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Manager, Government Relations (Ontario)

Position: Manager, Government Relations (Ontario)
Reports to: Senior Manager, Public Affairs
Department: ON Mission - Research, Advocacy & Health Promotion
Location: Toronto office
Status:  Full Time; Permanent

The Heart and Stroke Foundation

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That’s why Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. Powered by donors and volunteers, we fund life-saving research and help Canadians lead healthier lives. 

Heart & Stroke is a health charity active in communities across the country. We are sustained by the commitment and generosity of more than 100,000 volunteers and more than 1.4 million donors.

The opportunity

Support one of Canada’s leading health charities with the development and implementation of Ontario-based government relations campaigns to fulfill the Foundation’s mission to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. Working with staff and volunteers, the successful candidate will support the Foundation to address its nutrition, physical activity and tobacco-free living objectives and be a voice for people living with heart disease and stroke in Ontario.

The Manager of Government Relations (Ontario) plays a key role in the Foundation’s advocacy efforts in Ontario by opening doors for the Foundation to communicate its Mission-related priorities with Members of Provincial Parliament and their staff at Queen’s Park, with government officials in a variety of government ministries and agencies and with representatives of relevant non-governmental organizations. For certain files, the position will also support municipal advocacy efforts in key jurisdictions in Ontario and will from time-to-time support federal advocacy efforts in the Ontario context. In conjunction with the other members of the Ontario Mission team, this successful candidate will play a key role in helping shape the Foundation’s advocacy planning process, execute advocacy priorities, plan special projects and oversee the development of advocacy briefs, papers and related documents. Finally, the candidate will also work with Government Relations leads in other provinces to develop capacity across the country and align efforts where appropriate.     

Key responsibilities 

Government Relations and Liaison

  •  Build and strengthen key relationships that allow the Foundation to strategically communicate its Mission-related priorities with Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and their staff, with government officials in a variety of government ministries and agencies, with relevant non-governmental organizations and with elected officials and staff in key municipalities. 
  • Establish and maintain a network of contacts, relationships and linkages with provincial government (including MPPs, Ministerial staff and key government officials), Ontario-based health charities, external stakeholders and coalitions to support Heart & Stroke’s government relations activities.
  • Cooperate with and influence partner organizations.  Work with partner organizations to develop common advocacy positions and strategies that further the Foundations’ strategic objectives.

Management of Government Relations Priorities, Activities and Products

  • Working with other members of the Public Affairs team, play a central role in developing, implementing and evaluating the Foundation’s government relations priorities, plans and special projects in Ontario, in consultation with other members of the Ontario Mission team.
  • Draft advocacy briefs, papers and related documents and other key communications and policy materials targeted at MPPs, government officials and other stakeholders.
  • Track and relate pertinent information and relevant policy, legislative and regulatory decisions by government, as well as external stakeholders to senior volunteers and management across the Foundation.
  • Contribute to achieving Heart & Stroke’s overall health policy and advocacy goals with a focus on mobilizing support in Ontario.
  • Collaborate with and support Government Relations leads across Canada to build capacity and align efforts.
  • Manage specific departmental projects, as assigned


  • A university degree in political science or related discipline with a strong understanding of government relations and health/public policy. 

Experience and Skills

  • A minimum of 7 years work experience within the NGO sector, as an assistant to a parliamentarian, or as a government relations specialist
  • Demonstrated experience monitoring and analyzing government policy, legislative and regulatory initiatives, and identifying opportunities.
  • Strong understanding of the latest strategies and best practices related advocacy campaigns and government relations, including:
    • Market research
    • Digital and social media
    • Marketing (e.g. creative and media buys)
    • Strategic communications
    • Grassroots mobilization
  • Knowledge or experience working with volunteers 
  • Experience working on health policy issues is an asset.
  • Understanding of the rules that govern lobbying and advocacy in the province of Ontario 
  • Leadership skills and the ability to influence others by articulating sound, rational arguments.
  • Ability to establish, lead and maintain positive working relationships with key stakeholders 
  • Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills including comfort working with the media
  • Proficiency in both official languages is an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of Windows operating systems. Operation and manipulation of word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software packages.  Excellent knowledge of the Internet required.

If you have the qualifications and share our passion for our mission, we invite you to forward your resume and cover letter to HSFC.Recruitment@heartandstrokeca. We offer comprehensive benefits including pension, dental and medical coverage.

This posting will remain open until the role is filled. 

Please include the exact job title, including location, in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest however, due to volume, we can only contact those selected for interviews. 

Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require an accommodation due to disability to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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