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‘It’s critical’: More than 200 charities call on feds for funding amid COVID-19

‘It’s critical’: More than 200 charities call on feds for funding amid COVID-19
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“My honest prediction is that at least half of Canadian charities will not withstand the COVID-19 crisis unless there is significant government action on this,” she said.

“It’s just inconceivable that we can [survive]. We, by design, do not have the access to credit or financial reserves that would enable us to withstand something like this.”

Unemployment during COVID-19

Unemployment during COVID-19

Nutt said the coalition is still waiting to hear whether charities will qualify for the 75 per cent wage subsidy previously announced by the government.

“Seventy-five percent wage subsidies for small and medium businesses that may end up applying the charitable sector, would reduce the dependence and would offset the $10-billion requirement because there are many charitable organizations that would be able to access that,” she said. “We don’t know yet, it’s not been confirmed that charities would be eligible.”

She said they are also waiting to hear whether charities will be given greater access to credit.

“Staff helps, but it’s only one part of the challenge,” Nutt said.

The government announced on March 18 that it would provide an additional $75.5 million to address the needs of Canadians experiencing homelessness.

The government will also provide up to $50 million to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres, including facilities in Indigenous communities, to help with their capacity to manage or prevent an outbreak.
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