Emergency grant funding – an interesting guide

Here is a guide from Open Road Alliance (openroadalliance.org) with some helpful tips for emergency grant funding. The guide outlines the following…

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…

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2018

Here is our Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2018.We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2018…

CRA accepts over 170 voluntary revocations

The Canada Gazette on October 17, 2020 published the names of over 170 Canadian registered charities that had requested voluntary revocation.  Here…

Ontario government has extended ability for OCA corporations to have virtual meetings until May 31, 2021

The Ontario government has recently extended the ability for Ontario Corporations Act (OCA) corporations to have virtual meetings until May 31, 2021.…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2020 – online

Every year Blumbergs has its Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute.  This year we will be doing a "mini-institute" – very virtual, much shorter…

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.…

The WE Charity scandal and its impact on the Canadian charity sector?

A lot has happened since we originally published this article on September 4th so here is an updated version below.  The WE Charity…

Access to Information sorely lacking when it comes to WE Charity scandal

The Canadian access to information system seems to underperforming when it comes to the WE Charity scandal.   See this PDF of Completed Access to…

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…

CRA Charities Directorate email today on upcoming changes with our comments

The Charities Directorate of CRA sent out an email today to their electronic mailing list.  The full text is below and our comments are in [brackets…

Eisbrenner v. Canada, 2020 FCA 93 (Federal Court of Appeal) deals with CGI tax shelter donation scheme

In the case Eisbrenner v. Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal deals with 2 tax shelter donation schemes that were not accepted in the Tax Court of…

Mudge v. The Queen – deals with Canadian donation tax scheme and drafting of pleadings

In the case of Mudge v. The Queen, it deals with a charitable scheme and a motion by the taxpayer to strike out portions of CRA's pleadings when CRA…

Decline in trust in the Canadian non-profit and charity sector as a result of the WE Charity scandal

A recent public opinion poll by Proof Communications, which runs the CanTrust index, dealing with trust shows a 6% decline for the non-profit and…

What will be the impact of the WE Charity scandal on the Canadian charity sector?

The WE Charity scandal has now been going on for over 2 months.  A few weeks ago the Minister of Finance resigned and parliament was prorogued.  Some…

“Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in We Build the Wall Campaign” – some quick thoughts on fundraising and restricted gifts

In this New York Times article published today entitled "Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in We Build the Wall Campaign" it has shocking…

If your CNCA directors change – you need to let Corporations Canada know in a timely way!

With the current focus on WE Charity and the CSSG program, there is a lot that can be learned about transparency in the charity sector.   I will now…

WE Charity files today Federal lobbyist registration forms

Today Dalal Al-Waheidi, Executive Director of WE Charity, told the Finance Committee that today they filed their registration for the Federal…

Charities should pay attention to the Lobbying Act if you “lobby” the Federal government for funds

Would you like to obtain a grant from the Federal government?  Well if you "communicate with a public officer holder" asking for funds that probably…

We just launched a new course – Membership of Non-Profits and Charities in Canada

There is so much confusion on memberships for Non-Profits and Charities in Canada that we have just launched a 2-hour course on the topic.Here is…

Corporations Canada extends AGMs for Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”) corporations till Dec 31, 2020

In what is very good news for many non-profits and registered charities in Canada, Corporations Canada has extended the deadline for AGMs for Canada…

Corporations Canada moving forward to extend deadlines for AGMs etc for CNCA corporations

As we have noted previously, the Federal government has brought in a new bill C-17 dealing with various issues especially extending CNCA deadlines…

Transparency in the Canadian Charitable Sector and the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return Online Course

Every year we do a 3-hour course on transparency and the T3010.   This year there has been a lot of interest in transparency around charities.   On…