What is the Movement Map?

What is the Movement Map?

The Movement Map is a online map that shows Canadian Non-Profit Organizations that are working towards sustainable development within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

How can people use the Map?

In the last six months, we researched over 90,000 organizations across Canada. The goals of the Map are:

  • To encourage collaboration between organizations working on the SDGs,
  • To increase public awareness of the work that is already being done on the SDGs, and
  • To present a political argument for greater funding for work on the SDGs

This map can act as a collaboration tool for connecting organizations working on the SDGs, and helps people to find others who are working in their area of interest. It can also help raise awareness of the featured organizations among the general public, and show that civil society is supporting Canada’s progress toward the SDGs. In showing the amount of effort that civil society is already putting toward sustainable development, the map can help support the idea that the structures and people power to achieve the SDGs is already in place – and makes the case for increasing funding for organizations like the ones on the map.

In the process of creating the Movement Map, we formed a partnership with MyEffect Solutions, a start-up creating online tools for organizations to manage, measure, and accelerate volunteer impact and engagement on the SDGs. MyEffect is currently offering a free starter account, which will enable you to begin connecting with volunteers and other organizations. Click here to sign up for an account.


Where did it come from?

Following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, BCCIC decided to begin a listening tour that visited 7 regions in BC, meeting with 29 communities in 31 roundtable meetings to try to understand how the SDGs could be an opportunity for greater impact and collaboration.

Despite the diversity of participants, there was one common key outcome that emerged from the roundtables: the need for greater collaboration between groups working to realize the SDGs. In response to this, BCCIC decided to develop an online digital map that could reveal this “invisible mosaic” and help organizations connect with each other and the general public. From this, the Movement Map was born.

Through the map, BCCIC has thusfar located over 11,000 organizations working on the SDGs in Canada from coast to coast to coast. You can read more about the listening tour and BCCIC’s findings in our report, The Invisible Mosaic.

How many people worked on this project?

The Movement Map is the creation of many people working together – the first version of the map, which covered British Columbia and Canada’s Northern Territories, was powered largely by the energy of an enthusiastic group of about 8 volunteers plus BCCIC staff. BCCIC was able to initially work with some data from StepUpBC, and in expanding the map across Canada we relied on public databases from the provinces and registry organizations.

By the time the most recent phase of the map was being completed, in addition to BCCIC staff we had 6 people working full time, 5 working part-time, and 8 volunteers! This map was a huge undertaking. The work consisted largely of going through and working with huge amounts of data associated with Canadian Non-Profits. A lot of time and effort was also put into accurately categorizing each organization by SDG, down to the detail of the specific targets of each goal.

Who funded this project?

The first phase of the map was undertaken by BCCIC, and completed in partnership with the organization’s sister council, the Northern Council for Global Cooperation (NCGC). Both organizations, as well as the rest of the Inter-Council Network, are funded by Global Affairs Canada.

To complete the newest phase of the map in order to take it Canada-wide, BCCIC was able to secure funding through Employment & Social Development Canada, which is taking a leading role in the new Canadian Government’s “SDG Unit.”  We were also fortunate to be able to utilize the Greenspaces Program, run by the United Nations Association of Canada.

Start Exploring!

Our team at BCCIC has been greatly inspired by the tens of thousands of charities and non-profits driving Canada towards a sustainable future. We hope the new Movement Map proves to be a valuable tool for anyone engaged in civil society for sustainable development in Canada. Start exploring: https://map.bccic.ca/


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