Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) – December E-Bulletin



·         “Sport” Added to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture


·         ONN Webinar: Understanding the New Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)

·         GIV3 Research Opportunity: Charitable Giving

·         ONN Opportunity: CRA Fundraising Regulations


·         Open Call: ONN Seeks New Steering and Advisory Committee Members

·         Survey: What Sector Issues Keep You Up at Night?

·         Support the Ontario Nonprofit Network

·         Update Your Contact Information





The Ontario Nonprofit Network wishes you all a restful and happy holiday season. We thank you for all your work in making Ontario one of the best places to live, work and raise families. 


We look forward to the new year, continuing to grow our sector and make our collective voice stronger.




“Sport” Added to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture 


Last week, Premier McGuinty announced that Cabinet Minister Michael Chan will be assuming responsibility for the portfolio of sport in Ontario, thereby merging Tourism, Culture and Sport. 


Margaret Emin, Chair, Sport4Ontario welcomes the changes: “We are delighted that sport will continue to be recognized as vitally important to the fabric of Ontarians’ daily lives.” 


As Toronto prepares to host the 2015 Pan American Games, this is a positive step in recognizing the role of sport in strengthening Ontario’s economy through job creation, building new partnerships in the province, and attracting investments.



ONN Webinar: Understanding the New Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)

The Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) is due to be proclaimed in the fall of 2012. Many organizations however, will have great difficulty using the Act and face the risk of it destabilizing the governance mechanisms of their organizations. ONN submitted its proposed amendments along with a letter to the Minister of Consumer Relations requesting a meeting to discuss the Act. 


In the meantime, ONN is holding a webinar on the ONCA to help you better understand the basic features of the Act, and how it will affect your organization, both with and without our proposed amendments. These sessions will provide you with a sufficient overview to begin transition planning.


This webinar series will be hosted by the ONN and presented by ONN Policy Advisor, Lynn Eakin. This information is best suited for Executive Directors, Board Presidents, Treasurers and Secretaries but all are welcome to join. Spaces will be limited. Registration begins January 3. 



January 24 – 12pm-1:30

February 13  – 12pm-1:30
March 12 – 12pm-1:30



$60 – General 

$30 – ONN Supporters (To become an ONN Supporter, click here)


Presentation Reviews

– “Presenter [Lynn Eakin] was well versed in the topic. Able to put forth changes in a way everyone was able to understand.”


“Interesting information – thought provoking discussion on implications.”


– “It offered a critical review of problematic aspects of the new legislation that impacts our organization’s work.”

GIV3 Research Opportunity: Charitable Giving


Why do people give? How do they donate? If you’re interested in contributing to research about charitable giving in Canada, GIV3 is conducting periodic surveys and ONN is pulling together a small group to develop truly probing questions to better understand why citizens donate.

GIV3 has the goal of promoting and increasing charitable giving. Learn more about GIV3. If you are Interested in helping, contact Heather Laird.

ONN Opportunity: Reviewing CRA Regulations


ONN is seeking a small expert group to review and advise on the new CRA regulations following its release in the New Year. 

If you can help, please write to Heather Laird.



Open Call: ONN Seeks New Steering and Advisory Committee Members


In the new year ONN is looking to grow and diversify its steering committee and advisory committee.  If you or someone you know might be interested in contributing to the work of the ONN in convening the voices of the sector, please let us know. Stay tuned for our upcoming notice early in the new year. 


Survey: What Sector Issues Keep You Up At Night?

The Ontario Nonprofit Network seeks to continue supporting your work, the work of the nonprofit sector, and needs to know what’s going on in your community. 

Please take 2-5 minutes to share your first impulse response. Type freely – all responses will be kept anonymous.