A trustee is an individual who, having legal title to property, holds that property in trust for the use and benefit of another individual and owes a fiduciary duty to that other individual.
The trustee holds the property subject to certain restrictions, some of which are general, imposed by legislation or by the common law, and some of which are specific, created when the trust relationship is established.
In the context of the United Church of Canada, a trustee is an individual who, along with the other members of the Board of Trustees for a congregation, holds all the property of that congregation for the use and benefit of the congregation as part of the United Church.
The activities of the Board of Trustees are restricted and governed variously by public statute, the United Church of Canada’s Trusts of Model Deed, and the lawful directions of the Official Board or Church Board or Church Council and of the other courts of the United Church of Canada, having jurisdiction.
United Church of Canada has prepared a Trustees Handbook.