The Evolution of the Charitable Sector
- There are approximately 170,000 charities and non-profit organizations in Canada. Securing support is very competitive, particularly as governments reduce funding assistance and rely on community generated revenues to fill the gaps.
- Canadians donated 7% less in 2015 than in 2006, a drop of 600 million dollars. The proportion of Canadian families who make donations has eroded from 45.3% in 2006 to 39.9% in 2015.
Real Estate Assets – Limited Use and Rising Costs
- Easter Seals House (1955), Camp Winfield (1968), Camp Squamish (1976) and Camp Shawnigan Lake (1979) – each is experiencing an increase in annual maintenance and operating expenses that range from $600,000 to $900,000 per site.
- Camp facilities require millions in upgrades and are NOT winterized, leaving the sites occupied only in summer. With such limited use, the cost to operate a facility and the camp program equates to up to approximately $3,600 per week per camper.
- Camp Squamish has limited options beyond a summer camp due to zoning restrictions in the Agricultural Land Reserve. With operating expenses high, the site requires more than summer use to support its operations. The Society’s Board of Directors is considering all options for Squamish.
British Columbia’s Labour Shortage
- By 2025, BC employers will need to fill an estimated one million job openings.
- Of the 926,100 British Columbians over the age of 15 who have a diverse ability, many are educated and have comparable skills to people without diverse abilities. However, the unemployment rate for people with diverse abilities is 4.5 percentage points higher than for people without. This is an untapped talent pool.
- The rapidly growing BC Technology and Tourism sectors have concerns over lack of talent to meet the demand. The 2016 Tech Talent BC Report identified a potential 30,500 unfillable positions by 2021. Building larger, more diverse talent pools (including individuals with diverse abilities) is critical to the success of both sectors.