Special coverage: Election ‘21
About This Special Report
From elder care and climate action to mental health and affordable housing, the pandemic has set in motion a number of transitions for Canadian society and the social impact sector. Canada’s political leaders will spend the next few weeks telling Canadians how they plan to rebuild for a post-pandemic era — and we'll dive into how it all affects the social impact work you do.
Canada’s long-term care facilities need an overhaul. Non-profits could be the bridge to a better system.
The overall failure of Canada’s long-term care system to protect their most vulnerable residents from a deadly virus is eroding trust in the system just as more seniors are starting to require long-term care.
The new government has its work cut out for it on boosting social services. Nine leaders in this sector share what matters most right now.
Social service organizations have unique insight into communities’ needs and issues across the country — and communities are hurting, still, as COVID-19’s cascading effects continue.
The Liberals have another minority government. Here’s how the social impact sector is reacting.
With the election over — and the fourth wave of COVID-19 washing over the country — the Liberals will need to work with the social impact sector to stabilize rising case counts, take drastic action on the climate crisis, and establish a national childcare plan.
The Conservatives mention civil society more in their platform than any other party. Why?
The Conservatives are neck-and-neck with the Liberals in preliminary election polling. How they think about the sector, should they win, could determine the likelihood of partnerships with the government and funding opportunities for civil society organizations.
Here are seven of the social impact sector’s most urgent requests during the federal election
Non-profits, charities, and mutual aid organizations work on issues independently of the election cycle — and may have insight into some of Canada’s most pressing concerns that political parties do not.
Are Canada’s politicians ready for the urgency of climate change? 8 climate action leaders weigh in.
Climate change is an emergency. And experts say that humanity has a small window of opportunity to avoid the worst of it. That means that the next few years of Canada’s climate policy — and who shapes it, according to what values — urgently matter.
Hate is the 2021 election’s elephant in the room. Here’s what social impact organizations want federal leaders to do about it.
Hate is a life-or-death issue for many Canadians, be they Black, Indigenous, Muslim, Asian, Sikh, queer, trans, or a woman. All of the major political parties have made promises to end hate, but that won’t happen without sustained pressure from leaders themselves.
Canada’s political parties are ignoring the recommendations of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector
Professionals, lawyers, and academics who spoke to the Committee believe Canada’s social impact sector is too cumbersome to adequately serve the needs of the country. Improving it will require tremendous government effort.
10 social impact funders on one thing they wish would become a major election issue
While it’s true that many of the promises federal candidates make on the campaign trail never make it into policy documents, when something becomes a major election issue, there’s pressure on the eventual elected official to act — and social impact funders say they need major policy change to boost the solutions they fund.
20 tough questions social sector leaders would ask federal candidates in an election debate
Issues directly related to social impact work rarely get much airtime during the campaign trail, let alone during formal debates — which are a chance for Canadians to parse out the nuances between the parties’ platforms, and ultimately choose which way to vote.
Here’s how each Canadian political party has promised to work with the social impact sector
Canada’s social impact sector will need to work with whichever party wins power on September 20 — and they each have very different ideas of the sector’s place in Canadian society.
Here’s where Canada’s major political parties stand on social policy — and some under-the-radar promises you may have missed
When it comes to social policy, the devil is in the details — and those details will affect how social impact organizations across Canada serve their communities.
Canada’s federal election is on. Here are 9 big social policy hits and misses of the Trudeau government
A federal election could mean big changes to Canada’s domestic and foreign policy frameworks. Those, in turn, will affect the kind of government assistance Canadians — and communities abroad — receive.