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Canada’s purpose driven economic drivers: charities

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Imagine Canada’s Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector today released Charities in Canada as an Economic Sector, a discussion paper by Chief Economist Brian Emmett and co-author Geoffrey Emmett. The paper is an invitation to Canadians, governments, businesses and communities to not only think of charities as purpose driven but also as an essential component driving Canada’s economy.

“The charitable and nonprofit sector represents 8.1% of Canada’s GDP and 10.5% of the labour force,” says Bruce MacDonald, president and CEO of Imagine Canada. “With Canada Day celebrations just around the corner, we wanted Canadians to understand and celebrate the fact that charities, in addition to being interwoven in the social fabric of our society, are an important source of jobs, innovation and growth within the Canadian economy.”

Discussed in Charities in Canada as an Economic Sector:

  • Role and scope of the charitable sector in the Canadian economy
  • The charitable sector as a small business sector
  • Productivity and innovation in the charitable sector
  • The charitable sector as a place to work
  • Revenue and funding sources for charitable organizations
  • Policy implications

To read more, download the discussion paper at imaginecanada.ca/chief-economist

For further reading, see Brian Emmett’s blog post Let’s be proud about charities on Canada Day! at: imaginecanada.ca/blog/proud-about-charities

About the Chief Economist

In 2013, Brian Emmett joined Imagine Canada in the unique role of the Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector. As Chief Economist, Brian is tasked with measuring the impact of the sector and bringing economic issues facing charities and nonprofits to the forefront of public policy decision makers.

The position of the Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector is made possible through funding received by The Muttart Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation – an agency of the Government of Ontario, Vancouver Foundation, an anonymous donor, and the PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation.

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Additional information about the Chief Economist: imaginecanada.ca/chief-economist

Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities. Our three broad goals are to strengthen the sector’s collective voice, create opportunities to connect and learn from each other, and build the sector’s capacity to succeed.

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