ONN’s goal is to ensure that the Ontario nonprofit sector’s legal frameworks – policy, legislation, and regulation – support and empower the sector’s work.
Modernize the 60-year-old legislation governing the nonprofit sector.
What’s the “ONCA” and how will it affect me? Get the background on this foundational legislation for Ontario’s nonprofit sector, the latest news on its implementation, plus resources and tools for transition support.
Advocate on critical issues that affect Ontario nonprofits.
Learn about Canada’s anti-spam legislation and how it could impact your organization, and ways to ensure you’re in compliance.
Charities and nonprofits play a critical role in Canadian society to address issues that face communities across the country. This role requires the charitable sector to engage in “political activities” to help shape the policy and laws that have an impact on their work with the people and the communities they serve. ONN supports a cross-sectoral call by charities and nonprofits to change the Income Tax Act to focus on charitable purposes.
Accessing and using data in a new way opens up an important opportunity for Ontario nonprofits. There are practical ways for nonprofits to better access and use data for public benefit work. So, we’re figuring it out together: ONN is convening research and discussion to determine the nature of a data strategy for the sector.
The Patients First Act, 2016 could set dangerous precedents for nonprofits with service contracts or transfer payments from any government level, and especially those that receive health funding from the Ontario government. ONN is leading an action campaign to ensure the Bill doesn’t enable profit-seeking providers to be introduced into the delivery of community support services, or takeover power, in stark contrast with other legislation.
Public Benefit Sector
Introduce “public benefit” as a framework to enable public policy that better serves communities.
Encourage innovation through new governance approaches that enable nonprofit projects and initiatives to focus on community work.
Shared administrative platforms can help nonprofit projects get access to administrative, legal and organizational structures to carry out their work. They can help nonprofits work together to provide effective programs that enrich our communities. Learn more about their potential and important considerations for success.
Nonprofits play a key role in keeping community well-being at the centre of provincial budget decisions. Read our Budget submission and analysis and hear other nonprofit voices on how provincial resources are allocated.
ONN analyzed the mandate letters to identify issues affecting the nonprofit sector as a whole.