Response to the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector

Following an intensive review in 2018/19, on June 20th, the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector released their final report Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector, outlining recommendations to improve the Canadian charitable sector.

The Canadian Council of the Advancement of Education, College and Institutes Canada, Universities Canada, and Imagine Canada made unified submissions with recommendations focused on the Canadian post-secondary education (PSE) sector to the Senate earlier this year.

The submissions were sent to ensure our voices were heard regarding the importance of educational institutions within the Canadian charitable sector.

Canadian universities, colleges, cégeps and independent schools are important engines of both societal and financial strength. Educational institutions act in synergy on many joint programs and projects to benefit their students, researchers and communities. The entire PSE sector plays a major role in fostering the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and mutual understanding.

We applaud the efforts of the Senate Committee for taking the time to review Canada’s complex and diverse charitable sector and are in full support of the 42 recommendations outlined within the report.

Notably we are pleased to see that the five recommendations put forward by our unified efforts are included in the final report.

These recommendations are:

  1. Fund data collection about the charitable sector
    Recommendation 13 (p. 49)
    Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector
    Recommendation 16 (p. 55) Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector
  1. Create a “home in government” for the charitable sector to ensure its sustainability and vitality are reflected in all federal policies and decisions
    Recommendation 22 (p.62) Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector
    Recommendation 9 (p. 44) Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector

  2. Remove the capital gains tax on donations of real estate and private company assets
    Recommendation 34 (p. 108) Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector
    Recommendation 35 (p. 108) Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector
  1. Continue to implement the recommendations of the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group and of the Independent Blue Ribbon Panel on Grant and Contribution Programs
    Recommendation 14 (p. 51) Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector
    Recommendation 15 (p. 52) Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector
    Recommendation 11 (p.46) Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector
  1. Launch a collaborative process to modernize the legal and regulatory regime under which charities and non-profits operate, including an exemption from Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation
    Recommendation 20 (p. 60)
    Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector
    Recommendation 41 (p. 123) Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector

The charitable sector generates more than seven per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs more than two million people. Canadian postsecondary institutions play a key role in driving this growth. Further quantitative insight into fundraising efforts of Canadian post-secondary institutions can be found in the 2019 Insights on Charitable Giving to Canadian Higher Education report.

The inaugural edition of the survey gathered data from 48 participating institutions. Key findings from the survey include:

  • New Funds Secured: $1.55 Billion CAN, amounting to $1,722 per student (FTE)
  • Total Donors Secured: Greater than 320,000
  • Count of Gifts of $1 Million and Larger: Thirty-three institutions secured gifts of $1 million or larger with a majority reporting multiple such gifts.

CCAE, Colleges and Institutes Canada, Universities Canada and Imagine Canada commit to supporting the implementation of the recommendations by the Senate Committee. As updates occur from the Senate Committee action plan, we will keep our members abreast of the changes, with specific attention to the relation of the Canadian post-secondary education charitable sector.


CCAE Contacts:

Gillian Morrison
CCAE President
Assistant Vice President, University Development, University Advancement, University of Toronto
gillian.morrison@utoronto.ca

Mark Hazlett
Executive Director, Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education
haz@ccaecanada.org
506-474-0838


Colleges and Institutes Canada Contact:

Patrick Snider​
Senior Policy Advisor, Government Relations & Policy Research
PSnider@collegesinstitutes.ca
613-746-2222 ext. 3130

Universities Canada Contact:

Philip Landon
Vice President, Governance and Programs
PLandon@univcan.ca
613-563-1236 ext. 215

Imagine Canada Contact:

Bill Schaper
Director, Public Policy
bschaper@imaginecanada.ca
613.238.7555 ext. 26


Special Committee on the Charitable Sector Resources:

June 2019 Report
Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector

Website
https://sencanada.ca/en/committees/cssb/

Submissions and Briefs
https://sencanada.ca/en/committees/cssb/Briefs/42-1