Message from the CLPOA Secretary

The CLPOA is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in Ontario in 1974. The CLPOA Constitution (Letters patent and 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, including a new business registration system. In 2017, with technology still not in place, several of the promised ONCA changes were actually made through amendments to the OCA.


In 2020, there was a risk of the ONCA being nullified owing to automatic repeal provisions in the Legislation Act for public statute provisions unproclaimed for 10 years. To this end, in September 2020, a motion carried in the Ontario legislature granting a further year to bring the ONCA into force (with the exception of 14 provisions which were repealed).


The Ontario government asked not-for-profits to start preparing, which the CLPOA is doing. 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 letters patent and 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)