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December 13, 2018

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. Topics are subject to change. 

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December 13, 2018

CRA announces the end of the T3010 charity annual return barcode stickers

As of November 14, 2018, CRA will no longer send out the peel and stick barcode labels with the T3010 annual information return package. These stickers were on the back of Form TF725, Registered Charity Basic Information Sheet. Charities will continue to receive Form TF725, on which they will be able to verify and make changes to their telephone number, fax number, email, website address and/or mailing address.

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December 04, 2018

Charities Directorate releases Report on the Charities Program 2016 to 2018

The CRA released today their Report on the Charities Program 2016 to 2018.  They note: "We made the report shorter by reducing the amount of text and added more visuals. The report is now easier to understand and has a more modern look."  There is far less information in this report than previously provided which is unfortunate.   Although with all the crazy changes Finance is coming up with on political activities I am surprised that CRA had the time to prepare this report at all. 

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November 29, 2018

Standing Senate Committee on Finance and their review of Political Activities - November 28, 2018

On Wednesday November 28, 2018 I presented to the Senate Committee on Finance in Ottawa. My presentation dealt with Bill C-86, Budget Implementation Act, 2018, and specifically the proposed changes to the rules and regulations on political activities carried out by charities within the Bill. 

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November 24, 2018

Informal Risk Reviews are Excellent Value for Money for Registered Charities

November 24, 2018

Statistics Canada is collecting data to reassess MBM, Canada’s Official Poverty Line

The Government of Canada recently announced that it will now be using the Market Basket Measure (“MBM”) to measure Canada’s poverty line. Previously, Canada did not have an official measure of poverty; rather MBM was used along with Low Income Cut-Off (‘LICO’) and low income measure (‘LIM’). With Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy, announced in August 2018, the Federal Government needed an official poverty measure to guide this new strategy.

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November 24, 2018

Special Senate Committee on the Charity Sector and Mark Blumberg’s testimony November 19, 2018

On Monday November 19, 2018 I presented to the Special Senate Committee on the Charity Sector in Ottawa.  My presentation dealt with a number of areas especially transparency of non-profits and registered charities, good charity regulation, and political activities by charities.

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November 21, 2018

Finance 2018 Fall Economic Statement - its Impact on Canadian Charities, Journalism, Social Finance

November 18, 2018

St. Michael’s College School group sex assault scandal and broader thoughts on the charity sector

There have been a number of articles in the media on a Catholic school in Toronto called St. Michael’s College School over the last week and a number of recent incidents involving sexual assault and what the National Post describes as "Broomstick sexual assault".  St. Michael's College School is a registered charity.  Here is information on our Charitydata.ca website on St. Michael's College School. 

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November 05, 2018

New Canadian Registered Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg

Here is the new Canadian Charity Legal Checklist.  For those who are interested in reviewing legal compliance for their registered charity they may find the checklist helpful.  

November 04, 2018

CRA reminders to file the T3010

Canadian registered charities must file their Registered Charity Information Return (Form T3010) on an annual basis within 6 months of their fiscal year end.  Generally, CRA will send the T3010 package (which includes the peel-off labels) to the Charity’s mailing address within a month of a Charity’s fiscal year end.  And if not yet filed, CRA will send a Reminder to file the T3010 to registered charities by regular mail after the initial T3010 package was sent. 

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November 04, 2018

Ontario companies branch heavily backlogged

The Companies Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (“MGS”) is very heavily backlogged at the moment.  Estimated times for processing applications that generally would have taken 6 – 8 weeks are now taking 4 or more months! 

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October 31, 2018

CBC article “Pro sports charities hoarding cash, overspending on fundraising, watchdog says”

The CBC today covered the issue of Canadian pro sports teams and their fundraising charities in "Pro sports charities hoarding cash, overspending on fundraising, watchdog says".   This is a follow on to the coverage by the Toronto Star from 2010. 

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October 31, 2018

Finance Changes to Political Activities and Canadian Charities

There have been large changes over the last week in the rules for Canadian registered charities and political activities.  Here is our article Finance Changes to Political Activities and Canadian Charities.

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October 30, 2018

Why you should not be setting up an Ontario non-profit corporation under the OCA today

Even with the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act ("ONCA") looming, we are still seeing recently incorporated non-profits that are set-up under the Ontario Corporations Act ("OCA"). Here is an article on some of the reasons why this is generally not a good idea, and why it is better for our clients to set up new entities under the federal Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act ("CNCA").

October 28, 2018

Finance Legislative Proposals Notice of Ways and Means related to charities and political activities

On October 25, 2018 the Department of Finance posted Legislative Proposals Notice of Ways and Means Motions and Explanatory Notes which among other things change the rules for Canadian charities carrying out political activities.

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October 28, 2018

Blumbergs welcomes Gary Huenemoeder to our team as a Charity Audit & Compliance Advisor

Gary Huenemoeder has joined Blumbergs as a Charity Audit and Compliance Advisor to assist Canadian registered charities when they are being audited and more importantly to conduct informal risk reviews of a charity's operation (preferably before the audit) to identify and resolve issues in the simplest way possible. Gary will also be undertaking educational activities for groups or umbrella organizations that want to learn more about charity compliance.

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October 27, 2018

CRA releases infographic on charities changing your fiscal year

For many reasons a charity may decide that it is beneficial to change its fiscal year.   CRA has guidance on how to request such a change and now CRA has published an infographic on the topic.  

October 16, 2018

Blumbergs’ Submission on Finance’s Legislative Proposals Regarding Political Activities of Charities

Here is Blumbergs' submission to the Department of Finance on their recent Draft Legislative Proposals Regarding Political Activities of Charities.  For further information on political activities and Canadian registered charities see our directory of blogs and documents.  

October 15, 2018

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2016

We launched today at the Blumbergs' Charity Law Institute 2018 the Blumbergs Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2016.  It has some interesting statistics on the Canadian charitable sector from the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return filings.  

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October 07, 2018

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2018

The Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 2018 will be held on October 15, 2018.  Here is the Agenda.  Register here.

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October 07, 2018

Building Financial Capacity for Canadian charities and non-profits

Join us on Tuesday October 16, 2018 in Toronto for a financial capacity building workshop with Gordon Holley from Humanity Financial Management.  Gordon will show organization leaders what they can do to increase the financial capacity of their charities and not-for-profit organizations.You can sign up here.

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October 02, 2018

CRA releases guidance on “Charities and public policy advocacy”

The Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency today released guidance on "Charities and public policy advocacy".  This is on the heels of the Finance Department releasing draft legislative proposals recently and requesting comments by October 13, 2018.   CRA notes that it accepts suggestions to guidances on an ongoing basis -  in other words, you can comment at any time on this guidance.  I will be discussing the topic of political activities at our upcoming Blumbergs' Charity Law Institute.  

September 30, 2018

Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities – A Very Simplified View of the Process

If your Canadian registered charity conducts foreign activities there are rules that apply.  If you are having trouble explaining that to foreign groups that you work with you might find our article "Canadian Charities and Foreign Activities – A Very Simplified View of the Process" to be helpful.

September 28, 2018

Feedback on Charities IT Modernization Project (CHAMP) T3010 Filing

CRA is asking for some volunteers to provide feedback on their Charities IT Modernization Project (CHAMP) T3010 system.  If you are interested here is the information from CRA.  I understand that there is limited space for participants at this point but that CRA will have other ways of receiving further feedback from the sector on an ongoing basis once the services go live in June 2019. 

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