Proposed New Bruce Trail Conservancy By-laws

The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) Board of Directors, in its role in ensuring responsible governance of the BTC, has undertaken a review of current BTC By-laws to bring them into compliance with the new governing legislation, the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (the ONCA).
Background: Transition to ONCA

The new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (the ONCA) was proclaimed into force effective October 19, 2021. The ONCA replaced the Ontario Corporations Act, the corporate legislation which previously applied to Ontario corporations without share capital such as the BTC. The ONCA applies automatically to all Ontario non-share capital corporations (which are now called not-for-profit corporations), including BTC, as of October 19, 2021.

The BTC has three years to transition under the ONCA.  After this transition period has expired, all non-conforming provisions in the BTC’s governing documents, including its By-laws and its Letters Patent, will be deemed to have been amended to conform with the ONCA.  

Although there is no formal requirement to amend by-laws or file articles of amendment under the ONCA, if the BTC does not do so, its governing documents may not reflect the actual rules of governance that apply to it.

Review of BTC By-laws

The BTC Board of Directors has engaged legal counsel with expertise in not-for-profit governance to prepare new, more ‘plain language’ By-laws to achieve compliance with the ONCA, rather than amending BTC’s current By-laws. The changes are intended to make the BTC By-laws easier to understand and follow, while being guided by the language of the ONCA and streamline BTC’s governance processes and procedures.

Documents for BTC Members to Review
Other Relevant Documents
Virtual Town Hall Meetings for Members

BTC Members are invited to participate in one of two virtual Town Hall meetings to review and discuss draft changes to BTC By-laws before they are brought to the BTC Annual Meeting in October 2023 for approval by the membership.

With the feedback from members through the Town Hall meetings, the Board hopes to finalize the draft By-laws and related Articles of Amendment and Special Resolutions and recommend them to the Membership, to be voted on at the BTC Annual Meeting on October 14, 2023. Consistent with our current By-laws, the proposed new By-laws will be shared with the entire Membership through the summer issue of Bruce Trail Conservancy Magazine which will be available in June.

Questions?

Please send any questions or comments you may have about the proposed new By-laws to board@brucetrail.org.

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