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Federal non-profits may apply to delay their AGMs

Updated: Apr 15, 2021

Federal non-profits incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act must hold their annual general meeting (AGM) within 15 months of the previous AGM and no later than 6 months after the end of the previous fiscal year.

Given that there are physical distancing orders in place in various jurisdictions, including in Ontario where social gatherings of more than 5 people are currently prohibited, it may be difficult to hold a safe and legal AGM during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.

Corporations Canada has issued guidance on how an AGM may be safely held during COVID – including reminding corporations of the rules around holding virtual (electronic) meetings and signing unanimous resolutions in lieu of holding a meeting.

There is also a new application form that federal non-profits may complete and submit to Corporations Canada requesting approval of a delay in the AGM. The form can be found here:

There is a deadline for submitting the application – at least 30 days before the AGM notice is required to be sent. Each application is evaluated on its merits on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact either Kathy O’Brien ( or Michael Gleeson ( for more information.

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