The Government of Ontario and the Trillium Foundation are in process of consulting with the not-for-profit sector as part of the province’s Open Ontario plan.
In April 2010, the Government of Ontario announced that the province will develop a comprehensive and long-term strategic plan to guide its partnerships with the not-for-profit sector. The process will consist of a series of discussions with the not-for-profit, public and private sectors on how to ensure that government is more responsive to not-for-profit and voluntary sectors. The consultation process will be led by Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister for Citizenship and Immigration, and Helen Burstyn, Trillium Foundation Chair. Discussion will include:
- Review of the structural and legislative framework within which the not-for-profit sector operates in Ontario
- Exploration of how to better coordinate the government’s approach to the sector
- Research into models of government-not-for-profit sector partnerships in other jurisdictions.
A report with findings and recommendations will be released in late 2010.
There are multiple ways to participate in the consultations process:
- Regional roundtables are being held until September 2010 in certain regions of the province
- Not-for-profit sector organizations, professionals and members of the public are also invited to participate online by submitting briefs, responding to a survey or participating in online discussion.
To register and learn more about the consultation, see the Partnership Project at www.partnershipproject.ca.