How to Setup a Federal Non-Profit Corporation in Ontario

Setting up a non-profit corporation can be a complex process, but with the right guidance, it can be done efficiently and effectively. At Falcon Law PC, we understand the intricacies of creating a federal non-profit corporation in Ontario, and we are here to help guide you through the process. In this article, we will go over the necessary steps to establish a federal non-profit corporation in Ontario and provide some helpful tips along the way.

Step 1: Choose a Name for Your Non-Profit Corporation

The first step in establishing a federal non-profit corporation in Ontario is to choose a name for your organization. It is important to ensure that the name you select is not already in use by another corporation or trademarked by another entity. You can search for existing corporate names on the Corporations Canada website or the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website.

Step 2: Draft Your Articles of Incorporation

Your articles of incorporation outline the purpose and structure of your non-profit corporation. It is important to ensure that your articles comply with the requirements set out in the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act). Your articles must include:

  • The name of your non-profit corporation
  • The province or territory in which your non-profit corporation will be located
  • The purpose of your non-profit corporation
  • The membership classes of your non-profit corporation
  • The number of directors, and the powers, duties, and remuneration of directors

Step 3: Apply for Incorporation

Once you have drafted your articles of incorporation, you can apply for incorporation through Corporations Canada. You will need to submit your articles of incorporation along with a completed application form and the appropriate fees.

Step 4: Apply for a Business Number and Register for Tax Purposes

As a non-profit corporation, you will need to apply for a business number from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). You will also need to register for tax purposes and obtain a charitable registration number if you plan to issue tax receipts for donations.

Step 5: Obtain Other Required Licenses and Permits

Depending on the activities of your non-profit corporation, you may need to obtain other licenses and permits. For example, if you plan to hold fundraising events or operate a thrift store, you may need to apply for a charitable gaming license or a retail sales tax permit.

Step 6: Establish Your Governance Policies

Your non-profit corporation will need to establish governance policies to ensure that it operates in accordance with the NFP Act and its articles of incorporation. These policies should cover areas such as conflict of interest, board member responsibilities, and financial management.

Step 7: Hold Your First Meeting of Members and Directors

After your non-profit corporation is incorporated, you will need to hold your first meeting of members and directors. At this meeting, you will need to appoint officers, adopt bylaws, and establish committees as needed.

At Falcon Law PC, we can assist you with every step of the process of setting up a federal non-profit corporation in Ontario. Contact us at 1-877-892-7778 or to schedule a consultation.

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