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.
Jeff Gray recently wrote a piece in the Globe and Mail on a quirky category of foreign charities who are given qualified donee status by virtue of being on the "List of registered foreign charitable organizations that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada". I have been getting calls from Canadian charities that conduct foreign activities and professional advisors wondering whether this has any impact on them. The short answer is no.
Industry Canada has been warning Federal non-profits that are under the old Canada Corporations Act to continue. They are sending out with Annual Returns under the old act warnings to non-profits to continue or face dissolution.
As I have noted before I am concerned that many thousands of Federal non-profit corporations have not continued to the new CNCA and at some point after October 17, 2014 they will be dissolved by Industry Canada. That is a particular problem for registered charities in that CRA will eventually revoke the registered charities status of those charities.
The B.C. Ministry of Finance has released a White Paper which sets out policy recommendations and proposed draft legislation for a new and more modern "Society Act" in British Columbia, which governs not-for-profit organizations in B.C. The consultation process to amend the current legislation began in 2009.
I recently received from the Charities Directorate of CRA some charts showing the combined assets and revenues of the Canadian registered charity sector for 2011 and 2012. A few quick comments: