Budget 2017-18 holds the line on spending as Alberta enters the third year of economic downturn. The budget maintains spending on front-line public services, which is consistent with what the government had signaled leading up to yesterday’s release.
In December 2016, the Office of the Ethics Commissioner, who oversees the Lobbyists Registry, recommended significant changes to the Lobbyists Act. The recommendations call for removal of the exemption for public-benefit nonprofits. The removal of the current exemption would layer an additional administrative burden on Alberta’s public benefit nonprofits, including charities.
CCVO views today’s announcement about funding for audits and planning as a positive first step and a key component of a larger program to support nonprofits with energy efficiency.
CCVO has provided its feedback on the CRA consultation on charities’ political activities. In it, we support the recommendations made by Imagine Canada as they relate to the Income Tax Act.
CCVO provided four recommendations to the Advisory Panel on how future energy efficiency programs can reflect the needs of the nonprofit sector.
Alberta’s new Climate Leadership Implementation Act passes into law measures that were announced through the 2016-17 provincial budget, including Alberta’s new carbon levy. As it is presently structured, the Carbon Levy program places a disproportionate burden on Alberta’s nonprofits and charities that have little means at their disposal to recoup these costs. Read more about what CCVO, and our colleague organizations, are doing on this issue.
Overall, this budget has a stabilizing effect on Alberta’s nonprofit sector, as other sources of revenue are in decline. Most new spending is tied directly to capital investment or election promises, such as those pertaining to climate change and income inequality.
For over a decade the Executive Directions program has been recognized as an important source of leadership development within Calgary’s nonprofit sector. More than one hundred graduates are improving our community in meaningful ways as they apply their leadership skills in organizations across the sector.
The 2016-17 budget is, by and large, what was signalled by the Government over the past weeks. While it is consistent with election promises, the drastic fall in oil prices has slowed implementation in several areas.
Three Calgary nonprofit organizations receive innovation awards
CCVO recommends that PIPA be amended to apply fully to all nonprofit and charitable organizations and activities, subject to an 18-month transition period that includes training and education opportunities.
CCVO recommends that the 2016-17 budget be used to restore and enhance the information available about Canada’s nonprofit-charitable sector and its workforce.
Over the past few months we have encountered some perceptions, and concerns, from service providers around procurement initiatives underway and planned in Human Services. These concerns have arisen for a variety of reasons, and are also linked to the very natural uncertainly that comes from working with a new government. In an effort to ensure people’s concerns are based on facts, rather than misunderstanding or speculation, CCVO reached out to the Ministry of Human Services with some direct questions around the goals, impetus and process of the procurement initiative.
CCVO recently sent a letter to Calgary City Council with recommendations on next steps in the Community Economic Resiliency Fund allocation process.
Alberta’s economy continues to feel the effects of low oil prices more than one year after prices began to fall. As some of those early impacts were captured in the spring 2015 Alberta Nonprofit Survey, we wanted to hear from charities and nonprofits again to gauge how the sector is faring in what economists predict will be a recession for 2015.
The provincial budget released on October 27 is not transformational; rather, it is transitional. It maintains service levels in a lagging economy, and includes a number of targeted investments and initiatives that are consistent with campaign promises. It signals shifting priorities and suggests a larger transformation may be reflected in the spring budget.
Read a copy of the letter of support CCVO sent in response to the federal Liberal Party’s pledge to immediately restore the mandatory long-form census.
Today’s provincial budget reflects priorities outlined in the NDP election platform and demonstrates the government’s commitment to preserving public programs and services. Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) President and CEO Katherine van Kooy notes that “the priorities laid out in this budget reflect an understanding of the importance of maintaining community services during times of economic hardship and strengthening programs for Alberta’s most vulnerable.”
