Let’s Make Impact, Together

Discover how Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia is helping to build a more equitable Nova Scotia

IONS advocates for, supports and amplifies the shared voice and work of the community impact sector. We offer capacity building opportunities and resources to organizations making a positive impact in their communities.

What's Happening in the Impact Space

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is now Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia (IONS)

Just like any organization, IONS has experienced our share of change and restructuring as community needs evolved over the years, but especially when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, there was critical need for impact organizations across the province to step in and address the needs of vulnerable Nova Scotians.

What's Happening in the Impact Space

Shifting the Mindset of the Sector Beyond Profits and Market Failures

Today, as we launch our new identity as Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia (IONS), it’s important to reflect on why we need to distinguish and celebrate the Community Impact Sector for all its diversity and uniqueness.

What's Happening in the Impact Space

The 2022 State of the Sector Survey closes February 28: Complete for a chance to win 1 of 7 prizes

Help us better understand the Community Impact Sector, inform policymakers, and advocate for sector supports. Your organization’s voice is essential in helping paint a full picture of the sector! Recognizing your time, we’re offering your organization the chance to win 1 of 6 wellness packages and the grand prize.

What's Happening in the Impact Space

IONS is seeking proposals for a Capacity Building Programming RFP

We are seeking proposals from those with experience in content development and facilitation to develop a suite of IONS-owned courses that can be accessed online for free by anyone in the Community Impact Sector to help them work more effectively.

Discover how you and your organization can benefit from IONS resources

Learn more about our current programming and services, purpose-led careers, available grants and funding for the Community Impact Sector, and access content through our comprehensive, searchable Resource Library.

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What’s Exciting at IONS 

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Employee & Family Assistance Program 

IONS IDEAS

Take Flight: Embracing a Culture of Failing Forward 

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Cyber Safety in a Virtual Work World 

See why the Community Impact Sector is vital in creating a better future for all.

Nova Scotia’s Community Impact Sector is made up of over 6,400 impact organizations, consisting of registered nonprofits, charities and Community Interest Companies (CICs). These organizations fill gaps not covered by businesses or government, serving communities across the province through a wide range of scopes and supports. Some organizational missions include poverty reduction, advancing social inclusion, promoting health and mental wellbeing, and environmentalism. The fastest growth has been in social services and housing. Since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, impact organizations have innovated as the need for programs and services increased. This diverse sector is an essential pillar in addressing systemic inequities and in creating the conditions for everyone to have the highest quality of life possible. 

Volunteer hours annually, one of the highest rates in Canada, translating to 30,000 full-time jobs.

Economic value of volunteer hours, equivalent to 3.4% of Nova Scotia’s GDP.

4.5% of Nova Scotia’s labour force works in the Community Impact Sector.

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Of people working in the sector are women. The sector is more diverse than any other.

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