Canadian charities and intermediate sanctions by the Canada Revenue Agency

September 01, 2009 | 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, Avoiding 'Charity' Scams

It used to be that if a registered charity was non-compliant CRA either revoked the charity or could do little about the non-compliance.  The times have changed.  With the introduction of “intermediate sanctions” CRA now has lots more flexibility in how it deals with non-compliance.  For example if you issue a receipt that contains false information CRA can fine the charity 125% on the eligible amount stated on the receipt.  If a Canadian charity working with a foreign charity (or other non-qualified donee) does not maintain direction and control over transfers of funds and resources then such behaviour can land a charity with a 105%-$110% penalty on the amount of the transfer.  Ouch!.

For a list of intermediate sanctions see:

For the Guidelines for applying the new sanctions see

Mark Blumberg is a lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto, Ontario.  To find out more about legal services that Blumbergs provides to Canadian charities and non-profits please visit or He can be contacted at or at 416-361-1982.

This article is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be legal advice. You should not act or abstain from acting based upon such information without first consulting a legal professional.

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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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