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ONN presents monthly lunch-hour webinars to spark discussion on complex or emerging issues affecting nonprofits and charities in Ontario, and provide a platform to share knowledge that crosses the nonprofit sector and helps organizations get their work done. Webinars are designed to inform, educate, and develop public policy knowledge and advocacy skills of nonprofits, and highlight resources that can support their work and the communities they serve. If you require a transcript to a past or upcoming webinar, please email our team at admin@theonn.ca.

Upcoming webinars will not be posted unless otherwise stated. To access an upcoming webinar, please register as a participant.

ONN members receive complimentary tickets to all upcoming webinars. To receive your complimentary ticket, please contact your Membership Coordinator Jay. If you are not a member, you can join here.

Upcoming Webinars

ONN and Imagine Canada are pleased to present a series of free webinars to support nonprofits and charities. Join this free webinar to get informed, hear examples, and get your questions answered.

On Thursday, April 2, from 2:00-3:00 pm, ONN, TechSoup Canada, and the Centre for Social Innovation Toronto are here to support the sector to continue its vital work during these unprecedented times. From connecting to members to ensuring critical services continue to be offered, operating a nonprofit virtually can be challenging for nonprofits, especially during a pandemic.

This webinar will share tools, tricks, and supports to help nonprofits adapt and run operations virtually. Register for free here.

Here’s what you can expect from this webinar:

  • Learn how to foster engagement with team members, donors, and clients while working remotely
  • Discover what platforms and technology are best suited for your remote-working needs
  • Hear real-life examples from TechSoup Canada and the Centre for Social Innovation on how they manage teams, changing priorities, and daily operations
  • Get your questions answered in a live question and answer period with sector leader, Jane Zhang

All registered participants will receive a recording of the webinar directly to their inbox.

Bring your questions or submit them before the webinar to our team at info@theonn.ca

Can’t make it? Send your questions in and we’ll get them covered.

Accessing Transfer Payment programs is changing. Join ONN’s webinar with Maria Alles-DeVos and Olesya  Bakalyuk of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to:

  • Discover what’s changing within Transfer Payment Ontario
  • Learn the tricks and tips to navigate the system, spend less time on paperwork, and apply for funding
  • Get your questions answered in a live Q & A period

For a long time, organizations have had to navigate multiple ministries, systems, and processes, which meant duplicated efforts and wasted time. The good news? Change is coming with Transfer Payment Ontario, which will centralize transfer payment administration and make the process easier for you. This is part of the government’s Transfer Payment Consolidation Smart Initiative.

From streamlining the navigation of the system to simplifying the submission steps, Transfer Payment Ontario has many changes which can save the nonprofit sector time and money while ensuring a more user-friendly experience. 

Learn how the Transfer Payment Ontario System can be your one-stop source for information about how to apply and how to check the status of your funding from the Government of Ontario.

Date: April 22
Time: 12pm – 1pm

Can’t make the date?
All registered participants will be sent a recording of the webinar and a slide deck within 24 hours of the event. Additionally, registered participants can send their questions ahead of time to info@theonn.ca

Past Webinars

ONN and Imagine Canada are pleased to present a series of free webinars to support nonprofits and charities. Join this free webinar to get informed, hear examples, and get your questions answered.

Human resource management has changed with COVID-19. Many staff and volunteers are now working virtually, service providers are operating in a new environment, and volunteers are taking on new roles. Whether you are a small nonprofit, or a large organization with a big staff base, learn more about practices and examples for managing employees and volunteers during times of crisis.

Here’s what you can expect from this webinar:

  • Explore responsibilities and liabilities as an employer and volunteer organizer

  • Discover approaches to managing HR operations, including new organizational policies to consider

  • Consider essential communications with staff and volunteers, and platforms to communicate

  • Hear examples of mental health supports for staff

  • Consider key elements for managing your volunteers, including volunteer safety, virtual volunteering, keeping volunteers engaged, screening, and Celebrating National Volunteer Week virtually


Gita Anand, Associate Counsel, Miller Thomson

Sheri Ellis, Vice President, People, Talent and Culture, The Neighbourhood Group

Paula Speedvak, President and CEO, Volunteer Canada

Change in 2020 is not just turning that page in your calendar, but taking a big-picture look at what’s happening in and around the sector that can galvanize our missions, or thwart them. Join ONN and sector leader Paul Nazareth to explore the top trends for nonprofits and charities, and how your organization and communities can tap into these opportunities.

Paul brings a unique perspective as a thought leader in Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector, sharing his expertise in building relationships and creating capital for social good.

