What is the step-by-step process of registering a non-profit corporation in Canada?

The process of registering a non-profit corporation in Canada can vary depending on the province or territory where you are registering. However, here is a general step-by-step process:

  1. Choose a name: Choose a name for your non-profit corporation that is unique and does not conflict with any existing trademarks or business names.
  2. Choose a governing structure: Decide on the governing structure of your non-profit corporation, such as whether it will be governed by a board of directors or a membership.
  3. Draft bylaws: Create bylaws that outline how your non-profit corporation will operate, including its purpose, membership, governance, and decision-making processes.
  4. Incorporation documents: Prepare and file your incorporation documents, which may include articles of incorporation, a name search report, and other required forms.
  5. Submit your application: Submit your application to the appropriate government agency in your province or territory. In some cases, you may need to pay a fee.
  6. Receive certificate of incorporation: Once your application is approved, you will receive a certificate of incorporation that confirms your non-profit corporation is legally registered.
  7. Register with the Canada Revenue Agency: You may also need to register your non-profit corporation with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to obtain a charitable registration number, which allows you to issue tax receipts for donations.

It is important to note that the specific requirements and steps for registering a non-profit corporation can vary depending on the province or territory, so it is recommended that you consult with a lawyer or other professional familiar with non-profit incorporation in your area to ensure that you are meeting all necessary requirements. If you have any question about our non-profit and charity law services, please contact us at info@falconlawyers.ca or 1-877-892-7778.

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