About ONN

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About ONN

We are the independent network for the 55,000 nonprofits in Ontario, focused on policy, advocacy, and services to strengthen Ontario’s nonprofit sector as a key pillar of our society and economy.


We work to create a public policy environment that allows nonprofits and charities to thrive. We engage our network of diverse nonprofit organizations across Ontario to work together on issues affecting the sector and channel the voices of our network to government, funders, and other stakeholders. The network began in 2007 as a mobilization of sector leaders concerned about proposed changes to the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (Bill 65). Incorporated as a nonprofit in 2014, ONN was developed as an incubated project of the award-winning Centre for Social Innovation.


A Strong and Resilient Nonprofit Sector. Thriving Communities. A Dynamic Province.


To engage, advocate, and lead with – and for – nonprofit and charitable organizations that work for the public benefit in Ontario.


  • Courage to take risks and do things differently
  • Diversity of perspective, creativity, and expertise to get stuff done
  • Optimism and determination
  • Solutions created by the sector, with the sector, for the sector
  • Celebrating our successes and learning from our experiences
  • Strength that comes from working together


A Snapshot: ONN’s advances on behalf of the sector

Sector Advances

Ongoing Advocacy


Funded by the sector and sector supporters

We have diverse sources of funding; we’re not dependent on any one source. We’re proud that over half of our funding is self-generated  earned income, ensuring our independence and financial sustainability.

Annual reports

2017/18 Annual Report  

2017/18 Financial Statements

2016/17 Annual Report

2016/17 Financial Statements

2015/16 Annual Report

2015/16 Financial Statements