About the Sector

About the Sector


Ontario’s nonprofit sector is the largest in Canada. 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