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                  October 31, 2017                                                                                



It may be Halloween, but ONN is here to take the scary out of a dizzying array of public policy news affecting the sector. Read on for developments on key files and projects connected to Ontario nonprofits, plus great opportunities to strengthen your board and your organization with the latest resources and events.






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How the social procurement movement enhances nonprofit sector revenue and impact


By David Lepage, Buy Social Canada




Social purchasing is a means for government, private sector, institutions and nonprofits to leverage their existing purchasing into an added value outcome. From a simple business transaction, purchasing can be elevated to achieve a social value, too. Read on for policy developments to strengthen social purchasing, as well as on the ground practice happening across the country.


ICYMI- Four reasons the sector needs a new name


By Lynn Eakin, ONN Policy Advisor


Yes, we’re going there! There are many names the nonprofit sector goes by, but lack of a clear identity and framework for the 95,000 nonprofits across Canada that are lumped together with all “non-profit organizations” is seriously hindering our work serving communities. Here are four reasons why it matters and the positive impact we would see if we differentiate our collective missions for public benefit!




ONN’s 2016- 2017 Annual Report

Our newest annual report is out! Check out all that we accomplished with you, our network, to champion and strengthen the vital role the nonprofit sector plays for people, the environment and communities. From movement on 12 key policy files and resources for the sector, to supporting networked advocacy, the report is an exciting recap of what we can do working together. Audited financial statements also now online.


Connect the Sector- Join the Steering Committee

A project of ONN, the Connect the Sector network is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join its steering committee! The volunteer-led group is looking for people from across Ontario to help with direction and coordination of various intergenerational-focused projects and programs - including its annual fellowship, events and communications. Check out the full posting and reply with an email and resume to info@connectthesector.com by November 30, 2017.


ONN Webinars & Info Sessions - Missed out? Catch the replay!


 


                                     


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ONE WEEK TO GO! Do you have your spot?

Plan your Nonprofit Driven 2017 experience to get the most out of advancing public policy to strengthen your organization, your sector and the communities you serve. This is your chance to join 500 nonprofit leaders and allies from across subsectors and the province to tap into the trends and issues, and opportunities and strategies to create solutions for a stronger sector and thriving communities.


Have your heard? Our three phenomenal plenary sessions have been announced: Towards Reconciliation: What is the Role of the Nonprofit Sector?, Reflections from our Neighbours: Advocacy in the Trump Era, and 2018 A Year of Elections: Advocacy Stories from the Trenches. Read on for all of the exciting sessions.


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Great low price!

For just $50, you’ll build skills, learn about Ontario’s nonprofit sector and key policy issues, and expand your network over the day with over 200 professionals. You’ll meet sector experts and emerging leaders from communities across the province.


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Bring your team to create more impact

Here’s an inspiring article about making the most of learning opportunities- and social change- together with your team: Architecture of Action: Connecting conferences with Change, from the folks at The Washington Nonprofit Institute.



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Connect to nonprofit professionals across Ontario and find that great hire. Did you know? We spread the word about your post far and wide through our social media networks of 12,000+ followers. That’s a lot of eyes on your job posting.


This month, save 15% on all job postings with discount code: nonprofitdriven. ONN members get 1 FREE job posting per year!


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ONN Connectors are organizations, corporations and individuals that believe in building a strong and resilient nonprofit sector in Ontario – like you!


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Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities.
We work to strengthen and amplify the sector’s collective voice, create an enabling regulatory environment through our federal level policy work, produce information and research to assist social good impact, and support organizations in achieving operational excellence through the Standards Program.

We believe that the outcome of our work results in strong charities and strong communities.

For more information, visit imaginecanada.ca and follow us on twitter @ImagineCanada.


Get to know more of the organizations, individuals, and corporations that support our work as ONN Connectors.

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Psst: Get the scoop on key legislative changes at Nonprofit Driven on November 9!

Fair Workplaces Act; Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act; Pensions; Social innovation strategy and more!


