If there is a Federal election called soon NPOs and registered charities need to pay attention to rules for political activities and third-party advertising

So the rumour mill says that the Liberals may call a Federal election in August. Hopefully, we will not have the misinformation about charities and…

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…

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…

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…