Senator Ratna Omidvar shares four priorities for charitable sector recovery

A roadmap for a post-pandemic sector

Why It Matters

Canada’s charitable and non-profit sector contributes 8.1 percent of the country’s GDP, more than the retail industry, and employs about two million Canadians. The sector will play a vital role in our country’s recovery from COVID-19, but can’t do so without its own recovery in the meantime.

Though charities and non-profits are eager to get back work as usual, they should resist the urge to “slide back to business as yesterday,” said Senator Ratna Omidvar in a Future of Good webinar yesterday. “We may forget that it is the new normal that we should be preparing for. And the new normal cries out very loudly for a sustained, in depth, ongoing conversation with the government.”

In June of 2019, the Canadian Senate released Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector, a first of its kind report on ways the Canadian charitable and non-profit sector should modernize. The report made 42 recommendations, and consulted a range of social impact sector professionals, funders, executives, volunteers and public servants

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