Global Affairs Canada (GAC) formerly CIDA

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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August 23, 2010

CIDA Announces Pakistan Flood Relief matching program for Canadian charities

CIDA has announced that it will have a matching fund for donations raised by Canadian charities for the Pakistan relief from August 2 to September 12.  The Pakistan Floods Relief Fund will not be given to each charity that raised funds but instead there will be an application process in which charities can apply for the funds and they will have to demonstrate that they have the capacity to do the work effectively.  This is similar to the Haiti earthquake fund a few months ago.

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August 20, 2010

CIDA presentation and material on Partnership with Canadians Branch (PWCB)- August 2010

For those who could not attend the CIDA presentation today in Toronto here is a copy of the CIDA presentation and material on Partnership with Canadians Branch- August 2010.  There are some questions posed in this document that CIDA is looking for input by Wednesday August 25.  Here is a cleaner copy of the CIDA presentation from the OCIC, without the questions.

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July 29, 2010

Minister Oda announces next step to CIDA’s Aid Effectiveness

Here is a press release in which CIDA Minister Bev Oda announces further steps to achieve aid effectiveness. There is also a backgrounder.  This document is a must read for any organization receiving CIDA funds or hoping to one day.  There is a lot in this document and it will be interesting to see if practically this makes any real difference at CIDA.

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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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