On January 7, 2020, I got another update from the Ontario government on ONCA.  I warn you for those who read my blogs that the update does not really update anything but here it goes ….


Sent on behalf of Mike McRae, Director of the Policy and Governance Branch, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

I am writing to provide you with an update on the implementation of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA).

On November 14, 2017, necessary legislative changes to ONCA and related acts in the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 became law.

We are upgrading our technology to support these changes and improve service delivery.

The focus is on launching a technology solution that provides the best possible support for stakeholders. The launch date is now expected to move beyond early 2020.

We are working on a plan to deliver a solution as soon as possible. Further details will be available.

We will give not-for-profit corporations:

  • further details closer to when ONCA comes into force
  • a three-year transition period once ONCA is in force to make any necessary changes to their governing documents
  • help to support a smooth implementation

In the meantime, before ONCA comes into force, Ontario not-for-profit corporations can take advantage of some of the changes made to the Corporations Act, by the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017.

For more information about ONCA, including resources such as the ONCA plain language and transition considerations, please visit the Ministry’s website.



Of course, being the extremely difficult person that I am I was not completely satisfied with this update.  So I wrote back to them  “Thank you for the note.   Are you planning or targeting a July 1, 2020 implementation date?”  Please note the use of the phrase “thank you”.  I was being extra polite and hoping that that might result in some progress in finding out when the new corporate act that affects about 50,000 organizations will come into effect after a delay of many years!   I received a note back 3 minutes later – must be a record for the Ontario government – it noted “Unfortunately, we have no further information to share at this time.”