New paper: The Income Tax Act: Identifying not-for-profit organizations that provide public benefit and the conditions for tax exemptions

The federal tax rules that govern not-for-profit corporations have not been updated since 1917. Our newest paper recommends four key legislative and policy changes to the Income Tax Act to enable public benefit organizations to more effectively pursue their objectives. These include amending the Act, tax-exempting only nonprofits that will keep their assets in the public domain, permitting a “destination test” for public benefit nonprofits, and increasing transparency of these organizations. This would release constraints on the development of a robust social economy. And if you missed it last month, read up on our sister paper, Introducing the “Public Benefit Nonprofit Sector”.



Have your say! Help shape federal policy on community finance and innovation funds

There is a new Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy in the works to “provide better support for community organizations working to achieve positive solutions to persistent social problems, including those facing vulnerable populations.” A 17-member Co-creation Steering Group will inform the strategy’s development, and it is now consulting nonprofits and charities to share their thoughts so the solutions proposed can be driven by community needs and priorities.


Tell the Steering Group what’s important to your nonprofit, your sub-sector, and/or your region. Send comments to: social_innovation_sociale@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca, as well as Ministers Duclos and Morneau (jeanyves.duclos@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca and bill.morneau@canada.ca), copying your Minister of Parliament -- and of course, copy us via admin@theonn.ca. The deadline to participate is December 31, 2017; however the 2018 federal budget is being drafted now.


Read ONN’s response. There are a few areas in particular where ONN believes nonprofits need to speak up:

  1. Legislative and regulatory reform is an urgent priority. ONN has been advocating for legislative and regulatory reform for public benefit nonprofits so they can earn revenues to support their work and for a reworking of the concept of “direction and control” under the Income Tax Act to allow charities to collaborate and partner.

  2. Canada needs a dedicated social finance allocation that is distributed across the country, community driven, and tailored to different sectors’ needs. The Government is considering allocating public capital to support social innovation. This capital is badly needed in our sector but we have concerns about the proposal to institute a single central fund for Canada’s diverse nonprofit sector.

  3. The government has a role in enabling social finance by creating mechanisms for loan guarantees and enabling RRSP eligibility for community investments. Enabling initiatives such as these would help local communities raise community based funds.


Connect to members of the Steering Group directly at our session devoted to the strategy at Nonprofit Driven! ONN will be monitoring this file closely and will keep you informed via our e-bulletin.


Bill introduced to amend prohibited grounds for discrimination under Ontario Human Rights Code

MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa-Vanier) has introduced Bill 164 that would amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to add new prohibited grounds for discrimination, including police records. The John Howard Society of Ontario provides helpful information to employers about how to use police record checks appropriately and ONN encourages the use of Volunteer Canada’s Ten-Step Screening Process to prevent the over-reliance on police record checks. ONN continues to await regulations on processing fees and timelines for police record checks under the not-yet-in-force Police Record Checks Reform Act (2015).

Bill 154- Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act

As part of the omnibus bill currently at third reading, technical amendments have been included that are required for the proclamation and implementation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. ONN gave a deputation and written submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy supporting the bill and requesting that the Ontario government ensure Bill 154 is passed expediently. We also noted our concerns with Schedule Two of the Charities Accounting Act, also included in the bill, and asked to be involved in further discussions. We will keep you posted on developments!


Procurement for small business/social enterprise in Bill 154

Also included in Bill 154 are provisions geared towards increasing small business access to government procurement opportunities that also apply to nonprofit social enterprise. We were pleased to get confirmation on this from the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. The government has recently announced that it will designate 33% of its procurement spending to small and medium sized enterprises by 2020, and create initiatives to make it easier for enterprises to submit bids. We know that access to procurement opportunities is critical for the growth of our social enterprise sector.


