Research and Public Policy at Imagine Canada
Stay informed, gain knowledge, and save time doing so by browsing our collection of research and public policy intelligence. Our work in this area influences everything we do at Imagine Canada, whether it’s working with government, corporations, or individual charities and nonprofits. Members of Imagine Canada are the first to receive our signature research, and to be advised of government policies that affect the nonprofit sector.
February 12, 2013. Finance Committee report recommends the Stretch Tax Credit.
October 23, 2012. Imagine Canada releases sixth Sector Monitor report. Findings indicate sector may face greater challenges in the coming year.
March 29, 2012. Imagine Canada Reacts to Budget 2012
March 21, 2012. Imagine Canada has prepared a Research Note that includes a preliminary assessment of the 2010 CSGVP Tables Report data, additional analysis on overall trends from the 2004 and 2007 surveys, and provincial and territorial breakdowns. Read more.
February 7, 2012. Imagine Canada releases fifth Sector Monitor report. Demand remains high and many charities continue to experience difficulty carrying out their mission.
December 12, 2011. New Research Bulletin: Trends in Individual Donations (1984 to 2010). Our latest Research Bulletin presents an overview of trends in charitable donations from 1984 to 2010, drawing on a number of data sources derived from Canadian personal income tax returns. Previous Research Bulletins can be found in the Library.
December 6, 2011. Statistics Canada yesterday released their annual figures describing charitable donations claimed by Canadians on their income tax returns. For more information, download our Research Note.
August 24, 2011. Imagine Canada releases fourth Sector Monitor report - Canada’s Charity Leaders Cautiously Optimistic about the Future while Major Sector Challenges Remain
August 12, 2011. Imagine Canada submitted its prebudget recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Our submission continues to call for the adoption of a Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving to promote donations by individuals, equal access to federal business development programs for charities and non-profits, and an expanded mandate for the Tax Court of Canada.
June 6, 2011. Imagine Canada Statement on Budget 2011.
February 8, 2011. Imagine Canada releases third Sector Monitor report. This edition of the Sector Monitor looks at conditions in late 2010.
December 14, 2010. A new report from the Business Contributions to Communities Initiative, Insights for Strategic Corporate Fundraising, looks at how different industry sectors give to charitable and nonprofit organizations. Read more about this report here.
August 26, 2010. Imagine Canada releases second Sector Monitor report. Canadian charities continue to face considerable challenges despite slow recovery of the broader economy.
July 20, 2010. Proposed changes to census data collection will create challenges for Canada’s charities and nonprofits. Letter to the Hon. Tony Clement sharing our disappointment and concerns: English or French.
April 28, 2010. Imagine Canada releases first Sector Monitor Report. Imagine Canada released today its first Sector Monitor report from a new survey program designed to monitor the state of charities across the country and their ability to deliver their missions.
November 13, 2009. Read about Imagine Canada’s proposed Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving in the Philanthropy in Action insert in today’s Globe and Mail. See our opinion editorial and advertisement made possible in part with the generous support of The Muttart Foundation. The purpose of the Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving is to encourage more Canadians to give and to support those who do give to give more. The Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving would increase the federal charitable tax credit from 29% to 39% on all NEW giving. This incentive will allow Canadians to “stretch” their giving even more. Read more about the Stretch Tax Credit
November 12, 2008. New Research on Corporate Citizenship. A new research study finds that the community investment initiatives of many of Canada’s largest corporations have moved beyond "cheque-book philanthropy" and are leveraging their assets in more ways than the public, or even the charities and nonprofits they support, might think. Corporate Community Investment Practices, Motivations & Challenges: Findings from the Canada Survey of Business Contributions to Community ─ puts a spotlight on 93 of Canada’s largest companies (annual revenues exceeding $25 million) and their community investment practices. more...(PDF)
October 2007. Read our Philanthropic Success Stories in Canada report (pdf)
Did you know that there are 161,000 nonprofilts and charities in Canada?
Did you know that Canada’s nonprofit and voluntary sector is the 2nd largest in the world?
The sector represents $79.1 billion or 7.8% of the gross domestic product
The sector is larger than automotive and manufacturing. It generates $112 billion in revenues and employs 2 million people
Canadians donated $10 billion in 2007
Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have the highest donor rates.
Canadians volunteered 2.1 billion hours in 2007
Young Canadians aged 15 to 24 are more likely to volunteer than Canadians in any other age group
One percent of nonprofits command 60% of all revenues flowing to the sector
Canadians with the lowest household incomes give a greater percentage of their income than others
Saskatchewan has the highest volunteer rate in the country, followed by the Northwest Territories and the Yukon
Those exposed to giving and volunteering activities early in life are more likely to continue those behaviours as adults