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Front Page News 📰

Nonprofit sector eligible to receive free rapid COVID-19 tests for workplace screening

The Government recently announced new initiatives to make COVID-19 rapid testing more readily available for work places. Rapid testing is a valuable tool in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in close-contact work environments. Non-profit, charitable and Indigenous community organizations can pre-register now to access rapid tests through the Canadian Red Cross.

Webinar - Upcoming CRA charities information session on gifting and receipting

The Charities Directorate at the CRA holds information sessions on a variety of topics. Their next sessions will take place on May 25 and May 26 and will focus on your charity’s obligations with regards to gifting and receipting.

Book - Intersections and Innovations: Change in Canada’s Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector

For far too long, Canada has lacked a comprehensive resource examining Canada’s charitable sector. That has now ended. With contributions from 52 authors, Intersections and Innovations: Change in Canada’s Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector explores issues ranging from governance to technology and social innovation. Nonprofit sector policy wonks will no doubt be especially interested in chapters 29 - 32, which focus on public policy issues ranging from building policy capacity to the role for foundations in supporting policy change. The book is an invaluable resource for the nonprofit sector. Even better, thanks to the Muttart Foundation, it is available for free online!

Imagine Canada was a top lobbyist in the post-budget period

The Lobby Monitor, which reports on the activities of registered lobbyists, recently wrote a story about how the Imagine Canada team reported more lobbying communications than any other group during the week of May 3 to May 9. During this period, we were working hard to meet with officials to discuss measures announced in Budget 2021 that could impact charities and nonprofits. Lobbying is an important part of the democratic process, and we’re proud of the work we do to bring the issues charities and nonprofits are facing to the attention of policymakers. 

Webinar - Generous Futures: 2SLGBTQ+ Communities Impacting

Kick-off Pride Month with Ryerson University on June 1 at 1pm ET with a critical discussion about the role of philanthropy in addressing 2SLGBTQ+ justice and equity. Join us to explore how queer leaders are affecting positive policy changes related to 2SLGTBQ+ communities and more. Register today to be a part of this important dialogue. Imagine Canada is a proud promotional partner of this initiative.

Let's Advocate

Blog - Recent data releases from Statistics Canada are helpful but more is needed

Having accurate and up-to-date evidence is key to informed decision-making. We, along with many others in the sector, have made getting better nonprofit sector data a priority for some time now. As a result, there have been numerous important data releases on the nonprofit sector from Statistics Canada over the past year. In this blog post, we explore what the data can tell us about the state of our sector, and what’s next for this policy file.

Statement - Budget 2021: Behind The 16% Average Revenue Decline

As we move into the implementation phase of Budget 2021, it is important that programs designed to support the nonprofit and charitable sector are targeted effectively. Not all organizations in our sector have been affected equally by the pandemic or the measures taken to address the crisis. We believe strongly that new federal support measures should be designed to assist organizations most in need. In this context, we were pleased to see the use of data from our Sector Monitor survey in the recent federal budget, but are concerned that the figure used does not adequately capture the challenges facing a significant part of the sector. 

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

Last Week on the Hill 📅

Government announcements and other news

Indigenous communities Global health Data and Analysis
Stats Canada published the following data:  Last week in the House Last week in the Senate
  • The Senate will next sit on May 25.
House Committee updates
A non-exhaustive list of committee updates of potential interest to the sector:

Our Coffee Corner 

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

83 Picnic Food Ideas for 2021

Outdoor eating is one of the best parts of Spring and Summer, and that’s more true this year than ever before. Get some inspiration for your next picnic, from snacks to full meals and everything in between.

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