Blumbergs’ Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations for the Canadian Federal Budget 2022 with a focus on Transparency and Accountability in the Non-profit and Charity Sector

Here is the Blumbergs' Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the Upcoming…

“Confidence in charity leaders has fallen sharply over the last two decades – what does that mean for the sector?”

In this excellent article by Steven Ayer, he writes that confidence in the charity sector has fallen considerably over the last two decades.   The…

Grantmaking in Canada can be improved immensely but eliminating structured arrangements is dangerous and a red herring to the real problems with our sector

With respect to a recent bill passed by the Senate, but not the House of Commons, relating to structured arrangements/direction and control we have…

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.…

Almost every charity should by now have access to their CRA My Business Account (MyBA) for charities

It has been over 2 years since CRA has been offering CRA My Business Account (MyBA) for charities.  There are a large number of transactions that can…

CRA has revoked 14 charities for cause since January 1, 2021, also there is currently 1 penalty and 2 suspensions

I recently took a look at the CRA Charities Listing for groups that were revoked as a result of audit and there were 14 groups listed as revoked as a…

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…

Lots of media coverage on the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is a registered charity in Canada

A few weeks ago a Canadian registered charity called the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) was involved in a scandal when it was…

Registered Journalism Organizations (“RJO”) Updates

The 2019 Federal Budget introduced income tax measures to support journalism, which created a new qualified donee category, the Registered Journalism…

T3010 Filing Reminder

CRA recently sent out a reminder to file the T3010. More than half of registered charities have a year end date of December 31st, which means that…

How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector? Part 2 – more data from the T3010

In our note "How has COVID affected funding of the Canadian charity sector Part 2?" we reviewed T3010 data and found amongst the 11,821 registered…

National Post “WE in hot water again — this time with the CRA over donation receipts”

In an article in the National Post entitled "WE in hot water again — this time with the CRA over donation receipts: WE's legal fees will be far in…

CRA circulates information on rapid testing for COVID-19 in the Canadian workplace including for charities, NPOs and Indigenous groups

Here is a note from CRA trying to spread the word about rapid testing and workplaces dealing with COVID.  This also includes a program of the…

Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees – 2018

In this article Canadian charities giving to Indigenous Charities and Qualified Donees - 2018, Sharon Redsky, Wanda Brascoupe, Mark Blumberg and…

CRA increasingly emphasizing importance of separation between registered charities and non-qualified donees

In the last couple of weeks I have read two separate CRA notes on the importance of maintaining sufficient separation between a registered charity…

CRA adds new webinars dealing with registered charities and receipting over the next couple of weeks

CRA has announced new webinars dealing with registered charities and receipting.   Here is a link. Here is the note from CRA:  ……

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…

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…