CCVO has developed a opportunity for nonprofit organizations to participate in a management consulting project through a partnership with the MBA program of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. This project will allow organizations to draw upon the expertise of an advanced class of MBA students who wish to gain knowledge and experience in consulting and change management. DEADLINE: August 31, 2015
On May 29th the Government of Alberta announced that they are moving ahead with the plan to raise the minimum wage in Alberta to $15/hour by 2018. With a phase-in to start October 1st, 2015 the Government has been undertaking consultations throughout the month of June and the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations was invited to attend. The consultations focused on how to phase in the increases, phase out the differential in minimum wage for food and beverage workers who serve alcohol and other issues the Government needs to consider. Prior to attending, CCVO consulted with nonprofit stakeholders and reached out to our members with a short survey to capture information on how the proposed increase would affect their organizations. CCVO used the feedback to inform our input during the consultation. Thank you to those who responded to our survey. What follows is a summary of what we’ve heard. Current Wages Given the breadth and diversity of the nonprofit sector, the impact of increasing minimum wage will vary significantly. Many of the larger, professionalized nonprofits do not have positions that pay less than $15 per hour. But there are many others that have positions that earn less than $15 per hour, such as day camp counsellors, night relief staff, or custodial workers. Potential Impact The primary concerns raised by those who responded to our survey are as follows: Financing Wage Increases While some organizations are able to adjust prices to account for increased payroll costs, many cannot. Therefore, some anticipate they will have to reduce staff hours and/or positions. The Ripple Effect Organizations have expressed concerns about how the...
The following is a compilation of statements taken from the Alberta NDP 2015 Election Platform that are particularly relevant to Alberta’s non-profit and charitable sector. Statements are taken verbatim. CCVO has reordered some of the statements and in some cases, added different headings. We have also removed reference to the Progressive Conservative Party and former Premier Prentice in these statements. Children & Families | Communities & Municipalities | Economic Diversification | Education | Employment | Environment & Climate | Fiscal Framework | First Nations & Indigenous People | Gender Equality | Health | Social Services | Budget Summary Children and Families We will invest in child care, creating new spaces and improving affordability, quality and access. We will move toward $25-a-day care in quality child care centres as Alberta’s finances permit. We will immediately implement enhancements to the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit and the Alberta Working Family Supplement so low income families do not have to wait more than a year to benefit. We will also adjust the Supplement to ensure all low income families can access it. We will review employment standards to support family-friendly work standards, including improving compassionate care leaves and providing time off for family responsibilities. Communities and Municipalities We’ll provide stable, predictable funding to both large and smaller municipalities and ensure they have resources they need to fulfill infrastructure priorities, such as transit. We will maintain the Municipal Sustainability Initiative. We’ll ensure rural communities have access to needed health care, education and infrastructure services. As part of this commitment, we will sit down with local government stakeholders to review the question of linear assessment....
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) is excited to announce their partnership with Peter T. Boland & Associates Inc. (PTBA) to conduct the annual Boland Survey of Not for Profit Salaries and Human Resource Practices (The Boland Survey).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2015 Alberta Budget 2015 – A measured approach to a ‘radical’ budget CALGARY, Alberta —The Government of Alberta tabled its much anticipated 2015/16 budget today. In advance of the budget, the provincial government had warned that “tough, disciplined fiscal decisions” would need to be made to address the anticipated $7 billion revenue shortfall, framed as both a “revenue and a spending challenge.” This was to be a radical budget for which the Government would need to seek a new mandate. The 2015 budget addresses this in a measured approach, by holding spending, increasing revenues by $1.5 billion, and using substantial contributions from its contingency fund to buffer the impact of next year’s budget. The budget’s proposed changes to personal income tax, and the nature of the new health care contribution levy indicates a move towards a more progressive tax regime, with a sensitivity to protecting lower-income Albertans. In addition, Albertans will see increases in user fees, fuel tax and ‘sin’ taxes. The Government promised that the cuts would not be made on the backs of vulnerable Albertans. The Ministry of Human Services’ budget did not see any wholesale program eliminations, however the budget’s $69 million (or 1.8%) increase is in effect a net reduction due to population growth and inflation. To some extent the budget reflects reduced caseloads (for example in child intervention). However, due to the current economic situation, there may also be increased demand in other areas such as income and employment supports. Minister Campbell signaled the continuation of a heightened focus on systems change for Human Services when he stated...
