Meg Berkovitz

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Ontario extends ability for not-for-profit corporations to hold electronic meetings until December 31, 2021

On April 6, 2021, Ontario passed Regulation 251/21 under the Corporations Act, further extending the temporary legislative provisions permitting Ontario not-for-profit Corporations to hold Member, Board and Board Committee meetings electronically from May 31, 2021 until December 31, 2021. These...

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Ontario extends ability for not-for-profit corporations to hold electronic meetings until December 31, 2021

On April 6, 2021, Ontario passed Regulation 251/21 under the Corporations Act, further extending the temporary legislative provisions permitting Ontario not-for-profit Corporations to hold Member, Board and Board Committee meetings electronically from May 31, 2021 until December 31, 2021. These...

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Public Hospital Advisory: Ministry of Health extends general approval under Public Hospitals Act of temporary capacity expansion for public hospitals

Public hospitals in Ontario continue to collaborate with healthcare and community partners to build system capacity in responding to COVID-19.  Subsection 4(2) of Ontario’s Public Hospitals Act (“PHA”) requires the approval of the Minister of Health to operate or use...

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Ontario launching new agency to centralize government procurement

On November 5, 2020, the Ontario government published Ontario Regulation 612/20 Centralized Supply Chain Ontario (the “Supply Chain Regulation”), under the Supply Chain Management Act, 2019 (the “Act”). The Supply Chain Regulation establishes Supply Ontario, a centralized procurement agency that...

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Ability to hold virtual meetings for Ontario not-for-profit corporations extended until May 31, 2021

On October 1, 2020, Ontario passed Regulation 544/20 under the Corporations Act (the “Regulation”), extending the ability for corporations to hold Member, Board and Board Committee meetings electronically until May 31, 2021.  This means that corporations governed by the Corporations...

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Proclamation period extended for Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (“ONCA”) was passed in 2010 but is not yet in force.   The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services had previously indicated a potential ONCA launch date in 2020, however the Ontario Legislative Assembly has...

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Annual returns due date approaching for Ontario health service providers

Under the Corporations Information Act (Ontario), corporations are required to file an Annual Return with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (the “Ministry”) within six months of the corporation’s financial year end to update the public record. The Annual Return provides...

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New filing methods in COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020

On May 12, 2020 the Government of Ontario passed COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020 (the “Act”).  This omnibus legislation makes temporary changes to various Ontario business statues and provides not-for-profit corporations with flexibility in meeting corporate...

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Public Hospital Advisory: date extended for hospital annual general meetings

The Government of Ontario has passed an amendment to Regulation 965 under the Public Hospitals Act, permitting the Minister of Health to direct that a hospital’s annual meeting be held at a time other than as provided for in the...

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Ontario issues emergency order to enable flexibility in Board and Members meetings during COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 25, 2020 Miller Thomson held a special edition Coffee Talk Directors Series titled Governance in COVID-19: Key Actions for Health Provider Boards of Directors.  In that session, we discussed duties and responsibilities of Boards for continuing conduct for...

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Public Hospital Advisory: Ministry of Health relaxes approval process to enable hospitals to build COVID-19 capacity

Public hospitals across the province are working with their system partners and communities to build capacity to manage patients suffering from COVID-19 and to create flexible space to minimize the risk of exposure to other patients and staff.  This includes...

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Hospital Naming Directive revoked

In 2017, the then Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care issued a Hospital Naming Directive (“Naming Directive”) setting out naming criteria and approval processes that all Ontario Hospitals were required to follow to change their corporate name or obtain...

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Update on new Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (“ONCA”) was passed in 2010 and, up to recently, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (“MGCS”) had been indicating that it was expected to come into force in early 2020. The MGCS has...

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Ontario Releases Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Summary of Key Announcements for Health and Social Services

The Ontario Government released the 2019 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: A Plan to Build Ontario Together on November 6, 2019 (the “Economic Plan”). The Economic Plan is designed to support the government’s vision for “a future with state‐of‐the‐art...

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Annual Returns Due Date Approaching for Ontario Health Service Providers

Under the Corporations Information Act (Ontario), corporations are required to file an Annual Return with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (the “Ministry”) within six months of the corporation’s financial year end to update the public record. The Annual Return provides...

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What’s Happening

Karima Kanani and Meg Spevak will be presenting on “Are You Ready? New Amendments to Non-Profit Governance in Ontario” to members of the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario in Toronto, ON on May 11, 2018. Susan Manwaring will be speaking...

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What’s Happening?

Susan Manwaring spoke on the topic:  “Protecting Your Private Club’s Tax Exempt Status” at The Canadian Society of Club Managers’ BMI General Manager/COO Course at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON on January 27, 2018. Karima Kanani and Meg Spevak presented a webcast...

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Amendments to Non-Profit Governance in Ontario

The Ontario Corporations Act (“OCA”) was recently amended after not being substantially updated in many years.  In November 2017, the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 made certain amendments to the OCA to bring long desired flexibility to the Ontario...

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Public Hospital Advisory: Hospital Naming Directive Now Effective

On October 12, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the “Ministry”) issued a Hospital Naming Directive (the “Naming Directive”) setting out naming criteria and the approval process that all Ontario hospitals must follow when changing their corporate name or...

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October 16, 2017 Deadline to Submit Applications for Community Hub Surplus Property Transition Initiative

The Province of Ontario recently announced a Surplus Property Transition Initiative  (the “Initiative”), aimed at addressing barriers to the development of community hubs. The Initiative builds upon the recommendations identified in the Province’s Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework & Action Plan....

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Increased Access to Surplus Property Available for Health and Community Hubs in Ontario

Effective September 1, 2016, the Disposition of Surplus Real Property Regulation to the Ontario Education Act(the “Disposition of Surplus Property Regulation”) was amended with the intention to reduce barriers to the formation of health and community hubs in Ontario. The changes...

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New Opportunity for Health Service Providers to Collaborate in Health Technology Development

MaRS Discovery District recently announced a new initiative called Innovation Partnership: Procurement by Co-Design. It offers start-up technology companies an opportunity to collaborate with Ontario-based, publicly funded healthcare service providers in the development of technology which is specifically tailored to...

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Public Hospital Advisory: New Ontario Ministry of Health Consultation Requirements for Legal, Business and Operating Names

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the “Ministry”) has issued a memorandum requesting that all public hospitals in Ontario consult with the Ministry when considering changes to their legal, business or operating names. It is unclear at this...

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Open for Comment: Ontario Ministry of Health Releases Proposals for Health Care Reform

On December 17, 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the “Ministry”) released its Patients First Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario (the “Proposal”). The Proposal includes four key components, as follows: More effective integration of...

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New Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act – Further Implementation Delays

The in-force date of Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (the “New Act”) has been further delayed.  The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services recently announced that it will now provide 24 months’ notice before the New Act is proclaimed into force. ...

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BPSAA Changes In Force January 1, 2016 – Business Plan Publication and Compliance Attestations

Effective January 1, 2016 the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 (the “BPSAA”) will be amended to include new sections around the publication of business plans and compliance attestations by designated broader public sector organizations. The amendments will allow the...

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REB of Record: Does your organization need an ‘REB of Record Agreement’?

Organizations engaged in research involving humans are required to have proposed projects reviewed by a research ethics board (“REB”). Under the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (the “Policy”), an organization is responsible for establishing or appointing a...

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