How Well Does Canada’s Stimulus Package Support the Social Impact Sector?

Is it enough?

Why It Matters

Canada has released a stimulus plan to help Canadians survive the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. But just how well does the economic response package address the needs of non-profits and the communities they serve?

As COVID-19 has made its way across the globe, the economic repercussions of the pandemic have caused nearly as much fear as its impacts on health, and governments worldwide have responded with stimulus packages and corporate bailouts. With a strong focus on corporations and individuals, however, these responses haven’t always explicitly included the social impact sector.

In the lead-up to Canada’s announcement of its own stimulus package, Imagine Canada CEO Bruce MacDonald wrote an open letter on March 11, 2020 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking for any COVID-19 economic responses to intentionally include charities and nonprofits.

Just seven days later, Canada delivered its expected economic relief plan, with Trudeau announcing a $82 billion stimulus package for businesses and individuals across Canada. The proposed economic measures are meant to inc


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