Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector Releases its Report

Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector Releases its Report

The Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector released its report titled Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector. The report details the strategies and regulatory reforms needed to maximize the impact of sector in communities both here in Canada and around the world.

The Committee was established in January 2018 with the objective to examine the impact of laws and policies governing the sector in Canada. As such, the Committee held extensive consultations with charities, non-profit, and volunteer groups to learn how Canada could better support their important work.

While each organization in the sector faces unique challenges, four key topics have emerged from these consultations: the people working and volunteering in the sector; funding for the sector; the rules governing the sector; and, the need for a “home” within the federal government for the sector.

Of note, the report refers to a CCIC brief and to testimonies from our members, Farm Radio International and Islamic Relief Canada, in the recommendation calling to revise the guidance for charities operating outside Canada. The recommendation points to a shift in focus from “direction and control” requirements and a move towards an implementation of “expenditure responsibility test” for careful monitoring.

To read the full report, click here.

Press Release: CCIC Welcomes the Launch of the Gender Equality Partnership

Ottawa, Ontario (June 2, 2019) – The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) welcomes the launch of the Gender Equality Partnership in support of gender equality and the rights of girls and women in developing countries and in Canada. The Equality Fund will be leading the creation and the roll out of the Gender Equality Partnership, as announced today at the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver.

“The Gender Equality Partnership is a unique and transformational initiative that will ensure long-term sustainable funding for women’s organizations to advance women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls overseas and in Canada. Nothing like it exists anywhere,” says Nicolas Moyer, President and CEO of CCIC. “We believe in the strength of working in partnerships, and this new initiative will unite diverse actors and draw on the strengths of each partner.”  

In 2017, the Government of Canada adopted a Feminist International Assistance Policy that seeks to eradicate poverty and build a more peaceful, more inclusive and more prosperous world, with a focus on promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls. While several other donor countries are also working on gender equality, the Gender Equality Partnership is the first initiative allowing members of the philanthropic community, the private sector, not-for profit and non-governmental organizations to unite with government and leverage their funds to ensure long-term sustainable financing. This new partnership offers the potential to mobilize unprecedented levels of resources and create a sustainable and predictable source of funding for organizations with a primary mandate to advance women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries and in Canada. 

 “Today’s announcement represents a concrete contribution to fulfilling the ambition of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy,” added Mr. Moyer. “We look forward to an open and inclusive process for implementing the partnership in a way that meets the full potential of this new model for long-term transformational progress towards gender equality.” 

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About the Canadian Council for International Co-Operation (CCIC)

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s independent national voice for international development. Together with 80+ member organizations, CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. CCIC is committed to making this goal a public and political priority and to encouraging the actions necessary to make a poverty-free world a reality.

Nicolas Moyer, President and CEO of CCIC, sits on Global Affairs Canada’s External Advisory Committee for the Gender Equality Partnership, alongside other members from civil society, the philanthropic community and the private sector. The Advisory Committee provided independent advice on process steps, requirements, assessment tools and outreach, but did not participate in the selection process for the implementing consortium.

For more information and to arrange an interview with Nicolas Moyer, President-CEO of CCIC, contact:
Sophie Rosa
Director, Public Affairs and Member Services
Canadian Council for International Co-operation
E-mail: srosa@ccic.ca
Cell phone: (613) 219-6514

Note: The Equality Fund collective is a partnership between leading actors in feminist organizing, global philanthropy and impact investing that is consolidating talent and expertise to design and build the Equality Fund. The Equality Fund partners are: The MATCH International Women’s Fund (The MATCH Fund), The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Calvert Impact Capital, The Canadian Women’s Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), Oxfam Canada, Philanthropy for Advancing Women’s Human Rights (PAWHR), Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Foundation, WUSC (World University Service of Canada), Yaletown Partners. For more information, visit their website: https://www.equalityfund.ca/

CCIC Joins Dignity Network Roundtable

On May 7-8, CCIC participated in two days of discussions convened by the Dignity Network on Canada’s international policy affecting LGBTI+ people and communities. Participants represented a wide range of formal organizations and informal movements working to advance human rights for LGBTI+ people in Canada and around the world, among them several members of CCIC.

Participants identified numerous advances made in the past year, such as significant leadership from Canada on the Equal Rights Coalition and new commitments of focused federal support for international work on LGBTI+ issues.

Much of the discussion focused on planning the Dignity Network’s engagement in helping to implement the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting the human rights of LGBTI+ people. Many of the priorities identified by Dignity Network members are shared by the international cooperation sector as a whole:

  • flexible and predictable funding;
  • building dedicated capacity in government and civil society;
  • and ensuring a human rights-based approach to policy and programming.

CCIC is committed to continuing its engagement with the Dignity Network and its members to share good practices, lessons and ideas throughout the international cooperation community.

