Toronto Neighbourhood Centres

Decent Work and Nonprofit Agencies

TNC Decent Work Initiatives


With the support of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation, and in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Toronto Neighbourhood Centres has contributed leadership to promoting the practices of Decent Work in the non-profit sector, and helps to champion broader labour market reforms, in concert with initiatives such as the $15 and Fairness Campaign.

TNC member organizations have adopted the TNC Charter, outlining a range of commitments to promote Decent Work practices in our organizations, the nonprofit sector, and the labour market at-large.

TNC Decent Work Charter - Preamble

Developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the premise of decent work "involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all.”

A core component of promoting a decent work vision is committing to developing high quality jobs and working collectively to ensure the structures, regulations and practices are in place to support organizations and individuals in pursuing them.

TNC member agencies aim to support inclusive, healthy and equitable communities, and we know that the provision of decent work is central to creating  the economic and social foundations that underpin individual and community well-being. Toronto Neighbourhood Centres' members are therefore committed to championing decent work conditions and practices in our society, our local communities, and within our own organizations.

As community organizations committed to social justice we are signing this charter to confirm our commitment to advancing policy reforms needed to improve working conditions for all.

As employers we are signing this charter to confirm that we view decent work as an essential component of achieving our organizations' missions and intended impacts. And our understanding that the provision of decent work conditions in our organizations in turn benefits the well-being of community members and volunteers that we work with each day. 

As leaders in our communities we will champion local economic practices that promote and sustain decent work, and will join with community groups, sector networks, unions, and funders to generate collective actions that expand decent work conditions.

For updates on this initiative, and to access the ONN adaptations of our Decent Work Charter and Decent Work Checklist, please visit the ONN's Decent Work Resources page  

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