New Resources Available from CLEO – Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)

Whether you’re ready now to make changes to your governance, membership, or bylaw structures, or you’re planning for the future, the Get Ready for the ONCA site can help you decide what to do and when.

Thanks to the Lisa Wohrle at Ontario Arts Council for passing along this useful resource.


New resources available now

Whether you’re ready now to make changes to your governance, membership, or bylaw structures, or your’re planning for the future, the Get Ready for the ONCA site can help you decide what to do and when.

We’ve added more than a dozen new free tools to our website.

Check out these resources:

Plus 6 new bylaw resources:

The new tools are both online and printable. Tell us what you think of them, or what’s missing, by completing our short website survey when it pops up on your screen.
Election delays ONCA further

There is no firm date when Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA) will take effect.

A technical amendments bill known as Bill 85 was introduced in the Ontario legislature in June 2013, but it died on the order paper when the provincial election was called. A new technical amendments bill will need to be re-introduced, debated and passed in a future session of the legislature. That means that the ONCA is not likely to take effect until 2015 or later.
Get Ready for the ONCA scaling back

The Get Ready for the ONCA project is scaling down while we wait for a new date for the ONCA.

We will keep answering questions and sending occasional updates on the ONCA, and will offer more training and help to organizations when a new proclamation date is announced.

In the meantime, visit our website and archived videos.
About Get Ready for the ONCA

Get Ready for the ONCA is a CLEO project that supports nonprofit organizations as they prepare for the ONCA. CLEO produces clear, accurate, and practical legal information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights. Get Ready for the ONCA will:

  • share existing resources about the ONCA
  • produce helpful new tools and checklists
  • develop webinars and other educational events

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ARCCO Congratulates Gary Hall, Recipient of the 2014 Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture

ARCCO is pleased to share that Gary Hall, Executive Director, Gallery TPW has been awarded the 2014 Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture. Congratulations Gary!

Click here to view the official announcement on Theatre Ontario’s website.

Gary Hall, Recipient of the 2014 Sandra Tulloch Award
for Innovation in Arts and Culture.

Theatre Ontario is thrilled to announce that the 2014 Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture has been awarded to Gary Hall, in recognition of thirty-four years of leadership on behalf of artist-run culture, and practical initiatives that include Gallery TPW, Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario, the CARFAC Copyright Collective, and ArtsBuild Ontario.

Gary Hall is the founding Director of Gallery TPW, established in 1980 to provide support and recognition for photography as an art form. Gallery TPW has premiered the work of countless Canadian photographers, and is now recognized as a leading artist-run centre committed to lens and screen-based art.

Gary was a co-founder of Artist-Run Centres Toronto, which later joined with regionally-based centres to form Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario, a provincial arts service organization serving the needs of artist-directed organizations engaged in contemporary cultural practices. As a founding member of the CARFAC Copyright Collective, he helped secure exhibition rights for visual artists within Federal legislation. He was also a founding member of ArtsBuild Ontario, working to address capital infrastructure needs of small and mid-sized arts organization, and played a leading role when ArtsBuild carried out the first comprehensive survey of arts facilities throughout Ontario.

“It’s an honour to be recognized with this award, especially since it is named after someone I know and have the deepest respect for,” said Gary. “Artist-run centres were founded by artists who banded together to change the system by creating spaces where artists could produce and exhibit their work. By paying artists to exhibit we have upheld the rights of artists to earn a living at their profession. I’ve always believed in extending those principles by working collectively with other artist-run centres and with my colleagues in other disciplines to tackle the bigger challenges that face artists and arts organizations today.”

The award will be presented to Gary on May 5, 2014 at Theatre Ontario’s Annual Meeting at the Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond Street West. The Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture consists of a trophy entitled “JOY” and a $1000 prize, and is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Marinucci & Company, Chartered Accountants.

The award is presented annually to an individual or a collective whose leadership, activism, and service has contributed to the development and strengthening of arts and culture in Ontario through innovative and practical initiatives. While Theatre Ontario administers this award, it recognizes achievements in all artistic and cultural disciplines. The award was established in 1998 by friends and colleagues of Ms. Tulloch on her retirement as Executive Director of Theatre Ontario and pays tribute to the outstanding contribution that she has made to the arts in Ontario.

To Tobey Anderson with Love

On behalf of Artist Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO), sending our heartfelt condolences to Tobey Anderson’s family. Tobey C. Anderson died at Hospice Niagara on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the age of 67. Arrangements entrusted to HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines (905) 684-6346.

