Why Canada’s public child care plan is a game changer for the social impact sector — and everyone it serves

Why It Matters

Around 80 percent of Canada’s non-profit and charity workers are women. Those who have children bear a disproportionate brunt of child care duties. Under a publicly-funded child care plan, the sector’s female workforce may be better able to balance work and family life.

A crowdfunding campaign for paid sick leave in Ontario is gaining steam — but should sick leave be a charitable cause?

Why It Matters

Patients are dying in ICUs across Ontario because they — or their colleagues, friends, and families — cannot afford to take time off work if they are infected with COVID-19. Until a paid sick day policy is enacted, many workers will need financial help to isolate or seek treatment.

Scorecard: Does budget 2021 give us the social safety net we need? Social impact leaders weigh in

Why It Matters

COVID-19 has tested Canada’s social safety nets, and many would say they’ve failed that test. Historically oppressed and marginalized communities have fallen deeper into poverty and marginalization. The budget provides a roadmap for how the federal government plans to change this reality.

Canada’s latest budget makes big commitments to the social impact world. Here’s what you need to know.

Why It Matters

Social impact organizations have watched with alarm as the pandemic saps the livelihoods, food access, educational opportunities, jobs, and medical needs of Canadians  — as well as their own capacity. Canada’s federal budget promises massive investments to correct that.

Canada’s social safety nets are failing. 12 social impact leaders share bold ideas to reimagine them.

Why It Matters

Oppressed communities have been hardest hit — health-wise, economically, and socially — by the pandemic. Many in the world of impact say this fact represents a failure of our social safety nets and an opportunity for a radical reimagination to help Canadians flourish.