CRA warns about tax shelter gifting schemes and the consequences of participating

CRA recently sent out an email entitled "Warning: Watch out for tax shelter gifting schemes".  I am not sure if this is just regular communication or…

Changes to T3010 filings for registered charities that are under the Ontario Corporation Act, effective May 15, 2021

Registered charities under the Ontario Corporations Act will be affected by some changes when filing their T3010.   CRA will no longer be using the…

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.…

Successful finish for Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2021 (Online)

On April 21, 2021 we had our Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2021.   It is the second Boot Camp that we have conducted online and our tenth…

Report #2 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector – April 2021

Report #2 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector - April 2021 was released on April 29, 2021.  Here is a link.  Here is a PDF of the…

Updates to CharityData.ca

We have recently made a number of updates to CharityData.ca.   The most important update is including more 2020 and 2019 charity returns.   Also, if…

Government Response to Special Senate Committee to the Charitable Sector

The Federal Government has recently released its response to the Special Senate Committee to the Charitable Sector.  We will be reviewing and…

2021 Canadian Federal Budget – How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector?

A lot has changed in 2 years when the last Federal budget was delivered. Today, Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced a Federal…

If a charity official donation receipt does not have all mandatory elements then it can be invalid

In a recent Federal Court of Appeal case called Kueviakoe v. Canada, the court decided that an official donation receipt lacking certain basic or…

Employees in the Canadian Charity Sector -most charities either have no employee or 1 employee

  I recently read a very good report from The Charity Report dealing with charity sector employees entitled Charity Sector Employees: Employee…

Centre for Inquiry Canada publishes report on “The Costs of Religion in Canada”

Someone sent me a link to a report from the Centre for Inquiry Canada entitled "The Costs of Religion in Canada".  It is advocating for…

CRA updates charitable activities page to include public policy dialogue and development activities (PPDDA) and Third Party Election Advertising

Recently CRA updated their post on charitable activities to highlight the ability of charities to carrying out public policy dialogue and development…

“Cross-Border Philanthropy – A U.S. Perspective” by Eric Zolt – excellent paper

I just finished reading an excellent paper entitled Cross-Border Philanthropy - A U.S. Perspective by Eric Zolt.   It both provides a good summary of…

Statistics Canada report on charitable donors in 2019

Stats Can recently released their Charitable Donors, 2019 report.   I have been critical of StatsCan in the past for their annual reports on…

Discussion paper from the T3010 User Group on improvements to the T3010

It was very nice to read recently a discussion paper from the T3010 Research Group on how the T3010 and data in the sector can be improved.  It was…

Canada now has 2 registered journalism organizations

Recently The Narwhal News Society was added as a registered journalism organization (RJO) and therefore along with La Presse Inc. there are now two…

How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector? Part 1

Yesterday I tweeted about a US study on the effect on COVID on donations.    The study noted that US charitable giving increased by 10.6 percent in…

The Charities Directorate of CRA announces new webinars on gifting and receipting on March 30 and March 31.

Here is an announcement from CRA relating to new webinars dealing with gifting and receipting on March 30 and March 31, 2021. . Charities…

Trying to do grantmaking in Canada better

Well, we are in the midst of a pandemic and this has resulted in some grantmaking foundations and philanthropists increasing giving and thinking…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 4 – Charitable purposes and Conclusion

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 3 – The Reasonable Person – lots of questions

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 2 – The Main Provisions and various general concerns

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Will changing structured arrangements into a reasonable person test help the charity sector? – Part 1 – The preamble

Recently a bill was proposed in the Senate -BILL S-222 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (use of resources), which will eliminate the “own…

Report #1 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector – more thoughts

After my very disappointing first read of the “Report #1 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector” which was just released last Friday here…