Ontario not-for-profit corporations dealing with ONCA

If you are an Ontario not-for-profit corporation you have to deal with the changes under ONCA and you have a number of options

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The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) was originally passed in 2010 and was expected to come into force in 2013, but unfortunately, it has been delayed many times. On October 19, 2021, the Ontario Corporations Act (“OCA”) was replaced by new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations ("ONCA"). In this revised course we discuss how Ontario non-profits can deal with ONCA.

Many Ontario corporations have held off on making corporate changes, some of them quite important, because ONCA is “just around the corner” and they were waiting to make all the changes together.

Some Ontario non-profit corporations may choose to update their governing documents and stay under ONCA with new articles and by-laws, while others may move from Ontario to the Federal Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”).

In this presentation we will discuss:

Some of the advantages and disadvantages of an Ontario non-profit moving from the Ontario jurisdiction to the Federal jurisdiction; and

The process and requirements to make such a continuance.

Here is an overview of the topics covered:

  1. What is your non-profit?
  2. What is ONCA
  3. How is it different than the CNCA?
  4. Big picture
  5. Questions to Prepare
  6. Recent Changes
  7. Option 1 - Update governing documents and stay under ONCA
  8. Option 2 - Moving from Ontario to Federal CNCA
  9. Charities and Registered Charities
  10. Resources on ONCA
  11. Brief Overview of ONCA

This course is for Ontario non-profit corporations formerly under the Ontario Corporations Act or OCA and now under new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA).

It is not intended for groups that are under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”) or other provincial non-profit acts.

Your Instructor

Mark Blumberg
Mark Blumberg

Mark Blumberg is a lawyer at the law firm Blumbergs Professional Corporation (Blumbergs) in Toronto and works almost exclusively advising non-profits and registered charities on their work in Canada and abroad. Mark has written numerous articles, is a frequent speaker on legal issues involving charity and not-for-profit law. He is the editor of a blog, www.CanadianCharityLaw.ca, and created the largest portal of data on the Canadian charity sector, www.CharityData.ca Mark also edits www.SmartGiving.ca, which provides information on due diligence when selecting charities.

Mark is particularly interested in the regulation of non-profits and charities in Canada, philanthropy, transparency requirements for the voluntary sector, providing accessible information on regulatory issues, and the use of data to make more informed decisions on the charity sector.

Mark is quoted regularly in print media and frequently appears on radio and television on topics relating to philanthropy and the regulation of charities in Canada. Mark has also appeared on a number of occasions in front of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance on topics such as charity regulation, transparency, accountability and tax incentives for philanthropy. Mark has testified at the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector, the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and the House Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.

Mark has also made presentations to the Charities Directorate Annual All Staff Meeting as well the Annual Divisional Staff Meeting of the Determinations Section of Charities Directorate. Mark presented to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) when the FATF conducted an evaluation of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism in Canada in 2015.

Mark sat for 4 years on the Charities Directorate Technical Issues Working Group, which is a bi-annual meeting between the Charities Directorate, the Department of Finance and the charity sector to discuss technical and policy issues pertaining to registered charities and the Income Tax Act (Canada). Mark is a member of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association. Mark spent 6 years on the Advisory Committee for the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) at Carleton University. Mark is on the Board of the Canadian Charity Law Association.

Mark has co-authored 20 Questions Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations Should Ask About Mergers (Published by CPA Canada) and co-wrote a chapter on International Trends in Government-Nonprofit Relations: Constancy, Change, and Contradictions in Non-profits and Government: Collaboration and Conflict in Non-profits and government: collaboration and conflict (Edited by Elizabeth T Boris and C Eugene Steuerle)

Mark frequently lectures to various industry and professional groups on charity compliance issues including the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada), as well as CPA Ontario, BC and Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Ontario Hospital Association, Ontario Non-profit Network, and many other organizations.

Mark has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, an LLB from the University of British Columbia and an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in Tax Law.

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