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Submissions to government


Letter to the Premier of Ontario (January)


Submission to the Standing Committee on General Government (November)

Letter of Congratulations to Minister Ien (November)  

Letter of Congratulations to Minister Gould (November)  

Letter of Congratulations to Minister Freeland (November)  

Cross-sectoral letter on signing Ontario’s bilateral child care agreement to Premier Ford (October)  

EI Consultation Submission to Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC) (October)

Letter of Congratulations to The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau (October)

Submission on the Disbursement Quota Consultation (September)

ONN and Powered By Data’s Response to the Ontario Digital Service’s consultation on the development of an Ontario Data Authority (September)

ONN and the Data Policy Coalition’s Response to Modernizing Privacy in Ontario – Empowering Ontarians and Enabling the Digital Economy (White Paper) (September)

Submission to Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada on the Ten-Year Statutory Review of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) (July)

Submission to Ontario’s Task Force on Women and the Economy: Women and the Economy (July)

Submission to Ontario’s Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee: Leading the Future of Work in Ontario (July)

New Ontario cabinet ministersLetters of welcome (June)

Briefing Note to Federal Government: Nonprofits Deliver a Canada-Wide Child Care System (June)

Submission to Ontario Digital Service, Treasury Board Secretariat: Submission on Ontario’s Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) Framework (June)

Letter to Minister of National Revenue: Immediate Action Required to revise CRA Interpretation of the Income Tax Act Section 149(1)(1) “Not For Purpose of Profit” (June)

Letter to the Premier of Ontario: Non-profit sector calling on Premier Ford to institute adequate, permanent paid sick days (May)

Letter to the Ontario Attorney General: Delaying the effective date of Bill 254, Protecting Ontario Elections Act, 2021 (April)

Letter to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly: Re: Bill 254, Protecting Ontario Elections Act, 2021 (March)

Briefing Note to Ontario Government: Nonprofits deliver: An effective and equitable COVID-19 vaccination rollout through the nonprofit sector (March)

Federal Budget 2021: ONN Pre-budget Submission (February)

Ontario Budget 2021: ONN Pre-budget Submission (February)

Letter to Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario: Data Policy Coalition Response to IPC Strategic Priority Setting Consultation (Discussion Paper) (January)


Letter to Information Management Strategy and Policy Branch, Digital Health Division, Ontario Ministry of Health: Re: Amendment of Regulation O. Reg. 329/04 (General) under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) (December)

Letter to Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Taskforce, Ministry of the Solicitor General: Ensuring Ontario nonprofits are included in COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-Out (December)

Letter to Ontario’s Minister of Labour: Implementation of Paid Sick days (December)

Submission to Ontario’s Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission: Recommendations (November)

  • Response from The Honourable Franc N. Marrocco, Chair; Angela Coke, Commissioner; and Dr. Jack Kitts, Commissioner (November)

Submission to Ontario Standing Committee on Justice Policy: Response to Bill 218 (Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020) (November)

Joint submission to the Chief Privacy Officer & Archivist of Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services: Response to Ontario Private Sector Privacy Reform – Improving private sector privacy for Ontarians in a digital age (Discussion Paper) (October)

Ontario budget: ONN’s pre-budget submission (October)

Letter to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council, Government of CanadaElections Canada Consultation on Election Communications (September)

Letter to the Premier of Ontario: Building Back Better requires decisive action for Ontario’s nonprofits and charities / Rebâtir en mieux nécessite des actions décisives pour les organismes à but non lucratif et les organismes de bienfaisance de l’Ontario (September)

Submission on Canada Elections Act: Consultation on regulating election communications under the Elections Act (September)

Submission to the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic AffairsStudy of the recommendations relating to the Economic and Fiscal Update Act, 2020
and the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on small and medium enterprises (September)

Submission to the Federal Cabinet Retreat: Stimulating Gender Equality: A GBA+ Approach to Economic Recovery (September)

Submission to the Federal Standing Committee on Finance and Economic AffairsResilience from the ground up: Nonprofits’ role in rebuilding communities and local economies after COVID-19. ONN 2021 Pre-budget Submission (August)

Submission to the Federal Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs(ONN co-signatory)People-Centered Economy Group 2021 Pre-budget Submission (August)

Submission to the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs: Study on the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Infrastructure Sector (August)

Submission on Child Care and Early Years Act: Letter to Minister of Education (July)

Joint submission on revision of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS): Letter to Statistics Canada (July)

Request for emergency order to provide insurance liability protection to nonprofits: Letter to Premier of Ontario (July)

Insights on reopening Ontario’s child care facilities: Letter to Minister Lecce (June)

Ontario nonprofits’ access to insurance coverage for COVID-related issues: Letter to Attorney General Downey (June)

Recommendations to support the role of the nonprofit sector in Ontario’s recovery: Letter to Minister Phillips (June)

