Applying for registration and your chances of success

February 27, 2014 | 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, Canadian Charity Statistics

Here are some interesting numbers from the Charities Directorate.  4,456 applications and 2060 of them are registered/reregistered.  Most applications are either returned for incomplete information, denied, withdrawn or abandoned.  It just reiterates the importance of carefully preparing any charity application and understanding the Income Tax Act requirements for charities and CRA’s guidance and expectations.

We are regularly assisting applicants with charity applications.  Some of the applicants could probably benefit also from our Charity Law Boot Camp on May 15.

Here are the recent statistics from CRA:

“Applying for registration

Each year, the Charities Directorate receives several thousand applications for registration as a charity. In 2012/13, final decisions were made with respect to 4,456 of these applications. These included:

  • 2,060 registrations and re-registrations;
  • 283 denials;
  • 1,636 applications returned to the applicants because of incomplete or missing information;
  • 271 applications withdrawn by the applicants; and
  • 206 applications abandoned (meaning that the applicant never responded to our request for more information).”

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


Charity Lawyer 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.
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