Established 106 years ago, the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people..
We have delivered on this mission for over a century through wars, recessions, a depression and even previous pandemics. Now, unfortunately, our period of greatest need coincides with a period of unprecedented demands for our services amongst youth due to the economic, social and mental health impacts of the pandemic, and this increased demand comes when fundraising has been incredibly challenging for over a year – with the rest of 2021 looking bleak as well. We are doing everything possible to continue supporting the 41,000 youth across Canada that benefit from our intentional mentoring programs, let alone take on new youth, but we have a $25 million funding shortfall and there is presently no government program to help us address that.
Thanks in part to a joint message from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and several other national youth-serving organizations, The House of Commons seems to be listening and – with the support of all four Opposition Parties – on March 10 passed a motion calling on the federal government to include measures to support the charitable sector in the 2021 budget.