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Human Resources committee  We see a significant demand. Many of our organizations across Canada have various programs in order to be able to match newly arrived Canadians with young Canadians who are newly integrating into community and to get those supports. We have conversation clubs as well, where young

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  Yes. That is a challenge that I think many are facing, particularly in urban communities, supporting young people and participating in prosocial behaviours during this time.

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  I'm not able to speak to policies on before and after care. Big Brothers Big Sisters operates outside of before and after care. Any supports we would have in order to be able to keep youth connected to adult mentors, whether before or after the school setting, would be appreciate

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  I like that idea, and yes, we're certainly open to it.

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  Yes, we would support that. We stand behind many of the solutions that Imagine Canada has put forward.

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  Our agencies are very much aware and are doing wellness checks as well, which is well beyond our mandate. We are checking in on families to ensure that they have the appropriate supports there and are connected to the other community services to get support where they need it.

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  Yes, we were. Many of our member agencies, as well, have been able to navigate it. There was some confusion around the eligibility criteria initially, but we were able to get that clarified.

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  Yes. I would like to mention that coming in to this meeting to talk about the dire situation that Big Brothers Big Sisters is facing considers all of the government programs that are currently in place. As I noted in my opening remarks, we are very grateful for the efforts of t

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  Yes. The national organization has not applied and wouldn't be eligible within that funding the way it's been structured. Big Brothers Big Sisters worked closely with United Way Canada to look at a cohesive response to the application process for our Big Brothers Big Sisters agen

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  The local chapters can, absolutely.

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  Prior to the pandemic, we had 1,400 staff across the country. With the initial impact analysis we did, we saw a 25% reduction, and that could either be terminations, short-term layoffs or long-term layoffs. We do know that agencies have been applying for the wage subsidy to get t

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  I think the greatest challenges will be the skills, as my colleague and the witness before me spoke to. It will be the skills for young people and what they need coming into this post-pandemic world. It means ensuring that they're at the forefront of decision-making for this new

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater

Human Resources committee  We've seen some supports at the local level through individual granting initiatives. We are also looking to pursue a virtual platform, as we had noted. One of our partners in this space, the Canadian Mentoring Partnership, has undertaken a significant piece of work to look at e-m

June 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Matthew Chater