Advocacy

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Nonprofit advocacy in action

We work to create a public policy environment that strengthens nonprofits so they can do more. This means bringing the voice of the sector to policy makers and civic leaders. We advocate at all levels of government to implement effective policy for Ontario’s nonprofit sector.

This page outlines our recent and ongoing advocacy work, and also offers tools and resources for the sector. We’re in this together, and by working together we can shape the future of the sector.

Election advocacy

ONN encourages nonprofits and charities to share their stories to get sector issues and priorities on the public policy radar during provincial and federal elections. See our recommendations and resources from recent elections:

Advocacy in action: Letters of welcome to Ontario cabinet ministers

As part of ONN’s advocacy work, we reach out to government officials to keep them up to date on our policy priorities and to seek out their support. When cabinet ministers change portfolios, it’s important to keep the conversation going, sometimes via letters of welcome that not only introduce your organization, but also frame relevant policy asks. For example, in the summer of 2021 and 2019, ONN reached out to new ministers after the provincial government announced a cabinet shuffle. You can read our letters here:

2021 Letters

Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs
Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Energy

  • Response from the Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Energy

Honourable Jane McKenna, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues
Honourable Kaleed Rasheed, Associate Minister of Digital Government
Honourable Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure
Honourable Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services
Honourable Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction
Honourable Parm Gill, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism
Honourable Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, President of the Treasury Board

  • Response from the Honourable Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, President of the Treasury Board

Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Long-Term Care
Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services

  • Response from the Honourable Ross Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services

2019 Letters

Honourable Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance
Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure
Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction
Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services
Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services
Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport