Canada Anti-Spam Legislation Resources

These resources were developed by the Centre for Public Legal Education (Alberta) for  non-profits and charities regarding the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

Canada Anti-Spam Legislation : Information and Resources for Registered Charities and Non-profits

Canada Anti-Spam Legislation : Top Ten Tips

Canada Anti-Spam Legislation : Sample Tracking Spreadsheet

Canada Anti-Spam Legislation : Decision Tree for Non-profits – Consent and Electronic Messaging

Canada Anti-Spam Legislation : Decision Tree for Registered Charities – Consent and Electronic Messaging

Event: boardLink 2014

boardLink Winnipeg 2014

Art & Business. Together.

boardLink is a social evening, hosted by artsScene Winnipeg and the Young Associates, connecting business professionals with arts organizations looking for board or committee members. If you’ve been looking for a way to use your professional skills to give back to Winnipeg’s cultural community – this is it.

The evening is also a great networking opportunity, attended by Winnipeg’s up-and-coming young professionals; hosted in the newly-opened The Good Will – Social Club

Thursday, November 7, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Cocktails 6:30pm, event begins 7:00pm
625 Portage Avenue
$15  includes a free beverage and appetizers

Get your tickets now, this event will sell out!

Here are the arts organizations looking for talented people just like you!

Agassi Chamber Music Festival
Artspace
Chai Folk Arts Council Inc.
Gas Station Arts Centre
Manitoba Conservatory of Performing Arts Lodge Winnipeg
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
The Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir
Theatre Projects Manitoba
Urban Shaman Contemporary Art Gallery
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Music and Arts Inc.

Invite your Member of Parliament to help Canadians give more throughout their lifetime to shape their communities! Tell them it’s time to Stretch.

Invite your Member of Parliament to help Canadians give more throughout their lifetime to shape their communities! Tell them it’s time to Stretch!

Every day, charities make life better and the demand for their services is growing rapidly. Canadians overwhelmingly believe charities are important and are looking more and more to charities to make communities great places to live, work, learn, and play. To meet Canadians’ growing expectations, charities need to be properly financed.

Donations, however, which play an important part in the equation, have stagnated. More than half of donors say they would increase their giving if there were better tax incentives. So let’s reverse the donation trend by providing Canadians an extra incentive to stretch their giving.

Together we can strengthen communities and encourage a culture of lifelong giving. It’s time for the Stretch Tax Credit!

The timing has never been better! Decision-makers are listening and a likely budget surplus means a significant opportunity for the federal government to invest in our communities. The more that MPs hear from charities about how the Stretch will make a direct impact in their constituencies, the greater our chances of success.

Act now! Tell your Member of Parliament to support your community by endorsing the Stretch in the 2015 Federal Budget. A little “stretch” can go a long way to help charities meet the changing needs and growing demands of the individuals, families, and communities they serve.

What is the Stretch?

The Stretch is a uniquely Canadian giving incentive developed by the charitable sector to help Canadians increase their giving over time. It’s about encouraging people to think more strategically about their giving, to build giving into their financial planning, and to make giving a lifelong habit. The result is more Canadians investing in the causes that are important to them.

How does the Stretch Work?

It’s simple. The Stretch significantly increases the federal charitable tax credit for donations that exceed an individual’s previous highest level of giving.

Take Action in 4 Steps

Find Your Member of Parliament

Contact Your MP

Get on the Map!

Spread the Word

via: Imagine Canada

Presentation – Our Landscape: Manitoba Immigration Flows and Labour Market Trends

At the recent AGM for the Manitoba Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Sector Association (MIRSSA), the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics (MBS) delivered a presentation on immigration and labour market trends in the province.

To view, download the presentation or to add it to your Dropbox, click here.

Disability Employment Awareness Month Kick-off

Manitoba first proclaimed October to be Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in 2012.

DEAM 2014 promises to be the biggest celebration yet. Please join us for the kick-off of DEAM 2014 on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Airport West 2520 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg.

The kick-off will include videos promoting workplace inclusion and will be followed by time for refreshments and networking.

