Here is a list of qualified donees.  One of them is “Her Majesty in right of Canada” ie. the Canadian Federal government.  However, it also includes agencies of the Canadian Federal government.

CRA notes that the agencies of the Federal and Provincial governments and the UN do not have to be listed to be qualified donees.  “Her Majesty in right of Canada, a province, or a territory, and the United Nations and its agencies are also qualified donees. These qualified donees do not have to be included on a list maintained by the Canada Revenue Agency to be recognized as such.”

It is a factual matter as to whether an organization is an agency of the Federal government and therefore a qualified donee.  You may wish to obtain legal advice if you wish to make gifts to a group and are not sure if it is a qualified donee.

As of March 2020 here is a list of groups that the Federal Government identifies as “departments and agencies”:


Departments and agenciesAbbreviation
Accessibility Standards Canada
Administrative Tribunals Support Service of CanadaATSSC
Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaAAFC
Atlantic Canada Opportunities AgencyACOA
Atlantic Pilotage Authority CanadaAPA
Atomic Energy of Canada LimitedAECL
Auditor General of Canada (Office of the)OAG
Bank of Canada
Bank of Canada Museum
Blue Water Bridge CanadaBWB
Business Development Bank of CanadaBDC
Canada Agricultural Review TribunalCART
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Border Services AgencyCBSA
Canada Council for the Arts
Canada Deposit Insurance CorporationCDIC
Canada Development Investment CorporationCDEV
Canada Economic Development for Quebec RegionsCED
Canada Employment Insurance CommissionCEIC
Canada Energy RegulatorCER
Canada Firearms CentreCAFC
Canada Industrial Relations BoardCIRB
Canada Infrastructure BankCIB
Canada Lands Company LimitedCLC
Canada Mortgage and Housing CorporationCMHC
Canada Pension Plan Investment BoardCPPIB
Canada PostCPC
Canada Research Chairs
Canada Revenue AgencyCRA
Canada School of Public ServiceCSPS
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canadian Air Transport Security AuthorityCATSA
Canadian ArmyCA
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and SafetyCCOHS
Canadian Coast GuardCCG
Canadian Commercial CorporationCCC
Canadian Conservation InstituteCCI
Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board
Canadian Dairy CommissionCDC
Canadian Food Inspection AgencyCFIA
Canadian Grain CommissionCGC
Canadian HeritagePCH
Canadian Heritage Information NetworkCHIN
Canadian Human Rights CommissionCHRC
Canadian Institutes of Health ResearchCIHR
Canadian Intellectual Property OfficeCIPO
Canadian Intergovernmental Conference SecretariatCICS
Canadian International Trade TribunalCITT
Canadian Judicial CouncilCJC
Canadian Museum for Human RightsCMHR
Canadian Museum of HistoryCMH
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21CMIP
Canadian Museum of NatureCMN
Canadian Northern Economic Development AgencyCanNor
Canadian Nuclear Safety CommissionCNSC
Canadian Pari-Mutuel AgencyCPMA
Canadian Police CollegeCPC
Canadian Race Relations FoundationCRRF
Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications CommissionCRTC
Canadian Security Intelligence ServiceCSIS
Canadian Space AgencyCSA
Canadian Special Operations Forces CommandCANSOFCOM
Canadian Trade Commissioner ServiceTCS
Canadian Transportation AgencyCTA
Canadian War Museum
Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMPCRCC
Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada (Office of the)FJA
Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada (Office of the)OCL
Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the)OCOL
Communications Research Centre CanadaCRC
Communications Security Establishment CanadaCSEC
Competition Bureau CanadaCOBU
Competition Tribunal
Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner (Office of the)CIEC
Copyright Board CanadaCB
Correctional Investigator CanadaOCI
Correctional Service CanadaCSC
Court Martial Appeal Court of CanadaCMAC
Courts Administration ServiceCAS
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs CanadaCIRNAC
Defence Construction CanadaDCC
Defence Research and Development CanadaDRDC
Democratic Institutions
Destination CanadaDC
Elections CanadaElections
Employment and Social Development CanadaESDC
Environment and Climate Change CanadaECCC
Environmental Protection Review CanadaEPRC
