Leaders from some of Canada’s largest charitable organizations are asking the federal government for a $500 to $700 million relief fund for the community service sector as it faces higher demand for services during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a loss in overall revenue.
Owen Charters, the president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, took part in a roundtable with five other community service organization leaders and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen on Jan. 23. They include the YMCA, YWCA, United Way Centraide Canada, the National Association of Friendship Centres, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. Charters says many of these organizations have seen revenue drops of between 20 and 50 percent since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
They’re not alone. Organizations across the country are pointing to a loss in revenue from donations, but also c
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