Recent CRA letters of revocation for Canadian registered charities

October 08, 2015 | 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, Global Giving, Ethics and Canadian Charities

Here are the CRA letters from a number of recent Canadian registered charity revocations, annulments and penalties.  These letters from CRA cover many different grounds for de-registration or the imposition of penalties.   

For a number of years we have been providing the public with copies of CRA revocation letters.  These letters set out the CRA reasons for revocation of charitable status when CRA is alleging cause or that the revocation was as a result of an audit and non-compliance (as opposed to voluntary revocation or failure to file).  

CRA is only allowed to release very limited information on a deregistered charity such as these letters, and only after deregistration.  CRA is generally not allowed to release letters from the charity to CRA, although you can sometimes obtain those documents by requesting them from the former charity.  If anyone has further information on these charities let me know.  Because CRA alleges in a letter a particular set of facts does not make it necessarily correct.  Many of these revocations have not been tested in court.   

There have been about 65 or so cases in the Federal Court of Appeal with charities challenging the CRA revocations (or refusal to register a charity).  Although sometimes the court will disagree with some of the grounds I am not aware of any cases in the last decade of the Federal Court of Appeal overturning the revocations of CRA.

Why should people care about revocations of charities?  The ability of CRA to revoke the registration of a registered charity can have significant impact on a charity and the charitable sector is an important part of our society and economy.  Why CRA would revoke a charity and explanations given are important.  It helps charities understand compliance issues.  It also allows the public to understand whether CRA is acting reasonably in the matter.  

Aaron and Susan Liberman Foundation (penalty)

African Computer and Technology Literacy Awareness Program (ACTLAP) Inc.

Asia Pacific Accord of Canada

British Columbia Pharmaceutical Benevolent Society

Canadian Friends of Kashau

Canadian Friends of Pearl Children 

Cancer Survivors Fund of Canada

Canadian Overseas Health and Education Fund

Childhope Foundation Canada

Christian Economic Assistance Foundation

Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada Inc.

Crossroads Christian Fellowship

Ecotecture Centre for Ecological Art and Architecture  (Part II)

Faith Full Gospel Tabernacle

Fountains of Life Spanish Pentecostal Church

Friends and Skills Connection Centre

Gitta Nishuma Foundation (penalty)

Gateway City Church

Gospel Outreach

Homefront Cancer Services

Interior Alzheimer Support Society

International Fellowship Mission

Jesus of Bethlehem Worship Centre

Millennium Educational Research Charitable Foundation

Missionary Church of St Francis of Assisi name change from Pastoral Care Mission Services

Missions Ste-Croix (penalty)

R.A Whyte World Deliverance Ministry Inc.

Russian Torah Programs

Skyway Foundation of Canada

The Barbara and David Zukor Charitable Foundation of Hampstead

The Bosco Society for Disturbed Adolescents

The Hervey Foundation for Cats

The Living Word Christian Fellowship Int’l 

Le centre chretien Beth-Eden

Marketplace Ministries International

Millenia Hope Foundation

Moore on Life (Canada)

Mt. Moriah Apostolic Church

National Wild Turkey Federation - Canada

The Life Centre Word of Faith Ministries Inc

The Voice of the Cerebral Palsied of Greater Vancouver

The World Job and Food Bank Inc

Trinity Divine Outreach Ministries

Trinity Global Support Foundation

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