ONCA – does no update mean no ONCA?

I have been asking the Ontario government for months for an update on whether ONCA is coming into force and when.   On September 25, 2019 I…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2019

Join us on Monday October 7, 2019 in Toronto for the 8th Annual Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute. We will be featuring a number of…

CRA announces that it will still accept paper charity applications until September 30, 2019

CRA is encouraging non-profits that want to apply to become registered charities to use their new CHAMP system for the application process. …

Fundraising from Canada – A course for groups outside of Canada – Online course

Are you a group outside of Canada considering fundraising initiatives in Canada or a group outside of Canada that has supporters in Canada? Are you…

Just launched our 3rd online course “Fundraising from Canada: A course for groups outside of Canada”

We have just launched our 3rd online course - this one is entitled "Fundraising from Canada: A course for groups outside of Canada".   It…

When will ONCA come into force and when will we find out more information?

Many people in Ontario are wondering what the status of ONCA is.  I just wrote this email to MGCS and look forward to hearing more and…

Elections Canada updates guide on political financing and third party registration

Elections Canada in late August 2019 updated their guide Political Financing Handbook for Third Parties Financial Agents and Auditors,…

Tyee opinion piece “Why Environmental Groups’ Attack on Elections Canada Is Wrong, and Dangerous”

The Tyee, an online magazine, recently posted an opinion piece by Tom McMahon entitled "Why Environmental Groups’ Attack on Elections…

CANADALAND Podcast on charities, political activities and the upcoming Federal election

CANADALAND recently had a podcast which dealt with a number of topics but one of them was charities, political activities, Elections…

Fundamentals of Running a Private or Public Foundation in Canada

Private and Public Foundations are an important part of the Canadian charity sector.  The Blumbergs' Fundamentals of Running a Private…

Question to CRA on alter ego trusts and whether transfers are a donation

STEP Canada had a CRA Roundtable on June 6-7, 2019 and they discussed a number of topics.   One issue of interest to charities and…

Misinformation about NPOs/charities and political activities during the election is spreading

There has been a lot of media and social media coverage over the last few days about non-profits and charities and the rules around their involvement…

NYT article on “Jeffrey Epstein’s Opaque Finances …” and discussion of charities

There have been a number of articles discussing Jeffrey Epstein's used of charities.   One of the is the New York Times "Jeffrey Epstein’s Opaque…

Making sense of CRAs new online Canadian charity application system

CRA in June 2019 brought in a new charity application system under their CHAMP modernization program.  Here is our article Making sense of…

Journalism panel submits report to Federal government about journalism proposals in 2019 Budget

The Journalism and Written Media Independent Panel of Experts released a report that they had provided to the Federal government relating to the 2019…

Federal Court of Appeal upholds Revocation of Charitable Status

On June 24, 2019, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld CRA's decision to revoke Many Mansions Spiritual Centre, Inc. ("Many Mansions")'s…

TCC Ruling on Failure to Maintain Adequate Books and Records with Foreign Activity and Suspension

On June 28, 2019, the Tax Court of Canada released its decision Promised Land Ministries v the Queen, in which it upheld CRA's decision to…

Surplus Goods from the Federal Government – act before August 30, 2019

Yesterday, CRA announced that Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has surplus items and PSPC is inviting registered charities interested in…

Online Charity Law Courses from Blumbergs – 24/7 compliance education for registered charities

We have created two new online courses for those outside of Toronto who are not able to easily attend our programs.  They might also be…

New CNCA fees beginning in 2020 – excellent for increased transparency

Next year there will be slightly revised fees for certain services relating to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”) ie. the Federal…

Account changes for registered charities under CHAMP

Canadian charities now have more options for doing certain transactions online using the CHAMP system.   Charities should look into…

Objects of registered charities in Canada are sometimes not charitable

Here is our article on "Objects of registered charities in Canada are sometimes not charitable".  Objects are very important and often Canadian…

Senate releases report today on the non-profit and charitable sector

The Senate has had a standing committee that has been looking at the voluntary sector in Canada. They released their report today.  The report…

CRA’s Technical Issues Working Group

I have just completed 4 years on the CRA's Technical Issues Working Group.  Most people don't even know that it exists. …