8. Not-for-profit organizations
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- 8.1 Non-distinctive names
- 8.2 Government connotation implied
- 8.3 Chamber of Commerce
- 8.4 Legal elements
- 8.5 Not-for-profits and confusion
8.1 Non-distinctive names
Many not-for-profit corporations use highly descriptive, almost non-distinctive names. Typically, words like "Canadian" or "National" serve to give the name distinctiveness. For this reason, most not-for-profit names do not deserve a lot of protection. See section 8.5 for amount of protection given.
8.2 Government connotation implied
Because of the nature of the names of not-for-profit corporations, there may be a greater likelihood of name proposals which connote government sponsorship or control. Regulation 17 of the Canada Corporations Regulations will be strictly enforced by Corporations Canada.
e.g. Canadian Association of Postmasters — is not acceptable
8.3 Chamber of Commerce
The term "Chamber of Commerce" is available for use in the name of a not-for-profit corporation with suitable objects.
8.4 Legal elements
The only legal elements which are permitted for not-for-profit corporations are:
- "Incorporated" or "Inc."
- "Corporation" or "Corp."
8.5 Not-for-profits and confusion
If the name of a proposed not-for-profit corporation includes a geographical distinctive term and an organizational term as well as other descriptors (e.g., "Canada Ultralight Aircraft Association" or "Canada Dance Foundation") and an existing not-for-profit corporation has the same organizational and descriptive terms with a different geographical qualification (e.g., "Calgary Ultralight Aircraft Association" and "Toronto Dance Foundation") Corporations Canada requires the consent of the existing corporation. Applicants should note that a slight modification of their proposal would probably make it available (e.g., "Canada Ultralight Aircraft Society" or "Canada Dance Funding Society").
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