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The purpose of this unit is to provide information and develop understanding about the lifecycle of an organization, why and how to incorporate, the types of boards, and the legal obligations of board members.

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Following are sources of additional information on governance issues.

Organization Website Comments
Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Straightforward legal information for non-profits and charities.
United Way of Canada
  • Excellent resource for board development.
  • Many links to other organizations.
Canada Revenue Agency
  • Forms and information on tax/charities/charities and discussion documents.
Industry Canada
  • Information kits on federal incorporation.
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Resources for all aspects of managing associations.
Alberta Resource Centre for Voluntary Organizations
  • Good selection of low-cost books.
Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Newsletters posted on-site.
Robert's Rules of Order
  • Buy books and get background information.
Canadian Society of Association Executives
  • Buy book: Duties and Responsibilities of Directors of Non-Profit Corporations.
Volunteer Sector Initiative
  • Resource materials and reports.
Institute On Governance
  • Resource, research and publications.
  • Governance and bylaws.
City of Toronto, Community and Neighbourhood Services
  • Support services.