The Arthritis Society is a single legal entity, federally incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under the Canada Corporations Act. As a result, the Society operates under a set of by-laws that ensures two things:
  1. We function under the intent of incorporation, and
  2. The interests of the public are protected
This version of the Society's by-laws, By-law A-10, was approved by the National Board on June 22, 2013, and is pending approval by the federal Minister of Industry. By-law A-10 being a by-law relating generally to the affairs of THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY - SOCIÉTÉ DE L'ARTHRITE.

Read the Board of Directors By-Laws [PDF]

Operating principles

The By-laws of The Arthritis Society (TAS) provide for the establishment of Rules of Operation (to be known as Operating Principles) that are to guide and direct all parts of the organization, including the National Office, the Divisions, and any regions or branches that might be established by the Divisions.

The Principles set out the policies (operational, administrative and program), the basic business processes, and the practices of the Society, of and for its Boards, staff and volunteers. The Principles reflect several changes put in place by the National Board of Directors (NBOD) over a four year period, including substantive changes to the By-laws of the Society, its organizational structure, and the Final Report of the Task Force on the evolving Roles of the National and Divisional Boards of Directors, approved by the NBOD on June 17, 2006.

These Operating Principles flow from The Arthritis Society's By-laws and are complemented by and aligned with the Governance Policy Manual, which sets out a full overview of governance matters.

The Operating Principles were approved by the National Board of Directors on January 17, 2009.

Read the Board of Directors Operating Principles [PDF]