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Attention: There’s a new Act in town!
On October 17, 2011 the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act came into effect. This act establishes a new and comprehensive set of rules for federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations in Canada, which applies to the CAMRT. These new rules replace Part II of the Canada Corporations Act, the law that has governed federal corporations for nearly a century. The new rules under the new Act are modern, flexible and more suited to the needs of the not-for-profit sector.
What does this mean for CAMRT as an organization and for you as a member?
By October 17, 2014, the CAMRT must have obtained a Certificate of Continuance issued by Industry Canada in order to maintain its status as an incorporated not-for-profit organization. To obtain this certificate, CAMRT must file what are called Articles of Continuance and a set of by-laws that are compliant with the new Act. Both of these documents must be approved by a 2/3 majority vote of the CAMRT’s membership at its next AGM in June 2014 in Edmonton. Together, these will replace the current letters patent and supplementary letters patent and essentially become the constitution of the association.
How can members contribute to the transition to the new Act? Firstly,
- Read about proposed changes to the by-laws here.
- Review the new draft by-laws.
- Send us any questions, comments or concerns to CNCAfeedback@camrt.ca or in writing to our office.
- Review the final draft of the new by-laws and articles of continuance once they are published on-line in the 2014 Annual General Meeting Workbook this spring. We will notify you by email when they are available.
- Vote to approve the new by-laws and articles at our June 2014 Annual General Meeting (Voting privileges on this matter are extended to all categories of membership regardless of whether traditionally you are not entitled to vote on governance matters, i.e. Student Membership). If you are unable to attend the AGM, you will be provided with the opportunity to vote in advance either online or by mailed-in ballot.
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the proposed changes and the new draft by-laws, and provide the board with your feedback. Understanding your concerns in advance will be critical to ensuring the CAMRT successfully transitions to this new legislation within the required timelines. As our proposed changes are essential to compliance with the new act, the board is respectfully requesting whole hearted membership support of our recommendations. Thank you and all the very best for a Happy New Year!
Deborah J. Murley , RTR
President and Chair of the CAMRT Board of Directors