About the Sector

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About the sector

Ontario’s nonprofit sector is the largest in Canada. The sector is a $50 billion economic driver that collectively employs one million people. Rather than extracting shareholder profit, nonprofits leverage government and other investments via earned income, donations, and volunteer hours to promote community benefit throughout the economic sectors in which they are active.

As our infographic shows, it is a socio-economic force driving the province and our communities. Together, nonprofits address community challenges and opportunities through on-the-ground solutions that improve the lives of Ontarians.

Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector: a large driver of economic and social development

  • 58,000 nonprofits and charities operating in communities across Ontario
  • Employs over one million workers (600,000 full-time workers)
  • 5.2 million volunteers
  • Contributes 2.6% of Ontario’s GDP; $50 billion in economic impact
  • 45% of income is earned independently of government funding and donations

As a network, we are pleased to share resources about other networks working at a regional level

Ontario’s regional networks:

– Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network : CKNN’s mission is to engage with and advocate for nonprofit and charitable organizations that work for the public benefit in Chatham-Kent. Its goal is to bring together the nonprofit sector of Chatham-Kent to find its collective voice and to demonstrate its value to the community.

– Pillar Nonprofit Network : Pillar strengthens the impact of the nonprofit sector. It connects the three pillars- nonprofit, business and government – to create community impact. It sparks innovation.

– Toronto Nonprofit Network : TNN is a new and growing city-wide network of more than 100 nonprofit organizations from a wide range of sectors including social services, arts and culture, health, education and sports and recreation. It brings the diverse voices of the city’s nonprofit sector to government, funders and business to create and influence systemic change.

In other provinces:

Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

Looking for other nonprofit networks across Canada? Consult this list from the Canadian Federation of Voluntary Sector Networks

Watch: The Power of the Nonprofit Sector in Ontario

The value proposition of Ontario’s nonprofit sector.

Download the slidedeck here.