COVID, non-profit, public, policy, crisis, government
This study examines the state of the non-profit sector during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through the context of government-non-profit relations. The history of this relationship is essential to the understanding of why the non-profit sector has been so negatively affected by this crisis. This research uses a normative institutionalist approach and a qualitative method of analysis to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted key issues with the non-profit sector.
The study asserts that for a number of reasons, including the lack of a clear vision by the Canadian government for the non-profit sector, shifts in public administration approaches, and stringent and outdated instruments of funding, the sustainability of the non-profit sector is left vulnerable to crises such as the pandemic or the Great Recession of 2008. Additionally, this paper focuses on policy neglect and the obstacles for policy co-operation and creation between the Canadian government and non-profits.
Ultimately, this paper calls for improved relations between the state and non-profit sector to create policies that sustain the sector in order to reduce the severity of the highlighted issues in future crises.
Master of Arts