COVID-19 Update – Valuable Resources

It is our profound hope that you, your family, and your friends and colleagues are safe and well during this extremely difficult time. The COVID-19 crisis has presented an unprecedented challenge to all of us. We’d like to share what we have been doing at CIJA with the hope that you will find information that will help as you manage the evolving situation.

1. COVID-19 Resource Guide: We have prepared this guide for our Federation partners and members of our community. The guide contains timely, relevant information for individuals, families, organizations, and businesses from the federal and provincial governments and other sources. It includes information about public health, emergency financial measures, wage subsidy programs, E.I. benefits, emergency care benefits, tax payment deferrals, mortgage assistance, and many other resources you may find useful during this difficult time.

Jewish Federations across Canada remain the central hub of our community system. To see how you can help, or if you need help, please be in touch with your local Jewish Federation, listed here on the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA website.

2. Action AlertWe are calling on the Government of Canada to take immediate action to help charities and non-profits so they can continue to serve the most vulnerable among us. You can help by completing our Action Alert and then asking your friends and family to do the same. Take Action!

3. As part of our ongoing advocacy activities to bring relief to the charitable sector, yesterday, CIJA hosted a call with The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children & Social Development, to discuss how the federal government can urgently help charities and non-profits continue to serve vulnerable populations during this crisis. The call included dozens of Jewish and non-Jewish leaders in the sector who are dedicated to helping the most vulnerable across Canada.

We asked the Minister to immediately:

  • Create wage subsidies up to 100% of E.I. for charities and non-profits so they retain staff during this critical time and can continue to serve Canadians in need.
  • Ensure that charities and non-profits are eligible for stimulus funding and business loans aligned with what is being proposed for small business
  • Expand the charitable tax credit to encourage charitable giving
  • Create a non-profit stabilization fund

Minister Hussen listened carefully and engaged thoroughly. We are grateful for his tireless efforts during the COVID-19 crisis, and we look forward to continuing the discussion to benefit the charitable sector and all Canadians.

This must-read op-ed in the Globe and Mail, by Adam Minsky, CEO of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto; Yair Szlak, CEO of Federation CJA in Montreal; and Ezra Shanken, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, discusses the non-profit sector and the importance of our community’s ask for government action.

4. Sharing Information: We will continue to share Public Health information in real time on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

5. Social Distancing: Like many others, we quickly joined the effort to slow the pace of transmission of the coronavirus. CIJA continues to operate with staff working from home. You can contact us anytime by email. We will remain responsive to our constituents.

If you lead a Jewish community institution and would like support managing your communications to your constituents, please email us and we will follow up with you directly.

We will continue to apply ourselves to this enormous task and communicate with you whenever we have something of value to share.

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to CIJA professionals who have been working around the clock on behalf of our community since this crisis began. Thank you!

On behalf of our colleagues on the CIJA Board and of our entire professional team, we wish you a truly peaceful Shabbat.

If you have thoughts you would like to share, please write to us anytime.

Be well,

Joel Reitman Jeffrey Rosenthal
Co-Chair, CIJA Board Co-Chair, CIJA Board
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