Public Policy & Government Relations
In Ottawa Imagine Canada does two things:
1. Public Policy
We conduct research to develop shared positions on public policy matters for the sector. We do this by consulting with the sector and with intelligence provided by our team of professional researchers.
2. Government Relations
We apply our public policy positions engaging with public officials including one-on-one interaction and more formal group presentations and submissions.
Focus of our Efforts
Tax incentives for giving, the restrictions on advocacy by charities, and the reform of accountability procedures are just a few of the concerns Imagine Canada has championed. Bringing influence and critical mass to bear, speaking with one voice, and acting from an evidence-based perspective built on solid research, Imagine Canada is positioned to have a significant impact on public policy.
We convene sector leaders around topics of concern on an annual basis.
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