Budget 2023 spends big — just not on the non-profit and charitable sector

Systemic issues for non-profits and charities, like core funding, regulatory changes, left out of federal budget

Why It Matters

Canadian non-profits employ roughly 2.6 million Canadians and provide vital services in every province and territory. This year’s federal budget will impact those organizations — and the communities they serve — for years to come.

The federal government’s freshly tabled fiscal plan promises $43 billion in new spending over the next six years, including tax credits promoting green technology, dental care for families earning less than $90,000 per year and a new agency to combat foreign interference, but non-profits say Budget 2023 doesn’t address systemic issues facing their sector.

Bruce MacDonald, president and CEO of Imagine Canada, said while the government’s desire for fiscal restraint is understandable, the budget tabled by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on March 28 falls short of acknowledging the vital role charities and non-profits play in Canadian society. 

“Long standing recommendations related to the creation of a home in the federal government for charities and non-profits, improved data on the sector and the urgent need for core funding, were noticeably absent,” MacDon

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