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The Early Alert Newsletter

Upcoming Statistics Canada webinars on recovery & census data

Join Statistics Canada for two upcoming free webinars happening in May and June. The first is Recovery and Resilience: An Overview of Recent Economic and Social Developments and the second is entitled How to Use Census Data.

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Imagine Canada introduces free membership for small organizations

Imagine Canada Membership is an engagement and leadership-focused network that evolves in response to our Members' interests and needs. All staff and board members of Member organizations gain access to Member-exclusive webinars, virtual and in-person networking events, policy chats and working groups. Members receive early access to Imagine Canada research and we poll our Members on emerging issues in the sector. Membership fees are designed to be accessible to organizations of all sizes. They are scaled based on your organization type and size, starting at $0/year for nonprofits with less than $150,000 in annual revenues.

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ICYMI - What trends will impact charities and nonprofits in the second quarter of 2023?

In this edition of our quarterly blog series, we discuss the challenges charities and nonprofits are facing as a result of the climate crisis and a hard insurance market. The former is a long-term challenge that will likely change core aspects of how our sector operates. The latter is a short-term challenge but one that is nevertheless having an impact on many organizations. We also discuss recent data on donation trends, which is giving us a clearer picture of how this important source of revenue was affected by the pandemic. Finally, we discuss the opportunities for our sector in changing models of work.

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Tell us - what should a home in government for the sector look like?

The sector has spent years advocating for a home within the federal government and right now, a policy window is open because the government has expressed interest in the idea. We’re in the process of developing a detailed proposal about what the mandate and structure of a home in government should look like, as well as how to embed equity considerations. We want to hear from you about these elements, and about why you want a home in government - how could it help your work? What benefits do you see in an improved relationship between the sector and the federal government?

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House Committee updates (A non-exhaustive list of committee updates of potential interest to the sector):

The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities completed its study of Bill C-35, An Act respecting early learning and child care in Canada.

Click here to view the final report.
The Standing Committee on Finance began its study on the Subject Matter Of Bill C-47, An Act To Implement Certain Provisions Of The Budget Tabled In Parliament On March 28, 2023.
The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities continued its study on the National Housing Strategy.



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