On June 1, 2017, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (Bill 148) was proposed by the Ontario government with several key changes to Ontario labour laws including an increased minimum wage, two mandatory paid sick days, an extension of various personal emergency leaves, card certification for unions and several other aspects that affect nonprofit organizations as employers and employees.
Like many nonprofits, ONN supports Bill 148 and other legislation that will help promote decent work in the sector– and for all Ontario workers. There are positive opportunities this legislation could bring to individual nonprofits and to the sector as a whole, along with the communities we serve. But providing decent work takes time and money, and this investment may be difficult for some nonprofit employers already operating in a resource-scarce environment.
Ontario government ministries must support Bill 148 implementation costs for the nonprofits they fund, starting January 1, 2018.
Ask your provincial funders and MPPs for concrete measures to cover Bill 148-related labour costs imposed on nonprofits that deliver services to communities on behalf of government. To secure a commitment before fiscal-year-end, we need to send a message now.
This is an important sector-wide issue where we can show the impact and strength of the 55,000 nonprofits and charities across Ontario. We know that most nonprofits with paid staff will be affected by some or all of Bill 148 provisions whether they get provincial dollars or not- so talk to your funders and donors about your commitment to decent work and the need for new statutory labour costs to be reflected in your funding agreements. Let’s channel our voices and advocate for our community-driven missions and the people we serve!
Use our template or create your own to share your key messages with provincial funders. You can also use this to encourage your municipal, federal, and private funders to be “decent funders.”
What can you do?
- Write to your MPP: list by electoral district; find your electoral district name here.
- Write to your provincial minister(s).
- Write to your other funder(s).
Don’t forget to send a copy to ONN at Bill148@theonn.ca so we can gather sector perspectives!
Key messages for provincial funders and elected officials
The Ontario Government must align its funding practices with its role as employment standards regulator.
Government has developed mitigating solutions for other sectors affected by this legislation and we ask that the same consideration be given to the nonprofit sector and its workers.
Provincial ministries must find the money in their 2017-2018 budgets to offset the nonprofit budget pressures created through the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (Bill 148). Some of these hard costs start on January 1, 2018, i.e., within the current fiscal year for which transfer payment agreements have already been signed.
ONN’s 3 asks of the Ontario government
We have asked the province to signal that:
- Increased labour costs associated with Bill 148 will be reflected in transfer payment agreements (TPAs) for the next fiscal year (April 1, 2018) and beyond
- Transitional assistance for 2017-2018 TPAs will be available to reflect estimated increased costs for the last quarter of the current fiscal year (Jan-Mar. 2018)
- Routine cost-of-living increases will be incorporated in future for TPAs across ministries
ONN conducted a sector-wide survey following introduction of to help us identify the impact of these legislative developments on the nonprofit sector. We will continue to collect feedback, analyze the proposed changes, sharing the voices of the sector and keeping the network informed as we go. We will also ensure we have a process in place to identify implementation challenges as they arise as these reforms go into effect.