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Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia seeks input from Nova Scotia’s rapidly growing charitable and nonprofit sector


HALIFAX -The Nonprofit and Charitable Sector’s contribution to Nova Scotia’s GDP has grown to 12.3 per cent. This rate of growth has outpaced other provinces, making it the highest share of any province or territory and well above the national average of 8.5 per cent.

“It is exciting to see this growth in Nova Scotia, and we are encouraged by the positive things happening across the country that have the potential to contribute to the success of our sector,” said Arlene MacDonald, executive director of the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia.

In June 2019, following months of consultation with the sector, the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector released its report Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap for a Stronger Charitable Sector, making 40 recommendations.

“We expect Government will respond formally to the Senate’s recommendations in the coming months. Meanwhile, we have seen some immediate action,” said MacDonald.

Prior to the Federal election, an Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector was formed to engage Government in meaningful dialogue with the charitable sector, to advance emerging issues relating to charities, and to ensure the regulatory environment supports the important work that charities do. MacDonald is one of 17 members appointed to that committee.

“One of the committee’s roles will be to make recommendations to the Minister of Revenue and to the Federal Government,” MacDonald noted. “However, in Nova Scotia, we have not convened as a sector to identify our priorities since 2010,. This could be a challenge when it comes to adequately representing the needs of Nova Scotia’s organizations both nationally and provincially.”

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is currently engaging the sector in a state of the sector survey and in consultation sessions across the province. “We are hopeful that the sector will participate in the survey and in the consultation sessions and will share with us their challenges, successes, and their priorities so that as a Sector Council, we can be a strong voice for our Nova Scotia charitable and non-profit organizations,” said MacDonald.

The survey is open, and the consultation sessions begin Friday, Nov. 29. For more information, including how to register, organizations can visit