Imagine Canada is driving forward to create an environment where public policy is influenced by and supports the work of charities and nonprofits today.
The Charities Directorate at the Canada Revenue Agency enforces the rules charities must follow in order to retain their status.
While Canadians are generous, giving trends are very concerning across the country.
When federal government departments are proposing new policies, they are required to determine if there are specific impacts on small and medium enterprises, or differential impacts based on gender, Indigenous vs. non-Indigenous communities, rural vs. urban, official language communities, and other factors.
The Chief Economist for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector has projected that, without policy changes to promote financial diversification, charities and nonprofits will within a decade face a $26 billion annual shortfall between demand for their services and the resources available to provide those services.
Many charities and nonprofits deliver services on behalf of the federal government, and are compensated for doing so through grant and contribution agreements.