On November 28, 2012 we will be having the Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute in Toronto. It will be a full day of practical legal and ethical compliance information geared toward charities, professional advisors and those interested in regulatory issues affecting charities.
Delighted to have 120 registrants so far for the program. 

Some of the highlights include:

•head of the Determinations Division of the Charities Directorate of CRA, which determines whether charitable applications will be accepted, will talk about issues with applying for charitable status;
•lawyers from the Ontario government will discuss progress and issues with the new Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA);
•a representative of Corporations Canada of Industry Canada will provide a short primer on the Canada Not-for-profit Corporation Act (CNCA) and transition requirements as well as deficiencies with the applications that Industry Canada is receiving and common questions asked by practitioners. 
•a top corporate lawyer will focus on lessons learned, issues and challenges with the CNCA and what to expect with the ONCA;
•hearing directly from CRA about changes relating to political activities of Canadian charities, other policy developments and upcoming guidances;
•discussion of major challenges with receipting and unacceptable donor restrictions;
•recent changes in transparency and availability of charity information from a transparency expert;
•update from Mark Blumberg on the charity sector, recent developments and the ongoing political processes in Ottawa affecting charities and donors;
•and much more.

Here is a link to the information and registration page: http://charitylaw.eventbrite.com

The Blumberg’ Canadian Charity Law Institute will be a one day conference on November 28, 2012 in Toronto covering important information on compliance for Canadian registered charities.

Those who are involved in the governance of charities or advising charities will find the conference essential to keeping up with recent developments and understanding the regulatory framework.  ?


8:00 – Light Breakfast and Registration

8:45 – Introductory comments

9:00 – New Federal Non-Profit Act (CNCA)(Coleen Kirby, Industry Canada)

10:00 – Comments on the CNCA (Wayne Gray, McMillan LLP)

10:45 – Break

11:00 – New Ontario Non-Profit Act (ONCA) (Ontario Government, MCS – Jennifer Lee and Joanne Gort)

11:45 – Comments on the ONCA (Wayne Gray, McMillan LLP)

12:00 – Lunch – Presentation on State of the Sector and Recent Developments (Mark Blumberg, Blumberg Segal LLP)

1:00 – Issues in applying for charitable registration (CRA) – (Linda Desrochers, CRA, Director, Assessment, Determinations and Monitoring Division)

2:00 – What’s new from the Charities Directorate of CRA: Political activities, 2011 and 2012 Budgets and upcoming Guidances (Linda Desrochers, CRA, Director, Assessment, Determinations and Monitoring Division)

3:00 – Break

3:15 – Receipting and Gift acceptance issues (Mark Blumberg, Blumberg Segal LLP)

4:00 – Transparency -new tools and expectations (Steven Ayer, Common Good Strategies)

4:45 – Concluding comments

There are a limited number of spaces available for this conference.

The price is $145 for the day. It includes lunch, breaks, coffee and drinks, HST and handouts. 

Blumberg’ Canadian Charity Law Institute will be of interest to staff at non-profits and charities responsible for compliance issues, professional advisors such as lawyers and accountants who advise charities and non-profits, and board members of Canadian charities.

If you have questions please call Kaitlin Grandy at 416-361-1982 x. 242.

Tickets are fully refundable until November 1, 2012 but not thereafter.  If you register and are unable to attend, you are welcome to substitute someone else from your organization at any time. Dates and locations may be subject to change should circumstances arise.  All efforts will be made to notify you as soon as possible in this event.