Our Structures

Our Structures

ONN Group Around Table

Anti-spam legislation advocacy and support

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

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.

Community Benefits and Social Procurement

With billions at their disposal, governments and other public benefit organizations have so much more purchasing power—how do we make sure that these entities have a positive social impact when they spend?

ONN is currently working with our partners to develop a cross-government framework on community benefits and we’re letting nonprofits and other stakeholders know about the opportunities to keep more of the value of large infrastructure investments in communities.

Community Hubs

A community hub can be a school, a neighbourhood centre or another public space offering coordinated services in education, health care and social services. The Ontario government Premier recently created a Premier’s Community Hub Framework Advisory group. ONN is taking a leadership role to advocate for and provide context from nonprofits engaged in community hubs.

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.


What if, together, we can shift our points of view and notice new things about evaluation? How can it help us get our work done and help our communities? How can we discard what’s not working and strengthen (or create) what can work? Our aim for a sector driven evaluation strategy is to create a more enabling ecosystem for evaluation in the nonprofit sector.

Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

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.

Shared Platforms

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.