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Non-Profit Incorporation and Business Tools

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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Advanced Education and Skills


LMIworks.nl.ca   is a powerful labour market information tool that provides one-stop access to the latest and most complete set of employment and career information resources available in the Newfoundland and Labrador.

LMIworks.nl.ca   can help individuals and organizations access and use a wide variety of labour market and career information. This includes information about:

  • provincial and regional workforce and employment trends choosing career options
  • training and education supports and programs
  • finding employment
  • attracting and retaining employees
  • finding local employment and career services

NL HR Manager - HR Toolkit  

The NL HR Manager Toolkit is a comprehensive, easy to use online human resource toolkit to assist small to medium -sized for profit or not for profit employers find, keep and manage workers. It includes information on a variety of topics such as: Finding Workers, Finding the Right Workers, Keeping Workers, Engaging Young Workers, Managing a Diverse Workplace, the Basics of HR, Compensation and Benefits and Employer Support. The toolkit has wide variety of free downloadable resources and templates such as interview guides, job ad template, sample letter of offer, performance review template, sample diversity policy template, social media planning handbook and employee handbook template.

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Service NL

BizPaL (Business Permits and Licenses) opens new window

BizPaL is an easy and convenient web-based service that helps business people and prospective entrepreneurs determine the regulatory requirements for starting a business. The system generates customized information on permits, licenses, approvals or other regulatory requirements by all three levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal).

Commercial Registrations Division opens new window

The Commercial Registrations Division has responsibility for maintaining nine legal registries for the province, such as the Registry of Companies (including the incorporation of nonprofits), Co-operatives, Deeds and Condominiums.

Information, fee structure and forms are available through the website:


The Commercial Registrations Division also provides the general public greater accessibility to some of the services through the Companies and Deeds Online (CADO) system. This allows anyone the ability to search online for corporations, active co-operatives and deeds registrations (from 1982-present). Through CADO, non-profit organizations can incorporate online and existing non-profit corporations can file corporate documents such as an annual return, change in directors or change in registered office.

Food Establishment License

A Food Establishment License may be issued to any premise that is involved with the sale, production, manufacturing, preparation, storage and/or distribution of food subject to compliance with all pertinent legislation. Any individual or group proposing to organize/establish a temporary food operation service must have a permit to operate.

Insurance and Risk Management for the Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector

This is an independent and unbiased reference for volunteers and voluntary nonprofit organizations interested in insurance and risk management.


Service NL regulates charitable and non-profit organizations’ lottery fundraising activities including bingo, ticket lotteries, games of chance, card games, Monte Carlo events and break open tickets that are sold at bingos and other fundraising events.

Occupational Health and Safety

The primary goal of the OHS Branch is accident and illness prevention. This is achieved by working with stakeholders to establish, promote and enforce workplace practices, standards and procedures. The Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations outline health and safety requirements for the protection of employees including those employed by charities and nonprofits.

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Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency has a wealth of information for non-profits and charitable organizations through its feature section called Charities and Giving opens new window. The following links highlight some services and information offered by CRA.

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Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador opens new window

Provides tools, resources and information for community groups including information on how to start a nonprofit or charity and a community board for posting events, volunteer opportunities, jobs and funding links.

Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union

Planning and Advice for Non-Profit Organizations opens new window

The Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union offers advice on a range of issues from registration, governance, staffing, payroll and fundraising.

Dalhousie University Non-Profit Sector Leadership Resources opens new window

Resources include information on Governance, Board Development, Leadership and Management. A number of sample documents can be found including by laws, code of conduct, conflict resolution policies, job descriptions and succession planning.

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