CRA revoking charities that are dissolved - is your charity active or dissolved?

April 17, 2016 | 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, New corporate non-profit acts

I recently reviewed the CRA Charities Listing.  It appears that 62 charities have been revoked by CRA over the past 4 years purely because they had been dissolved under their corporate legislation.  The search is for "Revoked - Other" on the CRA database.  Although CRA presumably gave notice to these groups that they need to obtain revivals of their corporate status it seems that these groups did not undertake that process.  What we can learn from this is that you can lose your charity status if your charity is a corporation and it is dissolved.  You should check whether your charity is dissolved or active.  

We have had a number of Ontario corporations contact us over the last few months who have been operating for decades without realizing that they were actually dissolved.  On Tuesday I will be chairing an Ontario Bar Association program "The Forfeited Property of Dissolved Not-for-Profit Corporations: New Developments in the Law" which will discuss what happens to property of dissolved corporations in Ontario.  We have also noted the large number of Federal corporations under the old Canada Corporations Act that have been dissolved and the over 3000 who will be dissolved over the next few months.   There are a number of potentially negative results from being dissolved, not only the possible loss of your registered charity status.   

Here are the names of the registered charities, the effective date of the revocation and the province/state of the charity:

Al and Norma Cooke Charitable Fund Inc. 25/08/2012 MB
Am Echad Congregation 05/05/2012 ON
ABERDEEN HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES, BRANT-NORFOLK-HALDIMAND 07/06/2014 ON
ACCUEIL PERE EMILIEN CARRIER INC. 07/06/2014 QC
AZIDA CHARITABLE EDUCATION 21/09/2013 ON
BRITISH COLUMBIA PHARMACEUTICAL BENEVOLENT SOCIETY 13/07/2013 BC
C.H.I. CULTURAL HOMESTAY INSTITUTE SOCIETY 05/05/2012 BC
C.S.I. CHORAL FESTIVAL SOCIETY 10/11/2012 BC
CENTRE D'ACTIVITES "RENDEZ-VOUS" ACTIVITY CENTER INC 11/02/2012 NB
Door to Roof Society 06/09/2014 BC
DURHAM HOTWHEELS SPORTS GROUP 02/03/2013 ON
EARTHVISION 3000 INC 05/05/2012 ON
FAITH BUILDERS TRAINING MINISTRY 24/03/2012 BC
FAITH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF BURNABY B.C. 25/08/2012 BC
FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH 11/02/2012 SK
FAR REACH MINISTRIES 14/09/2013 BC
FEED THE NEED PROJECT 25/08/2012 BC
FONDATION DE BIENFAISANCE AUX HANDICAPÉS 06/09/2014 QC
G P VANIER ELEMENTARY PARENT FUNDRAISING SOCIETY 25/01/2014 AB
HOSPICE KAWARTHA LAKES 25/08/2012 ON
HOWE SOUND MENS CENTER SOCIETY 25/08/2012 BC
HUGH H MACKAY - JAMES A MACMURRAY FOUNDATION INC 11/02/2012 NB
HULITAN SOCIAL SERVICES SOCIETY 06/09/2014 BC
IGLESIA DE DIOS SPANISH 23/06/2012 BC
INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL ETHICS (CANADA)/INSTITUT D'ETHIQUES MONDIALES (CANADA) 22/09/2012 ME
KELVINGTON HERITAGE SOCIETY INC 24/03/2012 SK
L'AUTRE FOUNDATION 13/04/2013 BC
L'ECOLE NOTRE DAME DU NORD INC. 14/01/2012 SK
LA FABRIQUE DE LA PAROISSE DE SAINT OCTAVE ARCHIDIOCESE DE MONTREAL 25/08/2012 QC
LA FABRIQUE DE LA PAROISSE DE SAINTE GERMAINE COUSIN, ARCHIDIOCESE DE MONTREAL 24/03/2012 QC
LA FABRIQUE DE LA PAROISSE SAINT-MATTHIEU 04/10/2014 QC
LITTLE DARLINGS FOUNDATION INC. 10/11/2012 NB
MITKAS-HUNTER HOPE FOUNDATION INC. 11/02/2012 AB
Nanaimo Citizens on Patrol Society 17/01/2015 BC
NANAIMO SENIOR CITIZENS BUILDING SOCIETY 25/08/2012 BC
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FIRST NATIONS GOVERNANCE / CENTRE NATIONAL POUR LA GOUVERNANCE DES PREMIERES NATIONS 06/09/2014 ON
OKANAGAN MOBILITY SOLUTIONS 2006 SOCIETY 28/09/2013 BC
OYEN LIFELINE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 05/05/2012 AB
P.E.I. ASSOCIATION FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED 24/03/2012 PE
PARIS SCIENCE CAMP FOUNDATION 05/05/2012 ON
RICHMOND COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION 18/05/2013 BC
ROTHESAY AREA HERITAGE TRUST INC. 24/03/2012 NB
SALTSPRING SKATEPARK SOCIETY 09/03/2013 BC
SOURIS HEALTH DISTRICT FOUNDATION INC. 24/03/2012 MB
The Lane Montessori School for Autism Inc. 25/08/2012 ON
The Triumph Foundation Inc. 11/02/2012 SK
TEEN-AID WEYBURN & DISTRICT INC 05/05/2012 SK
THE BRALORNE-BRIDGE RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH SOCIETY 06/09/2014 BC
THE CJT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION 31/08/2013 ON
THE ERESMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION 07/06/2014 AB
THE GUARDIAN ANGEL FOUNDATION 25/08/2012 BC
THE OPERA PROJECT INC 24/03/2012 BC
THE SHEEP RIVER VALLEY PRESERVATION SOCIETY 05/05/2012 AB
THE SUPPORT NETWORK FOUNDATION 23/06/2012 AB
THE TOMMY SEXTON PROJECT, INC. 26/01/2013 NL
THE VALLEY YOUNG AT ARTS SOCIETY 12/04/2014 BC
VANCOUVER CHURCH OF DIVINE MAN - CDM PSYCHIC INSTITUTE 13/07/2013 BC
VANCOUVER WEST DASOM KOREAN METHODIST CHURCH 24/03/2012 BC
VENN COMMUNITY HALL CO-OPERATIVE ASSOCIATION LIMITED 11/02/2012 SK
WELLSPRING CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (NORTH BAY) INC. 26/01/2013 ON
WINNIPEG CELTIC PIPE BAND INC 24/03/2012 MB
WOODSTOCK CANADIAN LEGION VETERANS' HOME INC. 06/09/2014 NB

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