I was recently wondering how many Canadian charities have recently lost their registered charity status for cause? Also for what reasons did they lose their registered charitable status? See my note
Canadian Charities Recently Revoked by CRA for Cause.
Here is a list of registered Canadian charities that lost their charitable status from January 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010. This list covers a 15 month period. The information is taken directly from the CRA’s publicly accessible database located at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/haip/srch/advancedsearch-eng.action
There were 49 charities that lost their status for cause during that period. During that same period there were 660 who lost it for failure to file their T3010 return. There were also 1299 voluntary revocations. I was quite frankly surprised that only 49 charities lost their status over that 15 month period for cause.
CRA has recently added to their database for some of the revoked for cause charities a summary of the reason the registered charity lost its status and in those cases I have pasted in that information. About 24 of the 49 revoked charities have a summary. In addition, I have placed the names of the directors contained in the last T3010 Registered Charity Information Return filing that had directors listed.
Mark Blumberg is a lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto, Ontario. To find out more about legal services that Blumbergs provides to Canadian charities and non-profits please visit http://www.canadiancharitylaw.ca or http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca Mark can be contacted at or at 416-361-1982.
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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.