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Resources and Information for Nonprofit & Voluntary Organizations

As a Sector Council, our role is to support the Community Sector as a whole. Through this time of change, uncertainty, stress we recognize that most of the organizations in our sector are feeling the impact along with the communities that they serve. In an effort to ensure the continued success and health of our sector we are following the example of many large and small organizations across Canada and the world and have sourced some articles and resources available to help navigate the effects of the Global response to COVID-19.

Collectively, we chart the way!


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Latest News

Below we will post some of the most recent* news as it impacts our province & the Community Sector:

*Note: We will endeavor to keep this section as up to date as possible but as our landscape is changing so quickly we recommend checking the Department of Health and Wellness and/or the Province of Nova Scotia pages (linked above) or your local news outlets to ensure you have the most accurate news and advise.

To get the most up to date information on the response to COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and your community, please visit the following sites:

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Advocacy & The Community Sector

One of our top priorities as a Sector Council is to advocate for organizations within our sector. In this section we will highlight the ways in which we have been actively advocating for support for Nonprofit & Voluntary organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic:

CSCNS Activities:

  • COVID-19 Impact Survey - Closes April 2, 2020
    • This survey is best completed by Executive Directors, CEOs, Board Chairs or Directors.
  • Letter to Premier Stephen McNeil - Sent March 20, 2020 
  • COVID-19 Nonprofit Leadership Discussion Forum - Online forum via Basecamp
    • If you are an ED, CEO, or Board Chair please fill out this sign-up form to join our online discussion forum. This forum is a confidential space for leaders in Nonprofit & Voluntary organizations to discuss the numerous issues and challenges they are facing in light of COVID-19 as well as to provide us with direction on how we can support you as a Sector Council.

Resources to Support Advocacy:

Activities by other organizations:

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Employer Resources

For those organizations in our sector with employees, below are some key pieces of information as well as resources to support your staff.

Information about Unemployment Benefits during COVID-19:

  • If an employee(s) is laid off due to COVID-19 and business reduction/closure, they must apply to EI as per regular protocol. More info on that can be found here:
  • If an employee(s) is quarantined/self-isolated because they travelled, may have been in contact with someone infected, etc. they can apply for sickness benefits: At this time, the requirement for a medical certificate has been relaxed for these individuals*
    • Please note: for both of these situations, an individual must otherwise qualify for EI benefits. (ie, have enough hours, have contributed for the adequate amount of time, etc.)

Information regarding employers issuing ROEs:

  • If the employee is no longer working due to a shortage of work because the business has closed or decreased operations due to coronavirus (COVID-19), use code A (Shortage of work). Do not add comments.
  • If the employee is affected by the virus, the reason for the ROE should be D – Illness or Injury.
  • If the employee refuses to come to work but is not sick or quarantined, use code E (Quit) or code N (Leave of absence), as appropriate. Avoid adding comments unless absolutely necessary.
    • *Employees who are NOT affected by the virus but are put on leave due to the COVID-19 virus can contact the government at 1-833-381-2725 should they have any questions.
  • NOTE: Add comments only when required. Doing so causes the ROE to be pulled from the automatic processing queue for review by an agent, slowing down the process.

Contact Service Canada directly with questions

More resources for Employers to help support your staff:

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Legal Resources

There are a number or legal requirements for organizations - as well as potential challenges in the future. Below are some resources to stay informed:

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Health & Well-Being Resources

The global response to COVID-19 has had some serious health implications across the board - for both mental and physical well-being. Below are some great resources to ensure that individuals and organizations are taking care during this stressful and uncertain time:

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Inclusive Practices

Misinformation and prejudice has been a part of the global to the Coronavirus pandemic from the beginning. Below are some resources to help address racism and xenophobia as well as some examples of action taken to support communities affected by this discrimination:

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Stay Connected

Extended self-isolation will be hard on all of us. Below are some links to virtual meet-ups happening all over Nova Scotia and Canada:

*This section will be updated regularly as new meetups and connections are identified and formed. If you know of any not on this list please send them to us at 

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Resources for Working Remotely

Many organizations have decided to support social distancing by sending their employees home to work remotely. As a virtual organization, CSCNS is very familiar with both the benefits and challenges of working with teams in a virtual / remote setting. Below are some resources we have compiled to support teams as you make this transition:

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Keep the Learning Going

If you've found yourself with extra time as your organization's operations have shifted, take advantage of the following free* online learning programs to build your capacity for when you can get back to regular operations:

COVID Supports:

General Capacity Building:

*While we did try to identify only free options in this list some of the above programs do have a fee attached. Those programs have been marked with an asterisk (*).

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Other Resources

Below are some links to other great resources:

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