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Canadian Charity Law List

November 2013

FEATURED

Blumbergs’ Snapshot of the Ontario Charity Sector 2011

We recently reviewed the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return database for 2011 as part of the Sean Blumberg Transparency Project. We have taken a subset of the 2011 T3010 data to look at only registered charities based in Ontario.  READ MORE


Typhoon Haiyan - Canadian charities respond to humanitarian crisis

The Humanitarian Coalition has launched an appeal for Typhoon Haiyan which has killed many people in the Philippines and left many homeless.  DFATD has announced a matching fund for donations for Typhoon Haiyan.  READ MORE


CANADA REVENUE AGENCY

CRA revocation letter to the Corban Foundation on forgivable loan program

Here is an interesting series of letters from CRA to the Corban Foundation in the 1990s relating its revocation as a registered charity.  It deals with the meaning of a gift, and various programs to provide tuition assistance to those attending Christian schools.  READ MORE


Some historical CRA letters when revocation of charity status

For a number of years we have been providing the public with copies of CRA revocation letters. We recently requested from CRA some of the older revocation letters and we have posted them on our website.  READ MORE


COURT DECISIONS

Partial Settlement of ParkLane Gift Program class action according to Paliare Roland website

At the website of the Toronto class action law firm Paliare Roland they have a note that “On Friday, October 18, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved the settlements with the Law Firm Defendants (including Edwin C. Harris Q.C.), and with the Funds for Canada Foundation, Mary-Lou Gleeson, Matt Gleeson and Gleeson Management Associates Inc. (the “FFCF/Gleeson Defendants”)." READ MORE


Emily Sowah v. The Queen - legislative requirements of charitable receipt not met

In this decision, Ms. Sowah appealed the Minister of National Revenue’s assessment of her 2006 taxation year in which her charitable donation claim was denied. The court found that the charitable receipts issued by the charity did not contain all of the required elements and failed on three counts. READ MORE


Ward Carson v. The Queen -can receipt be issued for “donation” of rooms in home?

In this decision, a taxpayer appealed the Minister of National Revenue’s denial of his claim for a charitable donation in 2009. The amount he claimed represented his estimate of the fair market value of the use by a registered charity of two rooms in his home (rent-free) over a two year period. READ MORE


MISCELLANEOUS

Peter Braid’s Bill on “National Charities Week” and to amend donation deadline has been withdrawn

Peter Braid on October 23, 2013 withdrew his bill entitled “An Act respecting a National Charities Week and to amend the Income Tax Act (charitable and other gifts)”.  READ MORE


“Talking About Charities 2013” Public Opinion Poll Released

The Muttart Foundation has released the 2013 edition of its “Talking About Charities”.  READ MORE


Comments requested on Canadian Non-Profit accounting standards

The Accounting Standards Board and Public Sector Accounting Board are asking for comments by December 15, 2013 on some changes to the principles affecting non-profit accounting. READ MORE


Finance Committee and pre-budget submissions and testimony

The Finance Committee of the House of Commons has been holding hearings.  A number of charities have presented and sent in submissions. READ MORE


Saskatchewan introduces bill “The Informal Public Appeals Act”

Saskatchewan has introduced a bill that would regulate informal public appeals. This legislation will be helpful in a number of situations that commonly come up with informal appeals.  READ MORE


Ontario government passes act to promote farmers donating food

The Ontario Government has passed “Bill 36 - An Act to enact the Local Food Act, 2013 and to amend the Taxation Act, 2007 to provide for a tax credit to farmers for donating certain agricultural products that they have produced. READ MORE

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Mark Blumberg

Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.

mark@blumbergs.ca
416.361.1982