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Canadian Charity Law List

August 2018


Fundamentals of Receipting by Canadian Charities

On Tuesday September 18, 2018, Blumbergs will be holding a half-day seminar on the Fundamentals of Receipting by Canadian charities in Toronto.   We have over 80 people registered so far and the event is 2 weeks away. 

Properly issuing official donation receipts has been challenging for many registered charities.  According to the CRA, 89% of registered charities that are audited by CRA are not correctly issuing official donation receipts.  Issuing incorrect receipts can result in revocation or penalties. It is easier to do it right than fix problems later!  READ MORE

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2018

The Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 2018 will be held on Monday October 15, 2018. We will be featuring a number of speakers covering different legal and compliance issues affecting Canadian charities and non-profits.  You can register here.  Space is limited and the early bird is only for another 2 weeks.

Some of our topics and speakers [subject to change] include:

Reflections on the Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector - The Honourable Ratna Omidvar - Senator for Ontario

Same but different: approaches to charity law and regulation in Australia - Murray Baird, Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel - Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission    

Critical Financial Internal Controls for Charities and NFPOs: Protecting the Assets and Reputations of Organizations and their Directors - Gordon Holley – Humanity Financial Management, Vancouver

Update on the CNCA - Colleen Kirby – Manager, Policy Section of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Sponsorships – negotiating with a corporation without being fleeced - Chris Baylis - The Sponsorship Collective, Ottawa

Charities and Related Business - Richard Bridge – Nova Scotia Charity Lawyer​

Risk Management and Safety and Security for Personnel of Canadian Charities.- Amy Avis, General Counsel & Vice-President of Risk and Compliance -. Canadian Red Cross

HST opportunities for Canadian Charities - Stephen McCourt, Partner, - RSM Canada

Update on the Status of the Sector  - Mark Blumberg – Toronto Charity Lawyer.

5 biggest mistakes Canadian charities make - Mark Blumberg – Toronto Charity Lawyer. READ MORE

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 of Vancouver.  Gordon will show organization leaders what they can do to increase the financial capacity of their charities and not-for-profit organizations. It will be a full-day program that senior management and directors of charities and non-profit organizations will find very informative. READ MORE

Finance and CRA Promise to Clarify Rules on Political Activities and CRA Appeals CWP Decision

On August 15th, CRA announced that it is appealing the Canada Without Poverty v. Attorney General of Canada decision. Last month, we wrote a blog on the negative repercussions of this decision, now the Minister of National Revenue (CRA) and Finance has released a press release promising to respond to the issue of political activities and charity law.  Additionally, CRA will be appealing the CWP decision. 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

Blumbergs’ Receipting Kit for Canadian registered charities

Here is our Blumbergs’ Receipting Kit for Canadian registered charities for 2018.   READ MORE

Althia Raj’s article “Super PACs In Canada?” on CWP decision on charities and political activities

Althia Raj has written an article covering the fallout from the Canada Without Poverty case and it provides some important updates. We have added some commentary and here is her full article. READ MORE

Gail Picco's article on the CWP decision

Author and fundraiser Gail Picco wrote an extensive article on the CWP decision entitled "How Ontario Superior Court Decision has Remade the Charity Sector, Failed Vulnerable Canadians and Why Some People are Cheering?". Here is the full article.  READ MORE


Payments by Canadian registered charities to victims of disaster and whether recipients pay tax

Canadian registered charities often have to provide assistance to people in disasters.  Does an individual or business have to include this amount in their income?  CRA recently released a letter discussing this issue. READ MORE


Blumbergs' Pre-Budget Brief to the Finance Committee

Here is a copy of our Submission to the Federal Finance Committee dated August 1, 2018 for the 2019 Federal Budget.  The submission covers transparency of non-profits and registered charities as well as a number other recommendations to improve the regulation of registered charities.   READ MORE

Which Canadian charities received funds for political activities from foreign sources in 2016?

In light of recent developments with CWP case and the heightened interest in political activities carried out by charities, here is our article on Canadian charities receiving funds for political activities from foreign sources in 2016. READ MORE

CRA’s Fundraising Guidance is the most important compliance document for Canadian fundraisers

As charities begin to prepare for fall fundraising, be sure to read CRA's Fundraising Guidance. There could be serious repercussions of failing to comply with these guidelines.  READ MORE

Have you seen the largest charity data portal in Canada?

Blumbergs has created the largest Canadian registered charity information portal at CharityData.ca with up to 14 years information on every Canadian registered charity.  CharityData.ca provides an easy to use interface that is far easier to use than the CRA's Charities Listing to analyse T3010 Registered Charity Information Return data on a particular charity. It also allows the user to sort charities under "Advanced Charity Search" by over 30 criteria.  

While it is easy to see what gifts a charity gives to other charities on the CRA website, what if you want to know which charities gave funds to a particular charity?  Now you can do this on CharityData.ca by looking under the "Fundraising" tab. 

The Director Search function of CharityData.ca also allows users to search over 600,000 directors by their first and last names and it is the only publicly available and up-to-date tool for searching them.

The portal is free and its aim is to increase transparency in the Canadian charity sector.

For the most up-to-date information on a particular charity, including whether a charity is still registered, you should use the CRA Charities Listing at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ebci/haip/srch/advancedsearch-eng.action. However, for analyzing the past data of charities, CharityData.ca is much easier to use.


Upcoming Blumbergs' Events for 2018: Fundamentals of ReceiptingBlumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute, and Building Financial Capacity for Canadian charities and non-profits.

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.