In late 2011, the Metcalf Foundation launched our new Inclusive Local Economies Program.

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Welcome to the first edition of the Metcalf Foundation’s newsletter.  There is a lot going on here these days.  We are developing new programs, publishing new papers, engaging new Fellows, and adding new staff.  Our partners and grantees continue to innovate in extraordinary ways.  We’d like to share some of these developments with you, so three or four times a year we’ll send out a newsletter to keep you in the loop.

I hope this newsletter is a welcome addition to your overflowing inboxes.  Please let us know what you think.  If you do not want to receive these updates from us, simply click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this page.

We look forward to another stimulating and dynamic year.

Sandy Houston, President and CEO


Environment Program RFP

On February 28th, the Metcalf Environment Program launched an open call for proposals to identify models and practices that support an environmentally sound, economically strong, and socially relevant local food system in southern Ontario with an emphasis on long-term viability.


Working Poverty Increases in Toronto Region

The number of working poor in the Toronto Region increased by 42% between 2000 and 2005, according to a new study from the Metcalf Foundation.


Metcalf Welcomes New Staff Member

The Metcalf Foundation welcomes a new member to our staff team, Stephanie Sernoskie, our new Office Manager and Executive Assistant. With an Honours BA in English and anthropology from the University of Toronto, Stephanie was most recently Executive Assistant to the CEO of a mining company.


Metcalf Appoints First Innovation Fellow in Performing Arts

The Metcalf Foundation is pleased to announce Jane Marsland as the first recipient of an Innovation Fellowship in the performing arts. During her fellowship, she will research new and alternative structures for nonprofit arts organizations, with a particular focus on possible models of fiscal sponsorship appropriate for the arts sector.


Metcalf to Study Rights of Migrant Workers

Metcalf Fellow Fay Faraday, a lawyer in Toronto, is undertaking research about the laws, programs, and policies that structure and constrain the rights of migrant workers in Toronto in order to map the complex legal landscape that regulates migrant workers. The aim of this work is to develop a framework for sustainable reform related to strengthening temporary foreign worker rights in Canada.


Maytree & Metcalf Foundation Release New Report on Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Immigrant Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in the GTA by Dr. Sarah Wayland explores whether self-employment and entrepreneurship is a viable option for lifting new Canadians out of poverty in the Greater Toronto Area.



Building the Future City of Toronto

On Tuesday, February 7 Metcalf 50th anniversary grant recipient Diaspora Dialogues, in partnership with MASS LBP, and the Cities Centre launched the Toronto Residents’ Reference Panel on Household Income Report, which explores the widening income gap in Toronto that is characterizing the city’s neighbourhoods.


Metcalf Friends and Grantees Appointed to Order of Canada

At the end of 2011, three of Metcalf’s friends and grantees became new appointees to the Order of Canada. We send out of congratulations to Miriam Adams, Co-Founder/Director of Dance Collection Danse, and Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, who were named as members, and to Tim Wynne-Jones, a former recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature, who became an officer of the Order.

Cape Farewell Launches in Canada

On November 10, 2011, Metcalf grantee Cape Farewell held its North American launch at the Dew Line Concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto. Cape Farewell works to promote a cultural response to climate change by bridging together creativity, science, technology, and business. A short video of the evening’s highlights, including music by Patric Watson and Amy Millan, is viewable on the Cape Farewell website.


March 26

Performing Arts Strategic Initiatives

April 19

Environment Program RFP

April 23

Performing Arts Internships

May 14

Renewal Program

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