CCVO and RedPoint Media are proud to present Further Magazine, a special magazine dedicated to telling the story of Calgary’s nonprofit sector. This 16-page special issue will be distributed widely in April alongside Avenue Magazine, but we have kept a large stock of copies to provide to CCVO members to share within your circles. If your organization would like copies of Further to share with board members, conference delegates, or any other stakeholders, please contact CCVO. This is the largest publication CCVO has ever put together, both in scope of content and size of distribution. We are excited to profile the amazing stories of Calgary’s nonprofits with Calgarians who may not be aware of the breadth and impact of the sector. These stories are your stories. We hope you will share in our enthusiasm and spread the...
The Alberta Nonprofit Survey is the only source of province-wide “state of the sector” research that documents the ongoing experience, evolution, and health of the nonprofit sector. Please add your voice. Your responses contribute to a collective voice of the nonprofit and charitable sector. This survey requires a critical mass of data and information to best provide background and context for stakeholders. The completed report is frequently used to help inform the decision-making of nonprofit leaders and boards, the Government of Alberta, foundations, and community stakeholders. This year along with our questions about your organization’s financial, operational, and programmatic circumstances we will also be exploring workforce issues and capacity building needs within the sector. How it works: The confidential survey will take approximately twenty minutes to complete. You may leave the survey and return to it at any time, providing you have not cleared your browser’s web cache. The survey automatically saves your responses after each page. You can preview the questions as a PDF to determine what information you need to gather. Please direct this link to the person in your organization best able to answer these questions. One submission per agency only please. Start the...
CALGARY, Alberta — The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO), working closely with stakeholder partners The City of Calgary’s Community and Neighbourhood Services (CNS), Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), United Way of Calgary, the Canadian Red Cross, and Alberta Health Services, has begun a two-year Emergency Preparedness Initiative that will help ensure Calgary’s nonprofit sector is prepared to effectively respond to emergencies, and establish systems and processes to support a coordinated response from the nonprofit and public sectors during an emergency. CCVO welcomes Matt Sawatsky as their dedicated Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Matt has a diverse background in disaster preparedness and response which has included years of front line and management experience. Most recently Matt was the Recovery Supervisor for the Canadian Red Cross Society’s 2013 flood operations in High River. “Since the floods of 2013, CCVO has sent out several post-flood surveys, and the numbers show that there is work to be done to ensure Calgary’s nonprofits are ready to respond to any future disasters or emergencies,” says Sawatsky. “We discovered that only half of nonprofits surveyed had an emergency response plan, and that while 69% reported they had an evacuation plan, 70% did not have a plan to work offsite if forced to evacuate. The need to keep essential services running during an emergency are just that, essential. We will be working with City partners and other nonprofit organizations to establish a stronger collaboration and coordination between sectors to achieve that.” About CCVO The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) is a bold advocate and champion of the nonprofit sector. We promote and strengthen...
On December 15, the Alberta Government issued a press release outlining steps that will be taken to control spending through the remainder of this fiscal year through cost containment measures.
The release states that lowered resource revenues and expanding populations pose “unique challenges” for Alberta.
There is nothing unique about the current provincial economic circumstances.
Dear Premier Prentice:
On behalf of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO), I am writing you regarding the provincial fiscal situation and messaging from the Province about cost containment measures in the current fiscal year and in budget 2015-16.
We are very concerned about the potential for monetary decisions to compromise the nonprofit sector’s ability to sustain services it provides to communities. CCVO urges the Province to consider the impact of its budgetary decision-making on Alberta’s nonprofit sector. Additionally, we cannot stress strongly enough how important it is that Government facilitate a meaningful conversation with Albertans about the best way to stabilize provincial finances.
Dear Mayor Nenshi and Members of City Council;
Re: Support for Increase in Secondary Suites
The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO), strongly urges you to legalize and increase access to secondary suites.
CCVO exists to support and strengthen the nonprofit sector. We have a membership of over 300 Calgary based nonprofits that reflect the breadth and diversity of the sector.
