Our Regulatory Environment

ONN Group Around Table

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.


Government Mandate Letters 2016

ONN analyzed the mandate letters to identify issues affecting the nonprofit sector as a whole.


Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)

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.


Patients First Act, 2016

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.


Anti-spam legislation advocacy and support (Federal)

Learn about Canada’s anti-spam legislation and how it could impact your organization, and ways to ensure you’re in compliance.


Canada Revenue Agency – Review of charities’ political activities (Federal)

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.


Data Strategy

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.


Lobbyists Registration Act

Changes to the act were announced in 2016 and ONN continues to monitor and raise concerns about how the changes will affect the nonprofit sector, as well as provide information to nonprofits and charities about the issue.


Public Benefit Nonprofit Sector

Introduce “public benefit” as a framework to enable public policy that better serves communities.

In its series of “think pieces”, ONN proposes a new name as a solution to the nonprofit sector’s identify problem, three things the sector needs to advocate for, what the legislative and policy changes needed to make this happen in the federal Income Tax Act.

Introducing the “Public Benefit Nonprofit Sector”

The Income Tax Act: Identifying not-for-profit organizations that provide public benefit and the conditions for tax exemption


Shared Platforms

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.