On December 31, 2020, members of the core group of the Nova Scotia Nonprofit COVID-19 Coalition submitted a proposed budget on behalf of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector in Nova Scotia, including nonprofit social enterprises (and excluding hospitals, universities and colleges) in response to the government’s request that sectors should work together and speak to government with one voice – prepared to identify pandemic challenges, gaps in emergency funding, and potential solutions.
Premier Stephen McNeil announced the second round of the province’s high-speed internet expansion project Tuesday, pledging 97 per cent of Nova Scotians will have access to broadband connection by summer 2022.
Develop Nova Scotia, the Crown corporation responsible for the project, is aiming to connect 32,000 additional homes and businesses to the 42,000 targeted for the first phase of the initiative announced this past February.
The work aims to connect 95 per cent of the province. The other two per cent is being taken on independently by Annapolis and Pictou County municipalities.
A notion has always floated around that nonprofits are the heart of the Nova Scotia economy. Their economic contribution is rivaled only by their ability to bridge the gap in societal needs, which are otherwise unmet.
“I find nonprofits rich, exciting, creative and collaborative like every other organization,” says Patricia Bradshaw, professor of management at Saint Mary’s University and volunteer board co-chair of Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia.
“They have volunteers and people working there who are just so purpose driven, that I feel good about being part of that sector.”
HALIFAX, N.S. – A new Coalition is attracting nonprofit, nonprofit social enterprise and voluntary organization leaders and government officials across Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Nonprofit COVID-19 Coalition was founded in March to address a common goal – to recognize and support a sector that is desperately needed as COVID-19 causes unparalleled job loss and uncertainty, illness and profound loss in our communities.
As we continue to witness the unfolding economic consequences of the Great Shutdown, due to COVID-19, one sector that is often overlooked is the nonprofit sector.
APEC estimates there are about 13,000 nonprofits in the Atlantic region, accounting for $2.4 billion GDP. These organizations employ 45,000 people, over 4% of the region's workforce. They help serve those who are disadvantaged, facing health challenges and many other social needs.
As our recent report on nonprofits in Nova Scotia highlights, these organizations face challenges at the best of times: inadequate and uncertain funding, a heavy reliance on volunteers, low wages which make it difficult to attract and retain workers, and limited resources for IT, strategic planning and governance.
The Great Shutdown, brought on by measures to stop COVID-19, has created additional challenges for this sector, confirmed in a recent survey of Nova Scotia nonprofits:
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