The CRA has responded to some questions that were posed at our recent Charity Law Institute session. The presentation by Tania Lewis and Jennifer Fraser of the Charities Directorate was on the new CHAMP or Charity Modernization Program of CRA which will result in new charity applications being filed electronically and the possibility for registered charities to file their T3010 Registered Charity Information Returns online.
The questions and answer from a recent letter from CRA are as follows:
Are we planning on doing any “roadshows” to provide information about CHAMP?
Although our communication plan incorporates a variety of channels, our main focus will be to leverage online and electronic communications so that we can provide all charities with access to the same information at the same time. For example, we will communicate with charities through channels such as detailed web content, social media engagement, interactive online webinars, and email outreach, and certain activities will have a heightened focus as we get closer to our November 2018 launch. However, we also expect that there will be a number of opportunities to share information about CHAMP at sector events similar to the Canadian Charity Law Institute throughout the next year. Our intent is to participate in these types of events as schedules and budgets allow.
How would the RC232 work and would director information would be transmitted to Ontario Corps?
We will continue to send data collected on Form RC232 to the Province of Ontario after our online services launch. Details of upcoming changes to the form and processes will be provided to Ontario charities as soon as possible.
One representative wanted to know how it would work as she represents multiple charities.
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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.