In our 2014 paper, “Policy Blueprint for Strengthening Social Enterprise in the Province of Ontario”, ONN noted that 46% of the nonprofit sector’s revenue comes from sales of goods and services. We called for targeted social procurement to grow economic wealth creation opportunities for nonprofit social enterprises. In 2016, the Ontario Government released its five-year Social Enterprise Strategy, which included a commitment to Increase the Ontario government’s procurement from social enterprises. Annually, Ontario government ministries procure approximately $6-billion worth of goods, services and construction. Great news that access is embedded in Bill 154!


Labour-related legislation


  • Bill 148, Fair Workplaces Act

Like many nonprofits, ONN supports the bill and other legislation that will support decent work in the sector. There are positive opportunities this legislation could bring to individual nonprofits, the sector as a whole, and the communities we serve. We want the sector to be prepared. All nonprofits with paid staff need to be aware of this bill because it has implications for payroll costs and human resources policies. Some of these could go into effect as soon at the bill receives Royal Assent- likely by December! Get the updates and find out ONN’s 3 asks of the Ontario government.

  • Public consultations- Standing Committee on Finance and Public Affairs

Public consultations are happening this week and sector organizations, as well as employers of the Better Way Alliance, of which ONN is a member, are making deputations. We will keep you posted on updates and developments.
  • Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act- Review of exemptions and special rules

The Ontario government has opened its consultation period on the exemptions and special rules under the Employment Standards Act, and the exclusion of domestic workers under the Labour Relations Act. The occupations under review include homemakers/domestic workers/residential care workers, IT professionals, and managerial and supervisory employees. In particular, the consultation on managerial employees may have sector-wide cost implications as current rules exempt the payment of overtime to these workers. Submissions are due by December 1, 2017.

  • ICYMI: 5 Things your nonprofit needs to know and do now about Bill 148

Check out our newest toolkit to share with your team, board, networks and subsector to assess and prepare for changes to the minimum wage, leave provisions, scheduling and more.



Canada’s Anti-spam law (CASL)- ONN submission

ONN made a submission on the statutory review of the federal anti-spam legislation to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. ONN points out that the legislation is complex and charities and nonprofits are unsure if they are compliant with CASL and Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission guidance, despite best intentions. We noted our survey to the sector with Imagine Canada on CASL’s impact and made three recommendations, including exemption for charities and “public benefit nonprofits” (organizations which are not charities but which operate for the public good- see our new papers above). Imagine Canada also made a submission and gave a deputation to the Standing Committee.


Other federal news for the sector

Thanks to Imagine Canada for keeping us informed of these updates!

Check out their Early Alerts on October 2, October 16, and October 30, with special attention to:


  • Earlier this month, over 40 sector leaders from across Canada met with MPs, senators, senior officials and cabinet ministers for the third annual Charity Day on the Hill. The asks included action to support nonprofits and charities to increase their social and economic impact. Learn more about the impact already being seen from the day. #WeAdvocate

  • Bill C-344, Community benefits bill goes to committee stage. The bill would provide the Minister of Public Services and Procurement the authority to require an assessment of the benefits for communities for a government construction, maintenance or repair project.

  • The new Minister of Public Services and Procurement was asked in his mandate letter to “increase the diversity of bidders on government contracts” and “include practices that support our economic policy goals, including innovation, as well as green and social procurement”.

  • Bill C-36, an act to amend the Statistics Act and strengthen the independence and powers of the Chief Statisticians, goes to second reading in the Senate

  • House Committees are studying: National Pharmacare Program; Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination; Access to the Justice System

  • Community economic development (CED) activities and charitable registration guidance have been updated to include information about providing charitable funds to small businesses following a disaster



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    CPA Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Conference

    Seats at CPA Ontario’s fourth annual Not-for-Profit Conference on November 23 in Toronto are quickly filling up. Designed for professionals working in the nonprofit sector, this conference offers delegates the opportunity to share best practices, learn new skills relevant to the nonprofit sector, and network with their peers. Sessions will include plenary and concurrent formats.

