The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act ("CNCA") which came into force in 2014 has generally been considered to be an excellent act to incorporate or continue non-profit corporations in Canada. Unlike the US where there are state non-profit acts, but not a federal act, in Canada you have the choice of provincial or federal incorporation. The CNCA has a robust electronic filing system that allowed filings for incorporation, filing annual returns, pre-approving corporate names, changing director information, changing registered office information, and filing financial statements.
Now as of May 17, 2017 Corporations Canada has added filing of articles of amendment to the electronic system (which are used for a number of reasons including changing the corporate name, changing the range or number of directors, changing the objects, changing special provisions, etc.)
You can still do it the old way - by mail or email but that means that you have a service standard of 5 days. If it is filed electronically you will have a service standard of "Same day/Next Day Service".
The notice from Corporations Canada reads:
"New online service – Amending the articles of a not-for-profit corporation
As of May 17, 2017, Corporations Canada will be offering a new service that allows not-for-profit corporations created under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act to submit a request online to amend the articles of the corporation.
This service is available through the Online Filing Center. The service standard for an online application to amend the articles is "Same day/Next Day Service".
When considering incorporation in Canada make sure you obtain legal advice. Sometimes there are reasons to incorporate provincially but most often a Federal incorporation is the best and most flexible. Certainly in provinces like Ontario with really old corporate legislation that is in the process of being replaced it can be a very costly and time consuming mistake to incorporate provincially.
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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.