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.
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.
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, called "For Public Benefit."
The policy included a plan for the Mayor to proclaim Toronto's inaugural Not-for-Profit Recognition Day and tasked the Toronto Non-Profit Network (TNN) and Social Planning Toronto (acting as an administrative secretariat) with organizing it. Details coming soon!