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.