CRA letters to Canadian registered charities when revocation for cause

January 28, 2012 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law

For a number of years CRA has been aggressively targeting charities that are involved with abusive tax shelter schemes or in serious non-compliance with their legal obligations under the Income Tax Act. In some cases CRA puts out a news release but that only provides a small amount of detail as to the concerns of the regulator.  Anyone can request from CRA copies of letters sent by the Charities Directorate to a charity which provide a lot more detailed information.  Here are copies of news releases and more importantly in some cases the letters from CRA to the charity.

Here is a list of the charities revoked over the last five years by CRA.  http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/index.php/blog/comments/canadian_charities_recently_revoked_by_cra_for_cause/

Here are some press releases from CRA on some of the charities that they have deregistered just in the last few years along with copies of some of the letters sent by CRA to the charities:


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registration of Hope Church of God Deliverance Ministries as a charity (January 24, 2012)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2012/m01/nr120120b-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Hope Church of God Deliverance Ministries by the Charities Directorate of CRA


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registration of Word of Christ Ministry as a charity (January 24, 2012)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2012/m01/nr120120-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Word of Christ Ministry by the Charities Directorate of CRA

The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of the Canadian Foundation for Tamil Refugee Rehabilitation (December 9, 2011)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2011/m12/nr111209-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to the Canadian Foundation for Tamil Refugee Rehabilitation by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registration of Malvern Rouge Valley Youth Services as a charity (November 15, 2011)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2011/m11/nr111115-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent by CRA to The Malvern Rouge Valley Youth Services by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registration of The Organ Donation & Transplant Association of Canada as a charity (Feb 25, 2011)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2011/m02/nr110225b-eng.html


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registration of Pediatric AIDS Canada/USA as a charity (Feb 18, 2011)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2011/m02/nr110218-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Pediatric AIDS Canada/USA by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registration of Operation Save Canada’s Teenagers as a charity (January 18, 2011)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2011/m01/nr110114-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Operation Save Canada’s Teenagers by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registration of Revival Time Ministries International as a charity (January 12, 2011)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2011/m01/nr110107-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent by CRA to Revival Time Ministries International by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registration of Metro Street Focus Organization as a charity (December 10, 2010)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2010/m12/nr101210-eng.html


The CRA revokes the registered status of Biathlon Canada (November 2, 2010)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2010/m10/nr101029-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Biathlon Canada by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Christ Apostolic Church International - Canada (August 24, 2010)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2010/m08/nr100820-eng.html


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Tamil (Sri Lanka) Refugee-Aid Society of Ottawa (July 17, 2010)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2010/m07/nr100717-eng.html


The CRA revokes the registered status of the Canadian Lacrosse Association (June 7, 2010)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2010/m06/nr100607-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Canadian Lacrosse Association by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Henvey Inlet First Nation Community Support Organization (May 10, 2010)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2010/m05/nr100510c-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Henvey Inlet First Nation Community Support Organization  by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of The Orion Foundation (May 10, 2010)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2010/m05/nr100510b-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to The Orion Foundation by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Liberty Wellness Initiative (April 19, 2010)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2010/m04/nr100419-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Liberty Wellness Initiative by the Charities Directorate of CRA


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Destiny Health and Wellness Foundation (April 19, 2010)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2010/m04/nr100419b-eng.html


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Alberta Distribution Relief Agency Aid Society International
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m09/nr090908-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Alberta Distribution Relief Agency Aid Society International by the Charities Directorate of CRA


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of New Hope Ministries Institute
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m09/nr090908-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to New Hope Ministries Institute by the Charities Directorate of CRA


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Jesus El Buen Pastor Spanish Pentecostal Church of Toronto
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m08/nr090810-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Jesus El Buen Pastor Spanish Pentecostal Church of Toronto by the Charities Directorate of CRA


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Funds for Canada Foundation (August 10, 2009)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m08/nr090810b-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Funds for Canada Foundation by the Charities Directorate of CRA


