Why a Plan for the Sector? The community nonprofit sector employs over 600,000 employees and represents 2.6% of Ontario’s GDP. Like other work forces, it needs to recruit and retain skilled workers and leaders. Despite its significant socio-economic impact, the sector’s identity as an employer has only started to take shape. Since ONN’s earliest outreach with the nonprofit sector, a comprehensive approach to labour force...
Another myth to break: Entrepreneurs and private sector not the only youth employers and economic drivers
Toronto Star, Letter to the Editor – October 17, 2018 Dear Editor, There’s another myth to break when it comes to youth employment (Premier Kathleen Wynne, “Time to bust myths about youth unemployment”, Wednesday, October 16, 2013): it’s not just governments and businesses who can provide creative job strategies to revive the economy. The Ontario nonprofit sector is already playing a central role and is a...
When the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable (OSER) first came into being a few years ago, it was to dream about the creation of a trust that would loan money to nonprofits and social enterprises. Today, the Community Forward Fund does just that. Having gathered experts from community finance groups, co-operatives and other individuals working in the social economy, the collective recognized the power of collaborating in provincial policy issues.
Which social enterprise has been running the longest? How many Ontario volunteers contribute their time to social enterprises? How many people do Ontario social enterprises actually employ? If you’re interested in the social enterprise space, you’ve likely heard a lot of fascinating stories about social enterprises (SE). Social enterprises that are hiring people who face barriers to employment. SEs which are helping farmers sell food...
Why should youth be involved in the non profit sector beyond front line service/management? Why should they be involved in policy shaping of the sector itself versus just working within the sector? Is youth representation even an issue? Why should youth care?
I find “leadership” to be a problematic concept at the best of times. It seems particularly beleaguered these days as a few of our formal “leaders” in the political realm seem dedicated to modelling its absence. Working in nonprofit social service organizations for over 25 years has taught me that leadership is an essential and powerful part of what makes our sector tick. In the...