Canons & Constitution of the Diocese of Ontario

For an organization to be recognized as a legal entity, it is necessary for it to have a formal structure and formally written rules by which it carries out its functions.  In the case of a traditional corporation, for example, such rules would be the corporation’s Articles of Incorporation and By-laws.  In the case of the Synod, the structure of the Synod and the rules outlining how it carries out its functions are found in the Canons. As an incorporated entity, the Synod must comply with the laws of the land (both Canada and the Province of Ontario) and with the rules set out in the Canons.

Draft Canons & Constitution – Synod 2016

The DRAFT Canons were implemented at Synod 2016 as a policy of the diocese pending final adoption of the revised Canons in 2018. Proviso: whenever a provision in the DRAFT Canons conflicts with a provision in the existing Canons, the existing Canons shall prevail.

DRAFT Canons (revised October 5, 20018)

DRAFT Canons (revised Sept. 11, 2018)

DRAFT Canons (revised March, 2018)

DRAFT Constitution (revised October 5, 2018)

DRAFT Constitution (revised Sept. 11, 2018

DRAFT Constitution (revised March, 2018)

The Canons of the Diocese of Ontario: available in PDF format.

Canon A1 – composition of the synod

Canon B1 – election and stipend of a bishop

Canon C1 – vestries and churchwardens

Canon D1 – discipline

Appendix A – glossary of terms

Statement on behalf of the Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Ontario January 1998

Letters Patent