Opinion: The disbursement quota should increase to 5 percent — but an increase alone isn’t good enough.

Canada’s non-profit and charitable sector has been a steadfast beacon of hope on the frontlines of the pandemic since day one, providing vital supports in communities all across the country, often by leaders from the very communities most affected. Demands for services have skyrocketed, and organizations have had to pivot hard to meet needs in very restrictive and unstable circumstances, all the while facing major risks to personal health, high levels of staff and volunteer burnout, and sharp declines in revenues. 

In addition to the critical social impact of our sector, 8.4 percent of Canada’s national GDP is attributable to our sector, contributing about as much as the transportation sector, and more than fisheries and oceans, or agriculture, while employing

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