Tag: decent work


We can all be allies for creating decent work

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Apr 2017

We can all be allies for creating decent work

With the final recommendations of the Changing Workplaces Review coming this spring and potential changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws, the launch of the Better Way Alliance is bringing  attention to employers who are championing decent work practices such as fair wages, stable employment and paid sick days. The Better Way Alliance is made up of over 20 small businesses and nonprofits in Ontario,...

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A call to action on youth employment

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Apr 2017

A call to action on youth employment

Thank you to Imagine Canada for permission to repost this article. This article is a joint effort by Rachel Gouin of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada; Joelle Lewis of Big Brothers Big Sisters; Jesse Clarke of Pathways to Education; Bernadette Johnson of Imagine Canada; and Justin Ho, Chair of the Youth Employment in the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector Working Group. Broadly speaking, it is...

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Evaluation: Expanding design learning

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Jan 2017

Evaluation: Expanding design learning

Late last fall, ONN’s evaluation project took me to the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, to present alongside Andrew Taylor, ONN’s Resident Evaluation Expert. For me, it was an important professional development opportunity (one of the seven elements of decent work) and, thinking back, it was a bit of a surreal experience. Never did I think I would be in Atlanta at...

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Decent Work: Could harassment be lurking in your collaborative workplace culture?

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Jan 2017

Decent Work: Could harassment be lurking in your collaborative workplace culture?

One of the many wonderful things about the nonprofit sector is its hallmark of being values-driven – admirable values like integrity, respect, openness – the values that draw us to work in the sector in the first place. Compare this with the stats about workplace harassment: – For Personal Support Workers in Ontario, 20% experience harassment or violence on-the-job – 50% of workplace harassment victims...

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Five Steps Towards Good Jobs

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Nov 2016

Five Steps Towards Good Jobs

Our commitment to decent work began many years ago when we committed to being evidence-informed and using data to inform our planning and evaluation processes. This means all data, but in particular data and knowledge that was co-created with community through our community based research program. It became crystal clear to us that bad jobs are making people sick, that pathways to precarious employment are...

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Championing Decent Work

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Jun 2016

Championing Decent Work

Decent Work, as championed by ONN and a growing number of its members, provides us with a rallying cry to push back against the fraying of our labour market. In committing to and pursuing decent work, individual nonprofits can make important contributions to countering malpractices of work in our society. This is our opportunity to walk the talk and ensure that the passionate mission-focused objectives...

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ONN in Conversation: Nonprofit workers deserve to retire with a pension plan

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Jun 2016

ONN in Conversation: Nonprofit workers deserve to retire with a pension plan

In our pensions work, there are a lot of terms and definitions, a lot of moving parts, and a lot of different ideas about what a sector-wide pension plan could look like. That’s why, to make sense of our progress on a sector-wide pension plan, I (Tara, here!) sat down for a conversation with my colleague Liz Sutherland, ONN’s Policy Advisor, to chat about one...

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Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

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Dec 2015

Leadership In Changing Times: Trends For A Bright Sector Future

The following is an excerpt from ONN’s newly-released report, Leadership In Changing Times The vast majority of charities and nonprofit organizations operate locally and are rooted in their communities. Each plays a small part, but together they make Canada a vibrant place to live, work and play. We take it for granted that local citizens, on seeing a need—whether for a local swim club, a...

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Admin Ratio Is a Poor Indicator of a Charity’s Effectiveness

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Nov 2015

Admin Ratio Is a Poor Indicator of a Charity’s Effectiveness

Originally posted by The Huffington Post Canada 9/17/2015 When we look at businesses for evaluation or investment, we first look at the results that the business has delivered, products sold, customers gained, profits generated, and the track record over time. If we are more sophisticated, we might look at other things such as marketing and operating margins, cost of sales, or revenues per employee to understand...

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We Need to Talk About Decent Work

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Nov 2015

We Need to Talk About Decent Work

A few weeks ago, as part of a crowd of about 500 nonprofit workers, we listened as we were urged, “Remember, we are employers and job creators and have a responsibility to provide decent work.” We began sharing an idea that we hope will inspire and ignite the sector – the idea of decent work. Over the past 11 months at ONN, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres...

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