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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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