Election Advocacy: What nonprofits need to know

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Do you know the rules around election advocacy engagement? Join us to learn and prepare for the 2022 provincial election!

About this event

The 2022 Ontario general election will take place on June 2, 2022.
Nonprofits and charities can be key players during elections, advocating for the communities they serve as well as for the sector. Before engaging in election advocacy, you might have questions about rules around what your organization can and cannot do.
Do the Ontario’s Election Finances Act Third Party Election Advertising Rules apply to your nonprofit or charity? What are the things you need to do to comply with the Act?
Attend this webinar to learn about the rules around election advocacy engagement!
Topics that will be covered during the webinar:
  • An overview of election advocacy rules
  • Ontario’s Lobbyist Registration Act
  • CRA rules for charities’ engagement in political activities.
  • A deep dive into the Third Party Election Advertising rules: Do the Elections Finances Act Third Party Election Advertising Rules Apply to You? What does the Election Finances Act require third-party advertisers to do and not do? What are the penalties for non-compliance?
  • A preview of ONN’s newly updated election advocacy toolkit

This webinar is Part 1 of a two-part series we will be hosting on election advocacy. Part 2 will focus more on community engagement in the context of election advocacy. Details coming soon.

All registered participants will receive a recording, slide deck, and curated list of resources within one week of the event. If you have questions about this event, please reach out to our team at info@theonn.ca.

Speaker Bios

Benjamin Miller

Benjamin Miller is a policy advisor/lawyer at ONN. He comes to ONN from the Government of Canada and Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focused on nonprofit and charity law and policy. Over the past 4 years at CLEO, Benjamin has answered hundreds of nonprofit law questions and developed an online interactive bylaw builder for the ONCA. In 2018, Benjamin served as a Summer Research Fellow at ONN researching the topic of transfer payment agreement modernization. His first book on long-term strategic communications “The 100-Year PR Plan: A Guide for advocates” was published in January 2021 by Civil Sector Press. His other writings on topics ranging from dark money to campus clubs have appeared in publications such as The Philanthropist, Policy Options, University Affairs, Canadian Lawyer, Slaw, and the Globe & Mail. Benjamin holds a JD and MPP from the University of Toronto and an MA in political theory from the University of Ottawa

Candice Zhang

Candice Zhang is the policy advisor at ONN. Stemming from her passion for social change, public policy, and innovation, Candice has pursued various opportunities in policy analysis, research, and project management with a number of organizations, including the Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto Youth Cabinet, the HIV Legal Network, and the Simon Fraser University Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue. She has worked with diverse populations, including youths, LGBTQ2S communities, people living with HIV, as well as Canadians affected by income and housing inequalities. Candice holds a Master’s Degree in Global Health Policy from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Queen’s University.

February 10, 2022

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