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March 12, 2014                                                                              Email not displaying properly? Click here


Blog post: "Connecting Builders"

Connect the Sector Fellow Julie Breau describes the Atlantic Canada program that inspired her to become a builder across generations for Ontario's nonprofits and charities. Click here for "Connecting builders to help shape the future of Ontario's nonprofit sector".

Find out more about Connect the Sector, a unique partnership with ONN. 

Around the ONN lunch table, the team has been buzzing about the strategic connection between community nonprofits and local government, public policy change and organizing differently across government, and anarchists in the boardroom (!) in What ONN's Reading.

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ONN Webinars

Anti-Spam Legislation- What you need to know before July 1st

Date: Wed. April 16

Time: 12pm- 1pm

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

Register here

We had a big turnout for our first anti-spam webinar, giving participants a "101 overview" of the new legislation. And in the time since, important new insights have come down the pipeline. Join privacy expert David Young to get the latest news on the impact of anti-spam legislation on nonprofits and charities, and see the compliance checklist to get your organization ready.

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.

Once you've got the details of how legislation will impact your organization's activities, join us at an upcoming May workshop on how to take action, with templates and content examples to get your communication materials and channels anti-spam compliant!

Ontario's Vendor of Record Program- How it works and how to use it

Date: Wed. April 30th from 12- 1pm

Registration details to come soon.

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

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'ONN' the Events Calendar

We're on the move this spring with regional meetings in Kingston & area on April 1st, and Peterborough on May 22nd.

Register for the Kingston event here. 

And don't forget to save the date for ONN Conference 2014 on Thurs. Sept. 18th at the University of Toronto Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre!

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Canada Job Grant Update

Since the federal government announced a Canada Job Grant in 2013, employment and training nonprofits- and the people they serve- have voiced strong concerns about the grant and implications for successful programs already in place, which are funded through agreements delivered through provinces and territories. After a year of intense negotiations by the Government of Canada with provinces and territories to deliver the Canada Job Grant (CJG), an agreement in principle has been reached, which will start in July 2014. 

Provinces and territories will have more flexibility on the funding of the CJG, and the previous Labour Market Agreements (LMAs) will be replaced with the new 'Canada Job Fund'. However, what this means for LMA initiatives the nonprofit sector has fought hard to preserve remains uncertain. For vulnerable populations who access these training initiatives through the current LMAs, the future of these programs now rests with the provinces and territories. ONN will continue to sit on a national coalition of employability and training organizations and will keep you posted on developments. For more information, click here. 

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ONN in the News

ONN's pre-budget submission was featured on the Ottawa Radio Station CHUO FM 89.1, on their "Happenstance and Occurrences" policy news show. Our very own Cathy Taylor talked about our eight budget asks, including the potential for job creation through a youth internship program in the nonprofit sector, and a social procurement strategy for the province. Click here to listen in.

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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 Revenue Agency- Consultation of Nonprofits and Q&A Page

The CRA has posted its report from the Non-Profit Organization Risk Identification Project. This three-year project reviewed the tax files of over 1,300 Canadian nonprofits. The CRA found some compliance issues among nonprofits, and their review points to an opportunity to help nonprofits better understand their income tax obligations and reveals that tax legislation for nonprofits may benefit from a review.

The federal government also announced a consultation on nonprofits as part of Economic Action Plan 2014. ONN will be following this closely and will continue to update the sector as we get more information. 

As a follow-up to ONN's overview of how the 2014 federal budget will impact nonprofits and charities, the CRA has released a Q&A page to help charities better understand the four main changes in this year's budget: donations of ecologically sensitive land; donations of certified cultural property; investing in IT for charities; and restrictions to stop funding from state supporters of terrorism. Click here for the Q&A. 

Accounting Standards Update

As we shared with the network last fall, the Accounting Standards Board was looking for input for the proposed "Statement of Principles- Improvements to Not-for-Profit Standards". ONN put out a call to action to help galvanize the sector to tell the Board how the proposed standards would negatively impact nonprofits and charities. A record number of submissions were received from across the sector, really demonstrating the sector's collective movement! Many thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to our Action Alert! 

The Accounting Standards Board will be reviewing submissions over the next few months and will be meeting next in June 2014. We'll keep you posted on further developments, but please note that for now there won't be any imminent changes to current standards.

To view ONN's submission and see other sector examples, click here. 

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Ontario Vendor of Record Program

Back in November, we updated you on another ONN Open for Business win to get provincially-funded organizations access to Ontario's Vendor of Record (VOR) Program, regardless of the amount of funding they receive. Ministries have finalized their list of approved organizations and most have sent letters to nonprofits to let them know of their approval, with information about how to get registered to use the VOR arrangements. Some ministries are still in the process, so if you haven't yet received an approval letter, contact your ministry program officer/lead to get started. You can view available VORs here.

ONN is hosting a webinar on April 30th on the registration process for the VOR and how to use it, so stay tuned for more details! 

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Give your feedback: Two reviews of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Review 1: The Ontario government is reviewing the province's progress toward accessibility goals in two areas and is looking for feedback from all stakeholders. Feedback can be given online, by call-ins, or at in-person consultations in Ottawa, Toronto, Thunder Bay and London in March and April. Find out more here. 

Review 2: Accessibility standards are also under review to ensure that they're working, and to find where adjustments may be needed. The Standards Development Committee has already made some recommendations. Read them here and add your voice to the review before April 16th.

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Ontario Government Seniors Community Grant Program

This new program will fund not-for-profit community groups that help seniors stay connected and get involved in their community. The goal is greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement. This could include courses for seniors on financial literacy or community events. Initiatives will be funded from $500 to $10,000. This is the province's first grant program dedicated solely to seniors. Applications will go through the Older Adult Centre's Association of Ontario. More information, including the application process, is here. 

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New report: "Diversity & Inclusion"

Building off sector-wide research done for ONN's labour force planning for the sector, Mowat NFP has released, Diversity & Inclusion: Valuing the Opportunity, which takes a closer look at why diversity in leadership isn't a stronger priority when it comes to hiring practices. "Although many organizations in the sector have strong ethos around equity and inclusion, this doesn't necessarily translate into organizational practice." For the sector, this means missed opportunities to leverage the strategic advantages that diverse and inclusionary leadership brings to nonprofits and charities. 

ONN's work on a labour force strategy for Ontario's nonprofit sector will continue to build on this research and will explore recommendations in the report. Read our report: Shaping the Future: Leadership in Ontario's Nonprofit Labour Force. 

Fun tool- Sector Infographic

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

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