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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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.