Canada’s Rapid Housing Initiative leaves out many non-profit developers

Why It Matters

COVID-19 is aggravating Canada’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis. According to a 2020 survey from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, 1.6 million Canadians have experienced homelessness. The government is offering critical aid to affordable housing developers, but it may not be accessible to all.

6 ideas to try at your next virtual event

Why It Matters

Running a digital gathering is vastly different compared to an in-person conference or workshop or gala. Few social impact organizations had experience with digital events before the pandemic. And with the second wave, the future of in-person events remains uncertain.

5 social purpose co-ops helping communities recover from COVID-19

Why It Matters

Pandemic recovery will require community-led solutions — to rising rates of food insecurity and addiction; to the lack of access to affordable childcare and pharmaceuticals; for the struggling arts sector; and more — and co-ops could be well-positioned to provide them.

Digital equity organizations welcome $2 billion in broadband investments, but worry it will go to major telecoms

Why It Matters

Poor internet access is a major issue in Canada that receives little attention from the philanthropic sector. The COVID-19 pandemic is showing just how vital it is to a healthy society. Internet infrastructure may require significant government investment, but non-profits can play an important role in ensuring internet access for all.

Canada’s recovery plan could miss a huge opportunity to boost climate finance, experts say

Why It Matters

Fighting climate change remains Canada’s greatest existential challenge. As the country recovers from COVID-19, it has the opportunity to transform its carbon-intensive economy - but government financing alone may not be enough. Social financing could fill the gap and ensure a green economic recovery for all.

Trudeau’s $400 million international COVID-19 plan is feminist — but is it enough?

Why It Matters

Women and girls are leading the charge on COVID-19 response efforts around the world. Yet many women around the world are seeing an alarming rise in domestic violence. Canada has earmarked $400 million towards humanitarian aid with a focus on women — a move INGO sector advocates say is hugely important.