“Heal thyself”: Senator Ratna Omidvar on the state of the charitable sector’s modernization

Why It Matters

Over two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, charities and non-profits are still struggling to adapt. From retaining staff to moving their work online, there’s a massive need for modernization — in order to meet growing demand from devastated communities. Senator Omidvar says if the government had heeded the recommendations in Catalyst for Change, the sector could have shown much more resilience.

Modernization Progress 2022: We’re tracking every recommendation made by the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector — here’s the progress so far

Why It Matters

Putting pressure on the Canadian government to adopt all 42 recommendations by the Special Senate Committee will require a detailed understanding of how implementation is falling short of the sector’s expectations.

‘We can do much better’: Canada’s charitable advisory committee’s newest members on how they plan to transform the sector

Why It Matters

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Charitable Sector have the ear of the federal government and can influence regulatory reform for Canada’s social impact sector.

Explainer: The Effective and Accountable Charities Act (Bill S-216) – what you need to know

Why It Matters

Many critics see the current regulations on funding non-charities as a colonial form of control over already marginalized groups. This new bill proposes changes that would shift the power from funders to people on the ground.

‘The non-profit sector touches every one of us’: Ontario marks first Week of Appreciation for the Nonprofit Sector

Why It Matters

Running a Week of Appreciation is one way to help non-profit employees — who can suffer from burnout and overwork — feel valued, rewarded, and proud of all the work they’ve accomplished.

Canada’s “lifesaving” wage and rent subsidies are gone. Here’s why non-profits and charities are worried.

Why It Matters

Non-profits and charities intent on supporting an equitable recovery don’t just need government handouts — they need financial stability.