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Governing Documents

A charity’s governing documents are generally established around the time it seeks charitable registration. These documents may be amended to update the objects of the charity, to transfer the charity from a trust to a corporation, or to transfer a corporation from one jurisdiction (e.g., province) to another.

The kind of governing document a charity has will determine the legislation and rules that apply to the charity’s day-to-day operations, amendments, or closure.The applicable legislation and rules may address

  • the minimum number of people required to take certain votes or hold certain meetings;
  • how members and directors are chosen and released;
  • requirements for amending the objects, the year-end, or name.

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