Here is what you can expect from this webinar:

  • New approaches to revenue growth and engaging supporters, including surviving in a world of “top charity lists”
  • How partnerships and collaborations are changing, and the key resources you need to connect effectively
  • Innovative ways to talk about your mission and vision in the midst of rising backlash against philanthropy
  • Examples of success stories and cautionary tales of organizations making change

Get practical tips and tactics as you plan your year, for stronger operations in 2020 and beyond.


With the legalization of cannabis across Canada, what are the implications for employers in the nonprofit sector? This webinar will explore how the current legislation will affect nonprofits and what are the potential impacts for employers. In this webinar, you will:

  • Hear about best practices for your organization and the sector
  • Learn suggested policies and procedures to put in place
  • Ask questions to help shape your own plans and policies


For many nonprofits, sourcing suppliers is an administrative burden taking up too much time, resources, and funds.

We also want to better reflect the values of the sector in our purchasing approaches.

In this interactive webinar, Co-Founder and Principal of Round Table Procurement Services, David Rourke, will share the “what, why, and how” of professional procurement so your organization can stay true to its mission, while improving operational performance.

You will:

  • Learn how to reduce costs, time, and risks associated with sourcing suppliers
  • Learn how social procurement and professional procurement can work together to advance your goals
  • Discover how the different types of procurement processes, such as transparent competitive bidding processes and “group buying”, can address common challenges facing nonprofits
  • Gain strategies to efficiently create and implement your own professional procurement policies and processes.


Slidedeck | Recording

Join ONN and the Canadian Alternative Investment Foundation (CAIF) for a deep dive into financing options that may be used by your organization to achieve its goals and the how-tos of preparing for financing. Through this webinar you will learn:

 What is debt financing? Loans, lines of credits, and how nonprofits and charities can leverage tools to support their mission

 What is a line of credit and when it is beneficial to organizations?

 How to assess your financing needs & readiness

 Ways to identify your “borrowing profile”

 How and when to get ready to apply for a line of credit

Slidedeck | Recording |Recording Transcript | Loan Readiness Assessment | Community Lifelines of Credit Information Kit 

Join ONN and the Ontario Universities to discuss experiential learning opportunities and how to leverage them through a new online platform. Through this webinar you will:

  • Learn about experiential learning: what is it and how it can strengthen your nonprofit
  • Discover how to connect with emerging leaders across Ontario through the Propel Initiative
  • Receive HR, legal and funding resources for hiring students
  • Discuss best practices for recruiting, on-boarding and recognizing students during experiential learning opportunities and get access to free templates

Slidedeck | Recording

Leaders from Imagine Canada, Carters law firm, the Canadian Arts Coalition, and Fasken law fim discuss the election rules and provide strategies that can advance your nonprofit’s advocacy efforts. Through this webinar you will learn:

  • Clarity on the rules and guidelines under the Canada Revenue Agency and Elections Canada that impact charities and nonprofits.
  • Advertising during an election and when you need to register as a third party advertiser.
  • Ways to engage your communities anytime, and during this election season
  • Channels to share and promote your advocacy work
  • Inspiring examples of organizations doing advocacy, including a national coalition to get out the vote and support democracy.

Slidedeck| Recording

 The Nonprofits Driving Public Policy series was a five-part webinar series to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to actively participate in the development of public policy to influence positive change for communities.

  1. Seizing the electoral moment: why it matters to all nonprofits: Recording
  2. What is public policy and does your nonprofit need a strategy: Recording
  3. Collaborating for change in today’s policy environment:  Slide deck | Recording
  4. Sharpening your message for maximum impact: Slide deck | Recording
  5. Engaging the community to shape your organization’s priorities and decisions: Slide deck | Recording

The provincial budget lays out the government’s plan on how it will allocate resources and govern over the next fiscal year. Learn how developing a pre-budget submission may influence government and the provincial budget. 

Slidedeck  | Recording | Pre-budget submission template

The Nonprofit Insurance Refresher webinar is a part of the ONN Stronger Together info series, a series highlighting how our services are aligned with our policy work and were created with and for nonprofits – from insurance and employee benefits to office supplies, group buying, and more. We put strength in numbers to work and harness our sector’s group buying power to help improve how nonprofits get their work done. 

Slide deck | Recording

Learn how your nonprofit can navigate the 2019 provincial budget and a get deep dive from policy experts and nonprofit leaders of various perspectives, including the arts, environment, and Indigenous communities.

Slidedeck | Recording

Join the conversation on transforming how nonprofits can more effectively govern organizations.

Slidedeck | Recording


Cancellation policy: Click here to read our cancellation policy for webinars.