How engaged are Canadian registered charities in this election?

I was asked the question "How engaged are Canadian registered charities in this election?" by a journalist and to be honest, I had to say I have no…

Notice from Service Ontario about filings under OCA as ONCA is being launched

We received a notice from Service Ontario relating to filings prior to ONCA coming into force on October 19, 2021.  Essentially any filings done by…

Update for Online Filings with Corporations Canada under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”)

Corporations Canada recently announced that they have taken 2 additional security measures to ensure the accuracy of the information about federal…

ACCS submission to Finance on the DQ suggesting no change to the rate is disappointing for operating charities

At a time when charities need funds and private foundations alone are sitting on $95 billion dollars, the Advisory Committee to the Charitable Sector…

Which Canadian charities issued the most official donation receipts in 2019?

We reviewed the Canadian registered charities that identified they issued official donation receipts and the total amount of donation receipts issued…

Which Canadian registered charities had the largest assets in 2019?

Here is our note on Which Canadian charities had the largest assets in 2019?.    Canadian registered charities are required to disclose on the T3010…

Liberal party platform includes commitment to stop providing anti-abortion groups with charity status

The Liberals have recently released their Liberal Party Platform-Forward-For-Everyone.  The Liberals and Conservatives have always played a culture…

Statistics Canada “Canadian Survey on Business Conditions” has some interesting feedback from non-profits.

In the Statistics Canada "Canadian Survey on Business Conditions, third quarter 2021" it has some interesting comments relating to non-profits.…

Which Charities Received the Most Money from the Federal Government in 2019?

We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2019 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  The…

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2019 – information on registered charities in Ontario from the CRA T3010 annual filings

Here is the Blumbergs' Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2019. We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2019 – information on the Canadian registered charity sector from the T3010 filings of Canadian charities

Here is the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2019. We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2019…

Conservatives propose Foreign Agents Registry Act which could prevent large Canadian charities from receiving foreign funding costing universities and others billions of dollars

The Conservatives have put forward some proposals in their platform that are unclear and could have a significant negative effect on the charity…

Report #3 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector released

Report #3 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector was released.   I have a few personal views/concerns with this report and the process.…

Conservative party commits to in party platform to increasing disbursement quota to 7.5%

The Conservative party has just released their platform and they have committed to increasing the disbursement quota from the current 3.5% to 7.5%.…

Ontario government announces that ONCA and Ontario Business Registry will be launched October 19, 2021

It took many years but finally, it looks like new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) and the Ontario Business Registry will be launched on…

Federal Election 2021 has been called – charities and NPOs need to pay attention to the rules – some should also get engaged.

Yesterday it was announced that the 2021 Federal election will be held on September 20, 2021.   Charities and non-profits need to pay attention to…

Many charities with March 31 year ends need to file their T3010 by September 30

Many Canadian registered charities have March 31 year ends.  Mostly these are aligned with government funders who have a similar year-end.    These…

Finance is doing a consultation on whether to increase the disbursement quota for Canadian registered charities

In the 2021 Federal Budget, it was announced that the Department of Finance will be doing a consultation on the disbursement quota and whether it…

Blumbergs’ Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations for the Canadian Federal Budget 2022 with a focus on Transparency and Accountability in the Non-profit and Charity Sector

Here is the Blumbergs' Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the Upcoming…

“Confidence in charity leaders has fallen sharply over the last two decades – what does that mean for the sector?”

In this excellent article by Steven Ayer, he writes that confidence in the charity sector has fallen considerably over the last two decades.   The…

Grantmaking in Canada can be improved immensely but eliminating structured arrangements is dangerous and a red herring to the real problems with our sector

With respect to a recent bill passed by the Senate, but not the House of Commons, relating to structured arrangements/direction and control we have…

Canadian Federal Pre-Budget Consultation for 2022 Federal Budget

The Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) has launched its annual Pre-Budget Consultations for the 2022 Federal budget.  If you wish to make a written…

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.…

Almost every charity should by now have access to their CRA My Business Account (MyBA) for charities

It has been over 2 years since CRA has been offering CRA My Business Account (MyBA) for charities.  There are a large number of transactions that can…