For more information and ideas on how to get involved in DEAM, visit www.deam-mb.ca.

Employers:

Be a host employer for Face-to-Face: Career Exploration for People with Disabilities

Participate in the Ability Axis Employment Expo onOctober 23, 2014

Put up a DEAM poster

Review your policies and practices

Establish an Employee Resource Group

Train your supervisors with help from the DEAM’s Speakers Bureau

Educate employees

Community Organizations and Student Associations:

Hold a DEAM “management breakfast” or “brown-bag lunch”

Feature DEAM in your newsletter

Distribute DEAM posters

Let us share your ideas, promote your event and help drive even greater participation by sending your information to info@deam-mb.ca and we will add you on our events calendar!

Charitable Tax Credits a Good Return on Investment

via: Imagine Canada

by Bruce MacDonald

In a recent column, Andrew Coyne argues that the best way to address concerns about charities’ political activity is to eliminate the tax credit for those making charitable donations. While we welcome a broad-ranging discussion of the role of charities in Canada – including their role in public policy discussions, their contribution to the economy and our quality of life and their relationship to government – we believe that Mr. Coyne’s focus on this one aspect of Canadians’ relationship with charities is reflective of a growing misunderstanding about the very climate in which charities operate.

Mr. Coyne treats the charitable tax credit as nothing but an expense for the federal government, thereby overlooking what the federal government receives – from charities and from donors – in return for its investment. Charities improve every aspect of community life – from health care, the environment, and education to amateur sports and the arts, and from social services and poverty relief to religious observance. Leveraging the contributions of donors provides the federal government with an excellent return on its investment.

Equally important, charities are engines of economic activity, contributing to jobs and growth all across Canada. Collectively, charities and nonprofits already generate more than 8 per cent of GDP and employ more than two million Canadians. The charitable tax credit helps charities to attract the donations that, in part, make this possible. Federal investment in the sector, through the charitable tax credit, is in this regard no different than policies aimed at encouraging growth in other sectors. The failure to understand this bigger picture is symptomatic of how disconnected from reality the public conversation about charities has become.

Donors motivated by generosity

As to the impact that eliminating the tax credit would have on charities, Mr. Coyne argues that charities should raise money on the strength of their cause and that donors should not expect anything in return from the federal government. We know that most Canadians give to charity because they believe in the cause or organization, not because they think they’ll get something in return. But we also know, through the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering, and Participating that almost one-quarter of donors are motivated by the tax credit to give, and that more than half of donors say they would give more if there were a more generous tax credit.

Governments, corporations and Canadians have all been challenged to maintain and enhance their support for charities in recent years given widespread belt-tightening in the face of economic uncertainty. Indeed, Statistics Canada recently published troubling data that strengthens the argument against eliminating the charitable tax credit. In 2012, the total amount of charitable donations claimed by Canadians fell by almost two percent, and the number of Canadians reporting donations on their income tax fell in eleven of the thirteen provinces and territories.

Enhance tax credits, don’t eliminate them

If we want a more vibrant and sustainable charitable sector, if we want more Canadians investing directly in communities, then eliminating the charitable tax credit is the wrong way to go. If anything, the tax credit should be enhanced to encourage a broader range of Canadians to give more and to give strategically.

The 2013 federal budget, in introducing the First-Time Donor’s Super Credit, recognized the challenges charities face in attracting a new generation of donors, through a one-time enhancement of the tax credit for new donors. Imagine Canada believes it is time to encourage all Canadians to stretch their giving or, as the Governor General has suggested, to give more of their time, talent and treasure.

It’s time to stretch

In the next federal budget, we are urging the government to adopt the Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving, which promotes incremental and life-long giving. This innovative proposal, supported by charities across the country, would provide Canadians a higher tax credit for donations exceeding their highest previous level of giving – meaning that additional federal investment would only happen if Canadians stretch their giving. Every community and every charity stands to benefit from its adoption.

Mr. Coyne has done us all a service by raising the important issue of charitable giving. Looking at the bigger picture, though, leads to a vastly different conclusion than he has drawn.