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Building A Strong Partnership With The Not-for-profit Sector

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Building A Strong Partnership With The Not-for-profit Sector

McGuinty Government Making It Easier For Not-For-Profits To Help Ontarians

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is working with the not-for-profit sector to better support organizations that help Ontarians maintain a high quality of life.  The province will develop a comprehensive and long term strategic action plan for its partnership with the not-for-profit sector. 

This initiative will be a first-of-a-kind approach for Ontario and will lead to recommendations to support the not-for-profit sector. In collaboration with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the government will conduct a series of discussions with the not-for profit, private and public sectors on how to make government more responsive to not-for-profit and volunteer organizations. This will help inform new ways to strengthen the sector, as part of the province's five-year Open Ontario plan.

Led by Ontario Citizenship and Immigration Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins and Ontario Trillium Foundation Chair Helen Burstyn, the province-wide discussions will include:

  • Reviewing the structural and legislative framework within which Ontario's not-for-profit sector operates.
  • Exploring how to better coordinate the government's approach to the sector.
  • Researching models of government-not-for-profit sector partnerships in other jurisdictions.

A report outlining the research results and offering concrete recommendations will be completed in Winter 2010.

Quick Facts

  • The Not-For-Profit sector includes over 45,000 organizations and employs 1 million people in Ontario.
  • The sector contributes about $47 billion in combined revenue to the economy, representing over 7.1% of GDP - greater than the auto and construction industries combined.
  • For every $10 invested in not-for-profit organizations, an additional $20 is generated in donations and volunteer resources.
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation disbursed more than $108 million to charities and other not-for-profit sector organizations in 2009-10.
  • The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has launched 70 projects to build the capacity of not-for-profit organizations and supports efforts to attract volunteers, address risks and encourage social innovation.

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“Ontario's not-for-profit sector is an essential partner to government and a major social and economic force in the province. This initiative is an opportunity to review and improve our policies and practices for the benefit of the sector, and all Ontarians.”

The Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation has a 28-year history of partnering with and championing the work of the voluntary and not-for-profit organizations in building healthy, vibrant communities. The initiative being launched today is significant because it is government-wide effort that will result in a more comprehensive, more coordinated relationship between the public sector and the not-for-profit sector in this province.”

Helen Burstyn

Ontario Trillium Foundation Board Chair

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