COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund – High Level Findings of Phase 1 Survey
The department conducted a survey of the Emergency Fund recipients.
Overall, the initial findings from that survey, which cover Phase 1 recipients only, were very positive and they show that the $500M had a real impact, something of which we can all be proud.
Here are some of the highlights:
- 56% of the 4,361 organizations that received Phase 1 funding responded;
- 99.6% of respondents reported having been financially affected by COVID, including 68% to a large extent;
- 77% of respondents reported that the Fund helped them stay in operation to a large or moderate extent, with the largest share of the funding being used to pay for non-labour operating costs (63%) and freelancers (50%);
- Other federal support measures were accessed by a minority of respondents: CEWS for 30%; CEBA for 16%; TWSE for 13%; other federal programs for 5%; Rent Subsidy for 2%; BCAP for 1%;
- 98% of respondents were satisfied with the timeliness of the reception of the funds and 80% were satisfied with the amount received (48% very and 32% somewhat);
- 47% of respondents indicated that the Fund benefited at least one equity-seeking group;
- 80% of respondents were non-profit organizations (non-profit, charities and collectives), while 2% were Indigenous organizations;
- 90% of respondents employ freelancers;
- Respondents are located across the country: 20% in BC/AB; 6% in MB/SK; 31% in ON; 33% in QC; 9% in Atl; 0.8% in the Territories; 67% of them have an international reach;
- 80% of respondents undertake strategies to support diversity and inclusion, including 39% that track and evaluate diversity and inclusion objectives for their organization, 26% that advocate for the needs of one or more diversity groups as a central purpose, 26% that collect and monitor internal employment diversity data, 24% that administer diversity and inclusion-related training to staff and volunteers, and 23% that administer specialized programming for diversity groups;
- 49% of respondents have undertaken strategies to support Reconciliation.
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