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Brian Dijkema

Program Director, Work & Economics

 
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Charities in desperate need of help during COVID-19
REPORT July 27th

"Canada's charitable sector is in very rough shape," writes Patricia Lovett-Reid in CTV. "Revenues are understandably down while the demand on charities has gone up during the pandemic. Seven in 10 charities, according to think tank Cardus, have laid off 84,000 full-and part-time staff."

"Cardus found that the wealthiest 40 per cent of Canadians are sitting on an estimated $5.3 billion, amassed through lower expenses and less discretionary spending during the pandemic lockdowns. It’s a significant amount that could go a long in way in helping others. Sure, some of this money will find its way back into the economy, once provinces fully re-open. However, some of that money could find itself helping out struggling charities that, in turn, could help others."

Charitable sector needs a government boost
REPORT July 23rd

While one particular charity is showing up in the biggest headlines in Canada these days, there are tens of thousands of other less visible organisations that need help, writes Brian Dijkema in the Winnipeg Free Press.

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