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…

Access to Information sorely lacking when it comes to WE Charity scandal

The Canadian access to information system seems to underperforming when it comes to the WE Charity scandal.   See this PDF of Completed Access to…

ONCA update but still don’t know when ONCA will be brought into force

As we have noted before, ONCA was passed in 2010 and it was never brought into force.  Unless there is a motion or legislation this year it will be…

Now is the time to get onto CRA’s Digital Services for Charities

While restrictions are easing up and businesses are getting back to work, now is still a good time for registered charities to get on to CRA's new…

CRA Charities Directorate email today on upcoming changes with our comments

The Charities Directorate of CRA sent out an email today to their electronic mailing list.  The full text is below and our comments are in [brackets…

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.…

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…

“Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in We Build the Wall Campaign” – some quick thoughts on fundraising and restricted gifts

In this New York Times article published today entitled "Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in We Build the Wall Campaign" it has shocking…

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 Charity files today Federal lobbyist registration forms

Today Dalal Al-Waheidi, Executive Director of WE Charity, told the Finance Committee that today they filed their registration for the Federal…

Charities should pay attention to the Lobbying Act if you “lobby” the Federal government for funds

Would you like to obtain a grant from the Federal government?  Well if you "communicate with a public officer holder" asking for funds that probably…

Some recent Finance Committee meetings on WE Charity and the CSSG

The Finance Committee has had a number of meetings to inquire into the CSSG and WE Charity.  You can watch the testimony live or a recording of…

Corporations Canada extends AGMs for Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”) corporations till Dec 31, 2020

In what is very good news for many non-profits and registered charities in Canada, Corporations Canada has extended the deadline for AGMs for Canada…

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…

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

Every year we do a 3-hour course on transparency and the T3010.   This year there has been a lot of interest in transparency around charities.   On…

WE Charity, ME to WE and WE Charity Foundation – is the story complicated enough yet?

Many people are struggling to understand the CSSG and WE Charity story.   Partly it does not help that information is coming out daily that could…

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…

What is WE Charity Foundation? It is a wee story I tell you. In the story you will learn about transparency or lack thereof in the charity sector

What is the WE Charity Foundation? It is a charity that probably no one had heard of until recently when the Canadian government decided that it was…

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…

If the T3010 annual charity return improves perhaps the charity sector and transparency will also improve

In 2012 I had suggested certain additional questions be added to the T3010. There are many groups actively opposing any greater transparency 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…

Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from the Federal government in 2018?

Here is our article Which Canadian charities received the most revenue from the Federal government in 2018?   In 2018 the Federal government provided…