Blumbergs’ Pre-Budget Submission for the Federal Budget 2021 relating to charities, transparency and other issues

As we noted previously the Federal Government has launched pre-budget consultations for the 2021 Federal Budget.   Here is the Blumbergs' Pre-Budget…

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the British Columbia Charity Sector 2018

We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2018 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  The…

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Alberta Charity Sector 2018

We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2018 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  The…

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Quebec Charity Sector 2018

We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2018 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  The…

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2018

We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2018 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project.  The…

CBC “Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.’s COVID-19 rules in court”

The CBC's Jason Proctor wrote an article today on "Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.'s COVID-19 rules in…

Bloomberg Businessweek: “How a Charity Superstar Innovated Its Way to Political Scandal” – with coverage of the WE Charity scandal

Today an article appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek entitled "How a Charity Superstar Innovated Its Way to Political Scandal: The Kielburger brothers…

New course – Running and Maintaining a Federal Non-Profit Corporation under the CNCA – An Introduction

We have recently prepared a new course on Running and Maintaining a Federal Non-Profit Corporation under the CNCA – An Introduction.   Here is…

Canadian charities can have relationships with non-charities but need to have adequate separation

We recently did a course entitled Multiple Corporate Structures for Canadian For-Profits, NPOs, + Charities to Enhance Flexibility and Impact.…

Happy Holidays from the OECD – a very interesting report on different countries and how they treat philanthropy and charities

An interesting report from the OECD on charities in many different countries recently was published. It was given a really exciting title namely…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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 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…

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…

The Charity Report provides a profile of the Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector

We were pleasantly surprised to see that The Charity Report "your independent source of news in the charity sector" recently published an article…

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…

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…

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…