is imperative for all Canadians, including those who work in the world of social impact.
One of Canada’s fastest-growing family businesses is becoming employee-owned. Here’s why that could be a major trend post-pandemic
Seventy-two percent of Canadian small business owners are planning to exit their businesses in the next 10 years, and the economic chaos of COVID-19 is bringing the resilience of those businesses into even sharper focus. Advocates say this is an opportunity to transition these community businesses into social enterprises or community-owned cooperatives, which could mean a huge boost for recovery.
If we want an inclusive and fair future (of work) coming out of the pandemic, it must also be an Indigenous one. A future that makes space for Indigenous knowledge and worldview, languages, and connection to lands and waters.
COVID-19 is not impacting all Canadians equally — the most marginalized communities are bearing the brunt of it, both economically and in their vulnerability to the virus itself. These are patterns our government should not ignore, because they illuminate deep inequities in our society that need to be addressed with policy change.
As governments and civil society work on overdrive to respond to COVID-19, corporate social responsibility is taking exciting, unexpected forms. Many large companies are stepping up to support communities in tangible ways, proving that the purpose of business is changing to include a positive social impact.
Canadians are facing massive economic setbacks in the wake of COVID-19. For a country that was already seeing declining rates of entrepreneurship, our entrepreneurial ecosystem is threatened. Venture for Canada’s CEO argues that introducing a universal basic income could solve the problem.
COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge to Canadian non-profits, social enterprises, and charities. Fundraising efforts are on hold, meanwhile, many are seeing increased need for services and having to figure out how best to protect their frontline staff. These CEOs share their ideas on the measures the federal government can take to support non-profits through this crisis, and make them less vulnerable to future crises, too.
A shift toward digital ways of working, delivering services, and fundraising has been a long-time coming in the social impact world. But social distancing has accelerated it — and organizations that aren’t prepared won’t be able to keep up, writes Marina Glogovac, President & CEO of CanadaHelps.
Social impact organizations are changing the way they work, from digital transformation to cross-sector collaboration. That means different skills, fresh expertise, and completely new careers. Five people with the social impact jobs of tomorrow describe how they are charting new paths in their organizations.