We assist Canadian charities, their staff and boards of directors, to understand their legal and ethical obligations when operating a Canadian registered charity and provide insights and information to non-Canadian charities interested in operating or fundraising in Canada.
The charitable sector in Canada has become more challenging. It is highly competitive with over 86,000 Canadian registered charities. As well donors, regulators, media, the public as well as other stakeholders, have increasingly high expectations of charities and how they operate. We assist charities in Canada grapple with these important legal and standards issues.
CRA recently released a letter which discusses whether a park qualifies as a 'municipal or public body performing a function of government' in Canada within the meaning of paragraph 149 (1) (c) of the Act. CRA concluded that they would require additional information on the park in order to make a determination that the park would qualify and would be accountable to the public, the province and the municipalities from which it was created.
On October 14, 2015 the Blumbergs' Charity Law Institute will be held in Toronto. Save the date and details will follow. The cost will be $185. There will be an early bird discount available with the code EB2015 which can save you $40. Last year we sold out and if you want to book early you can register now.
Industry Canada is now providing as part of their ‘Monthly Transactions’ online a list of the Corporations that it intends to dissolve as a result of failing to transition to the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (‘CNCA’).
The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. More information on each of these webinars and how to register is provided below:
CRA recently released a letter which discusses the proper tax treatment of a post-doctoral fellowship and a travel/conference allowance received from a trust administered by a registered charity.
CRA recently released a letter which discusses whether a gift by will of marketable securities provided to a Foundation would be deemed to have been made immediately before the death of the donor. CRA concluded that the gift did constitute a gift by will made immediately before the death of the donor under subsection 118.1 (5) of the ITA. The letter appears to have been written before the 2014 budget, which will have an impact on the bequests are dealt with in estates where the testator died on or after January 1, 2016.