The following report, prepared by the Muttart Foundation, explores the educational experiences and anticipated employment plans, after graduation, of students completing early learning and child care credentials in Alberta. It draws on the findings from focus groups with students at six public post-secondary institutions and adds to the current limited body of research that explores student experiences and motivations in completing early learning and care credentials. The main research findings provide insights into how students view their education and the potential work opportunities available to them in the field. It concludes with some important learnings for governments and early learning and care partners to consider as they work together to support the educational preparation of students and their transition into the workforce.

The Educational Experiences and Anticipated Work Plans of Post-Secondary Early Learning and Care Students in Alberta

The Muttart Foundation is pleased to release the Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Alberta. This document is the collaborative effort of six partners: the Canadian Child Care Federation and its Alberta Leaders’ Caucus, Child Care Now and its Alberta Chapter, the YMCA of Northern Alberta and the Muttart Foundation. It is intended to engage stakeholders, community groups and policy makers in meaningful discussions about the essential elements of a quality early learning and child care system for Alberta, and the initial policy actions needed to develop it.

Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Alberta

The Muttart Foundation is pleased to release the Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Saskatchewan. This document is the collaborative effort of six partners: the Canadian Child Care Federation and its Saskatchewan Leaders’ Caucus, Child Care Now and its Saskatchewan Chapter, the Saskatchewan Early Childhood Association (SECA) and the Muttart Foundation. It is intended to engage stakeholders, community groups and policy makers in meaningful discussions about the essential elements of a quality early learning and child care system for Saskatchewan, and the initial policy actions needed to develop it.

Roadmap to a Quality Early Learning and Child Care System in Saskatchewan

The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) will receive renewed and increased funding from The Muttart Foundation.

At a recent meeting, Muttart’s Board of Directors authorized a further five years of funding to CCVO to assist it with its core operating costs. Funding will increase to $150,000 per year from the current level of $100,000 per year for a total commitment of $750,000.

The new grant will take Muttart’s total funding of CCVO to more than $3.3 million and will extend the funding commitment to the end of 2026.

The announcement was made today (November 9) during CCVO’s annual Connections conference.

“Since its inception, CCVO has been a strong force to help co-ordinate the views and needs of charities and nonprofits to policymakers and the public,” says Bob Wyatt, Executive Director of The Muttart Foundation. “As we move into an entirely new situation following the pandemic, this voice of Alberta’s voluntary sector must continue to be heard loud and strong.”

Like its other grants to CCVO, Muttart has designated this as a core-funding grant, not tied to a particular project or initiative. This provides charities with the greatest flexibility, recognizing that every charity has expenses to maintain its operations.

“We’re thrilled to have the continued support of The Muttart Foundation and are grateful for their significant contributions to our core funding over the past two decades,” states Karen Ball, CCVO President & CEO. “We hope other funders and foundations follow the lead of Muttart and offer substantial funding to support operational and administrative needs of Alberta’s nonprofits. Especially now, as organizations are seeing a demand in services, nonprofits need the funding to take care of their staff and cover these important, necessary costs. This type of flexible investment will be crucial to helping organizations build back better.”

The Muttart Foundation’s funding in support of CCVO predates its formal existence. The foundation provided funding to what was then known as the Volunteer Centre of Calgary to explore and design a new organization that was then unique in Canada. Muttart became the first core funder of the newly established CCVO in 2004 and has maintained its support since then.

About The Muttart Foundation

Based in Edmonton, The Muttart Foundation was created in 1953 by Merrill and Gladys Muttart, successful businesspeople who strongly believed in supporting the communities that had helped achieve their success. The foundation’s current funding foci are on strengthening Canada’s charitable sector and promoting the highest quality early learning and child care programs possible. For more information, visit www.muttart.org.

About CCVO

CCVO is an advocate and champion of the nonprofit sector, providing leadership on cross-cutting nonprofit policy issues, convening nonprofit leaders, and giving voice to critical issues affecting the sector. For more information, visit www.calgarycvo.org.

For further information, contact:

Bob Wyatt, Executive Director, The Muttart Foundation
(780) 913-8881

Karen Ball, President & CEO, CCVO
(403) 470-8114

On July 30, 2021, Commissioner Steve Allan submitted his final report of the Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns to Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage. Minister Savage has until the end of October to release the report publicly. The Commissioner’s mandate includes investigating, “…the role of foreign funding, if any, in anti-Alberta energy campaigns.”


In our November 2019 submission to the Inquiry, we included a table showing the number of Alberta charities reporting any foreign funding on their annual returns (T-3010s) during their 2016 fiscal year, and the amounts received, by type of charity. We have now done the same for the 2018 and 2019. We believe that by sharing this information we are providing some necessary context for the release of the final report.

The tables can be viewed here.