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                  November 30, 2017                                                                                

Lots of policy news to report on this month, with our analysis of the Fall economic update, community benefits movement, and new legislation passed for labour reform and ONCA with impact on nonprofits and charities. Plus, funding opportunities and resources helpful for end of year planning. Grab a hot beverage and read up!

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Creating a Learning Culture: Lessons from the ONN Conference

By Liz Dennis, Peel Leadership Centre

As a delegate at ONN’s recent conference, Liz reflects on her experience in our session on building a learning culture in a nonprofit and gives her top five “dos” to create a culture of learning in nonprofit organizations.

New deadline! 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 connector@connectthesector.org by December 15, 2017.

ONN in the news

ONN was featured in two advocacy-related articles this past month:

- ONN’s policy advisor Liz Sutherland weighed in on the potential impact of Ontario’s third-party advertising law on nonprofits’ policy advocacy in an election year for Maclean’s magazine.

- Our Executive Director Cathy Taylor was featured in a Toronto Star article on why it’s time for Ontario ministries to support upcoming implement costs of new labour reform legislation. See more updates on Bill 148 under ONN Policy Updates below.

2017 Social Enterprise Gift Guide- Add your enterprise

As a partner of the Social Enterprise Ecosystem Project, we are pleased to help showcase the amazing diversity and vibrancy of social enterprises active throughout Ontario. Get your social enterprise listed in the 2017-2018 guide. Submissions for the online catalogue will be accepted until December 21, 2017.

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: festive. 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!

ONN Connector Highlight

Laidlaw Foundation focus their work on understanding, identifying, addressing, and eliminating the barriers that limit young people’s prospects for growing and being fully engaged citizens. To this end, they invest in youth-led strategies that create opportunities for all young people to fully participate and contribute to society. They pride themselves on being bold and willing to take informed risks to further equity and inclusion.

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

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Fall Economic Update

The Economic Update and accompanying legislation, Fairer, Stronger Ontario Act (Budget Measures, Bill 177), contained a signal but no firm commitment to mitigating measures for nonprofits on Bill 148, the new labour reforms. See below for more on this critical issue, and what you can do to take action.

What else was in the Fall Economic Update that nonprofits should be aware of?

There were a number of provisions for small businesses as mitigating measures to offset increased labour costs associated with the implementation of new employment standards legislation. ONN is exploring the extent to which some of these measures will be made available to nonprofit social enterprises.

A new “caregiver organization” will be launched in spring 2018 to “provide support and resources across the province, including a single access point for information, resources and services to help caregivers in their roles.” We understand that the reference to caregivers in this context is for unpaid family caregivers. (Note: This organization is different from the new provincial personal support worker agency.)

As part of its Community Hubs initiative, the province will develop a Social Purpose Real Estate Strategy to respond to community calls for keeping public lands in community hands. We hope that this strategy will take advantage of ONN’s Nonprofit Lands Registry that provides eligible nonprofits with access to surplus public lands in advance of their going on the open market.

The province will create an official statistics program through a new Ontario Statistics Office and will modernize statistics legislation. ONN has long called for better data on the nonprofit sector, including labour market information to support workforce development, and we will advocate to ensure that the nonprofit sector’s need for better data will be addressed by this initiative.

What is in the legislation for the economic statement?

Bill 177, Fairer, Stronger Ontario Act (Budget Measures), currently at second reading, amends several pieces of legislation relevant to the nonprofit sector:

  • Child Care and Early Years Act

  • Co-operative Corporations Act

  • Pension Benefits Act (notably with respect to target benefit Multi-Employer Pension Plans- the type of plan that ONN’s Pensions Task Force proposed for our sector-wide plan)

  • Family Law Act

  • Occupational Health and Safety Act

  • Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act

  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Act

ONN will share information as it becomes available on the impacts of these legislative changes to the nonprofit sector at large.

Bill 154, Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act passes third reading

Good news for ONCA! As we reported last month, as part of this omnibus bill, Bill 154 contains necessary legislative amendments to enable the future proclamation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA), 2010, as well as amendments to the Ontario Corporations Act that benefit Ontario not-for-profit corporations prior to ONCA coming into force. The bill also includes measure to help small businesses - including social enterprises - cut red tape, and grow. Next steps for ONN are to continue to work with the Ontario government via the ONCA Implementation Steering Committee in monitoring implementation, ensuring that there will be transition supports and education for the nonprofit sector, and that the new online services- and availability of sector data- meet the needs of our sector.

Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs, Act has passed!

Some of the biggest labour reforms in recent memory are now a reality for the province. This is great news for decent work for all workers. The next important step is for funders to recognize the increased costs of the legislation and provide support for implementation costs. The Ontario government has already committed to supporting the small business sector for within-year support effective January 1, 2018. The province has recognized that it needs to work with provincially-funded nonprofits to offset the new labour costs; however we are still waiting for concrete measures from each ministry. The Ministry of Education has committed $12.7 million to cover added costs for the child care sector. It’s time for all ministries to step up! ONN is encouraging all nonprofits to take action by contacting their provincial ministry, MPP and other funders to be “decent funders”. Add your voice to this important issue by December 1, using our handy template, and find useful resources to assess the impact of Bill 148 on your organization.

