October 19, 2021 will bring changes for both not-for-profit and for-profit entities in Ontario. First, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services will launch the OBR on October 19, 2021. Second, on October 19, 2021, and after more than 10 years, the ONCA comes into force. During that long wait, other Canadian jurisdictions have modernized their not-for-profit statutes. For instance, federally, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act came into force in 2011, and British Columbia’s Societies Act came into force in 2016.
Not-for-profit Corporations Act
I have been asking the Ontario government for months for an update on whether ONCA is coming into force and when. On September 25, 2019 I received a short note from the Policy and Business Law Unit of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS). They noted
The Ontario government passed the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) in 2010. It was originally expected to come into force in 2013, but it has been delayed a number of times. In December 2017, the Ontario government announced that it was "working to bring ONCA into force as early as possible, with a target of early 2020."