Get Ready for the ONCA - a project of CLEO

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Register now for a free 30-minute introductory webinar for Ontario nonprofit boards and senior staff. Learn about areas to watch in the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) and what you can do to prepare. Presented by Brenda Doner of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)’s Get Ready for the ONCA project.
Register for Nov. 5, 2013  12:30 – 1 p.m.    HERE
Register for Nov. 14, 2013 12:30 – 1 p.m.    HERE
To join the webinar and ask questions via text chat, please register for only ONE session above. Where possible, gather a group of colleagues around a computer with speakers (or a computer and speaker phone) to share a single registration and make room for more people.  

You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email as well as instructions on how to connect to the webinar. Register early as space is limited.
Can’t make it? The recorded session will be available on the Get Ready for the ONCA website by late November.  Subscribe to our ebulletin to get notice when the webinar and handouts become available online.
Who’s it for?
This webinar can help board members or senior staff to prepare for the ONCA. 
What’s it about?
The Ontario government is modernizing the law that governs how nonprofit organizations operate. The new law is called the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, or the ONCA. Most nonprofit organizations incorporated in Ontario will need to comply with the ONCA when it takes effect.
We’ll talk briefly about the following topics and answer your questions:
  • why the ONCA is 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

DIY webinar

Interested in offering a presentation on the ONCA to your provincial association or network members?
Contact us about organizing an introductory ONCA webinar or event (for a minimum of 50 people), tailored to your needs.  We’ll provide the content and speaker for free for a limited number of events.

We’ve got a winner!

Congratulations to Meredith Bacola of Crossing Boundaries Learning Centre, Brantford, Ontario who won one hour of free legal advice by completing our needs survey.
Big thanks to Linda J. Godel of Torkin Manes LLP , Barristers & Solicitors, Toronto for the generosity that made the prize possible.

We heard you!

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to fill out our online needs survey. Here are highlights of what you and your colleagues told us:
  • Awareness of the ONCA varies widely. Small, volunteer-led organizations and organizations that don't belong to a provincial association appear to be unaware of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA). 
  • Organizations need help. Survey respondents are trying to learn about the ONCA.  But about half haven't taken any real action so far.
  • Many don’t know enough to identify specific concerns and there is little difference in the ranking of areas of concern. We asked key informants and survey respondents if they had concerns about seven different areas of the ONCA. Many of you said you didn’t know enough to judge whether you had concerns about those areas (from 10% to 26% depending on area). Membership issues and directors’ conditions were of slightly more concern to more people.
You asked about:
  • Timing - when the law will be final, and when requirements will apply
  • Simplicity - checklists, templates and sample bylaws were the most commonly requested resources.
  • Expertise - you asked for help connecting with lawyers or other legal help.

The next step is to get more details on your specific content and format needs and to test ONCA resources with users. Stay tuned!

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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