Canada’s small businesses are closing. This organization is working to save them — by turning them into social purpose businesses.

Why It Matters

It’s estimated that, even before COVID-19 struck, 700,000 small businesses in Canada were already at risk of closure in the next ten years, because they don’t have viable succession plans. And the pandemic made local business and community self-sufficiency even more urgent. Social acquisitions could be a big part of the solution.

Hudson’s Bay Company launches ‘Charter for Change’ to fund racial equity projects across Canada

Why It Matters

Hudson’s Bay Company was deeply involved in British colonialism across a third of what is now Canada for 200 years. The company’s monopoly was based on the racist ‘doctrine of discovery’ and helped to destroy traditional Indigenous ways of life.

Canada’s social safety nets produce “humiliation and shame” — here’s why

Why It Matters

The pandemic is an opportunity to radically reimagine the ways Canadian government and civil society cares for people, say Sarah Schulman and Gord Tulloch — but to do so, both sectors need a deeper understanding of the problems embedded into our social safety nets.

A crowdfunding campaign for paid sick leave in Ontario is gaining steam — but should sick leave be a charitable cause?

Why It Matters

Patients are dying in ICUs across Ontario because they — or their colleagues, friends, and families — cannot afford to take time off work if they are infected with COVID-19. Until a paid sick day policy is enacted, many workers will need financial help to isolate or seek treatment.

Canada’s social safety nets are failing. 12 social impact leaders share bold ideas to reimagine them.

Why It Matters

Oppressed communities have been hardest hit — health-wise, economically, and socially — by the pandemic. Many in the world of impact say this fact represents a failure of our social safety nets and an opportunity for a radical reimagination to help Canadians flourish.