Past & Current Partnerships

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Working Together for Ontario Communities


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OTF partnered with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to administer the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) granting program, which included a $500,000 investment from the Gordon & Ruth Gooder Foundation in 2013-14. This ongoing program is now in its second year, and invests $5M annually in grassroots, youth-led initiatives.

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OTF, McConnell Foundation and the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation have partnered with MaRS to test a social innovation lab model on food system change. This project is working to find solutions to food security problems to build a more sustainable food economy in Ontario.


weston and park people logosOTF has partnered with The W. Garfield Weston Foundation & Toronto Park People to invest in Toronto’s parks through the Weston Family Parks Challenge. This ongoing partnership will promote vibrant and sustainable greenspaces in Toronto.

OTF and Community Foundations of Canada have partnered to create the Community Knowledge Exchange (CKX), an initiative dedicated to the creative power of community knowledge sharing. This ongoing partnership includes the first CKX Summit, bringing together individuals and organizations across sectors to share knowledge, on November 19-21 2014 in Toronto.

caleton university logoOTF has partnered with Carleton University’s Policy and Program Evaluation program to study the impact of a group of grants that we have made to Social Planning Councils in Ontario. This valuable research will build a greater understanding of how OTF’s investments benefit our communities.

indigenous youth project logoOTF, Tides Canada Foundation, Sprott Foundation, TD Bank, Laidlaw Foundation and the Counselling Foundation of Canada have contributed funding, knowledge and expertise to develop the Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project. This project supports indigenous youth to find grassroots solutions to community based problems, through micro-grants (up to $5,000).

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OTF has partnered with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to develop its eLearning and Knowledge Management infrastructure. This partnership will assist in preparing and training OTF staff and volunteers on the Foundation’s new investment strategy.”


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OTF is collaborating with the Toronto Pan Am & Parapan American Games to support community building through the planning and execution of the Toronto 2015 Torch Relay. Our partnership with TO2015 will encourage diverse groups to participate in the Torch Relay celebrations and highlight OTF grantees across the province.
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OTF is collaborating through a $3M partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Parks Canada, and TD Friends of the Environment to functionally complete the Ontario portion of the Trans Canada Trail. This national trail will run from coast to coast and will be completed in time for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.
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OTF is collaborating on a $100K research partnership with Deloitte, Business for the Arts, Aimia and Enbridge to understand the social impact of the arts in Canada. This research project will be disseminated in late 2015.
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OTF and Glencore Canada's Kidd Operations have created a $1M Legacy Fund in support of the Timmins non-profit sector. The Kidd Operations – Ontario Trillium Foundation Legacy Fund is an investment in the sustainability of the non-profit sector beyond the Kidd Operations mine closure in 2021. Kidd Operations and the Ontario Trillium Foundation will each invest $500,000 into the Fund that, under the Foundation's administration, will begin making grants when Kidd ceases operations in Timmins.
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OTF, ParticipACTION, Public Inc., the BC Ministry of Health and Astra Zeneca have partnered to create an innovative workplace program aimed at motivating and nudging inactive Canadians to take the first steps in their journey to regular physical activity. Harnessing new physical activity tracking technology, behavioural economics and creating supportive environments for physical activity, this program will inspire, reward, and measure real changes in participant’s physical activity levels.
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OTF has partnered with Mohawk College's Building Renovation's diploma program through the Community Builders Project (CBP). The CBP is an initiative in which students from this program complete the labour component of an OTF capital grant. This provides students with hands-on experience and enables the Foundation to leverage its resources in partnership with another organization. To date this partnership has completed three community renovation projects in Hamilton. Currently, OTF is in discussions to pilot the expansion of this partnership across Ontario.

For a video description of the community projects completed through this partnership please click on the relevant year: 2013, 2014, 2015.

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