I recently wondered with this new Ontario government whether there was any change relating to the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA). It is supposed to come into force at the beginning of 2020. So I wrote to the Ontario government on January 10, 2019 and they replied on January 25, 2019 with the following:
The ministry is continuing to work to bring the ONCA into force as early as possible with a target of early 2020. The government is currently being briefed on ONCA and if there is any new information on ONCA to share with the public this will be communicated on the Ministry’s website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/rules-not-profit-and-charitable-corporations. The new business information and registration system to allow all businesses to access more services online is anticipated to launch at the same time.
So it looks like the Ontario government is still aiming for early 2020 to bring ONCA into force. The Ministry's website was last updated on June 27, 2018.
For those considering establishing a non-profit you might find this article helpful:
For those who have a non-profit under the Ontario Corporations Act (“OCA”) here are some resources that you may find helpful:
For Ontario corporations, it makes sense to proactively consider the implications of ONCA on your governance structure and obtain legal counsel who is knowledgeable about non-profit corporate law and if you are a charity then also charity law. We have assisted many Ontario non-profit corporations and if you wish to retain our law firm then please contact us.
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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.