Ontario Business Name Registration for Not-for-Profit Corporations

Not-for-profit organizations that are incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation must register a business name if they operate under a name that is different than their legal name. Businesses are often familiar with this requirement, but not all not-for-profit boards understand that, as a corporation, they too are subject the Business Names Act (Ontario).…

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When Good Things Come to an End

It may not be glamourous or exciting work, but when it comes time to wind up and dissolve a charity or not-for-profit corporation, it is worth doing right. Regardless of the reason for discontinuing the work of an organization, there are a number of important steps that leaders of the organization should undertake to avoid…

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Public Disclosure of Director Information

Directors of Canada not-for-profit corporations must be mindful of the fact that Information about federal corporations is public information. This includes a corporation’s registered office address, and the names and addresses of its directors. Corporations Canada recently released a notice about Public Disclosure of Corporate Information. The notice can be found here. Of particular interest…

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Audit Requirements for Canada Not-for-profit Corporations

The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (the “Act”) governs federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations. Not-for-profit corporations are defined as either soliciting or non-soliciting corporations under the Act. A soliciting corporation is one that has received more than $10,000 in income from public sources in a single financial year.  Public sources include gifts or donations from non-members, grants…

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Your Federal NFP Corporation has made the TRANSITION – Now Be Sure to take the Final Step

Federal charities and not-for-profit corporations which have transitioned to the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act must file all new bylaws, any changes to by-laws and any repeal of by-laws with Corporations Canada within 12 months of obtaining approval from the members. As a part of the transition process, most corporations have updated their by-laws and the…

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Charities Get-Together 2014

The Estates Group of the firm was pleased to host over 20 charities on November 27 at the RCYC. The event was the inaugural Mills and Mills Charities Get-Together. A case study was presented by 3 members of the Estates Group, commencing with the delivery of informal accounts and ending with resolution of formal accounts…

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Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act Transition Deadline Reminder – the October 17, 2014 deadline quickly approaches

Federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations are required to transition to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act by October 17, 2014. It will be assumed that a federally incorporated not-for-profit corporation that fails to transition by this deadline is inactive and, as such, will be dissolved. Failure to transition could have a significant consequence for a federal not-for-profit…

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Happy Anniversary? Only One Year Left to Transition

This month marks the two year anniversary of the coming into force of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.  If your organization has not transitioned yet, you are not alone.  Only 1,800 of the 19,000 federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations have transitioned to the new Act.   Corporations that do not make the transition by the October 17, 2014 deadline will…

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