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                  March 2017                                                                             

There are lots of ways to connect to the network this month, with new webinars and ways to support public policy work. Don’t miss the chance to book your spot for Nonprofit Driven 2017 and get a very special rate. We’ve got a new blog post with food for thought on the role of “followers” in building communities- it’s not always about leading. We have updates on lobbyist rules, some good news on hydro rates for nonprofits, plus many more resources and funding opportunities. Grab a hot drink and dig in!

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The value of followship

by Erin Kang

From childhood, we are taught the value of leadership. We are encouraged to develop our skills in leadership, from the classroom to the workplace. Often, the benefits of leadership are tied to ideas of individual success. I will lead. I will take charge. I will be successful. What we can often overlook is that we do not exist in our own spaces. We overlap with one another.

ICYMI: Managing the Year-End Buying Crunch

by David Rourke

It’s March and ONN guest blogger David Rourke of RTPS offers sage advice on spending those remaining year-end budget dollars.

New ONN team member: Monina Febria

We’re thrilled to announce that Monina has joined ONN as our Decent Work Project Lead. Monina will be continuing to build a decent work movement in the nonprofit sector through policy advocacy, resources, practices and more - including leading our pension plan framework into implementation. She knows the sector, and network building, well, coming most recently from the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council where she worked for five years, connecting over 100 professional immigrant networks, community agencies and other stakeholders in the immigrant employment landscape. Her previous experience includes research, policy, and member services work for the federal government, the Ontario Association of Agencies Serving Immigrants and Amnlae La Casa de la Mujer (Nicaragua), among others. Monina has an MA from the University of Ottawa in Globalization & International Development (Specialization in Gender Studies). She’ll be providing project updates in future ONN communications and will be getting in touch with people and organizations who want to further the decent work movement, like you!

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Join us November 9 for Nonprofit Driven 2017

Ontario’s nonprofit sector is uniquely positioned to seize opportunities. Our joint experience, skills and capacity make us the leaders and allies our communities need. We have an ear to the ground when it comes to identifying the challenges and opportunities to make positive change.

This is the platform to connect, learn and strategize with leaders from across the province on policy issues vital to a strong and resilient Ontario nonprofit sector. 

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Members save $100 before March 31!

We’re offering something extra special this year, just for ONN Members.

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Let's Explore Some Unexpected Benefits of Good Purchasing Practices

Nonprofits and charities often consider improving their purchasing processes because of 'have to', driven perhaps by the need to satisfy the board, donors, or funders for sound spending management. Others are motivated to find the best savings or comply with regulatory requirements such as the Broader Public Sector Procurement Guidelines.

However, there are many other, often hidden benefits that might make you want to address how your organization selects suppliers and manages spending. Join David Rourke of RTPS, our partner in the ONN Purchasing Program, to learn about some of the less obvious – but just as impactful - reasons to consider purchasing improvement in your organization.

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 12:00- 1:00pm

Cost: Free

Presenters: David Rourke, Round Table Procurement Services (RTPS)

What happens after first responders respond? Emergency planning and the nonprofit sector

Each organization needs to have policies and alternative infrastructure for emergency preparedness. This is expensive so building capacity (resources, funding) and collaborations (networks and communication) between nonprofits is crucial to providing continuity of service during emergencies. With an increased community demand for service and support during these times, nonprofits and the public sectors need to build up their capacity to deliver.

Learn how multiple stakeholders from the public and nonprofit sectors can collaborate on a model for better emergency response, hear first-hand examples and get emergency planning resources. This is something many of us have on our to-do lists, so let us help you take action to be prepared!

Presented with the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Time: 12:00- 1:00pm

Cost: $30 for ONN members/ $60 for nonmembers

Presenters: Mike Grogan, Vice President, Programs and Operations at the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations and Jennifer Whelly, Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management, City of Toronto

A roadmap for a nonprofit sector pension plan

As nonprofits and charities, we build and sustain resilient communities. Healthy organizations mean we can do more for communities. That includes retirement security for nonprofit workers. Pensions were identified as a key component as part of our collective work over the past five years to create a labour force strategy for the sector.

Learn about ONN’s brand new report outlining a framework to develop a sector-wide pension plan for Ontario’s nonprofit workforce! Dig into the recommendations of our pensions task force and find out how we can make this a reality for the sector!

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time: 12:00- 1:00pm

Cost: Free for ONN members; $60 for nonmembers

Presenters: Michael Kainer, Co-Chair, ONN Pensions Task Force and

Liz Sutherland, ONN Policy Advisor

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Connect to nonprofit professionals across Ontario and find that great hire. This month, save 15% on all job postings with discount code: potofgold. ONN members get 1 FREE job posting per year!

