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Welcome to the Early Alert, an Imagine Canada newsletter!

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 📰

Government requests recall of the House of Commons

The federal government has made a request to the Speaker of the Commons to recall Parliament on Tuesday so that emergency measures related to the government's Covid-19 response can receive Parliamentary approval.

New economic measures to help the sector during the COVID-19 outbreak

Last week, the Government announced additional economic measures to help Canadians through the COVID-19 outbreak. We were pleased to see that, as we requested last week in a letter to the Prime Minister, charities and nonprofits were included in these relief measures. We will continue to keep you updated about additional announcements on our social media channels and newsletters. Here is a summary of the measures most relevant to the sector:
  • SMALL EMPLOYERS: The Government will help small employers, including charities and nonprofits, keep their employees by providing a wage subsidy for 3 months (to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer). 
  • HOMELESSNESS: The Government will provide $157.5 million to continue to support people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION: The Government will provide up to $50 million to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres to help with their capacity to manage or prevent an outbreak in their facilities.
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Stay updated on COVID-19’s impact on the charitable sector with Imagine Canada

Nonprofit organizations across Canada and around the world are rapidly adapting to the coronavirus. The situation is evolving by the hour with a dramatically increasing impact on individuals, organizations, governments and the economy. During this time it is important that we work together as a sector, sharing resources and advice, and keeping spirits up during this time of isolation. As the situation evolves we will share new resources and updates in several ways: 

Changes to Canadian Heritage & Canada Council grant and contribution related to COVID-19

Canadian performing artists were one of the first groups significantly impacted by COVID-19 containment measures as soon as gatherings over 250 people were canceled. Arts grantors are rushing to reassure artists that they will have support at this time. Canadian Heritage has confirmed their funding agreements will be honoured with money continuing to flow regardless of cancelations and pending reports. The Canada Council has emphasized that artists and organizations should track lost revenues as the results of deferrals and cancellations directly related to the measures taken to contain COVID-19.

You can see the Canadian Heritage information here and Canada Council information here.

Webinar - Responding to COVID-19: What Canadian NPO boards and management teams should know

Imagine Canada is teaming up with PWC specialists to host a webinar next Tuesday, Mar. 24 to discuss nonprofit crisis management and what organizations need to know during this challenging time.

Register here.

Let's Advocate

It only takes a minute to take ACTION

Across Canada, charities, nonprofits, and social enterprises are working hard to help their communities face the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a result, our sector is facing significant disruption. It is imperative that the federal government’s response also include and communicate measures that will assist our sector in getting through the challenges we all currently face. We have created a letter campaign to make it easy to email your MP asking for several measures to help ensure that charities and nonprofits can continue their valuable work during this incredibly challenging time. We understand that it is an extremely busy time, but we hope you’ll take two minutes to add your voice to this very important message.

We're here to listen to the sector

We're currently conducting interviews with organizations to gather information about how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the sector. These interviews will help us shape our public policy and advocacy work and will also help inform the government as to the struggles and needs of the sector. We encourage you to reach out to us and schedule a brief interview on the phone or via email:

Sector advocacy on COVID-19

Numerous charities and nonprofits have reacted to the current COVID-19 crisis by sending letters to various levels of government, advocating on the sector’s behalf. Take a look at a few of the organizations and what they’re asking for:  We encourage you to share with us any material you’ve developed, including letters, action pages, toolkits. We will share them on our COVID-19 action page, newsletter and social media. You can email us at:

Last Week on the Hill 📅

Government announcements and other news

International relations Anit-racism
La Francophonie Health Data
Statistics Canada published the following data: 
Last week in the House
  • The House of Commons has suspended due to COVID-19.
Last week in the Senate
  • The Senate has suspended due to COVID-19.
Committee updates
  • Nothing of note.

Our Coffee Corner 

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

23 Pets Who Are Pretty Psyched To Have Their Owners Working From Home

Today we’re celebrating the animals in our lives who are just happy to have their humans around more as they work from home, along with a special shout out to the pets who are there to greet those who aren’t able to work from home at the end of a long day with some much needed happiness and love.

For the sector. Together.

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