Bylaws under the ONCA

Existing nonprofits are not required to pass new bylaws when they make the transition to the ONCA, but it is a good idea. If you do nothing, anything in your current bylaws that does not conform to the new requirements will be invalid when the three-year transition period ends. Those parts of your bylaws will be automatically replaced by the rules in the ONCA. However, you may not know which parts of your bylaws are legally compliant and which are not.

While you cannot override or nullify the mandatory ONCA rules, you can override the default bylaws and add some optional rules.

We recommend that you use the resources in this section to look at your current bylaws, compare them to the requirements of the ONCA, and make the necessary changes before the end of the transition period.

Reviewed: May 2014