A new national conversation to address nonprofit labour force issues


In 2005, the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector (HR Council) took on a lead role to address human resource and management issues at the national level. Funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) through its Sector Council Program, the HR Council successfully contributed to raising the awareness of nonprofit labour force issues, served as a knowledge centre to support the labour market, and catalyzed the nonprofit sector by bringing together people, information and ideas for collaborative action.

In the spring of 2013, with changes to the HRSDC’s Sector Council Program, the HR Council closed its operations. An effort was made to find a home for the HR Council’s work. As a long-time supporter and key player in the HR Council’s creation, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) embraced the opportunity to protect a resource used by so many nonprofit organizations across the country and to start a new chapter in the conversation about the sector’s labour force priorities.

Project Activities

To support the transition and the conversation the Ontario Trillium Foundation has agreed to support the following two-year project (April 2013 to March 2015) which will focus on the following core areas of work:

  • Integrating and safeguarding HR Council assets (e.g. hrcouncil.ca) into CFC, ensuring that they remain available to the nonprofit sector and are updated as needed. Focused support is being placed on sustaining the labour market research platform;
  • Hosting a national conversation to co-create a vision around mobilizing human capital in the nonprofit sector going forward;
  • Developing a shared leadership platform through which to sustainably deliver on the vision;
  • Communicate and engagement with the sector around the work being completed through this project.

For more information contact Tanara Pickard at tpickard@cfc-fcc.ca.

This work is part of CFC’s hrcouncil.ca initiative.