We humbly suggest:
- The charitable sector has a critical role to play in Canada alongside government social programs.
- Government policy should support a flourishing charitable sector.
Brian Dijkema, Sean Speer
March 20, 2020
Cardus is offering a clear plan of action to equip Canada’s governments to supply immediate financial support to charities in order to protect their capacity to provide crucial front-line services during and after the immediate crisis.
June 22, 2021
Imagine Canada like a car: we’ve just had the rare experience of smashing our economy, culture, and society into a brick wall at high speed—whether through the disease itself or our response to it. And like crash-test engineers, we now have to perform the analysis. What did we learn? How did we fare? What performed better than expected, and what worse? And, most importantly, where do we go from here?
July 22, 2020
Canada’s charitable sector will prove to be pivotal in helping Canadians through these challenging times. But the revenues of charitable organizations have been falling. For Canadian charities to continue carrying out their important missions in helping to provide those in need with food, clothing, shelter, and emotional support, Canadians are going to have to increase their giving.
August 5, 2020
From historic military meltdowns to last week’s barbecuing of the Kielburger brothers by a Commons committee, being too nice to ask hard questions invariably risks organizational catastrophe, Robert Joustra writes.
July 17, 2020
What questions didn't get asked, wonders Peter Stockland, when a 36-member cabinet assessed a $900 million plan with a mega-charity linked to the Prime Minister and his family?
January 3, 2020
Canadians’ charitable donations as percentage of their income are at a 20-year low. Substituting government services in place of charitable gifts is not a worthy trend, writes contributor Matthew Lau.
July 20, 2021
Taxing today’s religious institutions because of residential-school horrors would be missing the point
July 19, 2021
Some want to channel public disgust about the indignities suffered by Indigenous children at residential schools to revive their long-standing grievance with the property-tax exemptions for houses of worship. Brian Dijkema points out why this would be a mistake.
July 6, 2021
Should churches pay tax? That idea is starting to gain currency as activists use recent horrific news regarding residential schools to attack the long-standing tax-exempt status of religious institutions. So, Brian Dijkema, our vice-president of external affairs, stepped into the breach in the Real Talk with Ryan Jespersen podcast. Brian used facts, figures, and real research to argue that “taxing churches” will cause plenty of harm, but precious little good.