Corporations and Regional Councils

On January 1, 2019, regional councils will replace Conferences as the supervising court for incorporated ministries. These ministries will need to revise their bylaws to reflect these changes. See "Regional Councils and Incorporated Ministries: What is the Relationship?" under Downloads, below, for some quick tips to assist in the process.

Is a Congregation a Corporation?

A common question from a congregation is “Where do we find our letters patent?” or “Are we a corporation?” Congregations themselves are not corporations. Congregations have some independent legal status under the Act of Parliament that created The United Church of Canada in 1925, but they are neither federally nor provincially incorporated.

Congregations may decide to set up a separate legal entity, usually a not-for-profit corporation, when programs or projects are such that the liability needs to be contained. This is done by applying to the appropriate provincial or federal government body to be granted status as a corporation. The United Church has additional requirements that need to be met for those corporations that want to continue to affiliate themselves with the church and use the name of The United Church of Canada. 

Incorporated Ministries Resource Guide

The guide replaces the Section 429 Resource Guide. The primary function of this online resource is to assist Conferences in their role as supervising court for corporations. However, the information is also relevant to existing corporations in meeting United Church requirements and emerging corporations exploring their continued relationship with the church. This resource guide complements the Incorporated Ministries document.

For more information contact

Duty of Care1-800-268-3781 ext. 4094dutyofcare [at] united-church.ca