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Friday, January 31, 2014                                                                              Email not displaying properly? Click here


JANUARY 2014: IN THIS ISSUE




ONN has jumped into 2014 and we have lots of news to share, plus ways to get engaged with the network!


Blog post: Pathways to Policy Change


This month's topic is one which is a key focus for ONN- systemic change to strengthen communities through nonprofits. We can do this through policy development, but how do we do it? Mark Cabaj of Tamarack- An Institute for Community Engagement explains six theories to make it happen in "Pathways to Policy Change".


We've also got a hefty reading list of what's been capturing the attention of the ONN team, including social impact bonds, best practices in network building, and more in What ONN's Reading.


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ONN Webinar- Is your organization ready for Anti-spam legislation?

The second webinar in ONN's brand new series is a hot sector topic that you won't want to miss!


What Anti-Spam Legislation Means for your Organization
Date: Tues. Feb. 11

Time: 12pm-1pm

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

Register here


The release of anti-spam regulations last month was huge news for the sector, with many nonprofits scratching their heads as to how it will impact their organization's operations when it comes to vital e-communication tools for engagement and revenue generation like e-blasts, donor bulletins, databases, and more. Nonprofits and charities have until July 1, 2014 to get ready so this is your chance to make a plan.


David Young, who led the anti-spam portfolio at McMillan LLP and does privacy and regulatory counsel for David Young Law, will expertly guide you through the complexities of the legislation and regulations to help you identify steps your organization needs to take.


Don't forget: ONN Members save 50% off webinar registration!


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Register to access public benefit land


Is your nonprofit thinking of buying real estate in 2014? Get on ONN's registry to get access to surplus lands in Ontario before they go on the open market. This registry is the first of its kind and was a key win for the sector in 2013 through ONN's work with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Infrastructure Ontario. Apply here. 

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ONN Job Post: Labour Force Project Lead


This exciting new position will direct sector-wide work to help drive labour force planning for the nonprofit sector. It's an 18-month contract position based in Toronto but with a mandate to reach across the province. We're looking for a creative someone with strong facilitative skills who will work with our leadership team to design and articulate a framework for labour force planning, do demo projects with partners and encourage labour force planning across the sector. The deadline to apply is February 11. Click here for more information. 

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Payday Loan Act exemption for charities and nonprofits

Another win for the sector: nonprofits and charities have been exempted from new regulations which would have drawn them into the Payday Loan Act with all of its requirements and regulations. This would have impacted those nonprofits and charities which make or guarantee loans to Ontario residents as part of their programs, like supporting newcomers who are starting businesses. The initial amendments, which were intended to close up a loophole being exploited to make unregulated high interest loans, had inadvertently caught up the sector. ONN shared sector concerns with the Ministry of Consumer Service and we're thrilled to see this outcome! Click here to read the amendment.


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ONN Supporting Membership

Did you find helpful information and tools here? Help ONN continue to engage, lead and advocate with the sector. Become an ONN Supporting Member!

Canada Post draft regulations to increase postage rates

The Ministry of Transport has proposed changes to regulations that would mean an increase to first-class postage rates. With many charities and nonprofits relying on mail to deliver important documents and material, including tax receipts and donor communications, Imagine Canada responded with a submission to the Ministry recommending that Canada Post work with charities to establish a pricing structure that reflects the mailing realities of organizations and urging for a meeting with key stakeholders in the charitable sector before any decisions are made. Imagine Canada notes there is already an international precedent in Australia with a pricing structure that accommodates the needs of charities. Read Imagine Canada's submission. 




ONN in the news


It was exciting to see ONN's regional meeting in Chatham-Kent profiled in local media, touching on collaboration between organizations in the region and recognizing nonprofits for the socio-economic force they are, "Nonprofits help drive the economy."


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Save the Date- ONN Regional Meeting in Peterborough- May 22


ONN is teaming up with our partners in Peterborough for the first regional meeting in the area on Thursday, May 22. We're exciting to meet area nonprofits in person and talk provincial and local issues and opportunities, sector building and more! 

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LMA Works Social Media Day- 1 million impressions!


A great news story reflecting the collective strength of nonprofits and other organizations in standing up for provincial training programs that are already working. The "LMA Works Day" (Labour Market Agreements) greatly increased visibility and awareness across Canada through social media of the issue of changes to job training funding. On Twitter alone, over 1 million impressions were made, as LMA success stories were shared across the country. The Federal Government has been looking at ways to work with the provinces and territories on the proposed Canada Job Grant and the provinces and territories have offered a counter-proposal. With an April 1 implementation deadline, we'll let you know about further developments.

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ONN's 8 Recommendations for the 2014 Provincial Budget


In case you missed our eblast earlier this week, ONN outlined eight tangible, take-action ways to support and strengthen communities in our submission to the Ministry of Finance. These include jobs for post-grad students through nonprofits, an All-of-Government Sector Council, reallocating support for social enterprise intermediaries and a social procurement plan for Ontario. We'll be discussing these recommendations during the pre-budget consultation next week and will keep you posted on developments. Please share the submission widely and send in your submission- we're keen to read and share it with the sector! sarah@theonn.ca

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Proposals for New Law Reform Projects


Here's a unique opportunity to shape law in Ontario: the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is inviting proposals for new law reform projects from the community. The LCO's mandate is to make recommendations to improve Ontario laws by making the legal system more relevant, accessible and efficient. These is not just specific legislative amendments, but also projects that focus on the broader social impact of the law and law reform. Click here to learn more. 




Fun tool- Infographic

Just how much does Ontario's nonprofit sector impact the provincial economy and communities? Click the image below!



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