This In Brief provides a summary of the planned changes around fingerprinting requirements and processes for Police Information Checks, including vulnerable sector checks. It considers the unintended consequences of these changes as they relate to volunteer recruitment, monetary costs, efficiency and privacy.
The Calgary Police Service has a very important role within our community to work vigilantly in promotion of all facets of public safety as a core function of the organization. One of these roles has been to work with the community to provide criminal records checks for various community activities including volunteer activities. We take this responsibility very seriously, and have made many changes over the years to improve the processes with a vigilant eye to the levels of intrusion we might represent to those socially minded people who just want to help others in the community. It’s the spirit of volunteerism in Calgary that truly distinguishes us from other municipalities.
Volunteer Alberta has brought to our attention pending changes to the existing Police Information Check program. We are including the full notice below.
The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) is pleased to provide this submission on the Budget 2015.
A number of articles (CBC, CTV, Toronto Star) on Canada Revenue Agency’s audits of charities over the past couple of weeks raise concerns around the CRA’s independence from political interests.
CCVO has created a sector messaging and leadership engagement document that includes key facts about the nonprofit sector, issues affecting the sector and ways the province could address them, and 7 questions for Alberta’s party leaders and leadership candidates.
On June 6, 2014, Minister of Culture, Heather Klimchuk announced the launch of the renewed Alberta Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector Initiative (ANVSI). This initiative reflects the Government of Alberta’s commitment to working with the nonprofit/voluntary sector to find solutions to challenges affecting the long-term health of the sector and its ability to continue supporting strong and vital communities.
Today Imagine Canada published an Issue Alert that hopes to clarify some of the continued grey areas of the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), particularly in regard to exemptions for charities.
The Government of Alberta’s 2014-15 Budget, released on March 6th, projects $43 billion in revenues and an operational surplus of $2.6 billion. When flood assistance and debt servicing are removed from the equation, Budget 2014 amounts to a 3.9% increase over forecasted expenditures for 2013-14. This is in keeping with the recent throne speech commitment to keeping spending below growth and inflation until 2015. As the government is forecasting growth and inflation for the coming fiscal year to be 5%; in effect, this budget represents a slight decrease in operational expenditures. In order to support comparison of this year’s budgeted expenditures with previous years, the summary tables on pages 9-11 show ministry totals with flood related costs, as well as with these extraordinary costs removed....
The regulations state that charities are exempt from requiring express or implied consent under the new regulations for any message “that is sent by or on behalf of a registered charity as defined in subsection 248(1) of the Income Tax Act and the message has as its primary purpose raising funds for the charity.”
This agenda outlines key policy and research priorities along with ongoing and emerging issues that will guide CCVO’s policy and research work for the coming year. It should be viewed as a living document, as the critical issues impacting the sector are anything but static.
Arts and nonprofit organizations impacted by the June 2013 floods are eligible for additional funding to assist in their rebuilding efforts.
Alberta’s nonprofit workforce is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, skills and abilities. This mix of talents, perspectives and experiences helps the sector to be effective and dynamic. Aboriginal peoples, mature workers, immigrants, and people with disabilities all experience rewarding careers in our sector but they are often in the minority among our employees.
Charities and nonprofits are often the vanguard when it comes to finding creative solutions to social problems. Now in its third year, the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards celebrate this creative spirit and showcase local innovation in action.
See our Anti-Spam Resource Page for recent updates and information. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation On December 4, Federal Minister of Industry James Moore announced that Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014. The legislation is intended to deter spam and other damaging and deceptive electronic threats. CASL applies to commercial electronic messages (CEMs), which are defined as messages in which: the content; hyperlinks to other content; or contact information in the message can reasonably be interpreted as having as its purpose (or one of its purposes), “to encourage participation in a commercial activity”. What it means for charities and nonprofits The implications are not yet fully known. What we do know is that an exemption for messages sent by registered charities that have raising funds for the charity as their primary purpose was recently added to the regulations supporting the law. According to the government release, “Canadian charities, which operate based on the generosity of Canadians, will be able to continue fundraising as before.” Charities will still need to distinguish between commercial messages used to raise funds and those that include the promotion of commercial activities that are not considered to be fundraising activities. All commercial electronic messages sent by nonprofits that are not registered as charities (including those intended to raise funds) will still fall under CASL. For those messages not exempted from the regulations, organizations will need to: Obtain consent from recipients before sending commercial electronic messages. a) Consent will be “implied” in the case of members, donors or volunteers that have been active in the two years immediately prior to the date the...
