April 18, 2013
TRANSITION SUPPORT FOR ONTARIO’S NONPROFITS
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) has received a grant to provide support to Ontario’s nonprofit sector over the next three years regarding the implementation of the new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA). This support will include education opportunities (webinars, workshops), a website, development of tools (such as fact sheets, checklists, etc.) and customized support. CLEO is currently hiring a project manager to oversee this work.
In the interim, nonprofits can contact the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) or the Ministry of Consumer Services regarding urgent questions, or you can email CLEO at ONCAinfo@cleo.on.ca where questions and comments will be compiled and responded to once staffing is in place.
With thanks to the Ministries of Consumer Services, Citizenship & Immigration and Tourism, Culture & Sport for the financial support of this project.
ONCA REFERENCE GROUP
Coming soon, ONN will be setting up a virtual reference group and online discussion board for anyone from Ontario’s nonprofit sector that is interested in the ONCA – this will be a platform for organizations to ask questions, provide information on ONCA issues and transition experiences “on the ground”, as well as to review sample transition tools and provide feedback to CLEO and ONN. Watch this space for more details to come!
March 28, 2013
Breaking ONCA news: Proclamation delayed, support for transition process and commitment to review amendments
ONN is very pleased to announce immediate and significant developments on the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA) for Ontario’s nonprofit sector:
1) No Proclamation before Jan. 1, 2014
Proclamation of the ONCA has been delayed and it will not be proclaimed prior to January 1, 2014. The specific date will be determined by the Ministry of Consumer Services in the coming months.
2) Transition support
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) will receive a grant to support the sector during the three-year transition period. CLEO is a nonprofit community legal clinic that works with community partners to produce legal resources and develop capacity to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. More details will be forthcoming, and a work plan and needs assessment of the sector’s transition requirements will be first priority. Thanks to the Ministries of Consumer Services; Citizenship and Immigration; and Tourism, Culture and Sport for their financial contributions.
3) Commitment to review ONN-proposed amendments
The Government of Ontario has committed to review all of ONN’s proposed amendments and outstanding concerns during the next three years. (link to Minister’s letter). In particular, Consumer Services Minister Tracey MacCharles has announced that a review of the Act’s enhancements of members’ voting rights has been made a priority.
ONN is thrilled that the Minister has acknowledged ONN’s concerns about limited voting rights to non-voting members and will be recommending that these provisions not come into force for at least three years following proclamation.
Following almost seven years of the initiatives of an ONCA-focused working group of sector leaders on the implications for the sector, ONN representatives met with Minister MacCharles on March 27, 2013 to discuss the ONCA transition.
ONN Executive Director Cathy Taylor noted after the meeting that, “The Ministry of Consumer Services and ONN are committed to working together to improve the ONCA as foundational legislation for nonprofit governance in Ontario. ONN will continue to convene the voices of the sector throughout this process, for the public benefit of Ontarians. This could not have happened without the direct feedback of sector members, including over 800 members in 2012 alone.”
The ONCA has been the spark that galvanized the ONN in its early years and is a foundational issue for the sector. While ONN’s preferred course of action has always been to have all of our proposed amendments included in the Act prior to its final and third reading by the Government of Ontario (2010), our continued work on this fundamental issue has provided us with opportunities to keep the experiences and voices of the sector on this issue top of mind over the coming years.
Today’s significant development
ONN wishes to acknowledge today’s meaningful steps forward on the ONCA with the Ministry of Consumer Services and their recognition of the Ontario nonprofit sector’s contributions as an important partner of the Government of Ontario.
In her letter, Minister MacCharles thanked ONN for “the collaborative and expert support that your organization is providing to the ministry and the non-profit sector in preparing for implementation of this important Act.”
We’ll continue to keep you updated on further developments – thank you to our members for your ongoing support and input, and to our constellation leaders and volunteers for their dedicated sector building work.
Official announcement from The Honourable Tracey MacCharles, Minister of Consumer Services
For more information:
Sarah Matsushita, ONN Communications and Network Engagement Manager
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