The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars.

More information on each of these webinars and how to register is provided below:

July 15th, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT: “Should we set up a Canadian Charity and if so how?

Establishing a non-profit with or without charitable status is a difficult decision with significant responsibilities. This presentation will discuss: 
• The differences between non-profit and charity 
• Issues to consider when exploring charitable registration 
• How to set-up a non-profit or charity 
• How to apply for charitable status 
• Common mistakes made in applying for charitable status 
• Why many organizations would be better off not applying for charitable status 

This webinar will be presented by Kate Robertson. Kate is a lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP and practices almost exclusively in the areas of Charity and Non-Profit Law. Kate received her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa in 2010. While in law school, Kate gained significant legal experience as a Policy Analyst and Charities Officer for the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency. Kate obtained a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University in New York State, where she competed at the Division One level on a volleyball scholarship. 

Registration is free.  Please visit for registration.  

September 9th, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT: “Growing up and becoming Canadian – Ontario (OCA) to Federal (CNCA) continuance and select CRA issues with continuance

The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) was originally expected to come into force in 2013, but unfortunately it has been delayed a number of times. The Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ latest update stated that ONCA is not expected to take effect before 2016. However, there is no assurance that it will be brought into force in 2016. When ONCA comes into force it will apply to all non-share capital corporations currently under the Ontario Corporations Act (“OCA”). 

Many Ontario non-profit corporations have been waiting since 2010, when ONCA was passed, for the changes to come into effect. Many of these corporations have held off on making corporate changes because ONCA is “just around the corner”. 

Although some Ontario non-profit corporations may choose to wait for ONCA to come into force, another viable option for an Ontario non-profit corporation is to transfer to the federal jurisdiction by continuing under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“CNCA”). 

In this presentation we will discuss: 
1) Some of the advantages and disadvantages of an Ontario non-profit moving from the Ontario jurisdiction to the Federal jurisdiction; and 
2) The process and requirements to make such a continuance. 

This webinar will be presented by Mark Blumberg. Mark is a partner at the law firm Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively with Canadian non-profits and registered charities on compliance issues. Mark is also the editor of at – a Canadian charity law website and ™ – a Canadian website dedicated to news about the Canadian charitable sector as well as legal and ethical issues for Canadian charities operating in Canada or abroad. 

Registration is free. Please visit for registration.


Business and social enterprise for charities
Foreign Activities 101: Introduction to Canadian charities carrying out foreign activities
Should we set up a Canadian Charity and if so how?
Top 10 Charity Law Issues for Canadian Registered Charities
Federal Non-Profit Corporations and the CNCA continuance – October 17 is around the corner!
Charitable Receipting – The Do’s and Don’ts with Mark Blumberg
Groundbreaking Report: Time, Treasure and Talent: Canadian Women and Philanthropy
Fundraising Accountability and Transparency
Operating in Difficult Areas