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

Registered charities have a high degree of trust in our society.  It is vital that they are transparent, accountable and respected in the work that…

Some compliance trends or task over the next 6 months for Canadian registered charities

Here are a number of trends or compliance suggestions for charities over the next six months: If you are an Ontario corporation under the Ontario…

Charities Directorate Business Resumption Plan and Audits

CRA has just published its plan for the resumption of full activities.  Here is one pertaining to the Legislation and Policy Branch (Charities).  My…

New course on restricted gifts in Canada by Mark Blumberg

Today we are launching a new course of restricted gifts for Canadian charities: "Restricted Gifts - Managing the Opportunities and Dangers of…

Blumberg Segal LLP Update for Clients and Friends – May 29, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the non-profit and charity sector.  Some organizations have been completely shut down, some have suspended…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Legal Checklist for Working with Intermediaries in Canada

Here is our Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Legal Checklist for Working with Intermediaries in Canada 2020.  It will be of help to Canadian registered…

Corporations Canada provides simple way for non-profits and charities under the CNCA to extend time for financial disclosure and AGM

We are delighted that Corporations Canada today has provided a simple way for non-profits and charities under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations…

The Privacy Commissioner Releases tips for videoconferencing and privacy

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has recently released some tips for ensuring that you protect your organization's privacy, as well…

Guidance from Charity Commission “Manage financial difficulties in your charity caused by coronavirus”

Here is some really good guidance from the Charity Commission of England and Wales.   Guidance Manage financial difficulties in your charity…

Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada – A Very Simplified View of the Process

In this brief note, we try to suggest ten steps for a simplified contractor arrangement between a Canadian charity and a group in Canada that is not…

New Course on Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada

We have just prepared a new course on Canadian Charities Working with Non-Charities in Canada.  Here is information on the new course and how to…

Additional Information from the BC Financial Services Authority on gifts of life insurance to charities

I wrote to the BC Financial Services Authority on May 4, 2020, asking for some clarifications relating to their Information Bulletin entitled…

“UK charity failed to safeguard aid worker killed in Syria – report”

The Guardian recently had an article "UK charity failed to safeguard aid worker killed in Syria – report".   The article deals with Alan Henning, a…

BC Financial Services Authority and gifts of life insurance to charities

Every year less than 1% of Canadian registered charities identify in their T3010 receiving a life insurance policy for which they issued an official…

Blumberg Segal LLP Update for Clients and Friends – April 24, 2020

It has been over 4 weeks that many businesses, non-profits and charities in Canada have either been shut down or are trying hard to adjust to the…

PGT views of what is “pandemic-related”

We have written about 2 recent notices from the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee ("PGT") relating to restricted funds and the pandemic.  These are…

CharityData.ca has been updated – check it out! More information on Canadian registered charities

We do regular updates of the portal CharityData.ca. Recently we just added more T3010 data including updated partial 2019 data and all of 2018 data.…

Webinar on Accessing Digital Services for Charities – April 14, 2020- recorded

The CRA’s Charities Directorate is currently closed, however, registered charities can still access online services through what we affectionately…

Do you need data on Canadian registered charities?

As everyone knows the CRA Charities Directorate is currently closed.  I have been getting requests for data on Canadian charities by charities,…

Ontario Ministry Allows Virtual Witnessing of Wills -important for bequests

Many people at home right now have some time on their hands and some are thinking about updating their wills.  Some don't have wills at all and for…

Further update from the government of Canada on NPOs, charities and the wage subsidy

Today the Federal government released two documents.  One was entitled Government provides further flexibility for employers to access the Canada…

Corporations Canada loosens requirements for electronic signatures on documents

This is one of those posts that will probably be of interest to very few people.  Many have probably not thought of the issue of electronic…

Blumbergs’ COVID-19 FAQs for Registered Charities and Non-profits

Blumbergs will soon be releasing a large number of FAQ pages on our website specifically for common questions and issues affecting Canadian…

Corporations Canada extends annual return deadlines to September 30, 2020 for federal non-profit corporations

On April 1, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that it is extending the deadline for filing annual returns for federal corporations. Annual…