Political Activities and Canadian Charities: Keeping room temperature in a chilly environment

September 07, 2015 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: Charity Law In Canada

Since 2012 there has been greater scrutiny of Canadian charities and their political activities. The Canadian government has allocated over $13 million to improve transparency, educate charities and to conduct approximately 60 audits on political activities. CRA recently noted that all 60 organizations have either been audited, are in the midst of an audit or have been selected for audit under the program. Some would argue that such increased scrutiny has resulted in a “chill”, although fundamentally the rules have not changed and Canadian charities are conducting significant political activities.  This article discusses the rules for Canadian charities conducting political activities.   

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