The 2009 Federal Budget and Canada's Charities & Nonprofits



    
    Short-Term Stimulus Measures for Assisting Canadians and Communities
    during the Economic Downturn
    

    OTTAWA, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Imagine Canada submitted a Brief to the Prime
Minister and the Minister of Finance yesterday on Short-Term Stimulus Measures
for Assisting Canadians and Communities during the Economic Downturn. The
Brief is an outcome of consultations with a Task Force struck by Imagine
Canada to provide further detail to the measures called for in an Open Letter
to Stephen Harper published in newspapers on November 21, 2008. The Open
Letter signed by 75 of Canada's leading charities urged the Prime Minister to
consider the important role of charities and nonprofits in assisting Canadians
and communities during times of economic hardship.
    The Brief puts forward three key stimulative measures to assist Canada's
vulnerable populations and the organizations that support them to be
considered by the federal government prior to release of the Federal Budget on
January 27:

    
    1)  Maintain Direct Funding through Federal Grants and Contributions
        Agreements,
    2)  Earmark federal Infrastructure funding for Community and Social
        services, Arts and Culture, Sports and Recreation and Green Retrofit
        initiatives,
    3)  Provide a time-limited Enhancement to Tax Measures that Stimulate
        Giving.
    

    The Brief also supported the recommendations from many other charities
and nonprofits calling for enhancements to income support programs including
employment insurance. For more details on these measures, download the full
Brief at:
http://www.imaginecanada.ca/files/en/publicaffairs/brief_budget_2009_20090115.
pdf
    "Canada's charities and nonprofits partner with both the private sector
and government to ensure that the needs of individual Canadians and
communities are met, particularly the most vulnerable among us during times of
economic crisis," says Marcel Lauzière, President & CEO of Imagine Canada.
"The purpose of this Brief is to create an ongoing and more formalized
dialogue between our sector and the federal government. We believe our sector
can be an important part of the solution. We encourage our government to
consider these particular budget measures as well as vehicles to support
ongoing dialogue about appropriate public policy measures and their outcomes
in our communities."
    Imagine Canada's Caring Company members - a broad representation of
Canadian companies that formally commit to donating 1% of their earnings to
community causes and organizations - added their voice to this call for
stimulative measures to assist Canada's vulnerable populations and the
organizations that support them in a full-page statement published in the
Globe & Mail on January 15, 2009. A link to a copy of this publication,
including over 100 signatories from both corporate Canada and the charitable
and nonprofit sector can be found in the Additional Materials section of this
media release.

    Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization that looks into and
out for Canada's charities and nonprofit organizations. It advances knowledge
and relationships to foster effective and sustainable charitable and nonprofit
organizations.

    Additional Materials:

    
    Imagine Canada's Short-Term Stimulus Measures for Assisting Canadians and
    Communities during the Economic Downturn Brief to the Federal Government:
    http://www.imaginecanada.ca/files/en/publicaffairs/brief_budget_2009_
    20090115.pdf

    January 15, 2009 Imagine Canada's Caring Company members' Globe & Mail ad
    in support of the original Open Letter to the Prime Minister:
    http://www.imaginecanada.ca/files/en/publicaffairs/caring_company_globe_a
    d_20090115.pdf

    November 21, 2008 Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper with charity and
    nonprofit supporters:
    http://www.imaginecanada.ca/files/en/publicaffairs/pm_letter_ad_
    20081120.pdf

    November 20, 2008 Media Release - Charities & Nonprofits Propose Measures
    to Prime Minister to help Canadians and Communities during Economic
    Downturn:
    http://www.imaginecanada.ca/files/en/publicaffairs/letter_to_pm_release_
    20081120.pdf
    

    For more information, see: www.imaginecanada.ca

    Marcel Lauzière, President & CEO of Imagine Canada, is available for
interviews. Please call the contacts above to schedule an interview with Mr.
Lauzière.





For further information:

For further information: Marnie Grona (English media), Senior Manager,
Marketing & Communications, mgrona@imaginecanada.ca, 1-800-263-1178 x244, or
(416) 597-2293, (416) 300-7220 cell; Amanda Mayer (French media), Imagine
Canada - Ottawa, amayer@imaginecanada.ca, 1-800-821-8814 x239, or (613)
238-7555, (613) 292-0569 cell

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