The CLPOA is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in Ontario in 1974. The CLPOA Constitution (by-law) is somewhat out-dated and requires re-vamping.
Ontario not-for-profits are currently governed by the Ontario Corporations Act (“OCA”). A new law called the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) was passed in 2010 but did not come into force at that time as the Ontario bureaucracy needed to update its technology. In 2017, with technology still not in place, several of the promised ONCA changes were actually made through amendments to the OCA.
The Ontario government indicated in December 2019 that the ONCA will come into force “beyond early 2020” and asked not-for-profits to start preparing, which the CLPOA is doing. To note that it has already been 10 years since the ONCA passed so it is possible that it may not come into force. Either way, because the not-for-profit community was extensively consulted in order to draft the ONCA, the ONCA provides very good guidance to not-for-profits, like the CLPOA, and helps us to re-vamp our old by-law. One key element of the ONCA is more member rights.
Here are some reference documents including a glossary of terms:
Ontario Government Guide to the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
ONCA – Ontario NonProfit Network
Glossary – CLEO
Ontario Corporations Act (currently governs not-for-profits incorporated in Ontario)
Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (due to be in force “beyond early 2020”)
CLPOA Constitution (CLPOA’s governing by-law)