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of The Mission Against Poverty Shelter (July 27, 2009)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m07/nr090727-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Mission Against Poverty Shelter by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Living Waters Ministry Trust (June 8, 2009)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m06/nr090608b-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Living Waters Ministry Trust by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Healing and Assistance Not Dependence Canada (June 8, 2009)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m06/nr090608-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Healing and Assistance not Dependence Canada  by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of The Children’s Emergency Foundation (May 11, 2009)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m05/nr090511-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to the Children’s Emergency Foundation by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of Universal Aide Society (April 27, 2009)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m04/nr090427-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Universal Aide Society by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of the Dominion Christian Centre of Canada (February 17, 2009)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m02/nr090217-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Dominion Christian Centre of Canada by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency annuls the charitable status of the Phoenix Community Works Foundation (February 9, 2009)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m02/nr090209-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Phoenix Community Works Foundation by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of The Millennium Charitable Foundation (January 12, 2009)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m01/nr090112-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to The Millennium Charitable Foundation by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


CRA revokes the registered status of Little League Baseball Canada (January 12, 2009)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2009/m01/nr090112b-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Little League Baseball Canada.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of the Fondation des Arts H.B. Ltée/H.B. Arts Foundation Ltd. (December 8, 2008)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2008/m12/nr081208-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Fondation des Arts H.B. Ltée/H.B. Arts Foundation Ltd. by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of the Pinnacle Foundation (November 17, 2008)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2008/m11/nr081117b-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Pinnacle Foundation by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of the Choson Kallah Fund of Toronto (November 3, 2008)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2008/m11/nr081103b-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to Choson Kallah Fund of Toronto by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of The Banyan Tree Foundation (October 20, 2008)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2008/m10/nr081020-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to The Banyan Tree Foundation by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the registered status of the Canadian Amateur Football Association (September 3, 2008)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2008/m09/nr080903-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to the Canadian Amateur Football Association


The Canada Revenue Agency revokes the charitable status of International Charity Association Network (August 11, 2008)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2008/m08/nr080811-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to the International Charity Association Network by the Charities Directorate of CRA.


CRA revokes charitable status of the Francis Jude Wilson Foundation (March 5, 2008)
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2008/m03/nr080305-eng.html
Here is a copy of the letter or letters sent to the Francis Jude Wilson Foundation by the Charities Directorate of CRA.

Here are some other letters from CRA to charities that were revoked for cause:

CRA letter to Canadian Ptach Society
CRA letter to Give2Asia
CRA letter to Children’s Leukemia Research Association Canada
CRA letter to Rich Wilkerson Ministries
CRA letter to ASL Charity Foundation
CRA letter to Essential Grace Foundation
CRA letter to Malachi_3_10_Foundation
CRA letter to The Gateway Benevolent Society
CRA letter to Prescient Foundation
CRA letter to Toronto Abundant Life Fellowship Assemblies
CRA letter to M & RM Training Centre & Workshop Toronto
CRA letter to Grace Christians Assembly
CRA letter to Empowering Youth.
CRA letter to Global Institute
.Physicians for Global Survival (Canada)
Canadian Burn Foundation
Jaamiah Al Uloom Al Islamivvah Ontario
Childhood Asthma Foundation

It is important to note that CRA has stated on dozens of occasions that:
 
“The CRA is reviewing all tax shelter-related donation arrangements (for example, schemes that typically promise donors tax receipts worth more than the actual amount of the donation), and it plans to audit every participating charity, promoter, and investor. For more information about tax shelters, go to the CRA’s Tax alert Web page at http://www.cra.gc.ca/alert.”

Documents that have been scanned above were requested from CRA and sent to us by them.  Anyone can request copies of CRA letters after the revocation of a charity.  The scanned copies are not an “official version of the materials” and the provision of such material has not been made in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of, the CRA. 

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