Ontario Nonprofit Network

State of the Sector

A socio-economic force!

Did you know the Ontario nonprofit sector generates $50 billion in economic impact to the province? This translates to 2.6% to the GDP, more than auto manufacturing and retail industries, with a labour force of 600,000. Learn more about the blended value the sector provides in this Infographic of the Ontario Nonprofit Sector.

Share your sector news

ONN is committed to convening voices of the sector and making our voices heard. We invite you to submit your policy-related events, opportunities, inquiries and concerns. If you have ideas to implement or are interested in linking up with ongoing work, please see our Get Involved page.


Bill 8- Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation

On December 9, the Ontario Government passed legislation to regulate salaries in the Broader Public Sector which are over $100,000. While the Government has recognized that the “core” community nonprofit sector falls outside of this scope, we want commitment that now, and in the future, regulations will not be used to extend the reach of the Act to the community nonprofit sector. We sent a letter to Minister Deb Matthews, President of the Treasury Board, outlining our concerns and will keep you posted. As we all know, each nonprofit is governed by a community-led Board of Directors that is already responsible for decisions on compensation. Letter Bill 8.MinMatthews.2014.12.18

Anti-Spam Legislation

Dec. 5, 2013: Breaking news – Federal government exempts fundraising communications by charities from Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation and releases regulations impacting nonprofits

Registered charities will be exempt from new federal regulations on commercial email for fundraising purposes only. Further improvements were made in the regulation release that enable charities and nonprofits to continue their community building. However ONN is disappointed that the exemption is for charities and does not include other activities nonprofits use to generate funds. Find out more about the impact here.

ONN makes Regulations Submission for small and mid-size nonprofits

February 4, 2013: ONN has made a submission to Industry Canada calling for registered charities and nonprofits to be exempted in the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations from Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

We noted that the sector’s community-building activities have been caught up in CASL, which will prevent nonprofits from reaching out into communities and from undertaking much of its public benefit work. Noncompliance with the legislation will expose organizations and their directors to serious fines and private actions.

Read our full submission here.

A Social Enterprise Strategy for Ontario

The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade & Employment has released its province-wide plan “Impact: A Social Enterprise Strategy for Ontario”. It was great to see that almost every example came from the nonprofit sector. ONN responded directly to Minister Hoskins in a letter to note that while we were pleased to see these examples, there has been concern from sector leaders that recommendations focus predominantly on emerging for-profit social enterprises. Read our response here.

The Power of Purchasing Survey

ONN, in partnership with Round Table Procurement Services (RTPS), is reaching out across Ontario and across the sector on its current approach to managing purchasing (or “procurement”) activities. Read more here.


Ontario Vendor of Record Program

October 10, 2013: Another Open for Business recommendation coming to fruition! Provincially funded organizations can now access Ontario’s Vendor of Record (VOR) program. Eligible organizations will have the opportunity for potential savings, streamlined administration and access to a pre-qualified list of vendors.

Eligible nonprofits will receive letters directly from the Ministry that provides their funding by December 31, 2013.

This program is being administered through the Ministry of Government Services.

Click here to learn more about the program.