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…

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…

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…

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…

CRA has revoked 14 charities for cause since January 1, 2021, also there is currently 1 penalty and 2 suspensions

I recently took a look at the CRA Charities Listing for groups that were revoked as a result of audit and there were 14 groups listed as revoked as a…

If there is a Federal election called soon NPOs and registered charities need to pay attention to rules for political activities and third-party advertising

So the rumour mill says that the Liberals may call a Federal election in August. Hopefully, we will not have the misinformation about charities and…

Lots of media coverage on the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is a registered charity in Canada

A few weeks ago a Canadian registered charity called the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) was involved in a scandal when it was…

National Post “WE in hot water again — this time with the CRA over donation receipts”

In an article in the National Post entitled "WE in hot water again — this time with the CRA over donation receipts: WE's legal fees will be far in…

CRA increasingly emphasizing importance of separation between registered charities and non-qualified donees

In the last couple of weeks I have read two separate CRA notes on the importance of maintaining sufficient separation between a registered charity…

CRA warns about tax shelter gifting schemes and the consequences of participating

CRA recently sent out an email entitled "Warning: Watch out for tax shelter gifting schemes".  I am not sure if this is just regular communication or…

Successful finish for Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2021 (Online)

On April 21, 2021 we had our Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2021.   It is the second Boot Camp that we have conducted online and our tenth…

2021 Canadian Federal Budget – How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector?

A lot has changed in 2 years when the last Federal budget was delivered. Today, Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced a Federal…

If a charity official donation receipt does not have all mandatory elements then it can be invalid

In a recent Federal Court of Appeal case called Kueviakoe v. Canada, the court decided that an official donation receipt lacking certain basic or…

CRA updates charitable activities page to include public policy dialogue and development activities (PPDDA) and Third Party Election Advertising

Recently CRA updated their post on charitable activities to highlight the ability of charities to carrying out public policy dialogue and development…

The Charities Directorate of CRA announces new webinars on gifting and receipting on March 30 and March 31.

Here is an announcement from CRA relating to new webinars dealing with gifting and receipting on March 30 and March 31, 2021. . Charities…

Report #1 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector – more thoughts

After my very disappointing first read of the “Report #1 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector” which was just released last Friday here…

Revised P113 – Gifts and Income Tax 2020 – deals with tax benefits of donating to charities

2020 was a turbulent year.   The CRA has updated their document P113 – Gifts and Income Tax for 2020.  The P113 is a helpful guide to the tax…

In 2021 T3010s will be due within 6 months of the end of a charity’s fiscal year, unlike 2020.

In 2020 CRA gave an extension to many charities to deal with the unexpected events around COVID.  In 2021, unless the situation changes drastically,…

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…

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…

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.…

Happy Holidays from the OECD – a very interesting report on different countries and how they treat philanthropy and charities

An interesting report from the OECD on charities in many different countries recently was published. It was given a really exciting title namely…

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…