Call for federal nonprofit and charitable sector resilience grant program: Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau (June)

Submission on Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS): Letter to Minister Morneau (June)

Call for COVID-19 stabilization for nonprofits: Letter to Premier Ford (May)

Call for COVID-19 stabilization for nonprofits: Letter to Minister Phillips (May)

Letter on sector resilience grants program: Letter to Minister Morneau (April)

Emergency childcare for workers in essential services nonprofits: Letter to Minister Stephen Lecce (April)

Nonprofits and Ontario’s COVID-19 Relief Plans: Letter to Premier Ford (March)

Letter of Congratulations: Honourable Minister Carla Qualtrough (January)

Letter of Congratulations: Honourable Minister Maryam Monsef (January)

Ontario Budget: ONN’s 2020 Pre-budget Submission (January)



Ontario Data Strategy Consultation: Written Submission on Behalf of the Data Policy Coalition (November)

Bill 124 – Wage Restraint Impacts: Letter to MPP, Goldie Ghamari (November)

  • Response  from Minister Bethlenfalvy (December)

Ontario Data Strategy: Letter to Ontario Digital Service (August)

Police record checks: Letter to Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones (July)

New Ontario cabinet ministers: Letters of welcome (July)

National Occupational Classification recommendation: Letter to Labour Market Information Division, Employment and Social Development Canada (July)

Bill C344 – Community benefits: Letter to Senator Yuen Pau Woo (May)

  • Response from the President of the Treasury Board (June)

Compensation restraint: Letter to Ontario Government (May)

Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities: Joint Letter to Director General, Charities Directorate, Canada Revenue Agency (April)

Pay Transparency: Consultation Submission (April)

Social Finance: Joint Letter to Federal Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development (February)

Ontario Budget: ONN’s Pre-budget Submission (January)


Year-end Review: What Happened in the Legislature (December)

Community Grants: Ontario Trillium Foundation Budget (December)

Lands Registry: Accelerating Sales of Surplus Public Property (December)

  • Response from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (February 2019)

Public Benefit: Presentation to the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector (November)

Finance: Made in Ontario Climate Change Plan (November)

Bill 47: Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (November)

Charities and Public Policy: Response to draft changes to the Income Tax Act (October)

Nonprofit Sector: Presentation to the Senate Special Committee on the Charitable Sector (October)

Data: The need to collect sector data (August)

Pensions: Proposed Funding Rules for Multi-Employer Pension Plans that Offer Target Benefits (May)

Police Record Checks: Draft regulations (April)

Decent Work: Regulatory Review, O. Reg 285/01 (January)



Ontario​ ​Government​ ​support​ ​for​ ​decent​ ​work​ ​in​ ​the​ ​nonprofit​ ​sector: Integrating​ ​Bill​ ​148​ ​costs​ ​into​ ​transfer​ ​payment​ ​agreements (December)

Partnering​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Nonprofit​ ​Sector​ ​for​ ​a​ ​More​ ​Inclusive​ ​Economy​ ​and​ ​Society: ONN​ ​Pre-budget​ ​Submission​ ​2018  (December)

Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy ConsultationSubmission to Co-Creation Steering Group (October)

Bill 154, Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act (Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act)- Ontario Standing Committee on Justice Policy (October)

Anti-spam (CASL) Statutory ReviewLetter to Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (October)

Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act– Expedition of proclamation: Letter to the Minister of Consumer and Government Services (September); Correspondence to the Minister (May) and her response (June)

Decent work for women working in Ontario’s nonprofit sector: Letter to the Ministry of the Status of Women: Women’s Economic Empowerment – A Call to Action for Ontario submission (September)

Community Benefits: Community Benefits Ontario Letter to Minister Chiarelli ; Submission to consultation for Long-Term Infrastructure Plan (July)

Bill 148- Fair Jobs, Better Workplaces Act, 2017: Letter to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (July)

Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA): Letter to Minister Tracey MacCharles re: delay in ONCA (May)

Accounting Standards improvements for not-for-profit organizations: Letter to Director of Accounting Standards Board (May)

Data strategy for the nonprofit sector: Welcome letter to Ontario’s Chief Digital Strategist (April)

Ontario Budget 2017: ONN’s analysis. (April)

Community Benefits Policy Framework: Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne introducing the Framework and requesting a meeting with her to further discuss it. (March)
Community Benefits Policy Framework for Ontario

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Private Right of Action Provisions: Letter to Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, urging delay of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Private Right of Action (PRA) Provisions until after CASL legislative review. (February)

Police Record Checks: Letter to Hon. Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, asking for a meeting to discuss the Act and the regulations. (February); Response from Minister Lalonde (August)

Ontario Budget 2017: Pre-Budget Submission. (January)


Enhanced Canada Pension Plan: Letter to Ministers Morneau, Duclos, and Sousa re: gaps in child-rearing and disability provisions in the enhanced Canada Pension Plan. (December)

