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Imagine Canada News

Summary of the latest news from Imagine Canada. Includes media releases, issue alerts, publications and program or resource announcements.

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019

    The Standards Program continues to reflect diversity within broader sector. Welcomes Canada’s largest Muslim charity to achieve accreditation.

    Imagine Canada, the umbrella for Canada’s charities and nonprofits, today welcomed the most recent group of 9 organizations to join the growing number of charities and nonprofits accredited under its national Standards Program, including Islamic Relief, Canada’s largest Muslim charity and relief...

  • Thursday, April 4, 2019


    Imagine Canada is travelling from coast to coast in 2019, convening nonprofit and charity leaders. Summit 2019 is all about doing good, better. Toronto - May 2 Winnipeg - May 10 Calgary - May 13 Vancouver - May 15 Halifax - June 17 Montreal - June 19   At Summit 2019: Explore approaches to...

  • Friday, March 15, 2019


    Federal Budget 2019 is set to be tabled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 19, 2019. We were curious (aren’t we always?) and wanted to better understand what the charitable sector wants and needs from the upcoming Federal Budget. We reviewed the pre-budget briefs submitted by...

  • Thursday, March 7, 2019


    Federal government announces Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector

    For years, one of the major obstacles we’ve faced as a sector is that there hasn’t been a place in the federal government to talk about issues affecting charities and nonprofits as a whole. Not only does this make it difficult for us to advance our own priorities, it means that government policies...

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    Media Releases

    Larger percentage of GDP and more employees, but community organizations showing declines

    Today’s release of new data about the charitable and nonprofit sector by Statistics Canada shows that charities and nonprofits accounted for 8.5% of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017. This is equivalent to $169.2 billion of value added to the national economy and represents a...

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Announcement, Programs

    Chief Economist For Canada’s Charitable & Nonprofit Sector debunks myth that 'tax supported charities' have unfair advantage over for-profit businesses

    Imagine Canada today released Unfair or Unwanted? Competition Between Charities and For-Profit Businesses in Canada, a discussion paper by Brian Emmett, Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector.  As Canadian charities face a long-term crisis of financial sustainability,...

  • Thursday, December 20, 2018


    Summit 2019

    Imagine Canada is travelling from coast to coast in 2019, convening nonprofit and charity leaders. Summit 2019 is all about doing good, better. Toronto - May 2 Winnipeg - May 10 Calgary - May 13 Vancouver - May 15 Halifax - June 17 Montreal - June 19 At Summit 2019: Explore approaches to...

  • Friday, December 7, 2018


    Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for the charitable and nonprofit sector, is urging Canada Post, its workers, and other parties to expedite the delivery of mail as we approach the holiday season. “Charities, and the communities they serve, count on reliable postal services for reaching...

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Media Releases, New Publications

    Canadian companies donate generously to help those coping with natural disasters and community tragedies, but few are increasing budgets to meet these unexpected needs, according to a new study from Imagine Canada.

    The Corporate Giving in a Changing Canada study finds that, while eight-in-ten companies gave funds to help communities deal with extreme crises, only 19 per cent increased their community investment budgets. A third elected to re-direct funds originally allocated to other charities, and 48 per...

  • Friday, November 30, 2018

    Announcement, Programs

    The federal government is introducing a new set of rules to govern charities’ public policy advocacy. You may be wondering:  what the proposed rules might mean for your organization; and what these rules mean for the sector These Qs and As, developed jointly by Imagine Canada,...


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