Throne Speech scorecard: What grade do social impact leaders give Trudeau’s plan?

It was “the most progressive speech heard in a generation,” but is it enough?

Why It Matters

Demand for social impact organizations’ services is rising dramatically, from food banks to employment support to mental healthcare. The federal government outlined an ambitious recovery plan in its Throne Speech last week, but without committing to more support for the social impact sector, its scope is limited.

Few outside of the social impact world likely zeroed in on this phrase in the Trudeau government’s Speech from the Throne last Wednesday: Governor General Julie Payette said the government would create 1 million jobs “by using a range of tools, including direct investments in the social sector.”

Still, beyond that, there were very few mentions of the non-profit, philanthropic, co-operative or social finance sectors. While the government did commit to addressing many of the issues these sectors work on — affordable housing, Indigenous rights, and gender equity, to name just a few — many in the world of social impact say it missed an opportunity to articulate a commitment to partnering with civil society organizations already hard at work on those causes.

Future of Good reached out to 11 social impact leaders for their takes. Each leader graded the speech as a

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