Community benefits featured in new Ontario Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

The Ontario government released its new Long-Term Infrastructure Plan (LTEP)- and community benefits are prominently featured. As a member of Community Benefits Ontario, ONN contributed to a collective submission on the LTEP in July and we are pleased to see the province build broader social value considerations into its infrastructure procurement processes.

Reminder: 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.

Other policy news

Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement

The Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship, and the federal Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced a new framework for their relationship on immigration between the two levels. There will also be $91 million of investment over the next three years to help internationally trained newcomers meet provincial requirements to work in their professions. In 2017- 2018, the province is investing over $110 million in newcomer and refugee supports, including language training, settlement and employment programs.

Ontario PCs- People’s Guarantee

The PC party has released its election platform for the election next June. The plan outlines major policy issues it will focus on, including tax cuts for the lower and middle class, eliminate the cap and trade program and instead opt in to the federal government’s federal pricing plan, increased hydro savings, support to parents for child care, and mental health funding. The sector is mentioned in the fine print, where the “Ontario PCs will reduce barriers for not-for-profit sector employees to have access to a decent pension”, with a reference to an article ONN wrote on a sector-wide pension plan in the HR Reporter (page 51). Stay tuned for more detailed analysis from ONN as to other potential impacts on Ontario’s public benefit nonprofits.

Other federal news for the sector

National Housing Strategy

After 20+ years without significant investment in social and affordable housing, the federal government has released its first-ever National Housing Strategy. The 10-year, $40 billion plan aims to remove 530,000 families from housing need, cut chronic homelessness by 50%, and create 100,000 new housing units. The strategy is also being lauded by women’s rights organizations as a game-changer for women and girls in Canada.

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

Check out their Early Alerts on November 13, and November 27, with special attention to:

  • Imagine’s submission to the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy

  • New Charities Education Program from the CRA’s Charities Directorate, aimed at newly-registered charities to help them avoid common errors. In future, the Directorate may expand the program to allow charities to request site visits from Education Officers.

  • Federal pre-Budget consultation process (separate from consultations by the House of Commons Finance Committee)

  • Stats Can data on health facts for your census area; new data visualization tool for geographic and sociodemographic data from the census

  • Reflections on key issues and outcomes from Charities Day on the Hill, and what organizations can do now to continue discussions with government.

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The Role of Allyship in Reconciliation

Join the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada for the next installment of the Journey to Reconciliation Webinar Series. The Circle’s Kris Archie will be in conversation with Rudayna Bahubeshi, Nada Elmasry and Tanvi Bhatia to discuss the role of allyship in reconciliation-focused philanthropy. This panel of changemakers will share personal experiences working as racialized women in the philanthropic sector. They will discuss the changes philanthropy must make in order to strengthen allyship alongside marginalized communities. Hurry and register- the webinar is tomorrow, November 30, 2017.

David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility

Applications are being accepted to recognize Ontarians who have gone above and beyond to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Recipients can include individual volunteers or organizations that have made outstanding contributions and have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the advocacy and promotion of accessibility and disability issues. Deadline to apply is December 3, 2017.

Smart Employers Talk: Building a Better Economy One Job at a Time- Better Way Alliance

The Better Way Alliance, of which ONN is a supporter, released a new report from its conference of employers supporting decent work in Ontario, along with government representatives supporting legislation for better jobs and workplaces (Bill 148).

YouthVoiceON- Ontario Open Government Partnership

A new initiative from the province’s Open Government Partnership aims to reach out to young people across Ontario asking for feedback on a variety of topics to help shape government policy. The site is also meant to hear from people who work in the youth sector.

2017 Annual Report on Family and Child Poverty- Ontario Campaign 2000

With one in six children under 18 living in poverty in Ontario, especially from marginalized groups, the report calls on all political parties to provide concrete poverty reduction initiatives in their 2018 election platforms.

Nonprofit Digital Transformation Summit- Sparkrock

How can nonprofits leverage technology to better deliver on their missions? ONN joined this summit to hear from experts- many from our network- on how to keep admin technology current, trends, barriers and obstacles when it comes to accessing technology in our sector, and promising practices from the field on launching your own digital transformation project. ONN is part way through our own process and it was helpful to hear about others’ experiences.

Ontario Accessibility reports- File your 2017 compliance report

Nonprofits with 20 or more employees must file an accessibility compliance report by December 31, 2017. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Not-for-Profit Finance for the Non-Finance Manager: Bootcamp Edition at Cannexus18 Pre-Conference

This workshop in Ottawa on January 21 will demystify the art of financial management by sharing the best practices in budgeting, budget oversight, analysis and budget reporting; it will demystify accounting terms, explain the purpose of specific financial reports and boost decision making and overall confidence for nonprofit professionals.

Procurement and Investment Readiness Fund- Call for proposals

The Ministry of Economic Development and Growth is looking for an Ontario-based nonprofit organization to administer this fund for Ontario-based social enterprises. The $6 million fund will support social enterprises in accessing the services they require to build skills and compete for procurement and investment opportunities. The fund will consist of three granting streams. Applications are due December 8, 2017.

Reminder: Support for Women’s Economic Security- Call for proposals

Status of Women Canada has a call for proposals focusing 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. The next deadline to apply is January 11, 2018.

Reminder: 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.  


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