Get Ready for the ONCA - a project of CLEO

Needs survey closes Sept. 30 – complete it and win free legal advice

The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) will affect nonprofits’ membership, voting, financial review and audits, and other rules after it comes into force in 2014. The Get Ready for the ONCA project will be developing information and tools to help you understand and prepare for the new rules.

Tell us your questions and concerns about the ONCA by completing our 5-minute needs survey  .

Please forward this link widely, and give your colleagues the chance to win 1 hour of free legal advice with a charity lawyer. The survey is open until September 30, 2013, and we’ll notify the winner in October.

ONCA resources and events

Email us your ONCA resources and learning events to include in our ebulletin. We promote events that are free or low cost and that are open to small and medium-sized nonprofits.

Interested in offering a presentation on the ONCA to your board or members? We can provide speakers for a limited number of free 20-minute or longer introductory presentations. We are also working on a 5 to 10 minute ONCA introduction intended for boards of directors.

We'll talk briefly about:
  • why it’s important
  • what’s in the bylaws and articles
  • members and voting
  • requirements for directors
  • requirements for public benefit corporations
  • audits and financial review engagements
  • steps to prepare for the ONCA
Email us and tell us:
  • the number of participants you think will attend
  • dates or months you have in mind
  • what format you prefer, for example,  a conference call, webinar, or face-to-face session

Carters Professional Corporation is hosting half-day workshops on the ONCA this fall for nonprofits. The cost is $35.00 per person for events in Toronto on Wednesday, October 2 and in Ottawa on Friday, October 4. For more info, visit Carter’s website.

The Ministry of Consumer Services provides:
  • A guide to the ONCA, a draft default bylaw, and a transition checklist at its website.
  • An electronic toolkit with articles, speaker’s notes and slides, and other communication materials.Get the toolkit by emailing the Ministry at

Meet us at the ONN Conference

We will be at the Ontario Nonprofit Network's conference, Nonprofit: Reframed, September 19 in Toronto. If you are there, come say hello!

About Get Ready for the ONCA

Get Ready for the ONCA is a CLEO project that supports nonprofit organizations as they prepare for the ONCA. CLEO produces clear, accurate, and practical legal information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Get Ready for the ONCA will:
  • share existing resources about the ONCA
  • produce helpful new tools and checklists
  • develop webinars and other educational events
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