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Corporate Information

There are many bodies, councils and committees that help govern the Diocese. You can learn more about each of them below.

Synod

The main governing body of the Diocese that determines our high-level priorities and refocuses the mission of the Church.

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Diocesan Council

Meets on a regular basis to carry on the work of Synod between its sessions. Boards, committees and task forces are established from time to time to help Diocesan Council with its work.

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Executive Board

A committee of Diocesan Council that provides recommendations on proposals, questions and issues that have been referred to it by Council.

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Trusts Committee

A standing committee of Diocesan Council that considers and reports on certain financial and property matters referred to it by Council.

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Committees of Synod

Synod has created several standing committees, including the Agenda Committee, Constitutions and Canons Committee, Investment Committee and Nominations Committee.

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Committee members

See who’s on Diocesan Council and its committees.

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Area councils

Support the parishes in their area, working with the area bishop to allocate ministry development grants and to provide a variety of programs for clergy and lay people.

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The Diocese of Toronto was incorporated by “An Act to Incorporate the Synod of the Diocese of Toronto, and to Unite the Church Society of the Diocese of Toronto therewith,” an act of the Legislature of Ontario passed on Jan. 23, 1869. The corporation created by this statute is “The Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Toronto.” No parish has a separate incorporation number.

Each parish church of the Anglican Church in the Province of Ontario is also a separate corporation. Pursuant to “The Church Temporalities Act,” given Royal Assent on Dec. 3, 1841, and as later enacted pursuant to “An Act respecting Churchwardens in the Diocese of Toronto,” the churchwardens (in essence, the administrative officers for each parish) are incorporated under the following provisions:

“The Churchwardens, for the time being of any Church in the Diocese of Toronto…shall…be a corporation with perpetual succession under the name of “The Churchwardens of the Church of __________ in the __________,” to represent the interests of the Church of which they are so elected or appointed, and of the members thereof, and shall and may sue and be sued, answer and be answered unto, in all manner of suits, actions and proceedings whatsoever, for and in respect of such Churches and Churchyards, and all matters and things appertaining thereto.”