New Ontario Nonprofit Network report highlights Peel region’s dramatic spike in demand for non-profit services, amidst inflation and staffing woes

Why It Matters

Non-profits provide services many families rely on: food banks, shelters, and therapy. Without a boost in funding to account for rising programming demands and increased costs due to inflation, non-profits are having to cut back on services and programs that residents rely on.

Unconditionally safe: how the drug using community helps each other when healthcare services fail

Why It Matters

From 2016 to 2021, Canada saw around 26,690 apparent opioid toxicity deaths. Without recognizing the power of peer support and non-judgement, many social service and community intervention organizations may be relying on outdated and colonial methods of doing their life-saving work.

Hundreds of churches across Canada could be converted into social purpose real estate — here’s how one foundation is making it happen

Why It Matters

Many of Canada’s 27,000 faith buildings are in danger of closing thanks to rising commercial rents, shrinking congregations, and demographic changes. Meanwhile, social impact organizations often lack affordable spaces to run community services.

“We don’t clock out”: Frontline workers serving queer and trans youth provide crisis support off the side of their desks — and it’s causing burnout

Why It Matters

While dealing with a lack of funding for emergency support, those within 2SLGBTQ+ organizations step up to help their community. This effective form of mutual aid and crisis support have long existed but support needs to exist across the sector. Community-serving organizations need to learn how to incorporate mutual aid into their services and bake it into their structure.

“Go slow to go fast”: Seven new founders on how to better support social impact startups

Why It Matters

From digital equity to music-based mental health treatment, these new social impact founders are tackling some of the most prevailing issues affecting Canadians today. To support and invest in these new ventures is vital for building communities’ resilience in a post-pandemic world.

21 new social purpose founders to watch

Why It Matters

Canada — and the world, for that matter — is in a time of massive societal transitions. We’ll need fresh perspectives and audacious solutions to make it to the other side more inclusive, equitable, and thriving. By investing in sustainable solutions to improve lives and creating business models rooted in impact, the future will be brighter and healthier for generations to come.