CRA updates guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities – only minor changes

The CRA has updated their guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities.  There were only minor changes to the…

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…

Despite WE Charity Scandal and 5 months of intense coverage the Federal government is reducing transparency on the charitable sector

If you have followed the WE Charity scandal one of the major concerns is the lack of transparency with Canadian registered charities.   That is not…

T3010 deadline is December 31, 2020 – but get your forms in as soon as possible

As we have discussed extensively, as a result of COVID the CRA has extended the deadline for filing the T3010s that were or will be due from March…

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’s New Guidance – CG-029, Relief of Poverty and Charitable Registration

Today, CRA released it's new Guidance, CG-029, Relief of poverty and charitable registration. This relatively short guidance provides some useful…

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…

Updated T3010 Form

Earlier this month, CRA update the T3010 form found here. With the CRA's COVID-19 extension for the T3010 Annual Return, many charities must file…

Mark Blumberg to present as part of a panel at the AFP GTA Congress 2020 on “WE have a Problem”

Here is a description of the presentation on November 24, 2020: Lunch ’N Learn Panel: WE Have a Problem Jaya Mootoo , Ann…

CRA’s Reminder to File T3010 by December 31, 2020

CRA recently sent out a newsletter reminder that charities with a T3010 (Registered Charity Information Return) filing due between March 18, 2020 and…

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…

CRA Service standards for charities for 2020 – 2021

The CRA has service standards and the Charities Directorate publishes those service standards.  The service standards are for "enquiries" and…

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…

CRA accepts over 170 voluntary revocations

The Canada Gazette on October 17, 2020 published the names of over 170 Canadian registered charities that had requested voluntary revocation.  Here…

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…

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.…

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…

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

[Update - the motion to extend the period within ONCA can be brought into force was carried on September 21, 2020.] As we have noted before,…

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…

Eisbrenner v. Canada, 2020 FCA 93 (Federal Court of Appeal) deals with CGI tax shelter donation scheme

In the case Eisbrenner v. Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal deals with 2 tax shelter donation schemes that were not accepted in the Tax Court of…

Mudge v. The Queen – deals with Canadian donation tax scheme and drafting of pleadings

In the case of Mudge v. The Queen, it deals with a charitable scheme and a motion by the taxpayer to strike out portions of CRA's pleadings when CRA…