‘Storytelling is medicine’: For Canada’s performing arts organizations, shows are an essential service

Why It Matters

Non-profit arts organizations are in an especially precarious financial position right now. During a global pandemic and high-profile acts of systemic racism, the sense of community, solidarity, and expression fostered by the arts are more important than ever.

Callers are dialing 211 in droves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are reaching out for the very first time.

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating pre-existing inequities around food access, mental health services, and income support. United Way Centraide Canada’s findings suggest the virus is also impoverishing Canadians who were previously secure. Non-profits and government programming will need to be ready for an increase in demand.

Municipalities contribute 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions — this guide will help you push for change

Why It Matters

Municipalities create 50 percent of greenhouse gas emissions produced in Canada. They also control much of the country’s economic development, greenspace allocation, and other major areas of opportunity for climate action. Informed and engaged local citizens could mean massive gains toward a brighter climate future.

Canada’s Rapid Housing Initiative leaves out many non-profit developers

Why It Matters

COVID-19 is aggravating Canada’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis. According to a 2020 survey from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, 1.6 million Canadians have experienced homelessness. The government is offering critical aid to affordable housing developers, but it may not be accessible to all.