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…

Capacity building, education, and online courses for the Canadian charity and non-profit sector

Our firm has been using online tools for over 10 years – primarily webinars.  In 2018, we moved to providing paid online courses dealing with charity…

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.…

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,…

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…

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 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 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…

WE Charity filings with Corporations Canada

WE Charity is a Federal Corporation under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”).  The CNCA is corporate legislation that applies to…

Mark Blumberg’s written submission to the Finance Committee on transparency in the non-profit and charity sector

Here is my Written Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the Upcoming Federal Budget on Transparency and Accountability in the…

We have recently added two new online courses for Canadian charities

We have recently added 2 new full-day courses namely Fundamentals of Running a Canadian Charitable Organization/Operating Charity and Fundamentals of…

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…

Canadian Red Cross offering grants to NPOs, PPE for charities and NPOs

The Canadian Red Cross is still making grants to non-profit organizations who are assisting vulnerable Canadians dealing with COVID.  If you are a…

CNCA changes to allow for extensions for AGMs etc in Bill C-17 has first reading

The Federal government has brought in a new bill C-17 dealing with various COVID issues. One, in particular, we have discussed is making changes to…

Update on the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) and regulations

The Ontario government has asked for comments on regulations affecting the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA).  The deadline is today.…

Further extension for T2 and T1044 filing deadlines for June, July and August 2020 filers

CRA has previously announced that the T2 Corporation Income Tax Return (the T2) and T1044 Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Information Return for…

Ontario government notice on electronic signatures and electronic filings under the Ontario Corporations Act

The Ontario government has put out detailed requirements in a notice dealing with new methods of filing under the Alternative Filing Methods for…

Federal government proposal to increase time limits under various Federal acts including CNCA

The Federal government has prepared "Draft Legislative Proposals Regarding Time Limits and Other Periods in Circumstances Due to COVID-19".   These…

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) extended till August 29 and includes more groups

The Canadian Department of Finance announced today some changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.  Probably most important is extension of the…

COVID-19 and AGMs for Federal non-profit corporations under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”) – UPDATED

The COVID-19 crisis is forcing some non-profit organizations and registered charities to rethink the timing and manner of conducting their annual…

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…