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 updated several of its webpages relating to charitable donations.
CRA recently released a letter which discusses whether a school chaplain employed by a Catholic school board can claim the clergy residence deduction as per section 8(1)(c) of the Income Tax Act (Canada). CRA had the following comments:
There was recent case of R. v. Raza, 2015 BCSC 2512 (CanLII). The three accused were tax prepares who were charged with fraud for allegedly being involved with the issuance of false donation receipts.
The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited.
Here is an article "Sunny days for charities and political activities? But lack of transparency results in some clouds" which discusses a recent press release from the Minister of National Revenue dealing with the charity political audit program.
Here is an article "Canadian Charities Helping Syrian Refugees". It may be helpful for some charities that wish to get involved in the Syria Crisis.