In advance of the Government of Alberta’s 2018 Budget, CCVO has provided a pre-budget submission to give voice to a number of issues facing the nonprofit sector. Our submission includes four areas for consideration.
The updated Employment Standards Code comes into effect on January 1, 2018. As these changes are the first overhaul of the Code since 1988, updating organizational policies and practices have become an area of deliberate attention for nonprofit organizations that employ staff.
CCVO is pleased to announce the addition of Dana Silver in the new role of Director, Community Engagement.
Alberta’s nonprofit sector makes our province a better place for all. As demand for services in some subsectors has continued to grow, shrinking individual and corporate donations have put pressure on some organizations’ ability to fulfill their missions. Many facilities are in need of repair and upgrade, and many organizations face workforce challenges.
The proposed City Charter Regulation has been developed by the Government of Alberta, the City of Edmonton, and the City of Calgary to “provide additional authorities and flexibility to the cities with the aim of building strong, vibrant cities that attract trade and investment.” The enabling proposals on which CCVO provided feedback are provided below, along with CCVO’s submitted remarks.
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.
Great news! Yesterday, the Standing Committee in charge of the Lobbyists Act review chose to maintain the exemption for public-benefit nonprofit organizations.
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations commends the Government of Alberta for its recent announcement of additional funding and changes to the Community Grants Program. These changes will support nonprofits as they do their work across the province, and provide clarity.
The Fair & Family Friendly Workplaces Act was introduced yesterday in the Alberta Legislature. The proposed bill puts forward significant changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code.
Randy Paquette, Chair of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations’ Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of David J. Mitchell as the new President and CEO of CCVO.
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
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).
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 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.