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Policy and Regulatory Environment

by Dan McKillop, over 2 years ago
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How can the federal government improve existing rules, programs or policies to better help organizations tackle complex social issues in our communities? What kinds of changes could make testing social innovation or social finance tools easier, to help build more sustainable and inclusive communities?

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  • Hedgehog almost 3 years ago
    Update CRA definition of charities

    See CRA Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities
    Recommendation 4

    Modernize the legislative framework governing the charitable sector

    The Government of Canada, in consultation with the charitable sector, should proceed, as soon as possible, to modernize the rules governing the charitable sector through the development of a new legislative framework. The Panel recommends that a new legislative framework include:

    a focus on charities’ purposes, rather than activities;

    an inclusive list of charitable purposes reflecting contemporary social and environmental issues and values; and

    the ability to appeal a refusal to register and revocation decisions to the Tax Court of Canada.
    While not directly within the Panel’s mandate on political activities, it is also suggested that additional legislative change could be considered to:

    remove the need for "direction and control" of non-qualified donees in certain circumstances, to better enable charities to work with their domestic and foreign partners as equals in furtherance of their charitable purposes15;

    accommodate the use of social enterprise and social finance models benefiting the charitable sector.
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    • David Oyler over 2 years ago
      I think there needs to be a better understanding of the current regulatory environment by promoters of social finance before suggesting any changes along with a clearer definition of what exactly is meant by social enterprise and social finance in terms of delivering a social program . There is nothing stopping a charity from operating a separate entity to run a business so there is no need to make changes in that regard.

  • Hedgehog almost 3 years ago
    Design a Mission-Oriented Innovation Policy
    “Countries around the world are seeking economic growth that is smart (innovation-led), inclusive and sustainable. Such ambitious goals require re-thinking the role of government and public policy in the economy. In particular, they necessitate a new justification of government intervention that goes beyond the usual one of simply fixing market failures. Policy in this context is also about co-creating and co-shaping markets – creating different criteria through which to justify, nurture and evaluate public policies. […]
    There is an urgent need to reinvigorate bold objectives in policy-making, taking the necessary risks (not just ‘derisking’) and investing in the capacity building, competencies and
    expertise within the state that supports successful strategic deliberation.” Mariana Mazzucato, Mission-Oriented Innovation Policy, September 2017
  • DianeWatts almost 3 years ago
    According to a recent Ekos poll, fewer Canadians identify as middle class - from 70% in 2002 to 43% in 2017. One impediment to joining the middle class for self-employed Canadians is the GST kick-in at an income of $30,000 annually. When one earns one dollar over $29,999, the GST applies and an after tax payment of $4,492 must be submitted. This is a disincentive to escape a lower class status. This is especially harmful to women, who are usually the secondary wage earner to bring the family income into the middle class. When the GST was introduced by the Conservative government a $30,000 income base was chosen and not linked to inflation. Today, this amount is equivalent to $47,351 in value according to the RBC inflation counter. The base income amount for taxing income for GST should be raised and linked to inflation. This would be fair and help lower income Canadians, especially women and early stage entrepreneurs. A true feminist economy would include the family, a major concern of workers of all classes.
  • Lori Farley over 2 years ago
    - We need a better way for businesses to identify as social enterprise besides an obscure web page that nobody ever heard of. I know it exists, and I still can't find it when I'm looking for it http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ccc_bt-rec_ec.nsf/eng/h_00016.html Seems only 75 other people know about it too.

    -Or how about not cancelling a good idea essentially the day it was launched? https://www.canada.ca/en/news/archive/2013/02/government-canada-investment-supports-social-enterprise.html