April 1, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
55 Gould Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1E9

A one-day boot camp on compliance and standards issues for Canadian charities.

This one-day workshop on Monday April 16, 2018 will cover the differences between for-profits, non-profits and registered charities. It will focus on matters that are significant for any operating charity surrounding revenue generation rules, receipting, transparency, and protecting your charity against risks. Topical issues such as collaboration, foreign activities, political activities, the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) and Ontario Non-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) will be touched upon as well.

The session will be led by charity lawyer Mark Blumberg.

Cost: $225.00 (includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, materials, registration fees).


INTRODUCTION – Should we incorporate, should we be a registered charity?

8:30  Registration and Light breakfast

8:45  Introduction
– Importance of charity sector
– The relevance of legal and ethical issues

9:10   – 10:45
– There are many ways to make this world a better place, not just being a charity
– What is the difference between a for-profit, non-profit, and registered charity?
– Advantages and disadvantages of using each form

10:45  Break



11:00  Bringing in the money – fundraising, government funds and earned income/business income

Rules on fundraising including CRA’s guidance on fundraising, issues with government funds and restrictions on businesses that charities can carry out. With greater emphasis on “social enterprise” there is increasing pressure on charities to consider various revenue generation possibilities but charities need to be aware of the restrictions

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Q&A on morning session etc.

1:00 Receipting

One of the most important advantages of being a registered charity is the ability to issue receipts. According to CRA most charities when audited were found to be receipting incorrectly. We will discuss the rules around receipting and common mistakes

2:00 Break

2:10 T3010 and Transparency

– Books and Records
– Internal Controls
– Insurance

The T3010 Registered Charity Information Return needs to be filed by registered charities every year or they risk deregistration. CRA can suspend receipting privileges if the charity has not properly completed the T3010. Charities also need to keep adequate books and records. Charities should also have appropriate internal controls to protect property and funds. There is a dizzy array of insurance out there – what is really needed?


ADVANCED – Collaboration, Foreign Activities, Political Activities, New Corporate Acts

3:00 Collaboration between charities, funding and dealing with groups who are not registered charities in Canada or abroad

There are various options for dealing with other organizations depending on whether they are registered charities or not. If you want to work with a good non-profit in Toronto that is not a registered charity or a foreign entity, one needs to understand CRA’s rules on dealing with intermediaries and foreign activities. US concepts such as   ‘fiscal sponsorship’ are not allowed in Canada. If you want to transfer funds to a group that is not a charity you need structured arrangements with ‘direction and control’.

3:30 Break

3:40 Political Activities

Charities who want to make an impact often find that being engaged in the political process is important. There are rules on how much and what type of activities Canadian charities can do. In short you can do a lot, but not everything. Separate the hype from the reality.

4:00 Governance and the New Corporate Acts

Federal non-profit corporations are now under the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (and Ontario non-profit corporations will want to bring their corporate documents into alignment with the new ONCA which is targetted to be brought into force in 2020.)

4:30 Discussion, Q&A and Conclusion


Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp will be of interest to staff at non-profits and charities responsible for compliance issues, professional advisors such as lawyers and accountants who advise charities and non-profits, and board members of Canadian charities as well as philanthropists interested potentially establishing a private foundation.   If you have questions please call Jasmine Vallve at 416-361-1982 extension 263 or e-mail jasmine@blumbergs.ca

For lawyers this event qualifies for 6.5 hours of LSUC Substantive Hours but does not qualify for Professionalism Hours.

Timing and content is subject to change.  There are a limited number of spaces available for this conference.

Tickets are fully refundable until March 16, 2018 but not thereafter.   If you register and are unable to attend, you are welcome to substitute someone else from your organization at any time. Dates and locations may be subject to change should circumstances arise.  All efforts will be made to notify you as soon as possible in this event.

To find out more about legal services that Blumbergs provides to Canadian charities and non-profits please visit www.canadiancharitylaw.cawww.globalphilanthropy.ca or www.charitydata.ca