  • Response from Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (February, 2017)

Response to Planning Ontario’s Energy Future: Discussion guide on the Long-Term Energy Plan. Joint letter (ONN & YMCA of Greater Toronto) to Hon. Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy. (December)

Ontario Government’s “Changing Workplaces Review” interim report: Letter to the Special Advisors, re. ONN’s response to the report. (November)

Canada Revenue Agency consultation on charities’ political activities: Letter to Charities Directorate, re: support for Imagine Canada’s recommendations to amend the Income Tax Act to restore an emphasis on charitable purposes, rather than regulating activities. This is important to enable charities to be more confident in helping to shape policy and law that impact their work. (November)

Bill 41, Patients First Act, 2016: Letter to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly, re: concern dangerous precedents could enable takeover power of nonprofits and allow profit-seeking providers to be introduced into the delivery of community support services.

Bill 2, Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016: Letter to Hon. Grant Crack, Chair, Standing Committee on General Government, re: concern about definition of “political advertising” and its effect on nonprofits’ public policy advocacy during elections. (November)

Federal-provincial consultations on labour market funding: Letter to Paddy Buckley, Assistant Deputy Minister (Acting), Advanced Education and Skills Development (October)

Government of Ontario Open Government Consultation: Letter to Brian Fior, Acting Director, Open Government Office, Treasury Board Secretariat. (August)

Bill 201, Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016: Letter to Hon. Grant Crack, Chair, Standing Committee on General Government, re. concern about an element of the Bill that could effectively prevent nonprofits from participating in nonpartisan policy debate during provincial election campaigns in Ontario. (August)

Ontario 150 Funding: Letter to Hon. Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport, re. funding framework recently announced by Ontario Trillium Foundation for Ontario150 funding. (August)

  • Response from the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport (October)

Creation of a Grants and Contribution Data Standard: Submission to Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. (May)

Bill 181, Municipal Elections Modernization Act: Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. (May)

Ontario Trillium Foundation Budget Allocation: Letter to the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport. (April)

Ontario Budget 2016: Pre-Budget Submission and Budget Analysis. (January/February)



Social Enterprise: Submission to the Social Enterprise Branch, Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. (December)

Charities Accounting Act: Submission to the Attorney General on proposed changes to regulation 4/01 of the Act (November)

Community Hubs & Surplus Lands: Submission to the Ministry of Education – Consultation on Disposition of Surplus Real Estate Property. (November)

Police Record Checks: Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on the Police Record Checks Reform Act. (November)

Multi-Employer Pension Plans: Submission to the Ministry of Finance on regulatory reform consultations for Target Benefit Multi-Employer Pension Plans. (September)

Open Data Directive: Consultation on the draft Open Data Directive. (June)

Community Hubs: Submission to the Premier’s Community Hub Framework Advisory Group. With background documents including Enabling Community Hubs The Role of Infrastructure Ontario and briefing notes on Nonprofit Access to Public Lands and Heritage Considerations for Community Hubs (Alex Corey). (June)

Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity: Submission on the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2014 (Bill 6) to recommend the inclusion of a community benefits clause. (May)

Social Enterprise: Submission on Legislation for Social Enterprise Corporations: Dual Purpose Corporations or Hybrid Corporations. (March)

Social Finance: Social Impact Bonds: Policy Principles for Social Impact Bonds – A Nonprofit Perspective (August)

Exploring the Potential of Social Finance in CanadaONN Appearance before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills, and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. (February)

Ontario Budget 2015: Pre-Budget Submission and Budget Analysis. (February)

Retirement Pension Plan: Response to Discussion paper on the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). (February)

Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires: Submission on Legislation review of the Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act. (February)


Accountability and Transparency: Bill 8, An Act to promote public sector and MPP accountability and transparency. (December)

Social Enterprise: A Policy Blueprint for Strengthening Social Enterprise in the Province of Ontario: Moving Towards a Stronger Public Benefit Sector. (September)

Police Record Checks: Police Record Checks Letter to Premier Wynne (August)

Crowdfunding: The Protection of Nonprofit and Charitable Enterprise Participation in Crowdfunding. (June)

Social Enterprise Follow-up: The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology- Canadian Business Corporations Act (CBCA) Follow-up Submission. (August)

Social Enterprise: The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology on The utility of Socially Responsible Enterprises (SREs) in the Canadian context and the extent to which current CBCA incorporation provisions and structures facilitate the creation of SREs. (May)

Ontario 2014 Pre-Budget Submission: Submission to the Ministry of Finance.


Accounting Standards: Proposed Statement of Principles, Improvements to Not-for-Profit Standards. (December)

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: Amend Electric Commerce Protection Regulations to Exempt Charities and Nonprofits, Industry Canada. (February)

Ontario 2013 Pre-Budget Submission: The Nonprofit Sector: A Key Partner in Change. (April)