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            January 13, 2017                                                                                     

Happy 2017! It's a new year and we're looking forward to working with you, nonprofit unicorns, to support your community building across Ontario. We’ve rounded up the latest policy news, funding opportunities, jobs (ONN is hiring!) and lots of sector resources, including hydro rebates and leadership programs, to support your work. We also have two new blog posts with food for thought on the sector’s connection to those being left behind in the free market economy, and the power of regional networks to help reform charity rules.

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Can charities and nonprofits help heal social division?

by Brian Emmett, Imagine Canada  

Brian Emmett, Imagine Canada’s Chief Economist, challenges the sector to broaden its agendas to include policy development. He points out what Canada can learn from the US and the UK when it comes to people feeling disenfranchised from economic systems – and left out of gains in growth – and what the sector can do about it.

How the federal charity reform process can be enriched by provincial and regional nonprofit networks

by Jillian Witt, The Philanthropist

The Philanthropist’s Jillian Witt examines how the unique perspectives of provincial and regional networks can contribute to the national discussion about modernizing the rules governing charities.

ICYMI: Time to roll up our sleeves and lead

by Cathy Taylor, ONN

Cathy Taylor makes an impassioned call to action in the face of intolerance and vitriol that exists here in Canada and points out the moral obligation of nonprofits and charities to stand up for human rights, peace, inclusion and safety in our communities.

Team ONN: Thank you to Tara Mazurk

We want to thank Tara Mazurk, our Network Engagement Coordinator, as she finishes her two projects here at ONN and wish her all the best. Tara demonstrated her passion for engagement and bringing new voices to the network as the coordinator of our 2016 annual conference, Nonprofit Driven. She successfully led ONN’s accessibility project EnAbling Nonprofits Ontario to support the sector in creating a culture of accessibility and strengthening the capacity of nonprofits to fulfill their compliance requirements under the Accessibility Act. We were very fortunate to reconnect with Tara after her initial student placement at ONN. And luckily Tara will still be connected to ONN, as part of the volunteer leadership team of Connect the Sector, a community of young nonprofit professionals. We can’t wait to see what comes next in her career! Keep in touch with her on Twitter: @taramazurk

Webinar and blog post: What your nonprofit needs to know about workplace harassment

As employers, nonprofits have a legal responsibility for making workplaces healthy, safe, and harassment-free and as of September 8, 2016, there are enhanced worker protections apply to ALL workplaces in Ontario. Is your nonprofit up-to-date? Take our quiz and find out! Here’s a sample question:

Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Plan Act, made changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that apply to:

a. Full-time workers
b. Full-time and part-time workers
c. Full-time workers, part-time workers, and volunteers

Decent Work: Could harassment be lurking in your collaborative workplace?

Ayumi Bailly, Director, Strategic Initiatives of the Public Services Health and Safety Association, pokes holes in the oft-held belief that workplace harassment doesn't happen in our sector and why a plan to deal with it is imperative for healthy workplaces.

Webinar January 18 - Get compliant

To learn more about this legislative change, join us on January 18, 2017 for a webinar presented by the Public Services Health and Safety Association and the Ontario Ministry of Labour. This webinar will be relevant to managers, staff, and volunteer board members of nonprofits with one or more staff. Get up to date and get your questions answered, all on your lunch hour!

Connect the Sector - Hangout

Connect the Sector (CTS), a project of ONN, is hosting an informal meetup on January 26, 2017 to talk about intergenerational work and leadership across generations in the nonprofit sector. Join other folks interested in this topic and meet a few of the incredible CTS fellows who are learning and writing about topics such as intergenerational leadership, labour, and learning in nonprofits. Free entry and nachos (nachos!).

ONN is hiring! Decent Work Project Lead

Is that you? We're looking for a creative and energetic policy and systems thinker to help us build the next phase of a decent work movement in Ontario. The Project Lead will engage the network and sector and gets to work with some great working groups. Read on for more details and please spread the job post widely in your networks. The deadline to apply is January 30, 2017.

Connect Nonprofit Jobs profile: The Canadian CED Network is hiring 4 roles

The Canadian CED Network is hiring for four positions, ranging from programming to evaluation to conference and membership engagement. Join this exciting national association committed to strengthening the social, economic, and environmental conditions of Canadian communities. Various deadlines, with the first coming up on January 15, 2017.

Hire an amazing nonprofit job seeker. Take 15% off postings this month!

We know the right hire is critical to building strong staff teams to achieve your mission. It's a busy month for jobs and there is extra traffic to our site! Let us help you connect to nonprofit professionals across Ontario. Save this month by using coupon code: newyear. The pre-sale price starts at $99 & ONN members get 1 free posting. We’ll also promote your job opening through our extensive social media channels to our 12,000+ followers.

ONN joint submission: Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan

ONN submitted a letter with the YMCA of Greater Toronto to the Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault in response to the Ministry’s discussion guide on the development of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan. Our organizations pointed out that the discussion paper doesn’t address the needs and priorities of the not-for-profit and charitable sector, a critical omission for our sector in helping to support decarbonization, since our business models and financing structures are different from the for-profit sector. We included three recommendations: provide financial incentives (grants, interest-free loans) to support the sector to implement energy efficiency initiatives, work with the Government of Canada to ensure there is a specific allocation for energy projects for the sector in the next phases of the New Building Canada Fund, and apply a cross-government approach to supporting the sector, communicating with other ministries which manage transfer-payment agreements with nonprofits to reflect current and anticipated increases to hydro costs. (Note: The Alberta government just announced $1 million in funding for nonprofits to complete energy efficient audits!)

