Ontario Election 2018

Election 2018


Elections provide meaningful opportunities for public benefit nonprofits to engage communities, to capture the attention of political parties and candidates, and to build relationships that enable strong and successful post-election government-nonprofit partnerships.


We encouraged nonprofits to make the most of this year’s provincial election:


Nonprofit sector advocacy examples

During the 2018 provincial election, there were many great examples of nonprofit advocacy:

  • The Rural Ontario Institute asked each of the political parties to articulate how their platforms responded to rural priorities. The list of priorities was developed from over 600 responses to a survey of rural stakeholders
  • Ontario for All was an alliance of nonprofit community organizations that joined together to ensure the 2018 Ontario election focuses on what matters: building a fair, equitable and inclusive Ontario where everyone belongs
  • Ontarians for the Arts was a group of artists, arts workers, and arts supporters who worked together to convey the power and impact of the arts in Ontario to decision makers
  • The Association of Ontario Health Centres released an election platform, Health Equity at the Centre, and an election toolkit
  • OCASI — the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants — published questions regarding support for immigrants that it wanted provincial candidates to answer
  • The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association prepared key messages and a full election toolkit to support advocacy
  • ISARC  Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition  focused its advocacy on income security, housing, and employment justice – and prepared a toolkit and supporting documents to support its work
  • The Ontario Library Association created an advocacy website, Libraries Vote
  • Ontario Thrive was a non-partisan coalition asking candidates to make measurable commitments on gender equity. The coalition prepared fact sheets on a dozen topics
  • YWCA Toronto asked political leaders to put gender equity front and centre
  • Apathy is Boring, Social Planning Toronto and Ryerson’s Democratic Engagement Exchange worked together to create fact sheets on five key election issues: jobs, post-secondary education, transit, housing, and child care
  • People for Education published 10 questions people could ask candidates regarding party views on education