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APEC Report: The State of the Nonprofit Sector in Nova Scotia

Date: April 30, 2020

Many consider the nonprofit sector to be the heart of the Nova Scotia economy. Nonprofits are increasingly called upon, or created to, respond to the unmet needs of society. While many may appreciate the social contribution of nonprofits, few people truly understand their economic impact or the challenges that are keeping the organizations in this sector from fulfilling their potential. 

In this report, APEC’s analysis of the economic contribution of nonprofits shows a clearer picture of the impact of this important sector.

APEC’s analysis of the economic contribution of nonprofits shows a clearer picture of the impact of this important sector.

  • Nonprofits in Nova Scotia directly contribute $1 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the economy.  
  • The nonprofit sector employs 20,000 Nova Scotians.
  • Nova Scotia has one of the highest rates of volunteerism in Canada with 74 million volunteer hours. 

To better understand nonprofits and the challenges they are facing in Nova Scotia a survey was undertaken in the fall of 2019.  The results show a sector that faces several challenges but is working hard to overcome them with limited resources.

  • Obtaining funding was identified as the number one challenge for nonprofits.
  • Recruiting labour was cited as a major or significant obstacle to growth for 41% of nonprofits in Nova Scotia.  
  • Many nonprofits do not have the resources to undertake strategic planning, support skills development, find new sources of funding, invest in new technologies or build partnerships.  

More support, or a refocusing of support, is needed to ensure nonprofits can deliver the services they are being called on to provide.

A link to the free full report is available here. 

This project was commissioned by the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (CSCNS). 


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