Global Affairs Canada (GAC) formerly CIDA

March 21, 2013

Canadian Federal Budget 2013 and its impact on charities

On March 21, 2013 at 4pm, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered the 2013 Canadian federal budget. There were a number of interesting proposals relating to charities.  Some of the highlights include a new temporary First-Time Donor’s Super Credit (FDSC) designed to encourage new donors to give to charity.  “The FDSC will increase the value of the federal Charitable Donations Tax Credit by 25 percentage points if neither the taxpayer nor their spouse has claimed the credit since 2007”  Flaherty has ignored many suggestions for increased tax incentives that would have been expensive and disproportionately benefitted the rich such as the elimination of capital gains on donations of land or private shares.

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August 10, 2012

Charities Directorate page on Sahel Crisis Matching Fund and responding to the disaster

The Charities Directorate of the CRA has posted a page on CIDA’s Sahel Crisis Matching Fund.

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August 07, 2012

Canadian government launches matching program for crisis in Sahel region in Western Africa

The Canadian government is launching a matching program for donations made by Canadians to organizations from August 7 - September 30, 2012.  CIDA notes: “An estimated 18.7 million people in the Sahel region in West Africa are affected by a food and nutrition crisis due to drought, sporadic rains, poor harvests, soaring food prices and widespread displacement. As a result, more than 1 million children under the age of five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition. Canada, through CIDA, is helping to meet vital humanitarian needs in the Sahel, and as part of its efforts, has created the Sahel Crisis Matching Fund.  For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities, Canada will set aside one dollar for the Sahel Crisis Matching Fund. CIDA will allocate these funds to established Canadian and international humanitarian organizations for humanitarian assistance efforts that benefit the people most affected by the crisis.”  Organizations that receive a donation will not receive directly a matching amount but those organizations will advise CIDA of the funds collected and then CIDA will have a process to determine which organizations receive the funds.  Organizations that are interested in potentially applying for those funds should review CIDA’s “Guidelines for Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Project Proposals and Reports”.

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June 23, 2012

CIDA publishes “CIDA in Focus” annual report

On the heels of an OECD report on CIDA, CIDA has published the 4th annual CIDA’s Development for Results 2010–2011 report.

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June 21, 2012

Major OECD report on Canadian foreign aid and CIDA

A recent OECD report discusses CIDA and Canada’s aid effort.  Canada receive some praise for certain initiatives but recommendations were made for improvements in other areas.  The report notes: “Canada’s aid programme stood at USD 5.3 billion in 2011 (0.31% of its national income), making it the eighth largest DAC member. Since 2007 Canada has achieved the challenging targets it set itself for its international assistance volumes; in the decade between 2001 and 2010 it managed to double its aid in nominal terms (i.e., the money of the day). The DAC commends Canada for this achievement. However, some of these gains are likely to be reversed, given that Canada’s ODA volume shrank by more than 5% in real terms (i.e., after removal of the effect of inflation) between 2010 and 2011 and is set to fall further in 2012. Canada still needs to draw up a timetable for achieving the international commitment of giving 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) as ODA.”

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May 18, 2012

Transcript of testimony to Finance Committee on charity transparency, tax incentives and political

Here is the transcript from the Standing Committee on Finance on May 8, 2012.  6 witnesses, lots of questions.  I was one of the witnesses. 

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January 30, 2012

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List - January 2012

Here is the Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List - January 2012

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January 05, 2012

CIDA announces funding for 53 Canadian partnerships in international development - $142 million

Minister of International Cooperation, Bev Oda, announced on December 23, 2011 the results of the Call for Proposals process of the Partnerships with Canadian branch.  53 organizations received about $142 million in total commitments.

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June 04, 2011

CIVICUS WORLD ASSEMBLY in Montréal, September 10-12, 2011 - program updated and early bird extended

If you register before June 30, 2011 you get a 40% discount on your registration fee. CIVICUS is a great conference and it is in Montreal this year.

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March 26, 2011

Canadian Election 2011 - will there be an effect on Canadian registered charities

Like many Canadians I will be watching the election.  I will be blogging on whether there are implications for the charitable sector and whether any of the parties have anything particularly interesting to say about the charitable sector.  Also, a quick reminder to registered charities, that they cannot be involved with partisan political activities and there are restrictions on the scope and resources that registered charities can use on political activities.  Here is an article on legal requirements for Canadian charities wanting to conduct political activities in the 2011 Canadian Federal Election.

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December 21, 2010

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List - December 2010

Here is a copy of the Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List for December 2010.

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November 03, 2010

Copy of Mark’s Presentation on new CRA Foreign Activity Guidance

Here is a copy of a presentation I have given on CRA’s Foreign Activity Guidance.  It has been delivered in Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa over the last couple of months.  If groups are interested in trying to arrange such a presentation then let me know.

November 02, 2010

CIDA Call for Proposals (Muskoka Initiative Partnership Program)

Here is information from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Partnerships with Canadians Branch (PWCB) on a new $75 million “call for projects over $500,000 to take a comprehensive and integrated approach to address maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), under its Partners for Development Program.”

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October 25, 2010

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List - October 2010

Here is a copy of the Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List newsletter for October 2010.

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October 25, 2010

Minister Oda unveils CIDA’s Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy

CIDA today released further information on its third and last priority theme:Sustainable Economic Growth.  CIDA had previously discussed food security and children and youth.

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October 01, 2010

CIDA releases Report to Parliament on Canada’s Official Development Assistance 2009-2010

Here is CIDA’s “Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance 2009-2010”.  It is 47 pages long and provides some details on Canada’s official development assistance (ODA) or “foreign aid” activities.  This is the second report under the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act.$file/ODAAA-2009-2010_EN.pdf

October 01, 2010

October 3rd is final day for Pakistan flood matching

Here is a press release reminding Canadians that the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund matching period ends October 3

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September 28, 2010

Papers from Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation on CIDA

Those interested in CIDA may find these 4 papers from the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation interesting.  Here is a copy of the press release.

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September 16, 2010

Workshops on Foreign Activities by Canadian charities - Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg

I will be delivering some workshops on the new CRA guidance on foreign activities by Canadian charities in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.


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September 15, 2010

Understanding CIDA’s Matching Funds for Pakistan Flood Relief Fund - an article by Mark Blumberg

The recent floods in Pakistan have resulted in CIDA setting up a matching fund and here is my article entitled Understanding CIDA’s Matching Funds for Pakistan Flood Relief Fund.

September 13, 2010

OCIC Global Citizens Forum in Toronto Oct 14 and 15, 2010 - capacity building for international dev.

Once every three years the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) organizes its Global Citizens Forum.  It promises to be a great two day conference in Toronto on international development, global citizenship and humanitarian assistance. Here is the 4 page program It is fast approaching.

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September 12, 2010

CIDA Extends Deadline for Contributions to the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund to October 3, 2010

Here is the press release from the Canadian government on the extension of the contributions to the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund to October 3, 2010.   Registered charities will have until October 18, 2010 to report donations.

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September 10, 2010

CIDA’s advice on ensuring that your donation to flood relief in Pakistan is spent well

In CIDA’s Frequently Asked Questions on the Pakistan flooding here is the CIDA advice on picking a good charity to donate to.  Also CIDA correctly discourages in kind gifts in favour of cash.

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September 08, 2010

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List - September 2010

Here is my “Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List - September 2010”.  You can add yourself to our newsletter at:

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August 24, 2010

CRA provides information on Pakistani disaster relief for Canadian charities and donors

Here is a link to CRA’s new page “Floods in Pakistan” It also has links to CIDA’s matching program.

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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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