Bring Your Own Bylaws: ONCA Transition Working Session

Join this session to work through your bylaws in real time with the guidance of Benjamin Miller, a lawyer specialized in nonprofit law.

Date and time

Thu, Jul 20, 2023 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT






About this event

Volunteer Toronto and the Toronto Nonprofit Network are pleased to bring you this free learning opportunity in partnership with Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and made possible thanks to funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario. Space is limited, please register to ensure your participation in the session.

Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA) was proclaimed on October 19th, 2021. Nonprofits have until October 18th, 2024 to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA. In this half-day online working session, participants will work through their bylaws and letters patent and a special workbook to identify what they might want or need to change in order to comply with ONCA.

Preparation: Participants are advised to review their governing documents ahead of time to be somewhat familiar with the layout and content. Participants must bring a digital or physical copy of their bylaws and (preferably) letters patent. You will receive a Zoom link after registration.

This session is for:

  • Board members/directors of Ontario-incorporated nonprofits
  • Executive Directors, CEOs, or other staff members working as board liaisons of Ontario-incorporated nonprofits
  • Other leaders with governance responsibilities in Ontario-incorporated nonprofits

This session is not for:

  • Organizations that are not themselves incorporated but part of a larger organization or government,
  • Organizations incorporated under Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act,
  • Organizations incorporated under Co-operative Corporations Act, or
  • Other statutes outside of Ontario




About the Facilitator

Benjamin Miller (he/him) is a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focuses on the legal needs of nonprofits and charities. Over the past 5 years at CLEO, Benjamin has answered over a thousand nonprofit law questions and developed an online interactive bylaw builder for the ONCA. Benjamin also works at the Ontario Nonprofit Network and has worked at the Canada Revenue Agency in the past. Benjamin holds a JD and MPP from the University of Toronto and an MA in political theory from the University of Ottawa.