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 agencies Abbreviation
Accessibility Standards Canada
Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada ATSSC
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AAFC
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency ACOA
Atlantic Pilotage Authority Canada APA
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited AECL
Auditor General of Canada (Office of the) OAG
Bank of Canada
Bank of Canada Museum
Blue Water Bridge Canada BWB
Business Development Bank of Canada BDC
Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal CART
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Border Services Agency CBSA
Canada Council for the Arts
Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation CDIC
Canada Development Investment Corporation CDEV
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions CED
Canada Employment Insurance Commission CEIC
Canada Energy Regulator CER
Canada Firearms Centre CAFC
Canada Industrial Relations Board CIRB
Canada Infrastructure Bank CIB
Canada Lands Company Limited CLC
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation CMHC
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board CPPIB
Canada Post CPC
Canada Research Chairs
Canada Revenue Agency CRA
Canada School of Public Service CSPS
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority CATSA
Canadian Army CA
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety CCOHS
Canadian Coast Guard CCG
Canadian Commercial Corporation CCC
Canadian Conservation Institute CCI
Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board
Canadian Dairy Commission CDC
Canadian Food Inspection Agency CFIA
Canadian Grain Commission CGC
Canadian Heritage PCH
Canadian Heritage Information Network CHIN
Canadian Human Rights Commission CHRC
Canadian Institutes of Health Research CIHR
Canadian Intellectual Property Office CIPO
Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat CICS
Canadian International Trade Tribunal CITT
Canadian Judicial Council CJC
Canadian Museum for Human Rights CMHR
Canadian Museum of History CMH
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 CMIP
Canadian Museum of Nature CMN
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency CanNor
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission CNSC
Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency CPMA
Canadian Police College CPC
Canadian Race Relations Foundation CRRF
Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission CRTC
Canadian Security Intelligence Service CSIS
Canadian Space Agency CSA
Canadian Special Operations Forces Command CANSOFCOM
Canadian Trade Commissioner Service TCS
Canadian Transportation Agency CTA
Canadian War Museum
CBC/Radio-Canada CBC
Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP CRCC
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 Canada CRC
Communications Security Establishment Canada CSEC
Competition Bureau Canada COBU
Competition Tribunal
Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner (Office of the) CIEC
Copyright Board Canada CB
Correctional Investigator Canada OCI
Correctional Service Canada CSC
Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada CMAC
Courts Administration Service CAS
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada CIRNAC
Defence Construction Canada DCC
Defence Research and Development Canada DRDC
Democratic Institutions
Destination Canada DC
Elections Canada Elections
Employment and Social Development Canada ESDC
Environment and Climate Change Canada ECCC
Environmental Protection Review Canada EPRC
Export Development Canada EDC
Farm Credit Canada FCC
Farm Products Council of Canada FPCC
Federal Bridge Corporation FBCL
Federal Court of Appeal FCA
Federal Court of Canada FC
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario FedDev Ontario
Federal Ombudsman for Victims Of Crime (Office of the) OFOVC
Finance Canada (Department of) FIN
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada FCAC
Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada FINTRAC
Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO
Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation FFMC
Global Affairs Canada GAC
Governor General of Canada OSGG
Great Lakes Pilotage Authority Canada GLPA
Health Canada HC
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada HSMBC
Human Rights Tribunal of Canada HRTC
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada IRB
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada IRCC
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada IAAC
Independent Review Panel for Defence Acquisition IRPDA
Indian Oil and Gas Canada
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada INAC
Indigenous Services Canada ISC
Industrial Technologies Office ITO
Information Commissioner (Office of the) OIC
Infrastructure Canada INFC
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada ISED
Intelligence Commissoner (Office of the)
Intergovernmental Affairs IGA
International Development Research Centre IDRC
Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges JCCBI
Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission
Justice Canada (Department of) JUS
Labour Program
Laurentian Pilotage Authority Canada LPA
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Library and Archives Canada LAC
Marine Atlantic MarineAtlantic
Measurement Canada MC
Military Grievances External Review Committee MGERC
Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada MPCC
National Arts Centre NAC
National Battlefields Commission NBC
National Capital Commission NCC
National Defence DND
National Film Board NFB
National Gallery of Canada NGC
National Research Council Canada NRC
National Security and Intelligence Review Agency NSIRA
National Seniors Council
Natural Resources Canada NRCan
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Canada NSERC
Northern Pipeline Agency Canada NPA
Occupational Health and Safety Tribunal Canada OHSTC
Office of the Chief Military Judge OCMJ
Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (Office of the)
Pacific Pilotage Authority Canada PPA
Parks Canada PC
Parliament of Canada
Parole Board of Canada PBC
Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Canada PMPRB
Polar Knowledge Canada POLAR
Prime Minister of Canada
Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Office of the) OPC
Privy Council Office PCO
Procurement Ombudsman (Office of the) OPO
Public Health Agency of Canada PHAC
Public Prosecution Service of Canada PPSC
Public Safety Canada PS
Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada (Office of the) PSIC
Public Sector Pension Investment Board PSP Investments
Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal Canada PSDPTC
Public Service Commission of Canada PSC
Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board PSLREB
Public Services and Procurement Canada PSPC
Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal of Canada SCT
Ridley Terminals Inc.
Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF
Royal Canadian Mint Mint
Royal Canadian Mounted Police RCMP
Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee ERC
Royal Canadian Navy RCN
Royal Military College of Canada RMCC
Secretariat of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians NSICOP
Service Canada ServCan
Shared Services Canada SSC
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada SSHRC
Social Security Tribunal of Canada SST
Standards Council of Canada SCC-CCN
Statistics Canada StatCan
Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (Office of the) OSB
Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (Office of the) OSFI
Supreme Court of Canada SCC
Tax Court of Canada TCC
Taxpayers’ Ombudsman (Office of the) OTO
Telefilm Canada
Translation Bureau
Transport Canada TC
Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada TATC
Transportation Safety Board of Canada TSB
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat TBS
Veterans Affairs Canada VAC
Veterans Review and Appeal Board VRAB
Veterans’ Ombudsman (Office of the)
VIA Rail Canada VIA Rail
Virtual Museum of Canada VMC
Western Economic Diversification Canada WD
Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority WDBA
Women and Gender Equality Canada WAGE