Ontario’s Non-profits Are Still Struggling To Survive The Pandemic

20 percent of the 1,200 organizations surveyed by the Ontario Nonprofit Network expect to close their doors within six months

Why It Matters

Ontario’s non-profits are needed more than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic’s health implications give way to a looming economic depression and acute mental health issues. Yet many are in dire financial straits. The provincial and federal governments have offered business relief, but a new report says it isn’t enough to sustain the sector.

Months after the COVID-19 pandemic brought Ontario’s non-profit sector to a screeching halt, many organizations say they’re struggling to keep the lights on – and believe government support for the sector has been sorely lacking.

According to a joint report from the Ontario Nonprofit Network and the Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), a third of all non-profits have laid off staff. A fifth say they could close within the next six months. Even as COVID-19 case numbers remain far lower than they were in late spring, the looming economic hangover of public health restrictions, along with a corresponding increase in mental illness and domestic violence rates, have triggered a greater need for social services and health nonprofits.

Except many of these organizations are under tremendous financial strain themselves. “ONN and AFO continue to be concerne


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