How to Apply for Non-Profit Incorporation

Non-profit incorporation can be performed at the Provincial or federal level. If your organization intends to operate in more than one Province, you may wish to incorporate it federally. Local organizations that intend on remaining and operating in one Province or community usually incorporate under Provincial law.

Non-profit incorporation generally requires the involvement of a minimum of three directors, each of whom must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not have been declared bankrupt
  • Be mentally competent

If you are incorporating an Ontario non-profit corporation, there are 3 basic steps to follow in order to incorporate the organization:

  • Name Search: You must search and reserve a name for your corporation. Before submitting your application for incorporation, the name availability search and reservation can be done online.
  • Application for Letters Patent: If your proposed corporate name is available based on name search results, you can then prepare the Application for Letters Patent.
  • Submission: Documents can be submitted in person or by mail/courier. Once your application has been successfully processed by the government, you will be given a copy of the Letters Patent.

Note: If you also want to apply for registration as a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, the Letters Patent must limit the objects/purposes of your organization to those that further goals which are considered charitable at law. Charity registration will allow your organization to issue tax deductible receipts for donations that your corporation receives.

At New Business in Ontario, we have more than 15 years of experience in providing cost-effective, professional business and non-profit incorporation services throughout Canada. Our skilled team is standing by to help you!

Articles on this blog are general in nature and are provided for informational purposes only. Use of this blog does not provide or replace individualized legal advice and does not create a solicitor-client relationship with our firm. Users who require legal advice on a particular matter should consult directly with Mr. Eric Cohen, Barrister & Solicitor, an Ontario lawyer or a competent lawyer in their Province or State.

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