The idea of “policy change” pops up regularly nowadays in conversations where people are doing whatever they can to dramatically strengthen their communities. They share a sense that public policies – e.g. income security policy for seniors, policies designed to manage the pace of oil sands development, regulations that determine what drugs are covered (or not) by public health plans – can yield the deep,...
It’s the time of year to wish you health and happiness, and love and fulfillment in the months ahead – and we do wish all that for you at ONN. We also wish you success in your endeavours, and the joy that comes from giving to others and working together to build a better world.
Last week the Ontario government introduced a new bill that’s a milestone for the province on many levels, and is a model for policy making by and for communities. The Child Care Modernization Act, 2013 (Bill 143) is a strong and cohesive piece of legislation that will address the serious issues related to unregulated child care in the province of Ontario while repealing the Day Nurseries...
Accounting rules can seem so far away from the important work a charity or nonprofit does, but there is a set of proposed changes that will affect almost every organization in the country. The unique nature of not-for-profits and sector accounting is being ignored by the new principles proposed by the Accounting Standards Board (PDF). This is a conversation that every charity treasurer and finance committee needs to...
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...