Export Development CanadaEDC
Farm Credit CanadaFCC
Farm Products Council of CanadaFPCC
Federal Bridge CorporationFBCL
Federal Court of AppealFCA
Federal Court of CanadaFC
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern OntarioFedDev Ontario
Federal Ombudsman for Victims Of Crime (Office of the)OFOVC
Finance Canada (Department of)FIN
Financial Consumer Agency of CanadaFCAC
Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of CanadaFINTRAC
Fisheries and Oceans CanadaDFO
Freshwater Fish Marketing CorporationFFMC
Global Affairs CanadaGAC
Governor General of CanadaOSGG
Great Lakes Pilotage Authority CanadaGLPA
Health CanadaHC
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of CanadaHSMBC
Human Rights Tribunal of CanadaHRTC
Immigration and Refugee Board of CanadaIRB
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship CanadaIRCC
Impact Assessment Agency of CanadaIAAC
Independent Review Panel for Defence AcquisitionIRPDA
Indian Oil and Gas Canada
Indigenous and Northern Affairs CanadaINAC
Indigenous Services CanadaISC
Industrial Technologies OfficeITO
Information Commissioner (Office of the)OIC
Infrastructure CanadaINFC
Innovation, Science and Economic Development CanadaISED
Intelligence Commissoner (Office of the)
Intergovernmental AffairsIGA
International Development Research CentreIDRC
Jacques Cartier and Champlain BridgesJCCBI
Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission
Justice Canada (Department of)JUS
Labour Program
Laurentian Pilotage Authority CanadaLPA
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Library and Archives CanadaLAC
Marine AtlanticMarineAtlantic
Measurement CanadaMC
Military Grievances External Review CommitteeMGERC
Military Police Complaints Commission of CanadaMPCC
National Arts CentreNAC
National Battlefields CommissionNBC
National Capital CommissionNCC
National DefenceDND
National Film BoardNFB
National Gallery of CanadaNGC
National Research Council CanadaNRC
National Security and Intelligence Review AgencyNSIRA
National Seniors Council
Natural Resources CanadaNRCan
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research CanadaNSERC
Northern Pipeline Agency CanadaNPA
Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal CanadaOHSTC
Office of the Chief Military JudgeOCMJ
Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (Office of the)
Pacific Pilotage Authority CanadaPPA
Parks CanadaPC
Parliament of Canada
Parole Board of CanadaPBC
Patented Medicine Prices Review Board CanadaPMPRB
Polar Knowledge CanadaPOLAR
Prime Minister of Canada
Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Office of the)OPC
Privy Council OfficePCO
Procurement Ombudsman (Office of the)OPO
Public Health Agency of CanadaPHAC
Public Prosecution Service of CanadaPPSC
Public Safety CanadaPS
Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada (Office of the)PSIC
Public Sector Pension Investment BoardPSP Investments
Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal CanadaPSDPTC
Public Service Commission of CanadaPSC
Public Service Labour Relations and Employment BoardPSLREB
Public Services and Procurement CanadaPSPC
Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal of CanadaSCT
Ridley Terminals Inc.
Royal Canadian Air ForceRCAF
Royal Canadian MintMint
Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceRCMP
Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review CommitteeERC
Royal Canadian NavyRCN
Royal Military College of CanadaRMCC
Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of ParliamentariansNSICOP
Service CanadaServCan
Shared Services CanadaSSC
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of CanadaSSHRC
Social Security Tribunal of CanadaSST
Standards Council of CanadaSCC-CCN
Statistics CanadaStatCan
Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (Office of the)OSB
Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (Office of the)OSFI
Supreme Court of CanadaSCC
Tax Court of CanadaTCC
Taxpayers’ Ombudsman (Office of the)OTO
Telefilm Canada
Translation Bureau
Transport CanadaTC
Transportation Appeal Tribunal of CanadaTATC
Transportation Safety Board of CanadaTSB
Treasury Board of Canada SecretariatTBS
Veterans Affairs CanadaVAC
Veterans Review and Appeal BoardVRAB
Veterans’ Ombudsman (Office of the)
VIA Rail CanadaVIA Rail
Virtual Museum of CanadaVMC
Western Economic Diversification CanadaWD
Windsor-Detroit Bridge AuthorityWDBA
Women and Gender Equality CanadaWAGE