With less than a week until the municipal election, it has become all too apparent that something is missing from the debate. Where is the exchange about what we want Calgary to become? Tax rates are important, but at some point, shouldn’t we see taxes for what they are – a means to an end? And when we’re talking about the “end”, shouldn’t we be thinking well beyond the next electoral cycle?
For many years nonprofit sector leaders have maintained that more meaningful and timely consultation between the government and the sector would improve public policy and help identify potential unforeseen consequences of policy or budget decisions before they have an effect on the sector and the clients they serve. It has generally been a hard sell to get governments to put this into practice, but the experience of Alberta’s Human Services Workforce Alliance may signal a change in attitude.
NEW: Calgary and Area Nonprofit Organizations Flood Recovery Survey On June 26th CCVO and Propellus (formerly Volunteer Calgary) initiated an online survey of Calgary and area nonprofit organizations designed to get an initial sense of how the local nonprofit sector has been affected by the recent flood disaster. (Read the report based on this survey). As we move into the recovery phase of this crisis, the response from the sector has evolved from providing immediate relief to supporting longer-term needs. With the implications of the floods becoming clearer, CCVO and Propellus are again asking for your assistance in helping us gauge the longer-term impact of the floods on the nonprofit sector. Please take a few minutes to fill out the Flood Recovery Survey, and help us understand the longer-term impact the flood is having on the nonprofit sector. We recognize that your time is valuable and we are grateful for any information you can provide us. The information gained through these surveys will be used by funders, governments, capacity builders and other interested stakeholders to assess the needs of the sector and to help ascertain where resources can best be directed. >>Begin the...
CCVO is proud to announce the appointment of President and CEO Katherine van Kooy to the Premier’s Council on Culture. Read the Alberta Government’s press release below. Click here for a full list of Council members Prominent Albertans to champion Culture Twenty-two dynamic Albertans have been appointed to a renewed Premier’s Council on Culture in an effort to make Alberta’s cultural sector one of the best in the world. “We want our cultural sector to be vibrant, innovative, and forward-looking. Not only is it an important economic indicator for our province, but it’s also a reflection of who we are as Albertans,” said Premier Alison Redford. “The renewed leadership of this council will help invigorate our cultural sector and make Alberta an even better place to work and live.” More than 270 community leaders, from artists and directors to academics and entrepreneurs, applied to be a part of the province’s highest level of advisory and representation on cultural matters after the council’s renewal earlier this year. “These talented individuals will serve as our cultural champions,” said Alberta Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk. “The energy and calibre of these visionaries reflects the characteristics and diversity of Alberta’s cultural stakeholders. I expect their collective wisdom and experience to serve us well, guiding Alberta toward a model for sustainable growth in our cultural sector.” The council’s first order of business when they meet in September 2013 will be to lead the development of a long-term, province-wide culture plan, and to identify new and innovative approaches to promote and support culture in Alberta. Members will represent the many areas responsible for cultural activities...
On June 26th CCVO and Propellus (formerly Volunteer Calgary) initiated an online survey of Calgary and area nonprofit organizations designed to get an initial sense of how the local nonprofit sector has been affected by the recent flood disaster.
We have now released the report based on this survey. While this is not based on a representative sample of Calgary and area nonprofits, it begins to paint a picture of the needs and experiences of local organizations.
Here’s a list of of events that Calgary area MLAs will be hosting in conjunction with Stampede. We’ll be updating it as more information becomes available. Stampede breakfasts and BBQs are a great way to interact with your MLA, and eat some pancakes and hot dogs too.
In the immediate aftermath of the extensive flooding that began in Calgary on June 20, 2013, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) and Propellus (formerly Volunteer Calgary) began assess the immediate and long-term impact that the flood has had on local nonprofits and charities.