The new government has its work cut out for it on boosting social services. Nine leaders in this sector share what matters most right now.

Why It Matters

Social service organizations have unique insight into communities’ needs and issues across the country — and communities are hurting, still, as COVID-19’s cascading effects continue.

The Liberals have another minority government. Here’s how the social impact sector is reacting.

Why It Matters

With the election over — and the fourth wave of COVID-19 washing over the country — the Liberals will need to work with the social impact sector to stabilize rising case counts, take drastic action on the climate crisis, and establish a national childcare plan.

The Conservatives mention civil society more in their platform than any other party. Why?

Why It Matters

The Conservatives are neck-and-neck with the Liberals in preliminary election polling. How they think about the sector, should they win, could determine the likelihood of partnerships with the government and funding opportunities for civil society organizations.

Here are seven of the social impact sector’s most urgent requests during the federal election

Why It Matters

Non-profits, charities, and mutual aid organizations work on issues independently of the election cycle — and may have insight into some of Canada’s most pressing concerns that political parties do not.

Hate is the 2021 election’s elephant in the room. Here’s what social impact organizations want federal leaders to do about it.

Why It Matters

Hate is a life-or-death issue for many Canadians, be they Black, Indigenous, Muslim, Asian, Sikh, queer, trans, or a woman. All of the major political parties have made promises to end hate, but that won’t happen without sustained pressure from leaders themselves.