Artist/activist, Tobey Anderson was the Director of Niagara Artists Company (NAC), when I met him in the 90’s, at one of my first “ARCO’ events, which, at that time was a regionally based gathering of artist-run centres outside of Toronto. Tobey Anderson was among those who breathed life into what became the foundation of ARCCO. Remembered with fondness, Tobey passed me the ‘ARCO’ baton in 1995, which became a key moment in the growth of ARCCO, which was to become a formalized organization in 2000. Thanks for all the groundwork you did Tobey in order to strengthen the collective voice for artist run culture in Ontario!

Tobey you will be missed.

Love, Jewell

For learn more about Tobey’s art practice and life visit:


Please Join Us: ARCCO Award and Annual General Meeting – January 23 and 24, 2014

Please join us on January 23 and 24, 2014 at WARC Gallery in Toronto for ARCCO’s 3rd ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception and Annual General Meeting!

ARCCO Achievement Award Presentation and Reception for Penny McCann
Thursday, January 23, 2014 – 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
This year’s celebrated recipient is Penny McCann, artist, activist, advocate and Director of SAW Media Art Centre. Please join us for a series of presentations and a reception celebrating her work.

Annual General Meeting Day
Friday, January 24, 2014 – 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please join us for ARCCO Members Forum, Funders Forum and presentations by special guests Cheyanne Turions, independent, Toronto-based curator and writer and Penny McCann, Director, SAW Media Art Centre.

Both events are generously hosted by WARC Gallery- 401 Richmond St. W. Suite 122, Toronto – 416-977-0097

Please RSVP:[at]gmail[dot]com

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Health and Dental Benefit Survey for Self-Employed Artists

ARCCO encourages all self-employed artists to participate in this survey before June 16, 2013. The results will not only provide data on artists’ current insurance coverage (or lack thereof) but will contribute to making a case for government support for health benefits for artists.
ARCCO is participating in a survey of members to help frame a case for public government financial support for health insurance benefits for self-employed members of the Canadian Artistic Community. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and the results of the survey will be aggregated and made available to you.

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Business Basics for Artists – ARCCO members receive 20% discount on this one-day workshop

Theatre Ontario would like to extend a discount to ARCCO Members to attend the Business Basics: An Introduction to Planning for Artists’ with Diane Davy, scheduled for Tuesday June 11th, 3-5p.m in the Theatre Ontario’s Boardroom, Toronto.

This workshop is about: Planning your work & working your plan!
 Your plan is your future, and whether you are a theatre company or an individual artist-entrepreneur, you will benefit by developing a clear business plan for your organization or your career. This workshop covers the basics of creating a plan, including: Continue reading

Ontario Arts Council Announces New Visual Arts Officer

ARCCO extends its congratulations to Zhe Gu!

Following an extensive search, Zhe Gu has been selected to take on the role of Visual Arts Officer. She succeeds Carolyn Vesely, who assumed her new position as Director of Granting on May 13, 2013. Zhe Gu joins us from Gallery Stratford, where she was Executive Director since 2007. Prior to that role, she was the gallery’s Director of Fund Development and Marketing and the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and she has worked at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and the Cambridge Galleries. Zhe takes over the reins in the Visual Arts office starting on July 2, 2013.

Provincial Survey for Strengthening the Sector Project

What is this initiative about?

CARFAC Ontario with the assistance of Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario, Media Arts Network of Ontario, Ontario Association of Art Galleries and Ontario Crafts Council is providing leadership on Strengthening the Sector: Resources and Codes of Practices for the Visual, Media and Craft-Based Arts Sector, a multi-year project focused on researching and developing resources and tools for the visual, media and craft-based arts sector. The following goals guide the project.

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Ontario Non-Profit Network Provides Analysis of 2013 Provincial Budget

Overall, the $127.6 billion Ontario Budget seems to strive for inclusion and balance in the context of a minority government. While last year’s budget was a move towards restraint, this year, we see a slight but important shift towards investment for growth. There is recognition that “Ontario’s strength is its people,” a statement reinforced by some investment in municipalities, small businesses, and community health.

With a nod to the nonprofit sector, there are a number of initiatives that could open doors to stronger government-nonprofit partnerships. However, the nonprofit sector’s role as a solutions builder remains largely untapped.

Here’s a snapshot of what the budget holds for the broader sector, including potential opportunities for the sector, what’s not in the budget for the sector, as well as budget items on specific sub-sectors.