New Ontario Business Registry (OBR) launches along with ONCA on October 19 – get your company key

With the launch of the new Ontario Business Registry (OBR) in Ontario on October 19 you should obtain your company key.  Also, those Ontario…

Ontario has extended ability for OCA/ONCA non-profit corporations to have virtual meetings till September 30, 2022

Some Ontario corporations have provisions in their by-laws that allow for virtual meetings.  This is particularly important during COVID.    However,…

Blumbergs’ Written Submission to the Department of Finance with respect to the disbursement quota for Canadian registered charities

Here is Blumbergs' Written Submission to the Department of Finance about the disbursement quota. As we note in the submission, we are firmly in…

Should the disbursement quota for registered charities in Canada change or be left alone?

In this article "Should the disbursement quota for registered charities in Canada change or be left alone?", Mark Blumberg and Jessie Lang discuss…

How engaged are Canadian registered charities in this election?

I was asked the question "How engaged are Canadian registered charities in this election?" by a journalist and to be honest, I had to say I have no…

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…

Which Canadian charities issued the most official donation receipts in 2019?

We reviewed the Canadian registered charities that identified they issued official donation receipts and the total amount of donation receipts issued…

Which Canadian registered charities had the largest assets in 2019?

Here is our note on Which Canadian charities had the largest assets in 2019?.    Canadian registered charities are required to disclose on the T3010…

Liberal party platform includes commitment to stop providing anti-abortion groups with charity status

The Liberals have recently released their Liberal Party Platform-Forward-For-Everyone.  The Liberals and Conservatives have always played a culture…

Statistics Canada “Canadian Survey on Business Conditions” has some interesting feedback from non-profits.

In the Statistics Canada "Canadian Survey on Business Conditions, third quarter 2021" it has some interesting comments relating to non-profits.…

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2019 – information on registered charities in Ontario from the CRA T3010 annual filings

Here is the Blumbergs' Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2019. We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2019 – information on the Canadian registered charity sector from the T3010 filings of Canadian charities

Here is the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2019. We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2019…

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…

Conservative party commits to in party platform to increasing disbursement quota to 7.5%

The Conservative party has just released their platform and they have committed to increasing the disbursement quota from the current 3.5% to 7.5%.…

Ontario government announces that ONCA and Ontario Business Registry will be launched October 19, 2021

It took many years but finally, it looks like new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) and the Ontario Business Registry will be launched on…

Federal Election 2021 has been called – charities and NPOs need to pay attention to the rules – some should also get engaged.

Yesterday it was announced that the 2021 Federal election will be held on September 20, 2021.   Charities and non-profits need to pay attention to…

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…

Finance is doing a consultation on whether to increase the disbursement quota for Canadian registered charities

In the 2021 Federal Budget, it was announced that the Department of Finance will be doing a consultation on the disbursement quota and whether it…

Blumbergs’ Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations for the Canadian Federal Budget 2022 with a focus on Transparency and Accountability in the Non-profit and Charity Sector

Here is the Blumbergs' Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the Upcoming…

“Confidence in charity leaders has fallen sharply over the last two decades – what does that mean for the sector?”

In this excellent article by Steven Ayer, he writes that confidence in the charity sector has fallen considerably over the last two decades.   The…

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…

Canadian Federal Pre-Budget Consultation for 2022 Federal Budget

The Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) has launched its annual Pre-Budget Consultations for the 2022 Federal budget.  If you wish to make a written…

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…