     

    Join these and many more exciting speakers: 

     

    Colleen Basden, CPA, CA

    Partner, KPMG LLP & Senior Vice President, KPMG Forensic


    Ed Dubrovsky
    Head of Global Security Services, OnX Enterprise Solutions

    Laura Gay, CPA, CA

    Manager and Not-for-Profit Team Lead, Stern Cohen LLP

    Lisa Topps, CPA, CA
    Senior Manager, Assurance Professional Standards Group, MNP


    Paul Totten

    Chief Operating Officer, United Way Centraide Canada

    Deryck Williams, FCPA, FCA

    Partner and National Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations Leader, Grant Thornton LLP




    Buy Social Canada Summit

    Exploring the future of social procurement, the Summit will bring together a collection of purchasers from government and business and social enterprise suppliers to discover their common goals, identify barriers and seek solutions to contribute to the future of social procurement. Sessions include leveraging development and infrastructure investments through community benefit agreements; localizing goals and measuring success; and tools and resources for social procurement. The summit runs from November 27- 28.



    Better Together- Two-year progress report on Community Hubs in Ontario

    The Community Hubs Division in the Ministry of Infrastructure has released the two-year report on its strategic framework and action plan, highlighting the 2017 hubs summit, the launch of the resource network (for which ONN and partners are gathering promising practices from the sector), and the Surplus Property Transition Initiative.



    Accessibility tools for Boards of Directors- Institute on Governance

    As part of their project with the Ontario government’s Enabling Change Program, the IOG has created tools aimed at boards to promote a cultural shift in implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The tools will help facilitate dialogue in organizations at the board level, without stepping into management functions of organizations. There are a range of tools, from governance leadership assessment, to governance quick check, to taking stock of organizational culture. A great way to get boards involved in this important conversation.



    Call for social enterprise products for 2017 Gift Guide

    Do you have a product or service you want to promote to customers across the province?  The 2017 Social Enterprise Gift Guide is your chance to build awareness of social enterprises in Ontario, and increase the sales of your social enterprise. Free to join, the gift guide includes a broad range of products and is fully searchable by product type, price range, region and other categories. The guide will be available in English (SEOntario.org) and French (ESOntario.org). Submit your product or service for the online guide by December 21, 2017.



    Vital Signs Report- Community Foundations of Canada

    The recent report looks at the many ways that community-level systems affect people’s sense of inclusion. In their report, affordable housing, employment opportunities and public safety surfaced as the top three things Canadians say make a community a good place to live.






    Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund: Call for proposals

    A key initiative of Ontario’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016- 2021, it will fund projects that support the development of financially sustainable and scalable social enterprises by addressing key challenges faced by social enterprises, including access to capital. Projects are delivered by nonprofit intermediary organizations. The funding will total $5.6 million over the next two years. Applications will be accepted until November 13, 2017.


    Support for Women’s Economic Security- Call for proposals

    Status of Women Canada has launched two call for proposals. The first will provide support for collaborative projects under the theme: Building Partnerships to Address Systemic Barriers. Organizations will work together to address the systemic barriers that hold women back and limit their economic security, including accessibility of childcare, wage gap and pay inequity. The deadlines to apply are November 27, 2017 and January 11, 2018. The second funding opportunity focuses on Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women. Projects will build on the strengths of Indigenous women, identify opportunities for their economic success, and address the issues that limit these opportunities.


    EnAbling Change Program- Call for proposals

    The program provides funding for educational projects that promote accessibility for people with disabilities. Nonprofits are invited to submit project proposals that support the 2018/19 program goals including increasing awareness and compliance with accessibility standards, increasing awareness of invisible disabilities, and advancing Ontario’s Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2017.  



    Connect with our expert program partners at Nonprofit Driven 2017!

    These great partners will be attending Nonprofit Driven 2017 to answer any and all questions you have about these ONN programs! Be sure to chat with them in the Nonprofit Driven Hub.


    ONN Employee Benefits Program

    ONN Nonprofit Insurance Program

    ONN Office Supplies Program


    ONN Print Program


    ONN Purchasing Program




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