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  • Retaining Books & Records

    Topic: Registered Charities
    Organization: Imagine Canada
    Author: Imagine Canada     Date: Jul 2017

    There are three types of books and records a charity needs to keep:  governance documents, financial information, and source documents.  All charities must keep and safeguard their books and records in either English or French. These books and records must be available to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).  Failing to maintain adequate books and records can result in fines, penalties or revocation of your charitable status.  See the CRA document Keeping Records for more detailed information.

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  • Sample bylaw with options

    Topic: General
    Organization: CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)
    Author: CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)     Date: May 2014

    You can use this tool to adapt the Ministry of Consumer Service’s sample by-law to meet your corporation’s needs.

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  • Shared Platform Guidebook

    Topic: General
    Organization: Ontario Nonprofit Network
    Author: Ontario Nonprofit Network     Date: March 3, 2016

    The purpose of the guidebook is to assist charities and nonprofit organizations to integrate emergent and innovative community projects into their operational framework and governance. Working with our communities and adapting to meet changing needs is essential for the renewal of our sector.

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  • Social enterprise in Canada: Structural options

    Topic: General
    Organization: MaRS
    Author: Susan M. Manwaring & Andrew Valentine     Date: April 17, 2012

    This article will consider various structural options for social enterprise from the perspective of a social entrepreneur contemplating a new social venture. It will address the issues that should be considered before deciding upon a structure, and will then describe available structures and how different
    structures will suit different combinations of priorities.

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  • Special Act Corporations and the ONCA

    Topic: General
    Organization: Mason Bennett Johncox Professional Corporation
    Author: Anna Naud     Date: May 2014

    This article, updated in April 2014, answers questions on how the ONCA relates to organizations that are incorporated under Special Acts.  The author offers three tips: determine whether your organization is a Special Act Corporation; review your organization’s Special Act to determine the current application of Ontario’s Corporations Act; determine whether your organization’s Special Act requires amendments.

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  • Starting an Organization

    Topic: Registered Charities
    Organization: Imagine Canada
    Author: Imagine Canada     Date: July 2017

    This page includes key questions to ask yourself when thinking about starting a charity.

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  • The ABCs of Amending Corporate Bylaws

    Topic: General
    Organization: Iler Campbell LLP
    Author: Shelina Ali     Date: 2012

    This 16-page handout is from a presentation by lawyer Shelina Ali of Iler Campbell LLP in 2012, on behalf of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association. The presentation includes tips and a case study with steps on how an organization should prepare to change its bylaws.

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  • The basics: What to do and when

    Topic: General
    Organization: CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)
    Author: CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)     Date: May 2014

    This resource will tell you what your organization needs to have ready for the ONCA and when you will need it.

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  • The Charity Start-up Toolbox

    Topic: Directors
    Organization: Pro Bono Ontario
    Author: Pro Bono Ontario     Date: Jul 2017

    The Charity Start-Up Toolbox is an online, self-help service designed for non-profits and charities that are seeking nonprofit incorporation, charitable status registration, or both. The Toolbox provides information and resources to help an organization complete the necessary application documents required for incorporation or charity registration.

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  • The details: What’s changing and how to comply

    Topic: General
    Organization: CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)
    Author: CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)     Date: May 2014

    This resource gives the basics of what is changing with the ONCA and what organizations need to know to comply.

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