New Ontario Business Registry will one day become active and you should sign up now to get reminders and information

The Ontario Ministry of Government Services is launching a new Ontario Business Registry at some point over the next year or two.  This Registry will…

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint by Lucy Bernholz – a very useful critique of the NPO sector in the US

For those interested in understanding the complexity of US non-profits, much of which is similar in Canada, you might find the Philanthropy and…

CRA reminds charities of importance of filing T3010 Registered Charity Information Return by December 31, 2020

I received the following today from CRA reminding charities to file their T3010 if it was due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020:  …

Statistics Canada launches crowd sourced questionnaire on diversity in the non-profit and charity sector.

Statistics Canada launched a crowd-sourced questionnaire on diversity in the non-profit and charity sector.  I encourage groups to complete the…

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We have been blogging about CRA's draft guidance "Advancement of religion and charitable registration" in 2009, 2017 and 2018.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…

CRA Ministerial Welcome Package – excerpts dealing with charities

We recently received a copy of the CRA Ministerial Welcome Package which is dated November 2019. There are a number of references to charities…

Why does CRA ask about charitable “activities” and not just about charitable “purposes”

In a recent CRA document, we obtained that was released through access to information, it provides a good explanation of why CRA cares about…

CRA document “Purposes Not Being Furthered” dealing with charity applications without adequate information on activities

About 4000 groups apply each year to the Charities Directorate of CRA to receive registered charitable status and about 46% obtain that status.  The…

Report “Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy” released – shows miniscule funding of Black groups

A recent report entitled "Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy" is a wakeup call that Foundations and Charities are not…

CRA introduces simplified process for employees claiming expenses while working from home

The CRA recently introduced a simplified process to allow employees in certain cases to claim home office expenses.   About 1/2 of charities in…

Mark Blumberg’s testimony to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on CSSG/WE Charity Scandal

On Friday, December 11, 2020 I gave testimony to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on the CSSG and We…

CRA revokes as a result of audit first 2 charities in over a year

The CRA has revoked its first two registered charities in over a year.  Actually, over 13 months not one charity has been revoked.  Some think that…

CRA updates guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities – only minor changes

The CRA has updated their guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities.  There were only minor changes to the…

CRA updates and releases new charity guidances

CRA released several new updates and guidances for registered charities on Friday. This includes a new guidance on the advancement of education…

Some are calling for changes to Canadian charity rules for foreign activities

I wish I did not have to write this article about the Canadian rules around international philanthropy and foreign activities but unfortunately, a…

Despite WE Charity Scandal and 5 months of intense coverage the Federal government is reducing transparency on the charitable sector

If you have followed the WE Charity scandal one of the major concerns is the lack of transparency with Canadian registered charities.   That is not…

T3010 deadline is December 31, 2020 – but get your forms in as soon as possible

As we have discussed extensively, as a result of COVID the CRA has extended the deadline for filing the T3010s that were or will be due from March…

CRA’s New Education Guidance – CG-030, Advancement of education and charitable registration

CRA issued a few new guidances today, including a guidance on the advancement of education: CG-030, Advancement of education and charitable…

CRA’s New Guidance – CG-029, Relief of Poverty and Charitable Registration

Today, CRA released it's new Guidance, CG-029, Relief of poverty and charitable registration. This relatively short guidance provides some useful…

CRA releases foreign activity guidance after multi-year delays as well as guidance on intermediaries working in Canada

CRA released today the updated guidance CG-002, Canadian registered charities carrying on activities outside Canada.  Essentially, this guidance…

Updated T3010 Form

Earlier this month, CRA update the T3010 form found here. With the CRA's COVID-19 extension for the T3010 Annual Return, many charities must file…

Mark Blumberg to present as part of a panel at the AFP GTA Congress 2020 on “WE have a Problem”

Here is a description of the presentation on November 24, 2020:   Lunch ’N Learn Panel: WE Have a Problem   Jaya Mootoo , Ann…

Mark Blumberg to present to CIMA Canada Conference on “Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas: at Work and Beyond”

Mark will be presenting on November 19, 2020 at the CIMA Canada Conference on "Dealing with Ethical Dilemmas: at Work and Beyond".  CIMA is the…

CRA’s Reminder to File T3010 by December 31, 2020

CRA recently sent out a newsletter reminder that charities with a T3010 (Registered Charity Information Return) filing due between March 18, 2020 and…