COVID -19 update

In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Government of Ontario passed some laws and guidelines that allow:

  • nonprofits to delay holding some members’ meetings
  • charities to access restricted funds, if they’re in danger of closing
  • New deadlines for annual members’ meetings

    Ontario’s state of emergency may make it impossible for your nonprofit to hold its annual members’ meeting by your deadline. If your deadline  falls during the state of emergency, the government’s allowing you to extend it.

    This table  explains how you determine your new deadline.
    At the time of writing, Ontario’s state of emergency ends on June 9, 2020.

    Need a quick refresher on the rules around annual members' meetings? Nonprofit Law Ontario explains how to prepare for and conduct a members' meeting .


    Accessing restricted funds

    The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) has developed temporary guidelines to help charities that are in danger of closing due to lack of funds. These charities may be able to use the income and capital of restricted purpose trust funds to continue their day-to-day operations.

    Usually, charities can only use restricted purpose trust funds for specific reasons.
    A charity has to meet certain conditions and get permission  from the OPGT before it can use these funds.

    Unincorporated associations

    Do you belong to an unincorporated community group or a self-help group? Are you wondering what laws apply to you? Nonprofit Law Ontario now offers legal information for all types of unincorporated associations.


    Charity and nonprofit law events

    Webinars from the Canadian Charity Law Association
    June 16, July 12, September 17, October 13, November 19, 2020
    Noon to 1 p.m. (ET)
    Free. Register for upcoming dates.

    Carters’ spring 2020 webinar series 
    April 15, 29, May 6, 20, June 3, 17, and 24, 2020
    1 to 2 p.m. (ET)
    Free. Register for upcoming dates.

    Note: Recordings of Carters’ April and May webinars are also available online.

    About Nonprofit Law Ontario

    Nonprofit Law Ontario, formerly known as Get Ready for the ONCA, is a CLEO project that supports nonprofit organizations in understanding the current and future corporate laws that apply to them.
    CLEO produces clear, accurate, and practical legal information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights.

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