Sector Innovation

Developing new models of funding and doing charitable work on the ground.

Tides Canada is rethinking charity. Our approach begins with strategy—identifying gaps and obstacles to achieving impact. From there, we look to leverage emerging models and technological advances and apply them to our work. We do this by making connections, coordinating partnerships, and developing tools to pilot and build solutions. It is a process involving constant adaptation, measurement and revision.

By driving new ways of working, we foster sector innovation more broadly. For example, Tides Canada’s ChangeCapital brings together mission-aligned impact investment and philanthropy to amplify funds for lasting social impact. Tides Canada is also pioneering a shared platform model that powers 40 unique social change initiatives across Canada. By finding synergies and sharing resources, we are catalyzing new models of collaboration and partnership on the ground.

Our goal is to increase the effectiveness of our work in order to fulfill our vision of a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity for all Canadians.

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Impact Stories


Digital Justice Lab

Building a more just and equitable digital future for Canadians.

East Scarborough Storefront

Collaborating to support residents and build community in the inner suburban neighbourhood of Kingston Galloway/Orton Park (KGO).

Powered by Data

Helping nonprofits get the information they need to succeed.

School for Social Entrepreneurs Ontario

Guiding students from all backgrounds to drive social change.

Science Integrity Project

Decisions built on the best available scientific evidence.

Shared Spaces and Social Purpose Real Estate

Supporting the exploration of shared spaces and social purpose real estate in Canada for enhanced impact, social purpose, and community development.

From the Blog

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Emotional health and well-being grant shows potential for sector transformation

Over the past few years, mental and emotional health and well-being discussions have greatly increased in Canada. Additional support and resources have also been made …

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Tides Canada aligns impact with the UN’s global campaign for a better future

The United Nations and its state members have long been coming together to create plans for a better future. Since Agenda 21 in 1992, these …

Tides Canada CEO Joanna Kerr on the lake in Georgian Bay, Ontario.

Frogs, Feminism and Factories: Can we build a just conservation economy?

Last month, Tides Canada’s CEO, Joanna Kerr gave a speech to a group of environmental funders asking this provocative question.  Read on to understand her …

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NetPositive: reimagining resource development for local prosperity and sustainability

NetPositive is one of the newest projects on Tides Canada’s shared platform. We recently interviewed Project Co-Director Jane Church to talk about how NetPositive is …

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