Getting Ready for Ontario's Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) 

Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) was proclaimed on October 19, 2021. Nonprofits will have three years to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA. 

 This webinar will walk through: 

  • what is new in the ONCA,
  • steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA, and
  • how Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)’s free resources can help you create ONCA-compliant bylaws from scratch or adapt your current bylaws.

The session is for organizations already incorporated under Ontario’s Corporations Act or a special Act. It is not for:   

  • organizations thinking about incorporating,  
  • organizations incorporated under Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act,  
  • organizations incorporated under Co-operative Corporations Act, or 
  • other statutes outside of Ontario. 

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm 

Venue: Online video conference (Eastern Time)

Cost: No fee to attend, but please register in advance.

NOTE: This session is not being recorded.  

About the presenter: Benjamin Miller (he/him) is a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focused on nonprofit and charity law and policy. Over the past 4 years at CLEO, Benjamin has answered hundreds of 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. 

For more information contact: 
Joanne McKiernan 
Executive Director, Volunteer Toronto 
Co-Chair, TNN Steering Committee 
[email protected]  

To learn more about the ONCA visit 


COVID-19 Resources for Non-Profits

Our friends at the Ontario Nonprofit Network are busy keeping the sector up-to-date on federal and provincial COVID-19 policy updates, advocating on behalf of the sector (including a call for a $680-million stabilization fund), and providing resources and tools to help us weather this storm.

Visit ONN's COVID-19 resource page.



The Accidental Tweeter: Twitter 101 for Nonprofit Staff New to Twitter


You've been made responsible for your nonprofit organization’s Twitter account, but you have little experience with Twitter and no communications training. How can you approach such a daunting task?

This webinar will teach you the basics of Twitter — how to tweet, what to tweet, and when — so you can get started building a Twitter presence for your nonprofit today! Here's what you'll learn:

  • What is Twitter?
  • What's a tweet?
  • Account basics
  • Follows
  • Likes and retweets
  • Replies and mentions
  • Hashtags
  • What to tweet
  • How to know if what you're doing is working

Click here to watch the webinar (runtime: 53:36) »


How to Talk About Impact

Talking about the sector's public benefit. 

Toronto’s community-based, nonprofit organizations range from health and social services to civic engagement, equity and diversity, arts and culture, environmental protection, sports and recreation, and much more — but all have care and service to Torontonians as a core value.

The nonprofit sector provides immense public benefit by working to build a better city. It is:

  • key to Toronto’s economy, generating revenues of at least $14 billion annually (that’s double what visitors to our city spend annually!) and over 8% of our GDP, and providing meaningful work for thousands of people
  • a smart investment of municipal funds — nonprofit organizations help Torontonians live life well
  • the sector that generates smart solutions that put people first
  • the sector that builds stronger communities by responding to community needs
  • key to strengthening democracy by holding decision-makers accountable to all residents and ensuring that the voices of those experiencing social barriers such as poverty are heard.

Talking about your organization's public benefit.

Complete this sentence: We build a better city by ____________________________.

Need ideas? The Ontario Nonprofit Network has some greats tips for talking about your organization’s impact. Here’s an example:

Our program helps [who?] people with intellectual disabilities [accomplish what?] develop life goals and access the supports they need to move forward on those goals. For example, we had [give concrete example of impact] one participant who used the plan we helped her develop to get a job working with one of our partners.”