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Governance

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 https://www.probonoontario.org
  • Straightforward legal information for non-profits and charities.
United Way of Canada http://www.boarddevelopment.org
  • Excellent resource for board development.
  • Many links to other organizations.
Canada Revenue Agency http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
  • Forms and information on tax/charities/charities and discussion documents.
Industry Canada http://www.ic.gc.ca
  • Information kits on federal incorporation.
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/english/rural/facts/factshts.htm
  • Resources for all aspects of managing associations.
Alberta Resource Centre for Voluntary Organizations http://volunteeralberta.ab.ca
  • Good selection of low-cost books.
Association of Fundraising Professionals http://www.afpnet.org
  • Newsletters posted on-site.
Robert's Rules of Order http://www.robertsrules.com
  • Buy books and get background information.
Canadian Society of Association Executives http://www.csae.com/bookstore
  • Buy book: Duties and Responsibilities of Directors of Non-Profit Corporations.
Volunteer Sector Initiative http://www.vsi-isbc.ca
  • Resource materials and reports.
Institute On Governance http://www.iog.ca
  • Resource, research and publications.
Corporation Centre.ca http://www.corporationcentre.ca
  • Governance and bylaws.
City of Toronto, Community and Neighbourhood Services http://www1.toronto.ca
  • Support services.