This page is dedicated to online board and governance resources relevant to the Canadian non-profit sector.

Imagine Canada is a major resource for non-profit resources, so you’ll find quite a bit of information from them on this page. This national charitable organization supports charities and non-profits in strengthening the communities they serve. Check out its research and facts on the Canadian non-profit sector, or its board governance tools, some of which we have highlighted individually below.

We also regularly upload free resources from BoardSource. It’s an American organization but many of the topics it addresses are universal in terms of being helpful for non-profits.

If you know of a resource that we should add to this page, please email our executive director and we’d be happy to add them.

Tools to assess and improve your board

Five strategies for strengthening your board during COVID-19 – Asking Matters series

Board Self-Evaluation Tool and Guidelines for Using Board Self-Evaluation Tool from Dalhousie University

Finding and recruiting the right board members – National Council of Non-Profits

What makes a good board member? – BoardSource

Best board meeting ever – BoardSource

Board chair and CEO executive partnership – infographic from BoardSource

Mind the Gap: Measures for Accomplishment of Your Mission (BoardSource)

Crisis communications – BoardSource

2018 National Study of Board Practices in Canada’s Non-Profit and Voluntary Sectors

Diversity, equity and inclusion

Recruiting for board diversity without disrespecting people of colour – BoardSource

Challenging assumptions and practices in board diversity – BoardSource

Opinion from Canadian Senator Ratna Omidvar – “Canadian Non-Profits Have a Diversity Problem” (June 2020)

Sample documents and tip sheets





Six Competencies that Every CEO Should Have – Board Source

Five Practical Recruitment Strategies – Charity Village

Tools for engagement

Dealing with negative social media:

How to Handle Negative Comments

Eight Ways to Deal with Negative Social Media Comments

How to Positively Handle Negative Comments


Reviewing your bylaws in accordance with BC Societies Act

Duties and Liabilities of Directors and Officers of Non-Profits in Canada

Imagine Canada Standards Program for Charities and Non-Profits

Succession planning

Governance Q&A on succession planning – Charity Village

Article on leadership succession planning from the magazine Corporate Board Member

Succession planning for non-profits: Managing Leadership Transition – National Council Of Non-Profits

Other resources

Charity Village Knowledge Centre – Charity Village is the top Canadian source for Canada non-profit news, non-profit jobs, non-profit funding, non- profit training and more.

Conversations with Tainted Donors: Lessons from the Sackler disaster – BoardSource

Community Foundations, a network of 191 community-based foundations across Canada: