Ontario Government Making it Easier for Not-for-Profits to Do Business‏

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Ontario Government Making it Easier for Not-for-Profits to Do Business

June 5, 2013

Amendments Pave the Way for Proclamation of Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

Ontario is one step closer to proclaiming the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA) – legislation that will increase accountability and transparency for not-for-profit corporations and that will make it easier for them to operate and do business in today’s marketplace.

The Ontario government is introducing amendments, as part of the Companies Statute Law Amendment Act, 2013, that must be in place before ONCA can be proclaimed. Many of the amendments, if passed, would update references to the 60-year-old Corporations Act that currently governs most not-for-profit corporations in the province.

Making it easier for the province’s not-for-profit organizations to do business is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to strengthen the economy and build a fair society for all.


  • Over 50,000 not-for-profit corporations contribute more than $50 billion annually to Ontario’s economy, and about 16 per cent of the Ontario workforce is employed in the not-for-profit sector.
  • More than half of Ontarians do some form of volunteering in the not-for-profit sector.
  • ONCA is targeted to come into effect six months after passage of this legislation.



“This is an essential step we need to take to complete the important journey we began three years ago. A thriving, modern not-for-profit sector is depending on us to fulfill the commitment we made with ONCA to unleash the creativity and energy of this sector.”
— Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Consumer Services
“The Ontario Nonprofit Network has been an active participant in the development of ONCA, and is eager to see this important legislation proclaimed. The amendments introduced today are a crucial step. Our network is actively preparing to make the transition to ONCA, and to continue to build vibrant, resilient communities in Ontario.”
— Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network


Bryan LeBlanc
Minister’s Office

Josh Henry
Communications Branch

Ministry of Consumer Services



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