President-elect Joe Biden is promising to undo many of the worst abuses of the Trump administration. Yet these issues, from racism to immigration abuses to a lack of global development, are also present in Canada. The social impact sector cannot think of them as just American issues.
Climate action requires significant government support. The Trump administration never took climate change seriously, but President Biden’s platform will offer American climate NGOs a renewed partner — and give Canadian NGOs an example of what an ambitious climate change platform looks like.
President Biden is promising major immigration changes, but COVID-19 is the immediate challenge for newcomer organizations
President Biden is promising to convene a meeting of leaders from North and Central American countries, including Canada, to propose a regional resettlement solution for migrants. This could have major implications for the work of newcomer and refugee organizations in Canada.
American political divides led to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by thousands of violent Trump supporters. Misinformation on social media, racism, and a distrust of democracy all played a role. These factors drive political division in Canada, too, and have led to an increase in political polarization activity since 2016.