ONCA update

Because the Ontario legislature won’t sit again until September, there is no opportunity for the technical amendments bill related to Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA) to be introduced until the fall of 2015 at the earliest.  That means that the ONCA is not expected to come into force before 2016.
The Get Ready for the ONCA project will continue to offer occasional ebulletins and speakers for webinars and teleconferences while we wait for clarity on when the ONCA will take effect.
For the latest information on the timing of the ONCA, please check the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services website at

Meanwhile, you can use CLEO’s tools to learn about the ONCA.

Student legal help service

Thanks so much to the 28 community organizations that helped CLEO test a live chat service and Q & A forum during May and June.  We tested options that may form part of a legal help service to answer questions related to the ONCA with the help of law students from Osgoode Hall Law School.  The process helped us learn more about the questions that nonprofits have, their knowledge of their governing documents, and how they want to interact with the legal help service.
We also learned that most nonprofits won’t or can’t make time to prepare for the ONCA until more details and the date when the law will take effect are clear.  As a result, we will select the launch date for the student legal help service after we know when the ONCA will take effect.

Charity and nonprofit law events

July 15th, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
: Canadian Charity Law Association presents Should we set up a Canadian Charity and if so how? Free. Register here.  
September 9th, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
: Canadian Charity Law Association presents Growing up and becoming Canadian - Ontario (OCA) to Federal (CNCA) continuance and select CRA issues with continuance. Free. Register here.

ONCA Basics webinar

Looking for an introduction to the ONCA for your networks or member organizations? We can provide a free speaker for your 30 to 60 minute webinar or telephone meeting if you expect a minimum of 30 registrants.   

The presentation will be an updated version of our archived webinar, New Rules for Ontario Nonprofits - ONCA Basics, and can include a question and answer session. Email brenda.doner@cleo.on.ca for more information and include the dates you have in mind.


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:
  • shares existing resources about the ONCA
  • produces helpful new tools and checklists
  • develops webinars and other educational events

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