Do i need to register my non-profit?

I am starting a website that lists all open opportunities at food banks in Toronto. The purpose is for users (i.e., people going to the site) to be able to see open opportunities to volunteer at food banks and get in touch with the respective non-profits. This service: - Is 100% provided for free - Generates absolutely no revenue whatsoever (no ads, no fees for use) - Receives no funding (I self-fund everything, which is really just the cost of the website hosting) - Has no employees (it is just me) I know usually charities register since they can get tax advantages, but would my organization need to register? I will never want to convert this to a revenue generating business. I would ideally like to operate unregistered and want an opinion as to what I should do. In essence, it is like a listing service but for volunteer opportunities.

Asked 12 months ago in Ontario
Categories: Business Law

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Meena Tewari Jham

Answer by Meena Tewari Jham

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You don't need to register. Although there are advantages to registering even if you don't intend to make money through it. 
Since it's a free online service, I would highly recommend you to get your online terms and conditions done. If you would like to find out about what terms to cover, or if you would like to get the terms and conditions drafted, you can call me at 9053619672 Ext: 446 or email me on   

Posted 12 months ago

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