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Workshop: ONCA Governance & BYOB (Bring Your Own Bylaws)

July 12, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA) was proclaimed on October 19th, 2021. Nonprofits have until October 18th, 2024 to update their bylaws or draft new ones to comply with ONCA.

GOVERNANCE Session (90-min session)

In this workshop we will explore the rights, duties, and liabilities of members, directors, and officers. We will also explore different ways to structure membership and Boards. The presentation will be followed by an open-ended discussion in which participants will be invited to ask questions, share their concerns, and workshop issues they are facing with each other as well as the presenter.

*The schedule for this session is as follows:

  • 9:00 am – 1030 am Governance workshop
  • 110:30 am – 10:45 am Break


BYOB Session (4-5 hour session)

Participants will work through their own bylaws to update their current bylaws to comply with ONCA (Ontario’s Not-For Profit Corporations Act)

Preparation: Participants are encouraged to review CLEO’s bylaw builder and companion guide ahead of time in order to form an opinion on the choices we will be working through.


If participants have a copy of their bylaws and letters patent, they are encouraged to bring it for comparison as they work through their bylaws.

This session is for: senior leaders, board members, and anyone involved in the corporate governance of organizations already incorporated under Ontario’s Corporations Act or a special Act.

Suggestion: Please remember to bring your current bylaws to this session.

These sessions are not for: organizations that are not themselves incorporated but part of a larger organization or government, organizations incorporated under Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, organizations incorporated under Co-operative Corporations Act or other statutes outside of Ontario

Benjamin Miller (he/him) is a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focuses on the legal needs of nonprofits and charities. Over the past 5 years at CLEO, Benjamin has answered hundreds of nonprofit law questions and developed an online interactive bylaw builder for the ONCA. Benjamin also works at the Ontario Nonprofit Network and has worked at the Canada Revenue Agency in the past. Benjamin holds a JD and MPP from the University of Toronto and an MA in political theory from the University of Ottawa.

Light Lunch will be provided.

*The schedule for this session is as follows:

  • 10:45 am – 12:30 pm BYOB Members & Membership Meetings
  • 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm BYOB Board and Board meetings (could run longer if necessary)


Schedule for the day

  • 9:00-10:30 Governance workshop
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:30 BYOB Members & Membership Meetings
  • 12:30-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-2:30 BYOB Board and Board meetings
***Please note that parking at the Saunders Hydro Dam Visitors Centre is limited, please consider carpoollng


July 12, 2023
9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Saunders Hydro Dam Visitors
2500B Second St W
Cornwall, Ontario K6H 5R6 Canada
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