Canada’s next budget will shape the COVID-19 recovery. Here’s what the social impact sector wants.

These eleven social purpose organizations shared their priorities for the expected spring budget in a series of submissions late last year.

Why It Matters

Canada’s social impact sector could play a significant role in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery. Many of its priorities are similar to the federal government’s own plans for a pandemic recovery, but Ottawa has barely mentioned the sector.

Canada’s next budget promises to be one of the most significant in recent memory. 

Unemployment, elder abuse, climate change, gender equality, Indigenous rights, and childcare all remain huge issues as Canada and the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. The government and Canada’s social impact sector agree on the need for extensive investment for years to come, but it remains to be seen how that will happen. The federal government has suggested its next budget could be released as early as this March. 

In last fall’s Throne Speech, a high level overview of the government’s priorities, the Liberals promised a $75 to $100 billion economic stimulus package, the seeds of a national childcare framework, significant investments into the COVAX international vaccine access program, and a green reimagining of the economy. But the social impact sector

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