Corporations Canada recently released a notice entitled, "Last chance for not-for-profits to transition". The notice was sent out as a reminder to Federal non-profits still under the Canada Corporations Act ('CCA') that they need to transition to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act ('CNCA') or they will be dissolved. The final final deadline to transition is July 31, 2017. READ MORE
CRA recently updated their guidance with respect to becoming a prescribed university outside of Canada. The updated CRA publication (RC 191) includes some revisions to the information that CRA requires for applications for prescribed university status (eligibility criteria, however, has not changed). READ MORE
CANADA REVENUE AGENCY
The Canada Revenue Agency ('CRA') recently updated the T2050 form used by organizations when applying for charitable status with the Charities Directorate of the CRA. On the last page of the form, CRA has included a privacy disclosure which indicates that CRA is collecting personal information as part of the application relating to the directors, trustees, like officials and authorized representatives of the organization. READ MORE
If you are interested in technology, then you will love CRA's new Checklist Tool for Canadian registered charity applications. The Checklist reminds those who wish to apply for charitable registration of the types of information and documents that they will need to provide to CRA. Perhaps it will lead to more successful charity applications or faster charity processing times, which can now range from two (2) to twelve (12) months. As we have discussed previously, most charity applications are not being accepted by CRA. READ MORE
The CRA has added a new information page on their website with respect to cause-related marketing. CRA is emphasizing the fact that, in many cases, an official donation receipt should not be issued when there is a cause related marketing arrangement between a Canadian charity and a for-profit company. READ MORE
In October of 2016, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation announced that they were looking at a merger. In early February of 2017, the CCS sent out an email announcing "On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), I am thrilled to announce that effective today, we have officially merged operations with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF)." READ MORE
The UK Charity Commission has released a case report that deals with political activities of a UK charity and funding of a non-charity. This case report is interesting from a Canadian perspective as there have been people in Canada advocating for changes to the rules relating to Canadian charities and political activities and also "direction and control" by Canadian charities when they are providing resources to non-qualified donees (such as foreign organizations). This particular case report covers both of these issues from a UK perspective. READ MORE
The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars. Registration is free but space is limited. READ MORE
Some past presentation
Mark Blumberg lectured at the Schulich School of Business on January 31, 2017 on "What is good charity regulation? And how does Canada compare?"
Mark presented to Ernst and Young LLP on "The four hottest compliance topics for non-profits and registered charities in Canada" in Toronto, London, Ontario and Kitchener.
Mark presented to the Not-for-Profit Finance Leadership Certificate Program of CPA Ontario on February 15, 2017 on "Top 20 Compliance Issues for Canadian Registered Charities".