News from Ontario’s Non-Profit Sector

Compliments of the Ontario NonProfit Network!

Social Enterprise Strategy for Ontario

The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment released the province’s first social enterprise plan. “Impact: A Social Enterprise Strategy for Ontario” highlights the growing social enterprise space in the province, especially for businesses with a social purpose and young entrepreneurs. Read the strategy.

Updates on ONCA plus free webinar

The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) has passed third reading, but has not been proclaimed. Technical amendments were necessary to ensure the act could be implemented. These amendments, Bill 85, were introduced in the spring of 2013.

ONN and our leadership volunteers on this issue have reviewed these amendments, which are now pending second reading in the legislature. We have proposed changes to address some unintended impacts of the legislation on the sector’s ability to smoothly transition to the Act.

ONCA will be proclaimed at least six months after the passage of Bill 85 so it will be at least mid-2014 before it comes into effect. We’ll keep you posted!

In the meantime, here’s a link to helpful resources including draft by-laws and a checklist to get started.

As we mentioned in previous updates, Community Legal Education Ontario is managing the “Get Ready for the ONCA” project to support nonprofits. They’ve just finished a survey gathering the needs and questions of organizations as they transition, and they connected directly with nonprofit leaders at their ONN Conference 2013 booth. Nonprofits can join a free 30-minute webinar about areas to watch in the ONCA and what organizations can do to prepare. Save the date for Nov. 5 or Nov. 14.

Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy- Add your voice

This week ONN participated in a consultation facilitated by the Ministry of Finance with the Hon. Charles Sousa to share ways of renewing Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. Minister Sousa listened in on roundtable discussions on how the business sector can effectively contribute to the alleviation of poverty, including examples of partnerships and ways to increase business sector participation in poverty reduction. Local, provincial and national nonprofits attended, in addition to corporations and small businesses.

ONN was there to hear feedback from the sector, support nonprofits working on poverty issues who are experts in this area, and encourage government to consult the sector, which has on-the-ground experience, as strategies are developed.

Feedback will contribute to the development of a new five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy for Ontario. The sector can add its voices in two ways:

1) Online survey before October 17, 2013:

http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/breakingthecycle/consultations.aspx

2) Send your submission by October 11, 2013 to: povertystrategy@ontario.ca

Some key questions to consider when submitting.

If you’ve participated in a consultation or made a submission, please share with ONN and we’ll compile these online to share the voices of the sector.

Vendor of Record Program

Another Open for Business recommendation coming to fruition! Provincially funded organizations can now access Ontario’s Vendor of Record (VOR) program. Eligible organizations will have the opportunity for potential savings, streamlined administration and access to a pre-qualified list of vendors. Eligible organizations will receive letters directly from the Ministry that provides their funding by December 31, 2013.

This program is being administered through the Ministry of Government Services.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Payday Loans Act- Proposed changes

We want to share this update with the sector, especially for organizations working with vulnerable populations and/or financial literacy. The Ministry of Consumer Services has proposed amendments to the Payday Loans Act, 2008, to protect borrowers with more structured regulations. They are expected to come into force in Fall 2013. Read the full amendments.

 

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