Policy & Government Relations
CCVO's policy work is focused on providing a nonprofit voice to all levels of government. We closely monitor and advocate for policy changes, share new nonprofit legislation, and share opportunities for you to engage. An understanding of the ways that your organization can engage with the municipal, provincial, and federal government is vital to fulfilling your mission.
We want to ensure you are prepared to respond to changing political environments and maximize your impact when government policies change. Reference our resources below to get informed and ensure you know what steps to take when decisions are being made that could affect your clients and the community you serve.
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CCVO is rolling out a nonprofit election toolkit to provide your organization with resources, tools, and information to help you confidently engage in the upcoming provincial election. The date of the election is not yet released, but will need to be called by the end of May 2019.
Visit the Election Toolkit page for in-depth election resources for your nonprofit.
Featured Policy Resources
In this video, public policy experts explain why and how nonprofit organizations can magnify the impact of their work by engaging in the advocacy process.
Government Relations Resources
Click below to access municipal, provincial, or federal government department contact information, committee schedules, budget information, and current election information.
Latest CCVO Policy Blog Posts
If your nonprofit has spent time determining a policy agenda, it’s time to develop an action plan. The development and implementation of an engagement strategy is often when the work becomes publicly visible. Choosing to make your policy priorities visible is a significant step for your nonprofit and should be approached in a coordinated and strategic manner.
Last week, Alexa Briggs, CCVO Manager, Policy & Research, was among 25 leaders in the nonprofit sector in Calgary who had the opportunity to meet with Premier Rachel Notley, the Clerk of the Executive Council, Marcia Nelsom, and senior staff from the Government of Alberta. Attendees were asked to reflect on trends in the sector, as well as the relationship with the government.
There are no step-by-step rules or established set of parameters that nonprofits can follow to ensure success when seeking public policy change. What we can do, though, is develop a policy agenda - a set of issues or problems aimed at gaining the attention of policymakers and decision-makers - sometimes known as the “policy ask”.
Before engaging in public policy advocacy, nonprofits should make sure they understand the rules and regulations around what they can and cannot do, so that they can engage with clarity and confidence. Knowing the rules can empower your nonprofit to lead and provoke important discussions about issues, raising much-needed awareness for these issues with politicians, decision-makers, and the public.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has shared proposed guidance documents that will help charities interpret the legislation related to public policy advocacy. This follows the recent proposed Income Tax Act (ITA) amendments by the Department of Finance. CCVO sees the proposed ITA amendments and accompanying guidance documents as good overall progress towards better supporting charities.
Not sure which government level does what? With the spring 2019 Provincial Election approaching, we’d like to share a refresher on the different levels of government, how the Alberta Government works, and how your nonprofit can effectively engage.
In a joint letter with Imagine Canada, CCVO responded to the proposed Income Tax Act amendments from the Department of Finance. While we recognize the significant steps taken to modernize the regulatory regime for registered charities, we note that the changes are only an initial step toward a broader review.
The nonprofit sector contributes significantly to society, the economy, and democratic participation – as such, the potential political influence of the sector should not be underestimated. Engaging in advocacy is an opportunity for nonprofits to share their priorities with the public, represent communities, advance policies, and promote funding of meaningful objectives.
The legalization of cannabis this October will impact nonprofit workplaces and regulations, but also result in a new wave of related services, programs and nonprofit organizations. As Canada becomes among the first international jurisdictions to legalize cannabis, the beginning stages will require all members of the community to learn, adapt and be flexible.
In advance of the upcoming provincial election, it’s important for nonprofits to recognize the potential influence they have, and meaningfully engage in public policy dialogue to capture the attention of political parties and candidates.