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We’re pleased to hear about nonprofits in our network engaging their local candidates and communities on issues as diverse as environmental protection, transit, housing, pharmacare, and arts funding. Two recent election advocacy examples:
There are new Elections Ontario rules in place for “third party advertisers.” These rules apply to anyone who spends over $500 on paid advertising on issues that political parties or candidates take a position on.
We are interested in hearing from our network on whether your decision to engage in advocacy has been affected by these new rules or whether your organization has been subject to a new administrative burden because of them. Please let us know via email@example.com. Your stories regarding the impact of this bill will shape our post-election advocacy to propose any needed amendments to the act.
Tell us how new Employment Standards legislation is affecting your nonprofit social enterprise
ONN has been working with our network to ensure that provincially funded nonprofits receive adjustments to their agreements to reflect new costs associated with the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (Bill 148), including the higher minimum wage and leave provisions. And we know that small businesses received a $500 million package of support in the fall. But what about nonprofit social enterprises that get the majority of their funding from earned income?
Let us know if your organization is affected by the legislation -- and if you have ideas for how public policy can mitigate these impacts.
On our Bill 148 webpage, you can view webinars, slide presentations and answers to common questions regarding how to implement the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act in your nonprofit. We thank Rebecca Stulberg and Natasha Persaud for contributing their legal expertise and insight on the Bill 148 webinar series.
Ontario Government releases Transfer Payment Operational Policy
In April 2018, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services consulted on two regulatory proposals that would enable the Ontario Government to proclaim the Police Record Checks Reform Act (2015). The regulations would elaborate on the exemptions permitted to the new rules and govern various operational considerations such as how appeals can be made. ONN submitted a response that was generally supportive of the regulatory proposals but pointed out the need to address fees and timelines for processing police record checks, including for volunteers.
ONN will continue to press the Ontario government to complete the regulatory framework under the Police Record Checks Reform Act to ensure that fees, timelines and other processing barriers are addressed.
Federal private member’s bill on community benefits passes
Congratulations to Buy Social Canada, Imagine Canada, MP Ramesh Sanga, and coalition partners that encouraged MPs to support Bill C-344, which allows social value to be considered in federal infrastructure investments via community benefit provisions.
Federal-provincial-territorial statement on new housing partnership
On April 9, federal, provincial and territorial housing ministers met to endorse a multilateral Housing Partnership Framework to advance the National Housing Strategy and set the foundation for governments to work together to achieve a long-term shared vision for housing. The statement addresses shared responsibility for housing, the involvement of other sectors, data-sharing, and programs to be delivered under the framework.
Private member’s bill could impose new privacy requirements on nonprofits
In late March, the Ontario Legislature granted first and second reading to a private member’s bill, the Personal Information Protection Act, 2018 (Bill 14). ONN will monitor the progress of this bill (and any successor bills) that would apply new rules to all nonprofits (including unincorporated associations and nonprofits) regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information unless the information is already subject to similar federal or provincial privacy laws.
Low-income rural household data
The Rural Ontario Institute has released its third set of Focus on Rural Ontario Fact Sheets, examining the extent of children and seniors living in low-income households in rural Ontario.
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