We can build thriving communities through shared platforms

“To be able to continue to build the communities that we all want to see, there needs to be an easier way for organizations to work together. That way is to use a “shared platforms” model of working together.”

We’ve hired a new team member

Jay Singh has joined us as our membership engagement coordinator. We’re really pleased to have him on board. He brings years of customer services, client support and sales experience with him, as well as a strong commitment to the sector.

  • Contact Jay (jay@theonn.ca, 416 642 5786, ext 503) if you have questions or comments about ONN membership

We are seeking an additional team member; join us

If you are a strategic thinker with strong policy skills and a passion for working with Ontario’s nonprofits, apply to be our new policy analyst.

Get your tickets to Nonprofit Driven

We’ve opened ticket sales to Nonprofit Driven, the annual conference for the changemakers and thought-leaders in the sector. Hope to see you there.

New membership advantage

ONN members now can post jobs for free on Connect Jobs - reaching many thousands of potential employees interested in the sector. This new savings (of $199 per posting) extends the many financial perks of ONN membership, which quickly and easily surpass the cost of ONN membership.

Attend our webinars

A few spots are left in our upcoming webinars. Register today:

Fill in our pensions survey

Pensions for nonprofit sector employees has been a top priority for ONN. As we continue to explore the best options for a sector-wide pension plan we need to know more about our workforce! Complete our organizational survey now and contribute to work in finding an ideal plan for the nonprofit sector. Deadline: Friday, April 13

Share our election advocacy paper

We’ve just released our election advocacy paper with great ideas for creating a fair, sustainable economy and a more inclusive society. Please incorporate any part of the paper you wish to into your own election advocacy, and share your work with us.

New literature review on women’s experience working in the nonprofit sector

After months of reading, writing, and reflecting, ONN has launched its literature review examining women working in Ontario’s nonprofit sector. This review -- the first of its kind -- critically analyzes literature to paint a current and relevant picture of women’s employment experiences in the sector, identify any gaps in research and data, and inform future activities of our Decent Work for Women project.

Be a champion for a decent economy

In more and more communities, nonprofits are finding ways to address the triple challenge of growing inequality (and household debt), climate change, and a weakening of democratic practice -- by engaging people in community ownership of critical services like housing, food, and energy, which helps to keep the wealth generated by communities circulating in the local economy so it can serve local needs instead of being extracted for shareholder profits.

Public benefit nonprofits (charities, cooperatives, and other nonprofits) are invited to ONN’s next Champions for a Decent Economy workshop on Friday, June 1 to generate a set of shared principles and values for this emerging project.

Share your thoughts on Open Government

Ontario's Open Government Office recently released plans to develop an action plan for 2018-2019. It includes a focus on creating a collaborative data environment and increasing access to information.

Community infrastructure agreement announced

The Ontario and Federal governments have announced a 10-year bilateral funding agreement on infrastructure investments that includes $407 million towards community, culture, and recreation infrastructure. While the announcement indicates that both a “climate lens” and a “Community Employment Benefits framework” will be applied to projects, there is no reference to the opportunity to include social procurement from enterprising nonprofits, a critical component of community benefit agreements. ONN will watch the implementation of the agreement with interest.

The Ministry of Infrastructure has formed an advisory committee to support the development of its Community Benefits Policy Framework, a commitment made in its 2017 Long-Term Infrastructure Plan.

Help support community benefits and social procurement

Over the next ten years, the federal government will invest $180 billion in infrastructure across Canada. MPs and Senators will vote any day now on Bill C-344, allowing a social value to be included in all of these investments. Buy Social Canada, in partnership with Imagine Canada and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), wants Canadians to urge legislators to pass Bill C-344 to support healthier communities and a more inclusive economy.

Reminder: 2018 Ontario Accessibility requirements are in effect

2018 marked the start of some new legislative requirements for nonprofits with paid staff. Details are available on the Government of Ontario’s Accessibility Directorate website

Ontario’s Strategy for Women’s Economic Empowerment

In September 2017, we commented on a draft women’s economic empowerment strategy published by the Ontario Ministry Status of Women. ONN’s submission recommended that nonprofit sector voices and experiences be taken into account when creating this strategy. This March the ministry announced their strategy Then, Now, Next: Ontario’s Strategy for Women’s Economic Empowerment which primarily focused on programming and supports for women working in the public and private sectors. The ministry also announced pay transparency legislation that will apply to organizations with 250+ employees. Because not many nonprofit organizations have more than 250+ employees, the legislation will not apply to many in our sector. The strategy is still in summary form and ONN will be watching to see how it unfolds in the coming months.

Respond to the Police Records Check Consultation 

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has drafted regulations to enact the Police Record Checks Reform Act, which we've been waiting for for years. Responses are due by April 9.

Employment standards review: public feedback wanted

The Accessible Employment Standards Development Committee has submitted its Initial Recommendation Report to the Honourable Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Accessibility. The Committee is now seeking public comment, prior to finalizing its recommendations to government. The report has been posted on the ministry’s website for public review and feedback.

VERGE Capital launches local impact investing fund in SW Ontario

VERGE Capital, a social finance program of Pillar Nonprofit Network, is partnering with Social Venture Connexion to launch the VERGE Breakthrough Fund, an impact investing fund providing loans to growing social and environmental enterprises in Southwestern Ontario.

Get free computers

Renewed Computer Technology is a charity that provides renewed, basic computers for free to nonprofits and charities. Since 1993, they’ve refurbished and donated 1.4 million computers.

  • Contact Jule Bedeau (JBedeau@rcto.ca, 416 646 5753) to find out how they can provide your organization with a free, basic desktop computer or an upgraded package (for a nominal fee)

New help to feed communities

FoodRescue.ca is a new way for not-for-profit organizations to augment food programs by recovering local surplus. Food businesses donate online, letting FoodRescue.ca match their offers to appropriate community programs. This online tool is open for registration and is currently testing in Kingston, Sudbury, Toronto, and the Niagara region with a broader rollout in Ontario this summer.

Funding opportunity available under new Green Ontario Fund

The Green Ontario Fund will fund projects in 2018/19 by charities, non-profits, businesses and utilities that will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. ONN is pleased to see this fund made available to nonprofits and charities. Our 2016 submission to the Ministry of Energy (with YMCA of Greater Toronto) recommended that our sector be eligible for energy efficiency programs. 

Funding for youth election engagement

Laidlaw Foundation is offering grants of up to $1,000 to support youth-led projects that make it easier for young people to be seen and heard during the elections.

ONN News is a round-up of recent activities affecting the network. We send this newsletter out monthly, on the last Wednesday of the month.


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