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 that may have unintended consequences on the sector may be adopted without thorough examination.
Imagine Canada has long advocated that charities and nonprofits need an overarching “home” in the federal government – like any other important sector. This message was emphasized by both the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities and the Social Innovation/Social Finance Co-creation Steering Group. In what we see as a first step towards achieving this goal, the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement announced a new permanent Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector.
Details of this committee, which is to be co-chaired by government and sector representatives (specifically, our own CEO Bruce MacDonald alongside Hilary Pearson from Philanthropic Foundations Canada) and has a wide-ranging mandate, have just been released.
For more details, please read the Minister of National Revenue’s announcement: The Government of Canada delivers on its commitment to modernize the rules governing the charitable sector
We are very pleased that the government has taken this step, and we look forward to actively participating on the Committee. “The creation of a new Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector is an important step forward in continuing to evolve the operating environment for charities, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs” said Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO of Imagine Canada “Our organization is delighted to participate on the Advisory Committee and work with both charitable sector experts and government officials as the Committee builds an action plan for the future.”
For further information:
Manager, Government Relations
416-597-2293, ext. 304