In Ontario, when you wish to make changes to your existing Not for Profit or Charitable organization, you are filing Supplementary Letters Patent to complete this task.
You can change the name of the corporation to a new corporate name. Changing to a numbered company is not available to either a Not For Profit or Charitable Organization in Ontario.
Keep in mind, the new name of the business must be relevant to your existing object clauses.
Example of name change:
Linear Hockey Club
Linear Athletic Club Of Ontario
The object clauses consist of a number of paragraphs listing the business operation. If these objects have changed over time, it is important to update your original article filing with the Province and provide what the new object clauses or additional clauses that are applicable.
Example of object clause change:
The establishment of a hockey league
The establishment of an athletic club
When the organization was originally incorporated, it may have initially been set up as a Not For Profit organization. Often, as the organization grows, the organization would benefit from having the charitable status added to their existing corporation allowing for the charitable tax benefits associated with individuals and corporations making donations to the organization and the ability for the organization to provide tax receipts.
When the organization was originally incorporated, it may have initially been set up as a Charitable organization. Often, as the organization grows, there may be changes required. Ontario Business Central can assist with changing the type of organization.
Go to the original Letters Patent or Application for Incorporation of a Corporation without Share Capital that was originally filed when the corporation was incorporated. If you aren’t sure what the articles look like, here is a blank example
Can’t find your articles? We can obtain a copy of the articles from the Province for you.
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