Tag: Ontario government


Paid sick days can help us beat the pandemic

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Jan 2021

Paid sick days can help us beat the pandemic

Ontario faces an uncertain start to 2021, as cases of COVID-19 continue to grow, along with concerns over how to vaccinate nearly 15 million people. While the recently announced state of emergency will hopefully help slow infection rates, we  need stronger supports to ensure that people can afford to stay at home. Paid sick days would provide a more fair, equitable, and consistent approach to...

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ONCA update

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Sep 2020

ONCA update

The Government of Ontario has introduced motion #89 in the Legislature. This motion extends the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) by another year, until December 2021. This was necessary because legislation is automatically cancelled if it does not take effect in 10 years, and the ONCA was passed in 2010 so would be cancelled if it was not proclaimed by December 2020. We have been assured that the ONCA is...

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Red tape: Reforming transfer payment agreements

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Nov 2019

Red tape: Reforming transfer payment agreements

The nonprofit sector plays a vital role as an economic driver, employing about a million people in Ontario. As a sector, Ontario nonprofits receive less than half of their revenue from governments, which means they can leverage public investments – via earned income, donations, and volunteer contributions – into services that directly benefit the people of Ontario. ONN and the nonprofit sector have been advocating...

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Stronger together: Collective advocacy in changing times

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May 2019

Stronger together: Collective advocacy in changing times

By Cathy Taylor This is a disconcerting and uncertain time for the public benefit sector in Ontario. A change of government brings about changes that affect the environment in which our sector operates. From legislative and policy changes that affect our operations, like the nonprofit labour force and our financing, as well as changes impacting issues our sector cares deeply about: climate change, the arts,...

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Behind the numbers: Ontario Budget 2017

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May 2017

Behind the numbers: Ontario Budget 2017

Now that the dust has settled and the Budget bill is just finishing its trek through the legislative process, it’s time to look beyond the numbers and ask, what does Ontario Budget 2017 mean for the nonprofit sector? This is the first balanced Budget since the 2008-09 downturn and a Budget with the 2018 election clearly in its sights. As ONN noted it its budget...

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Community benefits policy must be at the core of Ontario’s infrastructure investment strategy

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Apr 2017

Community benefits policy must be at the core of Ontario’s infrastructure investment strategy

Social procurement expands our understanding of “value for money,” beyond the lowest cost to include the broader costs and benefits of our collective purchasing power. That sometimes means “fair trade” or “sweatshop free labour,” but it can go much further. Like buying from companies that hire and promote marginalized workers or take measures beyond regulatory requirements to reduce their carbon impact. This is not just...

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