Federal fall economic statement 2020

New: Read ONN’s call for a $680-million stabilization fund for Ontario’s nonprofit sector

Ontario COVID-19 Policy Updates

COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits

Advocacy from the Nonprofit Sector

Sector Survey on Effects of COVID-19

Federal Economic Statement, November 2020: Signposts for the Spring Budget

On November 30, the federal Finance Minister presented the fall economic statement, a three-year stimulus package to jumpstart Canada’s pandemic recovery, worth about 3 to 4 per cent of GDP and totalling between $70-100 billion. The government doesn’t plan to deploy this package until the virus is under control, so the statement only includes broad spending categories rather than specific details. The total is comparable to other nations.

The nonprofit sector did not receive a sector resilience or stabilization grant, despite eight months of advocacy by the sector, including leadership by Imagine Canada. There are targeted pockets of spending applicable to nonprofits- by subsector, employees and the communities they serve. Here’s what relates to nonprofits:

  • $1B for a Safe Long-term Care Fund, to help provinces/territories with long-term care. Funding will be contingent on a detailed spending plan, allocated on an equal per capita basis and conditional on provinces and territories demonstrating investments made. The fund can be used to hire additional staff and to top-up wages
  • $38.5M over two years to support training for up to 4,000 personal support worker interns through an accelerated training program and work placement to address labour shortages in long-term care and home care
  • Setting new national standards for long-term care by working with provinces and territories to address critical gaps, including raising the working conditions of lower-wage essential workers in senior care, particularly personal support workers. Solutions will be explored to improve retention, recruitment and retirement savings options for low- and modest-income workers
  • $20M over five years for a Federal Secretariat on Early Learning and Child Care. The Secretariat will build capacity within the government and engage stakeholders to provide child care policy development in support of a Canada wide-system
  • $70M over five years to sustain the federal Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Secretariat, and help build Indigenous governance capacity and support Indigenous participation in the development of a Canada-wide system
  • $400M to the provinces and territories starting in 2021-2022 to recruit more early child-care educators
  • $870M per year and ongoing, of which $210 million would support Indigenous early learning and child care programming, to provinces and territories to sustain previous investments in child care, starting in 2028-29
  • $420M for provinces and territories to attract and retain early childhood educators, such as through grants and bursaries for students studying early childhood education
  • Supports for an Early Childhood Educator Workforce Strategy
  • $75M to enable child care providers to improve the retention of Indigenous early childhood educators and to offer more flexible and extended hours of care
  • Creation of a task force of diverse experts to help the government develop this plan
  • The government will work with labour and healthcare unions, among other stakeholders, for solutions to improve retention, recruitment, and retirement savings options for low-income workers in senior care, particularly those without current workplace pension coverage
  • $181.5M in 2021-22 to the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts to expand their funding programs. This includes a one-year renewal of funding provided in Budget 2019 for the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Canada Music Fund
  • 40,000 additional Canada summer jobs will be created next year
  • Changes made to the program this year will extend into next year:
    • Increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee
    • Extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021
    • Allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services
    • Allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis
  • $33M over three years to support the federal 50-30 Challenge (make commitments to and report on progress towards representation of underrepresented groups on boards and in senior management), working with diversity-seeking groups and business stakeholders. Funding will assist “diversity-serving organizations” to support private and public sector organizations to develop tools to help them achieve the program’s goals, which includes small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profits and academic institutions. These tools could include assistance with developing diversity strategies, the creation of mentorship and training opportunities and an online toolkit and resources available to businesses and organizations across the country
  • $6.6M to support a task force on modernizing the Employment Equity Act. The task force’s mandate will be to study, consult, and advise on how a renewed Employment Equity Act can help ensure that Canada’s economic recovery is equitable, inclusive, and fair
  • $50M over two years to expand Canadian Heritage’s Community Support, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program and its Anti-Racism Action Program. Funding will also enhance Canadian Heritage’s capacity to deliver on the government’s anti-racism objectives, including expanding the Anti-Racism Secretariat
  • $781.5M over five years to combat systemic discrimination against Indigenous peoples and expand efforts to combat violence against Indigenous women, girls and LGBTQ and two-spirit people. This strategy will support new shelters and transition housing for Indigenous peoples across the country