Canada’s social safety nets are failing. 12 social impact leaders share bold ideas to reimagine them.

Oppressed communities have been hardest hit — health-wise, economically, and socially — by the pandemic. Many in the world of impact say this fact represents a failure of our social safety nets and an opportunity for a radical reimagination to help Canadians flourish.

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Canada’s latest budget makes big commitments to the social impact world. Here’s what you need to know.

Social impact organizations have watched with alarm as the pandemic saps the livelihoods, food access, educational opportunities, jobs, and medical needs of Canadians  — as well as their own capacity. Canada’s federal budget promises massive investments to correct that.

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Scorecard: Does budget 2021 give us the social safety net we need? Social impact leaders weigh in

COVID-19 has tested Canada’s social safety nets, and many would say they’ve failed that test. Historically oppressed and marginalized communities have fallen deeper into poverty and marginalization. The budget provides a roadmap for how the federal government plans to change this reality.

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Why Canada’s public child care plan is a game changer for the social impact sector — and everyone it serves

Around 80 percent of Canada’s non-profit and charity workers are women. Those who have children bear a disproportionate brunt of child care duties. Under a publicly-funded child care plan, the sector’s female workforce may be better able to balance work and family life.

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Budget 2021: Four pressing questions for Canada’s role in the new state of the world

Canada is not safe from the COVID-19 pandemic if countries around the world are still suffering from its effects, as well as the many humanitarian crises in its wake. Defeating the virus will require a strategic and broad international aid plan.

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