FEDERAL NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION
Qustion and Guidelines
- What is a non-profit organization?A Not-for-Profit Organization (NPO) is a society, club or association that’s organized and operated solely for: social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure or recreation or any other purpose except profit. Charities are NPOs too.
- Why Should I use a Lawyer?To register a NPO, the Articles of Incorporation must be prepared according to Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. Our lawyer, practicing exclusively not-for-profit corporate and charity law, will ensure the Articles are in full compliance with the relevant legislation and that you will stay in control of the NPO long-term.
- Why do I need a CRA business number?You need a business number to open a bank account, file the annual Tax filing, and benefit from opportunities available to NPOs, like grants and donations.
- Do I need to register in my province?Once your not-for-profit has been incorporated federally, you will need to register your corporation in the province where the corporation carries on its activities. We will take care of this for you.
- How soon can I get my documents?Depending on how fast you need to register, your Not-for-Profit can be ready in as little as 1 business day. You will receive your Certificate and Articles of Incorporation by email within 24 hours.
- What happens after I place my order?After you submit the Not-for-Profit Incorporation Intake Form, we will do our best to send you draft Not-for-Profit Articles of Incorporation for review and approval within 3 business hours. If you need any revisions, we will do them immediately. Once you approve the Articles, we will send to you for e-Signing, which will be followed by Registration.
- Are there any name rules?The name must be distinctive and may include one of the following prescribed terms: Association, Centre, Foundation, Institute or Society – though this is not required. The ideal name is almost always available, but if there is a name conflict, Corporations Canada will require an alternative name.
- How does NUANS Report work?In order to register/incorporate your Not-for-Profit, a NUANS report for the proposed name is required. The NUANS report must not be more than 90 days old. If you have obtained the report, upload a copy of the report here. Otherwise, we will obtain one for you.
- Which address should I use for the Head Office?Most NPOs list a residential address of one of the Directors as the Head Office address. This address is where you must keep your corporate records and where official documents will be served on the corporation.
- How many directors are required?There is a lot of misinformation about this on the web. A federal not-for-profit does not need 3 directors; 1 director is enough to incorporate. There are certain limited instances when 3 directors are required; please reach out to us if you need guidance on this.
- Who can be a director?Directors must be 18 years of age or older, not be bankrupt and not have been declared incapable by the law or court.
- Is a minute book required?The Not-for-Profit Act requires every not-for-profit corporation to maintain an official record of documents and activities commonly referred to as a “Minute Book”. Our minute book comes in electronic format.
- Who can be an officer?The directors must elect 3 officers: a president, treasurer and secretary. Any director or member can be an officer. A person who is not a member or director of the corporation may also be an officer. Two or more offices can be held by the same person.
- What’s the difference between a Registered Charity and a Not-for-Profit Corp?While most charities are incorporated as Not-for-Profits, most NFPs are not necessarily registered charities. The benefit of becoming a Charity is that only a registered Charity may issue official donation receipts for income tax purpose, which allows them to turbo-charge their fundraising. Charities must be established exclusively for charitable purposes under the Income Tax Act (i.e. relief of poverty, advancement of education or religion, or other purposes beneficial to the community). Not-for-Profits however can operate for civic improvement, recreation, sport, social welfare, or any other purpose except for profit.
- What does First Year Service Support include?1-year support includes unlimited email inquiries about the Not-for-Profit Corporate governance.
- What is the NFP Guide eBook?The NFP Guide eBook explains step by step the ins-and-outs of governance for a Not-for-Profit Corporation, including sample resolutions, board meeting minutes, members’ meeting minutes, and sample membership certificates.