Not-for-Profit & Charities

Not-for-profit organizations can be as wide-ranging and complex as their commercial counterparts. However, they operate in a different legal framework because of their special tax status and compliance requirements. Their legal issues therefore require special expertise in the law of not-for-profit organizations.

At Torkin Manes, we have that special expertise. Our Not-for-Profit & Charities Group has many years of experience acting for not-for-profit clients and their directors, trustees, officers and members, on such matters as structuring and restructurings, corporate governance, by-law interpretation, directors' and officers' liability, compliance issues, cross-border and international relationships, gifting, endowment and fundraising issues.

But not-for-profits also require the full range of legal services—corporate/commercial law, real estate law, employment law, health law, estates and trusts law, tax law, and litigation. At Torkin Manes, we can apply our expertise in all of those areas to the special needs of the not-for-profit sector. We act as general counsel for charities and other not-for-profit organizations in such areas as health care, social services, religion, social justice, education, athletics, sports and recreation. We also act for professional associations, industry and trade associations, commercial and business associations, service clubs, sanctioning bodies and other special interest groups.

Lawyers from other firms frequently call upon Torkin Manes for our expertise in not-for-profit matters. We assist them with their not-for-profit clients or with the not-for-profit organizations on whose boards they sit. Our lawyers frequently chair and speak at national and provincial seminars on not-for-profit and charities law. We are also invited to take part in government think tanks on issues related to not-for-profits.

Torkin Manes’ lawyers are involved with the not-for-profit sector not only as professional advisors, but also as volunteers. This volunteer experience enhances and strengthens our ability to serve our clients.

We advise and represent charities and not-for-profits in such matters as: 

  • Incorporation and organization
  • Setting up charitable foundations and trusts
  • Charitable registration
  • Compliance with Canada Revenue requirements
  • Compliance with the requirements of the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
  • Corporate procedures and compliance with the corporate legislation applicable to federal and provincial not-for-profit corporations
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Director and officer liability
  • Risk management
  • Fundraising issues
  • Cross-border and international relationships
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and privacy laws
  • Employment issues
  • Purchase, sale and leasing of real estate
  • Tax planning and planned giving
  • Litigation
Date Title Related Lawyers Type

February 2017

Final Deadline for Federal Not-for-Profit Corporations: Do You Have Your Certificate of Continuance under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act?

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Linda J. Godel

Article

December 2016

Important Change to Recordkeeping Requirements for Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations That Own an Interest in Land in Ontario

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Linda J. Godel

Article

November 2016

Social Enterprise

Schulich School of Business, York University

Linda J. Godel

Presentation

May 2016

Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act: Lessons Learned

Law Society of Upper Canada, 6th Annual Business Law Summit

Linda J. Godel

Presentation

March 2016

Pre-Meeting Fundamentals for Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Linda J. Godel
Dianne Hajdasz

Newsletter

March 2016

Pre-Meeting Fundamentals for Federal Not-For-Profit Corporations

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Linda J. Godel
Dianne Hajdasz

Newsletter

March 2016

2016 Federal Budget Confirms Tax Measures with Respect to Holdings of Charities in Limited Partnerships

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Linda J. Godel

Newsletter

March 2016

Federal Budget 2016 - Did it Live Up to the Hype?

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Wesley Isaacs
Catherine Nicholson
Marc Weisman

Newsletter

February 2016

Does Being an Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporation Mandate Audited Financial Statements?

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Linda J. Godel
Dianne Hajdasz

Newsletter

February 2016

Does Being a Federal Not-For-Profit Corporation Mandate Audited Financial Statements?

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Linda J. Godel
Dianne Hajdasz

Newsletter

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Linda J. Godel

Practice Group Lead

Tel: 416 643 8809  Fax: 1 888 554 6179
Email: lgodel@torkinmanes.com

Barry S. Arbus, QC

Tel: 416 777 5423  Fax: 1 888 603 4592
Email: barbus@torkinmanes.com

Risa Awerbuck

Tel: 416 777 5425  Fax: 1 888 587 5765
Email: rawerbuck@torkinmanes.com

Catherine Nicholson

Tel: 416 777 5428  Fax: 1 888 812 2561
Email: cnicholson@torkinmanes.com

Peter C. Straszynski

Tel: 416 777 5447  Fax: 1 888 587 5766
Email: pstraszynski@torkinmanes.com

Craig Vander Zee

Tel: 416 643 8812  Fax: 1 877 689 3912
Email: cvanderzee@torkinmanes.com

Practice Group Lead(s)

Linda J. Godel 416 643 8809 lgodel@torkinmanes.com

Practice Group Lawyers

Barry S. Arbus, QC 416 777 5423 barbus@torkinmanes.com
Risa Awerbuck 416 777 5425 rawerbuck@torkinmanes.com
Catherine Nicholson 416 777 5428 cnicholson@torkinmanes.com
Peter C. Straszynski 416 777 5447 pstraszynski@torkinmanes.com
Craig Vander Zee 416 643 8812 cvanderzee@torkinmanes.com
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