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A new non-profit incorporated under Quebec law needs by-laws. Non-profits must also update their by-laws through the years. There are lots of models online, but the legal jargon can be confusing, and the model might not be compatible with Quebec law.

You don’t have to adopt a specific layout to write your by-laws. But your organization’s by-laws should

  • be clear (not open to interpretation),
  • tailored to the needs of your organization, and
  • respect your letters patent.

This guide explains some common topics that organizations include in their by-laws. It also covers how to change your by-laws, and highlights some legal requirements to keep in mind.


This article is for non-profits incorporated in Quebec.  For information on by-laws for federally incorporated non-profits, click here.

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