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Keep up-to-date with sector-related policy happenings and feel empowered to take action on policies that affect you. 

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Front Page News 📰


Extension of Emergency Commercial Rental Assistance program

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) will be extended by one month to cover eligible small business rents for July. This program’s eligibility is open to nonprofits and charities. 

Thinking of participating in the consultations for Budget 2021? 

The House of Commons Finance Committee is currently accepting submissions for its pre-budget consultation process. We encourage charities, nonprofits, and social enterprises to participate by the August 7, 2020 deadline. Nonprofit participation in the development of the federal budget is key to a vital, equitable, and sustainable democracy for all communities.

Information regarding format and submission process is available here. If you have any questions regarding the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

📺 Media roundup: risk of organizational closure due to COVID-19 

The challenges that organizations are facing has been the subject of numerous news stories from coast to coast in the last few days. We’ve rounded up some here: 

ICYMI: WEBINAR on Basic Income: Towards Gender Equity

Gender equality is still far from being realized. In terms of economic parity, the World Economic Forum ranked women and girls in Canada 30 out of 153 countries this year. Now, COVID-19 is amplifying the fact that women are over-represented in precarious and low-wage work, are still the family's unpaid primary caregivers, and are susceptible to domestic violence.

In this webinar recording from Tamarack Institute, a panel of extraordinary female researchers, organizers and advocates explored Basic Income as an important strategy in gender equity actions. Listen here

Show a little love for the sector with the #HelpTheHelpers social campaign!

Every Canadian has in one way or another benefited from a local nonprofit, charity, and social enterprise in their communities. Today, we ask you, your family and your friends to show a little love for those organizations. To #HelptheHelpers, choose one of our templates and post it to your Instagram and Facebook stories, tagging three of your favourite local organizations (and @imaginecanada so that we can see your posts!). Remember to also share a blank version so that your followers can screenshot and shout out their faves. 

Tomorrow: Launch of ‘Marketplace Revolution’

It’s time to transcend the dogma and practices of extraction economics that result in social exclusion and income inequality. It’s time for social enterprise, social procurement, and social value finance to converge to create community capital. It’s time for a Marketplace Revolution. David Lepage of Buy Social Canada’s new book shifts the discussion past the call for more innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to an emphasis on what value is being created. You can join the book launch happening tomorrow July 7, 2020 by registering here or order your copy of the book here.

Let's Advocate

The final countdown - help us get the Sector Resilience Grant Program across the finish line

Since the start of COVID-19, the Canadian government has been developing and implementing relief measures for various segments of the economy. Our sector is still asking for stabilization funding, by way of a Sector Resilience Grant Program to:
  • cover core operating costs, enabling organizations to respond to rising community needs and costs; 
  • offset the collapse of revenue sources such as donations and earned income that are used to support operations outside of wages (such as rent, mortgages, utilities, computers, etc. that are not addressed by the wage subsidy); 
We’ve made it easy for you to contact your local MP. In only a few seconds you can send an email asking for their support for a Sector Resilience Grant Program for the sector.

COVID-19 resources to help make navigating the crisis a little smoother

Here are some resources we’ve created to help the sector keep track of important COVID-19 related information:

Last Week on the Hill 📅

Government announcements and other news

Multiculturalism  International development 
  • Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, announced a commitment of $120 million in support of the activities of the Access to COVID-19 Accelerator – with $20 million of that total for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. 
  • Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement on the entry-into-force of the new NAFTA.
Data and Analysis

The Parliamentary Budget Officer released: 
  • The Provincial Government Liquidity Outlook. The purpose of this report is to address questions from several parliamentarians about potential uptake of the new Bank of Canada provincial liquidity-support programs
Statistics Canada published the following data: 
Last week in the House
  • The House of Commons did not sit last week. 
Last week in the Senate
  • The Senate did not sit last week.

Our Coffee Corner 

Since we can probably all use a little pick-me-up right now....

 A zero-waste picnic? Sign us up! 

With many parks across Canada open to the public and summer in full swing, picnics can be a safe and fun way to enjoy the season with your bubble, or while keeping physically distant with your non-bubble group. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or simply enjoying a meal outside, cleaning up after yourselves is a must, but why not go a step further and pack a zero-waste picnic instead?

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