CRA Charities Directorate slowly restarting revocation process and audits

For almost a year now (long before COVID) CRA has not revoked one single charity as a result of audit!   Admittedly CRA typically in a year revokes…

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…

Gospel for Asia, Bankruptcy Protection, and a Multi-Million Dollar Class Action

Recently, the CBC published an article entitled Charity Gospel for Asia files for creditor protection after $170M lawsuit.   It is interesting that…

Special purpose fundraising for COVID-19 – be careful what you ask for!

Many groups are doing special purpose fundraising for COVID-19 in which they are specifically soliciting or accepting for COVID-19 related programs.…

Ontario PGT provides additional guidance on restricted gifts and COVID-19

The Ontario Public Guardian and Trustees has circulated today to some charity lawyers some additional information on dealing with restricted gifts…

If you want to understand the diversity of the Canadian registered charity sector

Most Canadians don't understand how diverse the Canadian charity sector is.   The public sometimes has stereotypes of charities - those helping the…

What to do if you have cancelled an event due to COVID-19 and the charity has already issued a tax receipt?

In a previous blog entitled Corona Virus/COVID-19 charity issues - cancelling events, refunds and the possibility of a charitable donation, we…

How to make submissions to the Charities Directorate during COVID-19 closure – avoid faxes and couriers

While the Charities Directorate, as a non-essential department of the Canadian Revenue Agency ("CRA"), is currently closed until further notice due…

Ontario government companies branch and PGT are still operating

We checked with the Ontario Government today.   The Companies Branch is still providing over-the-counter service and checking their mail.  However,…

Some religious institutions are not closing and either conducting religious services or allowing them to happen

The CBC recently reported "Some Toronto-area mosques remain open despite dire warnings about COVID-19".   This might be a problem for a number of…

CRA update on Coronavirus – expect the Charities Directorate to be largely closed until April 5, 2020

Here is a message below from the CRA Commissioner that was recently distributed to employees of the CRA.  It does not specifically mention the…

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Canadian registered charities

We are watching as Covid-19 spreads across the world and there have been a number of cases in Canada. The situation is fluid and it is important that…