Charity law reform

ONN supported the call to action with Imagine Canada and Environmental Defence for charity law reform and charities across Ontario submitted comments to the CRA consultation. Thank you to these organizations for your advocacy and thanks to supporters for spreading the word! We'll keep you posted on results and next steps.

What sector voices had to say

Feature article on Charity Village

Other policy updates

Federal news for the sector

Thanks to Imagine Canada for providing the updates below!

Charities Directorate Report

In its first ever Report on the Charities Program, the Canada Revenue Agency provides an overview of the 2015-2016 charities program and its approach. It’s part of the federal government’s pledge to openness and transparency. The report includes an update on CRA’s outreach, education, and compliance activities, including information about charitable registrations, audit findings, and appeals. In 2017, the Charities Directorate plans to issue new or updated guidance on the advancement of education, the relief of poverty, the protection of the environment, private benefit, and related business. It also intends to use a new approach to compliance, as well as conduct an in-depth review of the ineligible individuals issue.  

2016: The year in statistics

Stats Canada has released its 2016 highlights, which includes data useful to the sector, including links to reports on child and youth health, employment, immigration, and crime, as well as a new style of reporting.

Canada Summer Jobs

Applications for funding to create summer jobs for students are due by January 20, 2017. The focus is on supporting local priorities.

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CPA Canada’s Not-for-Profit Executive Forum

Gain practical organizational insights and learn from industry experts at this annual event for not-for-profit leaders.

March 1-2, 2017 | Toronto, ON | Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Can’t make it to Toronto? Attend online instead.

Ontario Hydro rebate

The Ontario Hydro rebate of 8% applies to nonprofits, as outlined in the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016 (ORECA). The eligibility for non-residential accounts is based on total electricity demand and/or total annual electricity usage. Not-for-profits with an electricity account that has either a demand of 50 kilowatts or less, or annually doesn’t use more than 250,000 kilowatt hours of electricity would be eligible for the rebate. Local Distribution Companies are responsible for identifying eligible customers and automatically applying the rebate to bills.

Young Conservation Professionals Leadership Program

The Leadership Program is a year-long personal and professional development program serving the conservation and environmental sector in Ontario. Its purpose is to build capacity in the sector by helping the next generation of leaders to “step-up.” Key outcomes for participants include increased knowledge and understanding of leadership and management practice, improved ability to set effective, outcome-focused goals and increased motivation and ability to manage teams and complex projects. The application deadline is February 3, 2017.

Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities

The focus of the Council is to provide a chance for youth to make a difference in the lives of young people across the province. Council members are involved in providing advice to the Premier of Ontario and the Minister of Children and Youth Services on issues affecting youth, providing input to the Ontario government on how to improve programs and services for youth, and talking to youth in their home communities to bring more voices into government decision-making. Applications for the 2017 council are due by January 16, 2017.

Canada’s Volunteer Awards - Call for volunteer reviewers

Canada’s Volunteer Awards is looking for regional reviewers in Ontario for this annual awards program. The commitment is 5-10 hours to review 10-15 nomination applications, starting March 1, 2017. An online training course is offered. Email info-cva-pbc@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca ideally by the end of January 2017.

Nominations: To nominate an individual, business or nonprofit for this award, submit an application by February 3, 2017.

Ontario Arts Council launches new grants portal  

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has a new website and online grant application and management system. The purpose is to make the application process easier and more cost-effective. This is a reflection of OAC’s province-wide consultations in 2014 which revealed applicants wanted simplified programs and processes. The OAC has also changed many granting programs and some 2017 deadlines.

Ontario 2017 Pre-Budget Submissions  

The Ministry of Finance’s pre-budget consultations are open for in-person and written submissions until January 31, 2017. In-person consultations are being held across the province, with another one in Toronto on January 18, in Peel Region on January 19 and in London on January 20. Read submissions from the sector and don’t forget to share yours. Send to sarah@theonn.ca.

Call for volunteers: Grants Ontario community of practice

Grants Ontario (GO) is a government online grant resource for the nonprofit sector, including applying for and managing grants. ONN and the Grants Ontario Business Office are creating a Grants Ontario community of practice with nonprofit representatives. This is part of the overall Transfer Payment Administrative Modernization process. If you're a regular GO user (finance officer, executive director, etc.) and can make an ongoing commitment (half-day twice yearly), consider being a representative to provide advice on issues and solutions. The group will meet in Toronto, with online participation available for those outside the area. The first meeting will be at the end of February. For more information email Liz Sutherland, Policy Advisor, at liz@theonn.ca.

MindsMatter - Mental health in the workplace

CivicAction has launched a new workplace mental health program. It features an online assessment tool for employers to identify how well your organization is supporting your people’s mental health and resources to better support them, and includes resources for coworkers to support the mental health of their peers.

Canada150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge

For the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, Canadians are being encouraged to give 150 hours of volunteer time in 2017 to celebrate the country’s milestone birthday. Launched by Volunteer Ottawa, Volunteer Canada and other volunteer centres, a new online platform and mobile app will help people track volunteer hours and tell their stories.

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