I was asked the question “How engaged are Canadian registered charities in this election?” by a journalist and to be honest, I had to say I have no idea.  There seems to be a big disconnect between the words spoken by charities about the importance of being engaged in the political process and the actual implementation.    I looked at the Third Party registrations for the 2021 Federal elections and not many of the groups are registered charities.  It appears about 6 charities are currently registered.    I know the election is not over yet but still, it is late in the game.   Unfortunately, CRA is no longer asking any questions on the T3010 annual relating to political activities or PPDDAs.  So it is going to be harder to have any sense of the involvement of charities in political activities.

 

While one can do political activities that don’t require third-party registration, a group is quite limited during times of elections and sometimes for an extensive period before then, if you are not registered.   CRA has made it clear that registered charities could be registered under for example the Canada Elections Act as a third party and although there are some things that non-profits can do as third parties that registered charities cannot there is still lots that a registered charity can do.

 

Here are the registered Third-Party groups as of yesterday.   I have put in bold ones that I think are registered charities.  Let me know if I missed any.

 

350 CANADA
4 My Canada
Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund
BC Salmon Farmers Association
Basic Income Canada Network
CARE Canada
Canada Proud
Canada Strong and Proud
Canada’s National Firearms Association (NFA)
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Canadian Association of University Teachers
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc.
Canadian Medical Association
Canadian Nurses Association
Canadian Shooting Sports Association
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
Canadian Veterans ABC
Canadians United For Change
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
Chicken Farmers of Canada
Chris Purton
Climate Action Network Canada
Climate Proof Canada
Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C.
Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada
Competitive Network Operators of Canada (CNOC)
Cooperation Canada / Bigger than our Borders
David Suzuki Institute
Dogwood
Environmental Defence Canada Inc.
Equalization Fairness Alberta
FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting
Fair Vote Canada
Fairness Works
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Fire Fighters for Canada
Fédération autonome de l’enseignement
Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ)
Generation Squeeze
Grain Farmers of Ontario
GreenPAC
Greenpeace Canada
Heartwood Institute
JDRF Canada
Lake Winnipeg Foundation
Leadnow Society
Let’s Build Canada
Marlaina Danielle Smith
Murray Levine
National Association Of Federal Retirees
National Citizens’ Coalition Inc.
National Council UFCW Canada
National Council of Unemployed Workers (NCUW)
National Police Federation
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
One Earth One Vote
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Ontario Nurses’ Association
OpenMedia Engagement Network
Ottawa Punjabi Association
Oxfam Canada
Protect Our Winters Canada
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Quebec Fier
RTOERO
Rights 4 Vapers
Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association Inc.
Simon Fraser Student Society
Society of Albertans Against Equalization
Stand Environmental Society
TeamClimate2021
TekSavvy Solutions Inc.
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)
The Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting
The Council of Canadians
UBI Works
UNITE HERE Local 40
USW
Unifor
Vote Family
Waterloo Region Citizens 4 PR
World Vision Canada