Centre for Inquiry Canada publishes report on “The Costs of Religion in Canada”

Someone sent me a link to a report from the Centre for Inquiry Canada entitled "The Costs of Religion in Canada".  It is advocating for…

Canada now has 2 registered journalism organizations

Recently The Narwhal News Society was added as a registered journalism organization (RJO) and therefore along with La Presse Inc. there are now two…

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.…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 1 – The preamble

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

What happens when you make it too easy to become a charity?

The US largest organization representing non-profits, which has over 25,000 non-profit members, has called for the IRS to eliminate their Form…

Updated CRA Form AUT-01 Authorize a Representative for Offline Access from CRA for charities and others

CRA has published a newer version of Form AUT-01 Authorize a Representative for Offline Access in late December 2020.  The Form AUT-01 can be used by…

CRA releases the Report on the Charities Program 2018 to 2020

The CRA recently released the Report on the Charities Program 2018 to 2020. If you are very interested in the charity sector in Canada you might find…

New Course – Should you agree to be a director or board member of a Canadian non-profit or registered charity?

There are over 600,000 directors of Canadian charities alone. There are many more people in Canada who serve on the boards of non-profits that are…

CBC “Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.’s COVID-19 rules in court”

The CBC's Jason Proctor wrote an article today on "Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.'s COVID-19 rules in…

La Presse Inc. is first registered journalism organization registered under new category of qualified donee

La Presse Inc. is now the first registered journalism organization registered under new category of qualified donee.  You can see it listed here.  As…

Some quick stats on the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”)

Did you know that there are: 31,462 active CNCA corporations (As of September 1st 2020) 3,364 incorporations last year alone:  (Fiscal year…

Canadian charities can have relationships with non-charities but need to have adequate separation

We recently did a course entitled Multiple Corporate Structures for Canadian For-Profits, NPOs, + Charities to Enhance Flexibility and Impact.…

New Ontario Business Registry will one day become active and you should sign up now to get reminders and information

The Ontario Ministry of Government Services is launching a new Ontario Business Registry at some point over the next year or two.  This Registry will…

Another version of CRA’s guidance on advancement of religion released in an access to information request

We have been blogging about CRA's draft guidance "Advancement of religion and charitable registration" in 2009, 2017 and 2018.   Essentially CRA has…

Why does CRA ask about charitable “activities” and not just about charitable “purposes”

In a recent CRA document, we obtained that was released through access to information, it provides a good explanation of why CRA cares about…

CRA document “Purposes Not Being Furthered” dealing with charity applications without adequate information on activities

About 4000 groups apply each year to the Charities Directorate of CRA to receive registered charitable status and about 46% obtain that status.  The…

CRA updates guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities – only minor changes

The CRA has updated their guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities.  There were only minor changes to the…

CRA’s New Education Guidance – CG-030, Advancement of education and charitable registration

CRA issued a few new guidances today, including a guidance on the advancement of education: CG-030, Advancement of education and charitable…

CRA’s New Guidance – CG-029, Relief of Poverty and Charitable Registration

Today, CRA released it's new Guidance, CG-029, Relief of poverty and charitable registration. This relatively short guidance provides some useful…

CRA releases foreign activity guidance after multi-year delays as well as guidance on intermediaries working in Canada

CRA released today the updated guidance CG-002, Canadian registered charities carrying on activities outside Canada.  Essentially, this guidance…

Capacity building, education, and online courses for the Canadian charity and non-profit sector

Our firm has been using online tools for over 10 years – primarily webinars.  In 2018, we moved to providing paid online courses dealing with charity…

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…

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…