The CSLA's Transition to the Not-for-profit Corporations Act
The new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) establishes a new set of rules for federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations in Canada. These new rules will replace Part II of the Canada Corporations Act (old Act), the law that has governed federal corporations for nearly a century.
The NFP Act does not automatically apply to existing corporations. Instead, the CSLA will have to take action to make the transition to the NFP Act.
The corporation must obtain a Certificate of Continuance and create and file new by-laws. The articles and by-laws must comply with the NFP Act. The CSLA must make the transition by October 17, 2014. Corporations that do not make the transition by the deadline will be assumed to be inactive and will be dissolved.
The CSLA's Certificate of Continuance and by-law review
At the 2012 AGM in Halifax, the membership approved a motion to obtain a certificate of continuance for the CSLA. That certificate has now been obtained and filed with Corporations Canada. The CSLA’s current by-laws are not compliant with the new legislation and the Board of the CSLA is also taking this opportunity to improve the bylaws according to the governance review (as indicated in the strategic plan) and good association management. A working group was established in 2012 to identify improvements to the By-laws and determined that two phases of by-law amendments would be required:
Phase 1 - 2013 Annual General Meeting
At the CSLA's Annual General Meeting in Regina on July 13th, 2013, members will be asked to vote on a series of by-law amendments. CLICK HERE to review the CSLA's Draft By-laws to see the changes being proposed in Phase 1. The changes include:
- identifying the society's objectives in the by-laws
- adding the Advocacy Committee and the Finance Committee as sanctioned Board committees
- adding the Past President as a member of the Executive Committee
- including the NFP Act's new Annual General Meeting requirements, and
- including the ratification of the strategic plan in the Annual General Meeting's order or business
Phase 2 - 2014 Annual General Meeting
For the second phase of by-law amendments, the CSLA Board of Directors will tackle issues being reviewed by the CSLA Governance Task Force and CSLA By-Law Review Committee. These include:
- the NFP Act's requirement that the CSLA Board of Directors be elected by members
- reviewing the categories of CSLA members, and
- reviewing the nomination process
At the 2014 Annual General Meeting, to be held in Ottawa, members will be asked to vote on the second phase of by-law amendments. The CSLA will then deliver these approved by-laws to Corporations Canada in time for the October, 2014, deadline for compliance to the NFP Act.
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