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Working Hand in Hand With Not-For-Profits

McGuinty Government Releases Report To Strengthen Relationship

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario has released a new strategy to strengthen its partnership with the not-for-profit (NFP) sector, such as charity, sport and community organizations that support over one million jobs and contribute close to $50 billion to the province's economy.

The Partnership Project report provides a concrete plan on ways the government can be more responsive, supportive and accessible to NFP organizations.

To help guide the strategy, the Partnership Advisory Group is being created and will include leaders from the NFP, public and private sectors. And the Partnership Project Office will also be established to help renew, streamline, and modernize the government's relationship with community organizations and provide better coordination.   

NFP organizations are vital to families' well being and local economies. Modernizing the government's relationship with this sector is an important part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and strengthen our economy.

Quick Facts

  • Five million Ontarians volunteer millions of hours annually through NFP organizations - equivalent to 420,000 full-time jobs
  • The Partnership Project report was developed through extensive consultation with more than 600 representatives of the NFP sector in communities across the province and online.

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“Not-for-profit organizations help drive Ontario's economy, contributing close to $50 billion and over one million jobs across the province. They also provide important services to families in our communities. This strategy will help build a stronger partnership between this sector and government, so that we can focus on building stronger communities.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“For 29 years the Ontario Trillium Foundation has helped not-for-profit and charitable organizations build healthy and vibrant communities. The recommendations of the Partnership Project reflect the important contribution of those organizations and are critical to building a strong third sector in Ontario.”

Helen Burstyn

Ontario Trillium Foundation Board Chair

“The Ontario Nonprofit Network applauds the work of the Partnership Project. Not-for-profit organizations have worked hard to have their voices heard, and it is clear that Minister Eric Hoskins and Helen Burstyn have listened. We look forward to working in partnership with the Government of Ontario as it implements the report's recommendations and continues to engage in an ongoing and meaningful dialogue with the sector.”

Tonya Surman

Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation and Co-Chair, Ontario Nonprofit Network



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