Foundation Magazine focus on WE Charity CSSG controversy

Foundation Magazine has focused on the WE Charity scandal in its latest edition.  A number of different articles deal with different aspects of the…

Emergency grant funding – an interesting guide

Here is a guide from Open Road Alliance (openroadalliance.org) with some helpful tips for emergency grant funding. The guide outlines the following…

CRA Service standards for charities for 2020 – 2021

The CRA has service standards and the Charities Directorate publishes those service standards.  The service standards are for "enquiries" and…

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2018

Here is our Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2018.We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2018…

CRA accepts over 170 voluntary revocations

The Canada Gazette on October 17, 2020 published the names of over 170 Canadian registered charities that had requested voluntary revocation.  Here…

Ontario government has extended ability for OCA corporations to have virtual meetings until May 31, 2021

The Ontario government has recently extended the ability for Ontario Corporations Act (OCA) corporations to have virtual meetings until May 31, 2021.…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2020 – online

Every year Blumbergs has its Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute.  This year we will be doing a "mini-institute" – very virtual, much shorter…

Upcoming Webinars for the Canadian Charity Law Association

The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited. Topics are subject to change.…

The WE Charity scandal and its impact on the Canadian charity sector?

A lot has happened since we originally published this article on September 4th so here is an updated version below.  The WE Charity…

Blumbergs is changing addresses

As of October 1, 2020, Blumberg Segal LLP is moving to a new office address which is:Blumberg Segal LLP2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1600Toronto, ON…

Access to Information sorely lacking when it comes to WE Charity scandal

The Canadian access to information system seems to underperforming when it comes to the WE Charity scandal.   See this PDF of Completed Access to…

ONCA update but still don’t know when ONCA will be brought into force

[Update - the motion to extend the period within ONCA can be brought into force was carried on September 21, 2020.] As we have noted before,…

Now is the time to get onto CRA’s Digital Services for Charities

While restrictions are easing up and businesses are getting back to work, now is still a good time for registered charities to get on to CRA's new…

CRA Charities Directorate email today on upcoming changes with our comments

The Charities Directorate of CRA sent out an email today to their electronic mailing list.  The full text is below and our comments are in [brackets…

CRA Charities Directorate slowly restarting revocation process and audits

For almost a year now (long before COVID) CRA has not revoked one single charity as a result of audit!   Admittedly CRA typically in a year revokes…

Eisbrenner v. Canada, 2020 FCA 93 (Federal Court of Appeal) deals with CGI tax shelter donation scheme

In the case Eisbrenner v. Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal deals with 2 tax shelter donation schemes that were not accepted in the Tax Court of…

Mudge v. The Queen – deals with Canadian donation tax scheme and drafting of pleadings

In the case of Mudge v. The Queen, it deals with a charitable scheme and a motion by the taxpayer to strike out portions of CRA's pleadings when CRA…

Decline in trust in the Canadian non-profit and charity sector as a result of the WE Charity scandal

A recent public opinion poll by Proof Communications, which runs the CanTrust index, dealing with trust shows a 6% decline for the non-profit and…

What will be the impact of the WE Charity scandal on the Canadian charity sector?

The WE Charity scandal has now been going on for over 2 months.  A few weeks ago the Minister of Finance resigned and parliament was prorogued.  Some…

Gospel for Asia, Bankruptcy Protection, and a Multi-Million Dollar Class Action

Recently, the CBC published an article entitled Charity Gospel for Asia files for creditor protection after $170M lawsuit.   It is interesting that…

CRA asking about cryptocurrencies on charity audits

When CRA audits charities they typically send a long questionnaire to be filled in by the charity on many different issues.  With some…

“Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in We Build the Wall Campaign” – some quick thoughts on fundraising and restricted gifts

In this New York Times article published today entitled "Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in We Build the Wall Campaign" it has shocking…

If your CNCA directors change – you need to let Corporations Canada know in a timely way!

With the current focus on WE Charity and the CSSG program, there is a lot that can be learned about transparency in the charity sector.   I will now…

CRA Question and Answer Teleconference on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Here is information from CRA on their upcoming teleconference on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).  Charities and giving - CRA:…