Submissions to Government

Throne Speech 2013


Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Private Right of Action Provisions: Letter to Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, urging delay of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Private Right of Action (PRA) Provisions until after CASL legislative review. (February)

Ontario Budget 2017: Pre-Budget Submission. (January)


Enhanced Canada Pension Plan: Letter to Ministers Morneau, Duclos, and Sousa re: gaps in child-rearing and disability provisions in the enhanced Canada Pension Plan. (December)

Response from Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. (February, 2017)

Response to Planning Ontario’s Energy Future: Discussion guide on the Long-Term Energy Plan. Joint letter (ONN & YMCA of Greater Toronto) to Hon. Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy. (December)

Ontario Government’s “Changing Workplaces Review” interim report: Letter to the Special Advisors, re. ONN’s response to the report. (November)

Canada Revenue Agency consultation on charities’ political activities: Letter to Charities Directorate, re: support for Imagine Canada’s recommendations to amend the Income Tax Act to restore an emphasis on charitable purposes, rather than regulating activities. This is important to enable charities to be more confident in helping to shape policy and law that impact their work. See our ACTION ALERT. (November)

Bill 41, Patients First Act, 2016: Letter to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly, re: concern dangerous precedents could enable takeover power of nonprofits and allow profit-seeking providers to be introduced into the delivery of community support services. See our ACTION ALERT. (November)

Bill 2, Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016: Letter to Hon. Grant Crack, Chair, Standing Committee on General Government, re: concern about definition of “political advertising” and its effect on nonprofits’ public policy advocacy during elections. (November)

Federal-provincial consultations on labour market funding: Letter to Paddy Buckley, Assistant Deputy Minister (Acting), Advanced Education and Skills Development (October)

Government of Ontario Open Government Consultation: Letter to Brian Fior, Acting Director, Open Government Office, Treasury Board Secretariat. (August)

Bill 201, Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016: Letter to Hon. Grant Crack, Chair, Standing Committee on General Government, re. concern about an element of the Bill that could effectively prevent nonprofits from participating in nonpartisan policy debate during provincial election campaigns in Ontario. (August)

Ontario 150 Funding: Letter to Hon. Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport, re. funding framework recently announced by Ontario Trillium Foundation for Ontario150 funding. (August)

Response from Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport. (October)

Creation of a Grants and Contribution Data Standard: Submission to Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. (May)

Bill 181, Municipal Elections Modernization Act: Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. (May)

Ontario Trillium Foundation Budget Allocation: Letter to the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport. (April)

Ontario Budget 2016: Pre-Budget Submission and Budget Analysis. (January/February)


Social Enterprise: Submission to the Social Enterprise Branch, Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. (December)

Community Hubs & Surplus Lands: Submission to the Ministry of Education – Consultation on Disposition of Surplus Real Estate Property. (November)

Police Record Checks: Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on the Police Record Checks Reform Act. (November)

Multi-Employer Pension Plans: Submission to the Ministry of Finance on regulatory reform consultations for Target Benefit Multi-Employer Pension Plans. (September)

Open Data Directive: Consultation on the draft Open Data Directive. (June)

Community Hubs: Submission to the Premier’s Community Hub Framework Advisory Group. With background documents including Enabling Community Hubs The Role of Infrastructure Ontario and briefing notes on Nonprofit Access to Public Lands and Heritage Considerations for Community Hubs (Alex Corey). (June)

Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity: Submission on the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2014 (Bill 6) to recommend the inclusion of a community benefits clause. (May)

Social Enterprise: Submission on Legislation for Social Enterprise Corporations: Dual Purpose Corporations or Hybrid Corporations. (March)

Social Finance: Social Impact Bonds: Policy Principles for Social Impact Bonds – A Nonprofit Perspective (August)

Exploring the Potential of Social Finance in Canada: ONN Appearance before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills, and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. (February)

Ontario Budget 2015: Pre-Budget Submission and Budget Analysis. (February)

Retirement Pension Plan: Response to Discussion paper on the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). (February)

Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires: Submission on Legislation review of the Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act. (February)


Accountability and Transparency: Bill 8, An Act to promote public sector and MPP accountability and transparency. (December)

Social Enterprise: A Policy Blueprint for Strengthening Social Enterprise in the Province of Ontario: Moving Towards a Stronger Public Benefit Sector. (September)

Police Record Checks: Police Record Checks Letter to Premier Wynne (August)

Crowdfunding: The Protection of Nonprofit and Charitable Enterprise Participation in Crowdfunding. (June)

Social Enterprise Follow-up: The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology- Canadian Business Corporations Act (CBCA) Follow-up Submission. (August)

Social Enterprise: The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology on The utility of Socially Responsible Enterprises (SREs) in the Canadian context and the extent to which current CBCA incorporation provisions and structures facilitate the creation of SREs. (May)

Ontario 2014 Pre-Budget Submission: Submission to the Ministry of Finance.


Accounting Standards: Proposed Statement of Principles, Improvements to Not-for-Profit Standards. (December)

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: Amend Electric Commerce Protection Regulations to Exempt Charities and Nonprofits, Industry Canada. (February)

Ontario 2013 Pre-Budget Submission: The Nonprofit Sector: A Key Partner in Change. (April)