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Community Initiatives 

 Canadian Women's Foundation

 

 CPA Ontario has been a supporter of the Canadian Women's Foundation  (CWF) since its inception, and is a sponsor of the CWF's Annual Professional Breakfast - its major fundraising event. CPA Ontario also provides the CWF with photography and print media and monitoring support.

The Canadian Women's Foundation is Canada's only national public foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. The CWF funds, researches and shares the best approaches to: ending violence against women, moving low-income women out of poverty, and helping girls become strong and resilient.

Ranked as one of the ten largest women's foundations in the world, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has raised over $31 million and supported more than 825 programs across Canada since 1991.

 

Days of Giving

Each year, CPA Ontario gives its employees an opportunity to participate in a half-day volunteer engagement activity where they can give of their time to a charity. In June 2016, they chose to help one of the organizations identified below:

  • Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Fort York Food Bank
  • Furniture Bank
  • Green Thumbs Growing Kids
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • The Red Door Shelter

 

Skills for Change

CPA Ontario supports Skills for Change, which is known for pioneering programs that respond to shifting immigration and workplace trends and lead to employment. The first program, in 1983, was an office training program that successfully led all its first graduates, a group of women from Southeast Asia, into full-time employment. Now a range of accelerated programs are offered to fit the needs of the people arriving from all parts of the world. Services offered include information and referral, French and English language assessment, English language instruction, integrated language/skills training, employment preparation, business skills, mentoring and settlement services.

 

Tax Preparation Assistance Program

CPA Ontario's 2017 Tax Preparation Assistance program is a province-wide community service where volunteer members prepare tax returns for people with low incomes, free of charge.

CPA Ontario began the program in Toronto in 1969 as a pilot project involving 500 taxpayers. It has grown into a province-wide program with hundreds of volunteer CPAs and their associates helping thousands of people by preparing their income tax returns, for free.

Clinics operate from mid-February until April in co-operation with a variety of agencies - including food banks, charities, hospitals, senior centres and homes, community centres, social service agencies and libraries. CPA Ontario offers additional support to these agencies by providing them with an honourarium, based on the number of tax returns prepared, to help the agencies carry out their valuable work.

 

 Ontario Legislature Internship Program

 

Since 1998, CPA Ontario has been a major sponsor of the Ontario Legislature Internship Program . The program brings eight recent graduates to Queen's Park every year to work with backbench members of the Legislature. The non-partisan program was established in 1975 by the Canadian Political Science Association and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

The focus of the program is upon the Legislative Assembly as a vital institution of government and, more particularly, upon the role of the backbench MPP. Interns provide assistance of various kinds to some of these Members in order to supplement their academic training with valuable practical experience.

CPA Ontario's support of the Ontario Legislature Internship Program is a key component of our profile-raising efforts at Queen's Park. The program is both highly recognized and valued by Ontario's Legislators.