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More Support for the Not-for-Profit Sector to Better Serve York Region

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More Support for the Not-for-Profit Sector to Better Serve York Region

Province Investing in Projects Across Ontario that Promote Diversity, Volunteerism

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is providing more support for the not-for-profit sector in York Region, to better serve the community, promote diversity, and encourage volunteerism.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Laura Albanese was joined by Newmarket-Aurora MPP Chris Ballard at Blue Hills Child and Family Centre in Aurora to make the announcement.

Blue Hills Child and Family Centre will work in partnership with the Community Inclusivity and Equity Council of York Region to promote inclusive leadership in organizations across Ontario. They will develop and implement guides, tools, learning sessions and resources to help not-for-profits apply diversity, equity and inclusion practices at all levels of their organization. For example, they will train people across the sector to provide mentorship and leadership on inclusivity in their organizations.

Through its Partnership Grant Program, the province is supporting projects at 21 not-for-profit organizations across Ontario. Projects include developing a standard set of resources to help volunteers include people with intellectual disabilities in their organizations; promoting diversity and the inclusion of women in leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector; and promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion and engagement in volunteer programs by providing tools to organizations with limited volunteer management resources.

Supporting not-for-profit organizations to better serve their communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Blue Hills Child and Family Centre is receiving $145,775 to launch a new project entitled "Inclusive Leadership for Not For Profit Organizations Across Ontario."
  • Through its Partnership Grant Program, Ontario is investing $4.1 million in 21 not-for-profit organizations and their partners across the province.
  • Since 2011, the Partnership Grant Program has provided $17.9 million to 67 not-for-profit organizations to help people in communities across Ontario.
  • There are more than 55,000 not-for-profit organizations across the province.
  • Ontario’s core not-for-profit sector has an annual economic impact of close to $67 billion.

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“These organizations play an integral part in our social fabric and deliver programs and services that make people’s everyday life better. This support reinforces the importance of a healthy and vibrant not-for-profit sector across Ontario.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“People across the province benefit from the contributions of not-for-profit organizations every day. With this support from our government, not-for-profit organizations will strengthen their ability to support Ontario’s communities.”

Chris Ballard

MPP, Newmarket-Aurora

“The Community Inclusivity and Equity Council of York Region will provide an equity lens to this Partnership Grant. We are committed to enhancing the leadership capacity of several social service sectors in order to embed principles of equity in all facets of organizational planning, culture, decision-making, service delivery and resource allocation. This will result in improved outcomes for the children, youth and families we serve and the communities they are a part of.”

Sylvia Pivko

Executive Director, Blue Hills Child and Family Centre and member of the Community Inclusivity and Equity Council of York Region



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