May 29, 2015
The involvement of charities in political activities has been a major story since 2012. The 2012 Federal Budget introduced new reporting requirements for charities for 2013 but does not fundamentally affect the ability of charities to engage in political activities. Significant resources have been provided to the Charities Directorate to audit charities who conduct political activities. On Tuesday September 22, 2015 we will conduct a 1/2 day program from 9AM-12PM entitled Fundamentals of Political Activities by Canadian Registered Charities.
April 29, 2015
Join us on October 14, 2015 in Toronto for the 4th Annual Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute. We will be having approximately 12 speakers covering different legal and compliance issues affecting Canadian charities and non-profits. It will be a full day packed with practical legal and ethical compliance information geared toward charities, professional advisors and those interested in regulatory issues affecting charities and the non-profit sector. The draft agenda will be available shortly. Space is limited and last year we sold out. To register for the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute click here. If you want to know details as they become available make sure that you subscribe to Blumbergs' Charity Law Newsletter.
The early bird special code is EB2015 and available till September 15.
Some of the presentations will include:
|How is Uber-like change affecting charities
Speaker: Susan Phillips, Carleton University
|Charities and Standards/Accreditation
Speaker: Bruce MacDonald, Imagine Canada
|Skipping ONCA - transitioning from the OCA to the CNCA
Speaker: Yi-Mei Ting, Blumberg Segal LLP
|Issues with Disaster Fundraising and Restricted Gifts
Speaker: Lynn Gluckman, Blumberg Segal LLP
|Top Employment Law Mistakes
Speaker: Scott Chambers, Blumberg Segal LLP
|Working with Non-Qualified Donees
Speaker: Kate Robertson, Blumberg Segal LLP
|The Great Debate: Be it Resolved That We Have Too Many Charities in Canada
Bill Kennedy will be arguing in the affirmative and Mark Blumberg will argue against
|Digital Fundraising: Tips, Trends and Warnings as more donors give online
Speaker: Paul Nazareth, CanadaHelps
|Donor Advised Funds - Blessing or Curse?
Speaker: Keith Sjogren, Investor Economics
|CRA’s non-profit risk identification project
Speaker: Richard Bridge, Charity Lawyer
|Top Concerns with the T3010 and transparency
and more ....
If you want to register you can do so through Eventbrite. The early bird special code is EB2015.
This program is eligible towards the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) CPD requirements as Substantive Hours only. Please note that this program is not accredited for Professionalism Hours or the New Member Requirement.
April 02, 2015
Blumbergs will be holding a half-day seminar on May 13, 2015, Fundamentals of Employment Law for Charities and Non-Profits from 9AM-12PM.
This seminar covers the pitfalls associated with employment law that can result in costly problems for charities and not-for-profit organizations. This half-day program is designed to provide an over-view of employment law in Ontario that is applicable to any charitable or non-profit organization with employees, independent contractors or volunteers. The program will cover
- major mistakes in charities and non-profits dealing with employment law;
- size and importance of employees to the charitable and non-profit sector;
- proper hiring procedures, including letters of employment and contracts;
- dealing with employee complaints and evaluations;
- addressing Human Rights Code considerations;
- termination of employees and avoiding major liabilities and litigation;
- policies and procedures; and
- determining appropriate compensation by registered charities.
This program is designed to allow Charities and Not-For-Profits to understand the legal requirements and parameters of employment law and to avoid some of the most common mistakes that can cost non-profits and charities significant resources.
Cost: $125.00 (includes breakfast, snacks and coffee, materials, and registration fees).
The program will be led by lawyers Scott Chambers and Mark Blumberg.
Fundamentals of Employment Law for Charities and Non-Profits ;will be of interest to staff and volunteers at non-profits and charities responsible for employment issues and governance, professional advisors such as lawyers and accountants who advise charities and non-profits, and board members of Canadian charities. If you have questions please call Kalie Patton at 416-361-1982 x235 or e-mail email@example.com
Timing and content is subject to change. There are a limited number of spaces available for this conference.
Tickets are fully refundable until April 1, 2015 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.
April 01, 2015
The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. More information on each of these webinars and how to register is provided below:
Should we set up a Canadian Charity and if so how?
July 15th, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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. REGISTER NOW
Growing up and becoming Canadian - Ontario (OCA) to Federal (CNCA) continuance and select CRA issues with continuance
September 9th, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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:
- Some of the advantages and disadvantages of an Ontario non-profit moving from the Ontario jurisdiction to the Federal jurisdiction; and
- 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 http://www.CanadianCharityLaw.ca – a Canadian charity law website andhttp://www.globalphilanthropy.ca ™ – 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. REGISTER NOW
- 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
December 12, 2014
The Blumbergs’ Charity Law Boot Camp 2015 is a one day boot camp on compliance and standards issues for Canadian charities. This one-day workshop on April 14, 2015 will deal with questions that all charities (or potential charities) should consider: What are we trying to accomplish? Should we incorporate? Should we be a charity? What is the difference between a for-profit, non-profit and registered charity? The session will cover 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 and the new 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.
May 23, 2014
Join us on October 15, 2014 in Toronto for the 3rd Annual Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute. We will be having approximately 12 speakers covering different legal and compliance issues affecting Canadian charities and non-profits. It will be a full day packed with practical legal and ethical compliance information geared toward charities, professional advisors and those interested in regulatory issues affecting charities and the non-profit sector. Here is the draft agenda. Space is limited. To register click here. If you want to know details as they become available make sure that you are on the Blumbergs' Charity Law Newsletter. The early bird special code is EB2014 and available till September 15.