Joint Humanitarian Civil Society Statement on Canada’s Policy for Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action

As Canadian humanitarian agencies working to save lives, uphold human rights, and empower people, particularly women and girls, in crises, we have closely followed and participated in the development and implementation of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). We commented during the 2016 International Assistance Review, and we welcomed the release of the FIAP, which continues to provide a strong vision for how Canada focuses its development and humanitarian efforts.


Throughout this engagement, we have been committed to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the humanitarian system. Humanitarian and international development communities, both in Canada and around the world, have called for gender to be woven throughout efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of our work with the Government of Canada to articulate what this entails, we have called for Canada to pursue a feminist humanitarian assistance policy, rooted in an intersectional and rights-based approach.


This weekend, on the margins of the World Bank – International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C., the Minister of International Development, Hon. Maryam Monsef, announced Canada’s Policy for Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action.


We welcome this new document, which provides a step towards clarifying the government’s commitment to gender-responsive humanitarian intervention. In particular, we welcome the references to humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law, the commitment to an intersectional feminist approach and to pursue gender-transformative humanitarian action where and when possible, the support for local women’s rights groups, and the focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) needs in humanitarian contexts. This document reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to needs-based, principled, and gender-responsive humanitarian action.


With strong words on paper, we must now see strong action. It is nearly two years since the FIAP was launched. This new policy document begins to identify how Global Affairs Canada will define and approach gender-responsive humanitarian action as a key part of FIAP implementation.

Recognizing Canada’s consistent leadership and recent investments in this area, we look forward to operationalization of the policy, including further details on ways of working and funding that will help lay the groundwork for addressing the structural root causes and gender inequality in humanitarian contexts. We are ready to contribute our collective operational and policy expertise to help design and implement these new approaches, including through programming that bridges the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.


Many of our organizations have recently endorsed an inter-agency position paper entitled Women’s and girls’ rights and action in humanitarian action: A life-saving priority. This paper seeks to translate the G7 Whistler Declarations (A|B) into concrete and measurable action in five key areas:

(1) women’s and girls’ voice and leadership; (2) equitable access to sexual and reproductive health


services; (3) prevention and response to gender-based violence; (4) preventing sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse; and (5) supporting women’s economic empowerment. These are the kind of specific, measurable actions that will be necessary in the very near term in order to meet the ambition of Canada’s policy agenda.


It is high time that the international community rally together to uphold women’s and girls’ rights where they are furthest behind: in conflict and emergency settings. A more systematic approach for ensuring that humanitarian action responds to women’s and girls’ rights and needs is within reach. Canada, with its Policy for Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action has a crucial leadership role to play. Now, the Government of Canada must take swift and continued action to sustain its constructive role.


We look forward to working with the Government of Canada to ensure meaningful participation of women and girls, hold humanitarian actors accountable for working with women’s and girls’ rights actors, and mobilize long-term predictable funding for these crucial groups. Through these concrete and sustained actions, Canada can continue to help transform the ways humanitarian agencies and the humanitarian coordination system operate on the ground, to better serve the women, men, girls and boys living in crisis and truly leave no one behind.



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On April 13, 2019, Canada introduced its new policy on gender equality in humanitarian action. The following is a joint response by Canadian civil society organizations active in humanitarian response, welcoming the new policy and looking forward to its implementation.

CCIC and Global Affairs Canada Partnering to Enhance Canada’s International Assistance

CCIC and Global Affairs Canada Partnering to Enhance Canada’s International Assistance

CCIC is collaborating with GAC to help shape and improve Canadian international assistance, by implementing the Feminist International Assistance Policy and streamlining funding agreements and processes. CCIC leverages its national membership to inform GAC decisions and processes through three key working groups: the Task Force for Increasing Effectiveness (TAFIE), CCIC Chief Financial Officer Working Group, and Civil Society Policy Advisory Group (CPAG).

Please consult the infosheet below to understand why these groups exist, who is involved, what they are doing, and how CCIC members can participate.


Civil Society Policy Advisory Group (CPAG)


Task Force on Increasing Effectiveness (TAFIE)


Chief Financial Officer Working Group


Daring to risk and fail – Building an innovation agenda in Canada’s global development and humanitarian community

Daring to risk and fail – Building an innovation agenda in Canada’s global development and humanitarian community

Is the practice of innovation an essential way forward for international development and humanitarian organizations? How do we test out radical ideas when there is so much at stake? And what does ‘innovation’ actually mean?


The intent of the paper is to help give shape to how CCIC might learn from the experience of these platforms as it shapes its own innovation agenda and works to implement one of three core CCIC strategic directions for 2018-23: Inspire and support the growth of a more relevant, responsive and effective global development and humanitarian assistance sector that, through a broad range of innovations, can create sustainable impact and change in collaboration with our partners.

Full Report

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Executive Summary

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