Current law

This page explains what you will find in this section of the website.

Nonprofits incorporated in Ontario are currently governed by Ontario’s Corporations Act (OCA). This section covers many of the basics of that Act. Bill 154, or the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 recently made a number of changes to the OCA. This section does not yet include those changes.

The Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA) will eventually replace the OCA, but it is not expected to come into force for at least another 2 years.

If you don’t know if and where you are incorporated, here are some ways to find out.

If you want a crash course in nonprofit law, we suggest these resources.

If you’re not incorporated under the OCA, the pages below may help you understand the options for your organization and possible next steps.

If you are incorporated in OCA, the pages below may help you learn about the laws that currently apply.

If you want to know how we developed these pages, visit Our approach.

Reviewed: December 2017