It is important that our two sectors (government and not-for-profit organizations) work together to modernize the delivery of services and funding agreements behind the scenes. Our sector`s experience on the ground, directly in communities, brings critical perspectives that are around the table when government plans and implements change. “We are modernizing state transfers,” Bethlenfalvy said. “We`re simplifying transfers so our partners can spend less time red tape and more time making a real difference in the lives of the people they serve.” The 58,000-member Ontario ProfitLess Network “has been actively working with the not-for-profit sector to reform the way transfer payment agreements are implemented. We are pleased to hear that the Ontario government will make transfer reform a priority,” Executive Director Cathy Taylor said in a written statement. We are pleased that the Ontario government is making transfer reform a priority through its initiative to strengthen transfers. This is an important opportunity to modernize funding agreements, so that not-for-profit organizations like the government spend less time on administration and more time on providing support services to Ontarians. There are approximately 5,000 not-for-profit organizations that currently have agreements with several provincial ministries, but each is managed separately. The number of transfer agreements could be immediately reduced by 14% without the elimination of services or jobs, just through framework contracts.
Optimized, results-oriented agreements can reduce administrative costs for both government and non-profit organizations. It is a long step for agencies, especially daycares, which are overburdened by the duplication of many government agencies. The province recently merged its payment agreements, halved the number of agreements and reduced the number of financial reports from three to two. The ONN and the voluntary sector have been committed for many years to a reform of transfer agreements. Nonprofits spend too much time soliciting funding, waiting for agreements, and reporting on public investments in programs. This is especially true for non-profit organizations that have to manage more than one agreement and report on their spending in different budget categories in different programs and departments. He added that “smarter, more efficient transfer payments will allow the thousands of partners who deliver programs and services on behalf of the government to focus on what they do best – providing vital services to Ontarians in communities across our province. This is part of our plan to build smarter government that focuses on results and achieves better results. “This is an important opportunity to modernize funding agreements, so that not-for-profit organizations and government spend less time on paperwork and more time providing services that support Ontarians. » Learn more about the ONN`s perspective on transfer reform. Across the non-profit sector, there is a clear consensus that credit transfer agreements should be based on the principles of accountability, mutual respect and accountability and managed in a simple, proportionate and flexible manner. The province has already combined three business support programs into one and “this will reduce the total number of transfer payment agreements by approximately 65 per cent and streamline reporting requirements for each support program by the same number over a three-year period.” Not-for-profit organizations that provide services on behalf of government want administrative processes to be streamlined and standardized beyond departments and programs.
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