Increased demand and disruption of services
There is an estimated 170,000 nonprofits and charities in Canada and in 2018, over 12.7 million Canadians engaged in formal volunteering, with a total of 1.6 billion hours of their time given to charities, non-profits and community organizations—equivalent to almost 858,000 full-time year-round jobs (Statistics Canada). Charities and nonprofits are a crucial part of Canada’s social fabric. The charitable and nonprofit sector contributes 8.7% to GDP – more than the fisheries sector (1.65%) or agriculture (6.7%) – Imagine Canada. In Ontario, nonprofits and charities contribute $50 billion in economic impact engaging 5 million volunteers: significant and vital resources for communities.
“The community benefit sector is not only an under recognized economic engine” says Kim Cusimano, Executive Director, “it forms the foundation of supports contributing to the health, well-being and resilience of communities and powered by a valuable volunteer human resource.”
Key research from provincial and national sector leaders provided important findings in the nonprofit voluntary sector. PIN sought to understand landscape in Guelph Wellington compared with the broader data. In an effort to understand the landscape now versus 2020, PIN launched ‘Community Benefit Sector Survey; One year Later’ in 2021.
“By gathering local data, we can understand the impact of COVID on our communities while we seek to strengthen, rebuild and transform.” says Cusimano.
Please find the following Community Benefit Sector Survey Report 2021.