About the Sector

oak park centre's fall fair

Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre’s free fall fair

About the sector

Ontario’s nonprofit sector is the largest in Canada. The  sector is a $50 billion economic driver that collectively employs one million people. Rather than extracting shareholder profit, nonprofits leverage government and other investments via earned income, donations, and volunteer hours to promote community benefit throughout the economic sectors in which they are active.

As our infographic shows, it is a socio-economic force driving the province and our communities. Together, nonprofits address community challenges and opportunities through on-the-ground solutions that improve the lives of Ontarians.

Nonprofit sector infographic

Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector: a large driver of economic and social development

  • 55,000 nonprofits and charities operating in communities across Ontario
  • Employs over one million workers (600,000 full-time workers)
  • 5.2 million volunteers
  • Contributes 2.6% of Ontario’s GDP; $50 billion in economic impact
  • 45% of income is earned independently of government funding and donations

Watch: The Power of the Nonprofit Sector in Ontario