April 2020 Charity & NFP Law Update

By Theresa L.M. Man

Corporate Update

Additional Amendments to Ontario Co-Operative Corporations Act in Force 

As previously reported in the January 2020 Charity & NFP Law Update, Ontario’s Budget Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019, received Royal Assent on December 10, 2019, with certain amendments to the Co-Operative Corporations Act coming into force on assent. Since then, various additional amendments introduced through Bill 138 have now also been brought into force through proclamation.

As of April 1, 2020, sections 141, as well as paragraphs 164(1)(f) and 164(2)(f) of the Co-operative Corporations Act, have been repealed. Section 141 previously required co-operatives to file with the Minister both financial statements and copies of auditor’s reports that were required to be sent to cooperatives’ members. Other amendments proclaimed into force on April 1, 2020 include technical amendments related to changing the Minister, as defined under the Act, from the Minister of Finance to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services.  In addition to these proclaimed amendments, clauses 164(1)(f) and 164(2)(f) were also repealed on March 9, 2020, pursuant to the coming-into-force requirements of Bill 138. Those clauses required co-operatives to give notice of their intention to dissolve, as authorized by clause 163(a), (b) or (c), by publishing such intention in The Ontario Gazette and in the newspaper. Other amendments proclaimed into force. 

Read the April 2020 Charity & NFP Law Update

Direction and Control: Current Regime and Alternatives
COVID-19 UPDATE
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-   COVID-19 Federal Government Support for Charities and NFPs
-   COVID-19 CRA News
-   COVID-19 Provincial Emergency Relief for AGM and Annual Return Filing Deadlines
-   Practical Strategies for Dealing with Termination of Contracts in a Pandemic
-   Federal Privacy Commissioner Releases Privacy Framework for COVID-19
-   Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”): An Overview for Charities and NFPs
OTHER CHARITY AND NFP MATTERS
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-   Ontario Court Decision Provides Reminder to Carefully Follow By-laws
-   Membership in Religious Society Reinstated by Court for Unfair Expulsion
-   Carters is Pleased to Welcome Heidi LeBlanc as a New Associate
-   Friend of CAGP Award