A Short History of Voluntary Sector-Government Relations in Canada

The purpose of this article is to present an overview of the history of voluntary sector-government relations in Canada. This is a rich history, which is often overlooked and chronically underappreciated. This historical overview will cover dominant themes within each of five periods in the evolution of the voluntary sector-government relations in Canada: 1) the…

For the Record: Three Views on Bill C-21: Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act

Editor’s Introduction The three briefs in this For the Record comment on Bill C-21, the proposed Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act introduced by the former Liberal Government. The Bill died with the election of the Conservatives to government in early 2006. The three briefs come at the Bill from different perspectives—two more critical of it than…

The How, Why, and When of Using Multiple Corporate Structures

Introduction1 The charitable sector in Canada today faces increasing demands for efficiency and effectiveness owing to shrinking government contributions, the advance of technology and, in large part, the constant establishment of new charities and the resulting intense competition for donor dollars. Additionally, the loss of public trust in the for-profit sector has spilled over into…