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.

Connect Nonprofit Jobs profile: Direct Support Supervisor at Community Living Guelph Wellington

Community Living Guelph Wellington is hiring two full-time Direct Support Supervisors in Mount Forest and Erin. Deadline for applications is March 24. Join this organization dedicated to ensuring quality of life to adults with an intellectual disability.

Connect Nonprofit Jobs profile: Administration and Program Support at Ontario Employment and Education Research Centre (OEERC)

This is a full-time position with a salary range of $42,767- $53,267. Deadline for applications is March 31. Join this organization committed to improving public education and awareness on workplace legislation, as well as developing and implementing much-needed supports and strategies for workers who have experienced violations of their rights.

Connect Nonprofit Jobs profile: Administrative Manager at REEL CANADA

REEL CANADA (Canadian Film in the Schools) is hiring an administrative manager. This is a full-time 15-month contract position (maternity leave). Deadline for applications is until position filled. Join this organization that promotes the power and diversity of Canadian film and encourages this ongoing conversation through its three core programs.

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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!

How Connectors support ONN’s policy work:

  • Connectors help ensure there is a convener of voices, independent of government, to advocate on the issues, policies and legislation that impact public benefit nonprofits and charities in Ontario.

  • Connectors provide financial flexibility for ONN to identify and respond to emerging issues and opportunities for the nonprofit sector.

ONN Connector Highlight


United Way Toronto & York Region is a charity dedicated to creating opportunities for a better life for everyone – from the waterfront of downtown Toronto to the southern shore of Lake Simcoe. United Way and ONN have a long standing partnership working together on social policy, initiatives and projects to support and help the nonprofit sector. For more information, visit unitedwaytyr.com or follow us on Twitter @unitedwaytyr.

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

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A roadmap for a nonprofit sector pension plan

We recently released the report of ONN’s Pensions Task Force with recommendations for an affordable and accessible plan that would improve the retirement income security of nonprofit workers and strengthen the ability of nonprofit employers to recruit and retain staff.

A pension plan for the sector is one of the planks for a strategy to create a decent work movement across Ontario. Together, we can make retirement income security a reality for the nonprofit sector! Decent work helps our sector better serve our communities.

Sign up for our webinar and get a first-hand account of the report. See more details above in “Inside ONN”.

What comes next?

ONN is moving full-steam ahead with the next phase of our decent work project. We’ll be establishing a steering committee to oversee next steps on developing a sector-wide pension plan for Ontario nonprofits. Whether ONN facilitates nonprofits joining an existing plan or establishes a new plan, this is a chance to do something big! Stay tuned for a busy year ahead!  

Further reductions in electricity costs coming for most nonprofits

As we noted in our last legislative update, Bill 13 implemented an 8% cut in hydro costs charged to most residential and small business bills. On March 2, the Ontario government announced that the reduction would increase to 25%, with additional relief for low-income and some rural households. ONN staff have spoken to Ministry of Energy officials who noted that the change will be reflected on the bills of virtually all nonprofits that saw the 8% reduction. The 25% reduction will apply to multi-residential units, including long-term care facilities, prisons, and residence dormitories. However, some nonprofits running larger, more energy-intensive facilities, like recreation centres will not benefit. The announced changes are subject to the bill being finalized in the legislature in the spring session. (See the joint submission from ONN and YMCA of Greater Toronto to the Minister of Energy on how energy policy affects nonprofits and what the government can do about it.)

Update on the Lobbyists Registration Act: We need your help!

Last summer, when the rules changed for nonprofits’ engagement with government, we gave you 6 Things You Need to Know about the Lobbyists Registration Act and an Issues Paper on the topic. We asked for more guidance specifically directed at nonprofits, but the Office of the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario has indicated that they would rather respond to nonprofits individually about their concerns and questions. So we’re encouraging the sector to contact the Office with your questions about the lobbyist registration process! And let us know what you hear back so we can share it with the sector. Your questions such as whether funding requests count as “lobbying,” whether “lobbying” could affect your charitable status, or how the administrative burden of registering affects your organization, can help us to help the sector understand the new regulatory landscape. Please forward any correspondence to liz@theonn.ca.

Other policy updates

Federal news for the sector

Thanks to Imagine Canada for keeping us informed!

Check out Imagine Canada’s Early Alert on February 27 and March 13 with special attention to:

  • Review of laws and policies related to Indigenous peoples

  • Parliamentary committee work on: Bill C-36, An Act to Amend the Statistics Act; Federal Protected Areas and Conservation Objectives; and Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Competition Act

  • New federal funding of $640 million over 3 years to address gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights

  • Open government consultation summary

The federal budget will be released March 22 and we’ll pass on analysis from the sector as it relates to Ontario nonprofits and charities.

Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project

Applications are now being accepted for youth-led projects rooted in environment, community and spirit, supported by a mentor, and taking place in Ontario. Funding is for ideas or projects led by and benefiting Indigenous youth.

Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Economic Development Grants
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is accepting proposals for multi-year (2017-2022) Economic Development program grants in three areas: Self-Employment Training and Business Accelerator Programs; Women’s Social Enterprises; and Women in Trades & Technology Programs. The deadline to apply is March 20.

Law Foundation of Ontario’s Responsive Grants Program

This program funds project ideas generated by nonprofits to improve access to justice using new ideas, innovations, approaches, and relationships that can help address emerging needs and connect more people to legal information and supports.  It includes one round of major grants (up to $100,000) and two rounds of small grants (up to $15,000). The application deadline is March 31.

Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is funding workplace-focused innovation projects to improve occupational health and safety in Ontario. This year’s focus is on innovative solutions to improve workplace mental health, prevent occupational disease and secondary injury and prevent and protect workers from longer-term work-related disabilities. The deadline to apply is April 25.

Toronto Foundation’s Vital Youth grant stream now open for 2017
Grantees will increase access to high-quality recreation activities for youth. The grant stream supports programming that helps youth build useful skills and connect to their communities through grants of up to $15,000. The deadline to apply is April 5.

Ontario renewing Rural Economic Development Program

The program is open to rural communities, Indigenous communities and organizations, and nonprofit organizations. Communities can use the funds to remove barriers to local economic growth through initiatives such as developing a downtown revitalization plan or implementing a tourism-related marketing and promotion strategy to attract businesses, investors and visitors to their city. The application period is between July 31 and September 29.

Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Projects

Indigenous organizations and communities may apply for projects that will strengthen their relationships with the arts. The deadline to apply is September 19.

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StatsCan report: Women in Canada: Women and paid work

A new report on women in the labour market shows wage inequality, with women earning $0.87 for every dollar earned by men, and while over ¾ of women are employed, women experienced more work absences and interruptions for involuntary reasons (illness, disability, family care).

Statistics Canada releases 2015 data on charitable giving in Canada

While total donations reported by Canadian taxfilers was up 3.8% in 2015 over 2014, both the actual number of donating taxfilers and the proportion of those who claimed charitable donations decreased. Learn about these trends in charitable giving and more.

Essential Skills Series in evaluation
The Canadian Evaluation Society - Ontario Chapter presents a 4-day course for those with an interest in developing skills in the field of evaluation. The course runs March 20-23.


Call for nominations for 2017 Champions of Mental Health Awards

The Champions Awards is an annual event that recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to the mental health sphere in their communities and across the country. There are a variety of award categories. Deadline for nominations is February 24.

Measuring the Impact of Youth-Serving Programs

2017 Community Knowledge Roundtable by Pathways to Education Canada asks: How do we know that our youth-serving programs are making a difference? And, how do we demonstrate their value, quality, and impact? Explore these questions and more at the event on April 24.

Local community projects and initiatives for Ontario150

Here are the projects and initiatives in communities around Ontario that have been announced so far. New projects to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the province to be added.

Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area (GTHA) Government Public Land Inventory Web Map

A very cool new resource from the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson University in partnership with Evergreen CityWorks: an inventory of publicly owned land in the GTHA.

Thermometer Rising - Climate Change and Canada’s Economic Future

Watch or read this speech about the economic implications of climate change by the Bank of Canada’s Timothy Lane, Deputy Governor Finance and Sustainability Initiative.

The Rebirth of Nonprofit Advocacy

Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits makes the case for US nonprofits to embrace advocacy efforts as they face a political climate that is arguably more difficult for creating social change.

I Am More Than My Criminal Record

The Calgary John Howard Society launched an initiative to put police records in perspective by giving people with a criminal record the chance to share their experiences.

Campaign 2000 “Estimating the Cost of Raising Children- Setting the Agenda for Canada”

Campaign 2000 released its new report outlining the need for official estimates to guide public policy and assist parents with planning. It has also been advocating for 3 Big Ideas for Ontario Childcare and decent work for workers in the healthcare field, among other areas of advocacy.

Guidebook on retaining and engaging staff

A new resource from the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling identifies 40+ low-cost tips, activities and actions applicable to nonprofits and charities to take right now (some in only 10 minutes a day) to attract, engage and retain staff. Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business Playbook contains special sections on new graduates, the aging workforce and succession planning, and provides templates and links to unique resources.

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