Modernizing City-Nonprofit Sector Relationships

In 2015 City Council directed City staff, in cooperation with a community sector advisory table, to develop a "whole of government" policy direction and policy framework, including key actions, for guiding and modernizing the City’s relationship with the community-based non-profit sector. Through the “Modernizing City-Nonprofit Sector Relationships” initiative, we hope to identify opportunities for improving the cross-sectoral ways of working together to enhance our shared impacts.

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To start the conversation off, six discussion papers were created to raise issues and provide context. These papers looked at the positive impact of the sector in regards to the city, as well as five specific relationships between the city and nonprofit sector. 

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Over two years, the community advisory table and over 100 Toronto-based non-profit organizations gave input to the project. On December 7, 2017, Council adopted the new strategic policy framework, called For Public Benefit

Click here to read For Public Benefit: City of Toronto Framework for Working With Community-Based Not-For-Profit Organizations


Earlier in 2017, the Ontario Nonprofit Network had proposed a new framework to identify our sector, known interchangeably and confusingly as the non-profit sector, civil society, the social economy, the voluntary sector, the third sector, the nonprofit sector, the charitable sector, and others. To fully capture all that the sector is and does in serving communities, ONN proposed a new name: the "public benefit nonprofit sector."

Click here to read ONN's Introducing the "Public Benefit Nonprofit Sector": How a New Identity Can Better Serve Communities

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