Our People

ONN Conference 2012 Group Around Table

Our goal is to strengthen and support the nonprofit sector labour force and its diverse and active volunteer base. This will result in the mobilization of a decent work movement in the sector.


Decent Work

Champion a decent work movement for good working conditions to better serve communities.

Job quality issues affect many of the sector’s one million employees, including salaries and overtime pay; low levels of pension plan and benefits coverage; high-rates of part-time and contract employment; underinvestment in training and development; and poor work/life balance. There is a need to improve working conditions for all – in the nonprofit sector and beyond. The decent work movement presents an opportunity for our sector to act as a champion of good working conditions through organizational practices and funding reform.

– Pensions and Nonprofits

A road map for a pension plan: ONN’s pensions task force is exploring the feasibility of a multi-employer pension plan for Ontario’s nonprofit and charitable sector. We aim for this plan to be affordable for workers and nonprofits, to share risks carefully, to provide adequate benefits, and to be easy to administer.


Labour Force Strategy

Build a strategy to strengthen Ontario’s one-million-strong nonprofit workforce.

To attract and retain the best people, Ontario’s nonprofit sector must position itself as a “sector of choice” for good careers, as well as for good volunteer opportunities. Ontario’s nonprofit sector would be strengthened by better labour market information and coordinated labour force planning. How can nonprofits work to address critical issues affecting our sector’s labour force, such as leadership and skills development, diversity and inclusion, the need for decent work and meaningful volunteer opportunities, and succession planning for the future of the sector?

– Connect the Sector Fellowship

We’ve partnered with Connect the Sector to help connect leaders across generations on major policy issues in the nonprofit sector. Together, we’re creating strategic solutions to shared platforms, data, the labour force and funding and investment reform.


Police Record Checks

Reduce barriers to employment and volunteering by creating a fair and streamlined process for police record checks.

There is variation across Ontario in the process and rules governing police record checks. Some police services charge fees for volunteer checks, while others do not, and some services take many weeks to process requests. Furthermore, as employers and stewards of volunteers, nonprofits currently have to interpret sensitive information in police record checks, instead of receiving a straightforward “pass/fail” report for candidates.