Our Policy Priorities: Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)

ONN POLICY PRIORITIES 2019-2020

ONTARIO NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS ACT (ONCA)

Ensure the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act is proclaimed January 1, 2020.

THE ISSUE

Key regulatory decisions are still to be made on our sector’s governing legislation.

The Government of Ontario has now passed amending legislation allowing ONCA to be proclaimed, and announced that it will become law on January 1, 2020. ONCA will come with a new nonprofit registration process that could allow open access to comprehensive data on the sector. The current Ontario Corporations Act has also been subject to minor amendments to make it easier for nonprofits to operate (such as giving notice of general meetings via email) in the meantime. But there are still regulatory decisions to be made under ONCA and the nonprofit sector needs to ensure proclamation happens on schedule.

POLICY STATEMENT

ONN advocates for an enabling corporate legal framework that is designed to meet the needs of the sector and regularly updated to meet changes in technology and practice. ONN advocates for the data from the nonprofit registry to be open data.

NEXT STEPS

Advocating for the Ontario government to:

  • Meet its ONCA proclamation date of Jan. 1, 2020
  • Establish a modern and efficient nonprofit registry that can also be used for data collection purposes- with open data.
  • Provide adequate transitional support for the nonprofit sector, once the ONCA has been proclaimed, through the support of the Implementation Steering Committee and an educational and support program.
  • Work with the Ontario nonprofit sector to provide sector voices on the development of regulations and educational support needed under ONCA via the Implementation Steering Committee.

Read more about ONN’s position on ONCA