Building prosperous and healthy communities:
Towards a stronger relationship with the social purpose sector
Recommendation 1: Legal and regulatory framework
With respect to the government’s plans to consider a new legal and regulatory framework for the charitable and nonprofit sector, we emphasize the need for a fully-funded consultation and convening process. This would include funding for organizations like Imagine Canada to carry out research and to convene and consult with sector organizations.
Recommendation 2: Access to Data
That the government work with the sector to identify (i) gaps in government-collected data, both about the sector and that is used by the sector and (ii) barriers to the sector’s ability to fully access and effectively utilize data.
Recommendation 3: Grants and Contributions Reform
We recommend that the new Canadian Heritage grant and contribution measures become the baseline for all federal departments and agencies, with an eye to further improvements in future years. These reforms, which were announced April 2016, included (i) changes in administration to ensure efficiency; (ii) faster processing, including the electronic transfer of funds; and (iii) increased multi-year funding agreements. In addition to these improvements, we also highlight the need for recognition of overhead costs.
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The Federal Budget Cycle
The Government of Canada plays a central role in funding programs and services that are important to Canadians. Its spending priorities are developed annually through the federal budget cycle, which is an important mechanism that charities can use to engage government on the issues that affect them most.
Imagine Canada is active within each budget cycle to ensure that the critical role of Canadian charities is brought to the attention of federal government decision makers. Each year, we submit pre-budget recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. When the budget is announced, we analyze and report on any items that may affect the sector.