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Canadian Charity Law List

August 2017


Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 2017 - Only Two Days Left for early bird special!

The Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 2017 early bird special (discount code EB2017) is only available till September 1, 2017!

Don't miss the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 2017 which will be held on Monday October 16, 2017.   Some of the speakers will include Coleen Kirby from Corporations Canada to discuss the CNCA, a representative from CRA to provide an update on the Charities Directorate and its activities, and Mark Blumberg will be providing an update on the charity sector.  There will be a discussion around the relationship of media and the charity sector and other topics as well.   READ MORE

Ontario Government Proposal to Allow Compensation of Directors of Charities Without Court Order

Here is Blumbergs' comments on the Ontario Government Proposal to Allow Compensation of Directors of Charities Without Court Order that we submitted to the Ministry of the Attorney General in response to their consultation. READ MORE

Now might be a good time to look at your charity’s legal objects and whether they should be changed

When was the last time your Canadian registered charity reviewed its legal objects?  Some employees and even directors of a Canadian registered charity have never even seen their legal objects!   Some think that their mission statement on their website is their legal objects, although it typically is not.   One of the biggest differences between a for-profit corporation and a charity is that a charity must have exclusively legal objects and those objects are the scope of the charitable activities that a charity can conduct. READ MORE

Differences between a Canadian registered charity (T3010) and a US 501(c)(3) (Form 990) transparency

When it comes to charity regulation Canada and the United States have different rules. In Canada, every year a Canadian registered charity must file a T3010 Registered Charity Information Return. In the US, a 501(c)(3) organization, in some cases, must file a Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, although not all are required to. READ MORE

Blumbergs’ Receipting Kit 2017 by Mark Blumberg

We recently released our Blumbergs' Receipting Kit 2017. The Blumbergs' Receipting Kit 2017 is for Canadian registered charities and other qualified donees who wish to issue official donation receipts, which are sometimes referred to as "tax receipts". It has a general description of how receipting should be conducted as well as copies of documents and resources from the CRA and elsewhere that relate to receipting. The Blumbergs' Receipting Kit is one of our most frequently downloaded resources.   READ MORE


CRA has started making automated phone calls to remind charities to file their T3010

CRA has been encouraging charities to file their T3010 and now they are trying something new - automated phone calls.      READ MORE

Online T3010 filing for charities is coming in 2018

CRA has recently announced that starting in late 2018, registered charities will be able to file their annual Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return online through the Canada Revenue Agency’s My Business Account (MyBA). Currently the T3010 form must be printed and then mailed into CRA, so we hope that the online filing option will make the annual filing process easier for Canadian registered charities.   READ MORE

Charities Directorate no longer using generic email address for certain purposes

We were recently informed by the CRA Charities Directorate that the generic CRA email address previously provided for certain communications with CRA is no longer available. Regular communications with CRA should continue being completed through mail, courier or fax.  READ MORE


Australian national risk assessment into the NP sector discusses terrorist financing and AML

An interesting new report from The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as well as the Australian Transactions Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) published on August 28, 2017 looked at "the risk of money laundering and terrorism financing in the not-for-profit sector, key vulnerabilities and risk indicators of high-risk organisations, groups of high-risk organisations that will benefit from targeted outreach and support, vulnerabilities that could be exploited to support terrorism, and a strategy to counter these vulnerabilities". READ MORE

A useful tool from Blumbergs for people looking for a job in the charity sector in Canada

The charity sector has about 2.5 million employees.  In some organizations there is high turnover.  That means at any point in time there are hundreds of thousands of people thinking about finding a job in the charitable sector.  At Blumbergs, we have developed a transparency tool on Canadian charities that can assist people when they are looking for a job in the charity sector.   READ MORE

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.  READ MORE

Please join us for the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute on October 16, 2017. 

Do you require legal advice with respect to Canadian or Ontario non-profits or charities?

Mark Blumberg

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.