Trudeau announces $350 million COVID-19 fund for charities and non-profits. Here’s what it means.

A vital step but the sector demands more

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic is stretching non-profits, charities, and social enterprises across Canada as they deal with disruption and surging demand — but these are only the immediate challenges. The federal government’s $350 million fund will help, but organizations in the charitable and non-profit sector say much more support is needed in the long term.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund to help charities and nonprofits across Canada.

The nonprofit and charitable sector has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as organizations on the frontline deal with disruptions to their work due to physical distancing and a surge in demand for services from vulnerable Canadians

“Long before this pandemic, charities and nonprofit organizations were doing crucial work to help our communities,” said Trudeau in his daily COVID-19 update outside Rideau Cottage. “But COVID-19 is putting a tremendous amount of pressure on those organizations because more people need help,” he said. 

Although full details are yet to be released, the government plans to disburse the funds through national intermediaries including United Way Centrai

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