Canadian Government Commits $350M To Non-Profit Sector. Donations Have Been Reduced Due To COVID-19
Canadians across the country are continuing to face challenges during this difficult time, particularly those who are most vulnerable to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. For many Canadians who were already struggling, it’s even harder now, and they are turning more and more to charities and non-profit organizations for help.
Today Prime Minister Trudeau announced an investment of $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to those in need.
“While COVID-19 is affecting all Canadians, some people are more at risk to the impacts of the pandemic. Today’s announcement will further help our most vulnerable Canadians and ensure organizations have what they need to help. Canadians need to look out for one another in the these difficult times. We will get through this together.”The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
The announcement is welcomed news for charities and could have come at a better time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many charities who traditionally depend on funding from businesses has seen the flow of donation slowed and in most cases stopped.
To help these Canadians, the Government of Canada will provide additional support to charities and non-profit organizations through the Emergency Community Support Fund.
The investment will flow through national organizations that have the ability to get funds quickly to local organizations that serve vulnerable populations. It will support a variety of activities, such as:
- Increasing volunteer-based home deliveries of groceries and medications
- Providing transportation services, like accompanying or driving seniors or persons with disabilities to appointments
- Scaling up help lines that provide information and support
- Helping vulnerable Canadians access government benefits
- Providing training, supplies, and other required supports to volunteers so they can continue to make their invaluable contributions to the COVID-19 response
- Replacing in-person, one-on-one contact and social gatherings with virtual contact through phone calls, texts, teleconferences, or the Internet
With these further support for charities, the Canadian Government is doing its best to ensure that vulnerable Canadians feeling the financial and social impacts of COVID-19 can get the help they need when they need it most.
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