Our Policy Priorities: Web Portal for Nonprofits

ONN POLICY PRIORITIES 2019-2020

WEB PORTAL WITH LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR NONPROFITS

Advocate for a one-stop online portal outlining legislative and regulatory compliance requirements for nonprofits

THE ISSUE

Ontario nonprofits are sometimes in the dark about legislation that applies to them.

Half the nonprofit sector has no paid staff and the majority of other nonprofits are very small. Yet, there are many rules that they have to abide by, such as health and safety, accessibility, employment standards, donations and taxes, corporate governance, and more. There is no single place where they can check to see what applies to them.

POLICY STATEMENT

The Ontario government should create a web portal, similar to the Small Business Access portal, that explains all the legal and regulatory requirements that apply to nonprofits operating in Ontario.

NEXT STEPS

Advocate for the Ontario government to:

  • Create a web portal that functions as a one-stop-shop for nonprofits in Ontario to know what provincial legislation and regulations they must comply with.

Work with the Ontario nonprofit sector (and nonprofits across Canada) to:

  • Ensure the web portal is accessible (plain language) and comprehensive with respect to various nonprofit corporate structures (e.g., provincially vs. federally-incorporated) and sub-sectors (e.g., child care, housing).