Imagine Canada Early Alerts: Major Announcement Federal Activity Related to NP and Charities March 2019

Non-profit sector continues to grow: Larger percentage of GDP and more employees, but community organizations showing declines
On Tuesday, March 5, Statistics Canada released an update to the Satellite Account of Nonprofit Institutions and Volunteering, which was undertaken in partnership with Imagine Canada and our data working group. This is the first new set of comprehensive data about the sector in more than a decade. Read More

A new “in” with the federal government: A permanent Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector
Imagine Canada was part of a vast network of public policy advocates who have worked to establish a “home” for charities and nonprofits in the federal government – like any other important sector. Read More

On Friday, March 8, MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones highlighted ways in which the Government of Canada is moving forward on its commitment to work in partnership with provinces and territories, communities and other stakeholders from the private and profit sectors to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Non-profit institutions and volunteering: Economic contribution, 2007 to 2017
Economic activity in the non-profit sector totalled $169.2 billion in 2017, representing 8.5% of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP). Community non-profit institutions accounted for 16.4% of the overall sector, while business non-profit institutions accounted for 10.4%. The most significant portion of non-profit activity (73.2%) came from government non-profit institutions, such as hospitals and universities. Read More


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