Catastrophes of all kinds — from natural disasters to health emergencies — have always been, and still are, on the rise in Canada. According to the Insurance Board of Canada, 2020 was the fourth worst year on record when it came to natural disasters in our country. With the added impacts of a global pandemic in the last year, it’s clear that Canadian communities and civil society organizations need to be better prepared for climate change, pandemics and economic shocks.
With Canada’s expansive and diverse communities, topography and climates, civil society organizations have an opportunity now to reimagine their readiness as well as how they respond to shocks. What does being prepared as a civil society look like? How might leaders shape their communities and community service organizations to be more proactive for emergencies rather than reactive? What have organizations learned over the past year to help them be more prepared for future shocks? And how might the social impact world mobilize leaders in public, private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors to be more involved?
Future of Good is excited to announce a five-story series in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross to examine civil society readiness. Between May and October 2021 we’ll dive into groundbreaking initiatives and highlight solutions across Canada that are changing civil society’s emergency preparedness.
Stay tuned for the series.