Not-for-profits, Charities and Social Enterprises


Guide to not-for-profits
Read through our guide for general information on not-for-profits.

Not-for-profit Incorporator’s Handbook (Provincial Incorporation)
Learn general information on the nature of a not-for-profit corporation and guidelines on how to incorporate such a corporation.

Creating a federal not-for-profit corporation
Read the guidelines on how to incorporate a federal not-for-profit corporation.

Unincorporated or informal not-for-profits
Discover some of the advantages and disadvantages to remaining an informal organization.

Managing your not-for-profit
Learn about effective governance, volunteer engagement, managing finances and accountability, etc.

Forms and publications from Canada Revenue Agency
Download guides, pamphlets, forms related to taxes and not-for-profits.

Registered charity vs non-profit organization
Learn the differences between the two for purposes of the Income Tax Act and the Excise Tax Act.



Applying for charity status
Learn if registration is right for your organization and how to apply.

Operating a registered charity
Browse through resources for maintaining  and operating your charity.

Gifting and receipting
What you need to know to issue a receipt, consequences of improper receipting, determining fair market value, split receipting and sample receipts.

Checklists for charities
Various checklists for activities, books and records, receipting, spending requirements, legal status, etc.



What is a social enterprise?
Learn what social enterprise is and if it’s right for you.

Canadian Social Enterprise Guide
If you’re a non-profit organization thinking about creating or already developing a new enterprise, or if you are expanding/formalizing your existing revenue-generating programs, then this Guide is for you.