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Civil Society and Governance in Canada: Rebuilding Trust and Supporting Collaboration

Civilsociety

The Initiative

Civil society's impact on governance and social cohesion is being felt in Canada and around the world. The rise of populism, a declining trust in governments, the changing role of (and trust in) media as a neutral, fact-based intermediary, and the impact of technologies on both organizational form and engagement (within and across sectors), all tell us that the role of civil society in Canada is evolving.

Civil society is a reflection, and voice, of society’s wants, needs, priority issues and concerns. In a diverse society like Canada, civil society elements reflect our culture (e.g. French/English) and include NGO’s, faith-based organizations, immigrant groups, and Indigenous Peoples. Civil society has the ability to both disrupt and bring together. Citizens also tend to have more trust in civil society than they do in governments.

Governments need insight into the changing roles and views on the impact of civil society so they can respond with policies and programs.

The IOG plans to develop a discussion paper to review policy on civil society-government issues and propose strategies for building a stronger working relationship with the next federal government.

This Initiative Includes Four Dialogue Events

These events will build a community of practice on civil society with government partners and sponsors. It will include four half-day sessions. Register by clicking the links below:

Fees

  • Public Servants: $450/session or $1500/series
  • Civil Society: $50/session or $175/series

Location

Institute on Governance
60 George Street
Ottawa, ON
K1N 1J4

Questions

Laura Edgar, Vice President, Board and Organizational Governance
e - ledgar@iog.ca
p - 613-562-0090

Are you interested in contributing to this initiative?

The IOG is seeking partners and sponsors to launch a dialogue series that will culminate in a discussion paper on Civil Society that will be made available to partners and sponsors in August, 2019. A working group of contributors will guide the project.

  • Bronze Contributor Package - $10,000.00
    • 2 free departmental participants for all four sessions
    • 2 free civil society participants for all four sessions
    • Debrief on the discussion paper once completed
    • Organization logo will appear on IOG website and in rotation on screens during the welcome networking
    • Organization will receive shout outs on IOG Social Media channels pre and during the dialogue events
  • Silver Contributor Package - $18,000.00
    • 4 free departmental participants for all four sessions
    • 4 free civil society participants for all four sessions
    • Representative on working group and voice in development of the discussion paper
    • Debrief on the discussion paper once completed
    • Contributor will be announced during opening remarks
    • Organization logo will appear on IOG website and in rotation on screens during the welcome networking
    • Organization will receive shout outs on IOG Social Media channels pre and during the dialogue events
  • Gold Contributor Package - $24,000.00
    • 5 free departmental participants for all four sessions
    • 5 free civil society participants for all four sessions
    • Private debrief after each session
    • Representative on Working Group and voice in development of the discussion paper
    • Debrief on the discussion paper once completed
    • Contributor will be announced during opening remarks
    • A representative from your organization will be permitted time to make an announcement during opening remarks
    • Organization logo will appear IOG website and in rotation on screens during the welcome networking
    • Organization will receive shout outs on IOG Social Media channels pre and during the dialogue events