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Canadian Charity Law List

May 2017

FEATURED

Charities, Regulation and Donors - some international perspectives from the CCLA

The Canadian Charity Law Association (CCLA) is pleased to present: Charities, Regulation and Donors - some international perspectives on June 22, 2017 at 8:30AM in Toronto.  The half day program will cover 4 thought provoking topics and have two excellent international guests including David Locke, Assistant Commissioner, of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).  The room can only hold 33 people so if you are interested, please book quickly. READ MORE


Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2017 - save the date!

We are pleased to announce the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 2017 will be held on Monday October 16, 2017. Further details will follow. Registration and early bird information is provided here.   READ MORE


Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2015

We have released the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2015 with a lot of interesting statistics and information on the Canadian charity sector.  If you want information on individual charities or want to sort charities based on about 20 criteria check out our charitydata site at www.charitydata.ca   READ MORE


Some recent blogs on charities and political activities by Mark Blumberg

Here is a note on our recent blogs on charities and political activities.   READ MORE


CharityVillage webinar Charitable Receipting: Do’s and don’ts for Canadian registered charities

I recently delivered a webinar to CharityVillage on Charitable Receipting: Do’s and don’ts for Canadian registered charities.  If you are interested in seeing the slides or listening to the webinar you can do so at Charitable Receipting: Do’s and don’ts for Canadian registered charities. READ MORE


CANADA REVENUE AGENCY

CRA welcomes the Panel Report on the public consultations on charities and political activities

In a press release entitled "Minister Lebouthillier welcomes the Panel Report on the public consultations on charities and political activities" CRA noted the receipt of a report on charities and political activities.  That report was reflective of the vast majority of the "nearly 20,000" submissions received as part of the consultation.  READ MORE


Recent letters released by the Canada Revenue Agency

We have provided two letters recently released by the Canada Revenue Agency. The first letter from CRA discusses the income tax treatment of payments made by a church to a Syrian refugee family. The second letter from CRA discusses whether a registered charity can return a gift of a life insurance policy to a donor and if so, what are the tax consequences to the registered charity and to the donor. READ MORE


Ploughman v. The Queen, 2017 TCC 64

The recent decision of Ploughman v. The Queen, 2017 TCC 64 deals with a "third-party civil penalty" against Mr. Ploughman for his involvement in what CRA refers to as "abusive charity gifting tax shelter" but this decision refers to it as a "donation program".  The court dealt with an appeal of the assessment of the third-party civil penalty and rejected Mr. Ploughman's appeal. READ MORE


MISCELLANEOUS

“Second Thoughts: Why I Changed My Mind About Philanthropy and Public Policy” by David Callahan

David Callahan, is the editor of Inside Philanthropy, and he is one the top progressive experts on philanthropy in the US.  His article "Second Thoughts: Why I Changed My Mind About Philanthropy and Public Policy" has nothing to do with Canada - but it has everything to do with the dilemma that the Liberal government is going to be dealing with over the next year or two as to how much "political activities" is considered too much for charities.  I would argue that the current rules give charities a lot of flexibility to conduct political activities - but yes not enough for maybe 50-100 groups.   At what point do we prioritize the charitable sector over those groups?   READ MORE


More online filing options for CNCA -adding articles of amendment

The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act ("CNCA") which came into force in 2014 has generally been considered to be an excellent act to incorporate or continue non-profit corporations in Canada.  The CNCA has a robust electronic filing system that allows filings for incorporation, filing annual returns, pre-approving corporate names, changing director information, changing registered office information, and filing financial statements.   

As of May 17, 2017 Corporations Canada has added the option of filing of articles of amendment electronically.  Articles of amendment are used for a number of reasons including changing the corporate name, changing the range or number of directors, changing the objects, changing special provisions, etc..   READ MORE


UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS

Upcoming Webinars for the Canadian Charity Law Association

The Canadian Charity Law Association is delivering some upcoming webinars.  Registration is free but space is limited.  READ MORE

Charities, Regulation and Donors - some international perspectives from the CCLA


Do you require legal advice with respect to Canadian or Ontario non-profits or charities?

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