How much is CRA planning on spending to deal with the issue of charities and political activities?

July 25, 2014 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Political Activities and Canadian charities, Canadian Charity Statistics, Transparency

In the 2012 Federal Budget the Conservative government announced that it was allocating $8 million for various initiatives related to charities and political activities.   More recently papers have been describing a $13 million budget.   I wondered about the difference and wrote to CRA  to request a clarification.  Here is what I heard back from CRA.

"The CRA was budgeted $13 million over a five-year period, beginning in 2012, to implement all three main measures announced in Budget 2012 - increased transparency/reporting, increased educational activities, and increased compliance activities. The $8 million figure that's occasionally mentioned relates only to the amount budgeted for the first two years (2012-13 and 2013-14), and the rest is ongoing funding. This ongoing funding does not represent a change, and was planned for back in Budget 2012.

The funding announced in Budget 2012 related to charities and political activities breaks down as below (the Charities Directorate only required $6.7 million for the first two years): 

2012/2013 - $4,1 M

2013/2014 - $2,6 M

2014/2015 - $2,6 M

2015/2016 - $2,1 M

2016/2017 - $1,7 M (and on-going)"

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