CBC “Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.’s COVID-19 rules in court”

The CBC's Jason Proctor wrote an article today on "Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.'s COVID-19 rules in…

CRA provides additional information on foreign activities by Canadian charities

After years of seeing less and less transparency about registered charities in Canada coming from the CRA, for various reasons, we now have one…

Blackbaud’s “Tax Receipting and the Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities” delivered by Mark Blumberg

Mark Blumberg will be delivering a webinar for Blackbaud on "Tax Receipting and the Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities".  Here is further…

Registered charities reporting the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), and other Federal subsidies, on their T3010

Many Canadian registered charities will be receiving funds from the Federal government relating to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canada…

Canadian charities can have relationships with non-charities but need to have adequate separation

We recently did a course entitled Multiple Corporate Structures for Canadian For-Profits, NPOs, + Charities to Enhance Flexibility and Impact.…

Happy Holidays from the OECD – a very interesting report on different countries and how they treat philanthropy and charities

An interesting report from the OECD on charities in many different countries recently was published. It was given a really exciting title namely…

CRA reminds charities of importance of filing T3010 Registered Charity Information Return by December 31, 2020

I received the following today from CRA reminding charities to file their T3010 if it was due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020:  …

Another version of CRA’s guidance on advancement of religion released in an access to information request

We have been blogging about CRA's draft guidance "Advancement of religion and charitable registration" in 2009, 2017 and 2018.   Essentially CRA has…

CRA Ministerial Welcome Package – excerpts dealing with charities

We recently received a copy of the CRA Ministerial Welcome Package which is dated November 2019. There are a number of references to charities…

Why does CRA ask about charitable “activities” and not just about charitable “purposes”

In a recent CRA document, we obtained that was released through access to information, it provides a good explanation of why CRA cares about…

CRA document “Purposes Not Being Furthered” dealing with charity applications without adequate information on activities

About 4000 groups apply each year to the Charities Directorate of CRA to receive registered charitable status and about 46% obtain that status.  The…

Report “Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy” released – shows miniscule funding of Black groups

A recent report entitled "Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy" is a wakeup call that Foundations and Charities are not…

CRA introduces simplified process for employees claiming expenses while working from home

The CRA recently introduced a simplified process to allow employees in certain cases to claim home office expenses.   About 1/2 of charities in…

CRA revokes as a result of audit first 2 charities in over a year

The CRA has revoked its first two registered charities in over a year.  Actually, over 13 months not one charity has been revoked.  Some think that…

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…