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…

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…

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…

Good news for Alberta and New Brunswick non-profits that wish to move to the Federal Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”)

Corporations Canada has made it easier for Alberta non-profit corporations under the Societies Act (Alberta) and New Brunswick non-profits under the…

New Ontario Business Registry

I recently received this note from the Ontario Government when I signed up for a mailing list relating to the new Ontario Business Registry (OBR)…

New online course – Should Our Canadian Business Establish a Corporate Foundation?

We have created a new online course, Should Our Canadian Business Establish a Corporate Foundation?  This course will discuss when it may be…

The new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) is targetted now to come in later this year

I was in a session with the Ontario government today related to user feedback for the new Ontario Business Registry (OBR).   In that session, they…

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.…

Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”) consultation launched by Innovation, Science and Industry until July 30, 2021

The CNCA came into force in 2011.  It is a really good corporate act that is being used by thousands of Canadian non-profits and charities.  The…

Ontario publishes regulations for new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) – will it be brought into force on July 1?

A number of regulations for the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) have been published today in the Ontario Gazette.   This raises the…

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) report on Transforming the Non-Profit Community is well worth reading

I recently read a fascinating report from the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) on Transforming the Non-Profit Community in…

T3010 Filing Reminder

CRA recently sent out a reminder to file the T3010. More than half of registered charities have a year end date of December 31st, which means that…

How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector? Part 2 – more data from the T3010

In our note "How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector Part 2?" we reviewed T3010 data and found amongst the 11,821 registered…

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…

Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees – 2018

In this article Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees - 2018, Sharon Redsky, Wanda Brascoupe, Mark Blumberg and…

Recent webinar on trust based philanthropy from the MLSE Foundation provides lots of food for thought for Canadian foundations

I listened to a webinar recently that I thought was very good entitled: Community Learning Series - Trust-Based Philanthropy   Here is a…

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 adds new webinars dealing with registered charities and receipting over the next couple of weeks

CRA has announced new webinars dealing with registered charities and receipting.   Here is a link. Here is the note from CRA:  ……

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…

Update on ONCA – launch will be when new Ontario Business Registry (OBR) is ready

I asked MGCS for an update on ONCA and received the following on May 5, 2021:   We are targeting to proclaim ONCA as soon as possible and will…

Changes to T3010 filings for registered charities that are under the Ontario Corporation Act, effective May 15, 2021

Registered charities under the Ontario Corporations Act will be affected by some changes when filing their T3010.   CRA will no longer be using the…

Ontario Corporation Act non-profits can continue to hold virtual meetings till December 31, 2021

The Ontario government is providing some temporary legislative changes to the Ontario Corporations Act such that irrespective of your governing…

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…

Report #2 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector – April 2021

Report #2 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector - April 2021 was released on April 29, 2021.  Here is a link.  Here is a PDF of the…