Case Comment: Re Centenary Hospital Association

Introduction Those from other provinces who have no reason to follow particularly closely the decisions of the Ontario courts might conclude from a first and once-only impression of Re Centenary Hospital Association 1 that this case involved merely the interpretation and reconciliation of Ontario legislation and that nothing of general interest on the subject of…

Case Comment: Remuneration of Directors

Should directors of charitable organizations be permitted to pay themselves for services rendered to the organization which are not related to their duties as directors? The propriety of such actions as well as the necessary procedures to guard against any abuse of authority relating to such payments have been carefully considered by Ontario courts on…

Memo: Public Trustee’s Notice For Ontario Charities

Pursuant to the Charities Accounting Act, charities are required to provide to the Public Trustee the following documentation and information: 1) Notification of inception. A copy of the complete Letters Patent or other documents that bring the charity into existence. Please notify us of any Supplementary Letters Patent or changes in the terms of the…

The Role of the Public Trustee

The Public Trustee of Ontario appears to have been given a general supervisory role with regard to charities in Ontario that is unique in Canadian law. As far as I can determine, no other province of Canada has legislation similar to that of Ontario in the charities field and no other Public Trustee of any…

Some Implications of Charitable Trusts and Charitable Corporations

The charitable corporation has some of the characteristics of a trustee not only for the purposes of The Charities Accounting Act,l but for other purposes at common law.2 Moreover, in their dealings with the funds of the corporation, there is some authority for the proposition that the officers and directors are treated as trustees at…

The Protection Of Charities In Ontario

The aim of this article is to consider where responsibility lies for the supervision of charity in the Province of Ontario, the nature of the statutory machinery established for this purpose and the extent to which such machinery is proving adequate to the task. Quoting from Halsbury’s Laws of England 3rd ed. Vol. 4 at…