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Canadian Charity Law List

December 2017

FEATURED

Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp

This one-day workshop on Monday April 16, 2018 will cover the differences between for-profits, non-profits and registered charities. It will focus on matters that are significant for any operating charity surrounding revenue generation rules, receipting, transparency, and protecting your charity against risks. Topical issues such as collaboration, foreign activities, political activities, the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) and Ontario Non-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) will be touched upon as well. Use code EB2018 when ordering to obtain the early bird special. READ MORE


Top Tips for Serving as a Director of a Canadian Registered Charity

Being a director of a Canadian registered charity is an important task and this article Top Tips for Serving as a Director of a Canadian Registered Charity may be helpful in explaining some of the expectations and requirements of the position.  READ MORE


Top Canadian charity law compliance issues

Here is an article on Top Canadian charity law compliance issues.  Hopefully it provides a good overview of the most common compliance issues for Canadian registered charities with an emphasis on concerns from the Charities Directorate of CRA. READ MORE


Canadian Charity Foreign Activity Legal Checklist - Working with Foreign Charities or Intermediaries

Here is a new checklist from Blumbergs that will assist Canadian registered charities either interested or currently conducting foreign activities.  It is called Canadian Charity Foreign Activity Legal Checklist - Working with Foreign Charities or Intermediaries 2017.  Also those conducting foreign activities may find our article Canadian Charities Conducting International Activities useful.   READ MORE


CRA

CRA Responds to Questions At Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute On CHAMP

The CRA has responded to some questions that were posed at our recent Blumbergs' Charity Law Institute session.  The questions came after a presentation by Tania Lewis and Jennifer Fraser of the Charities Directorate on the new CHAMP or Charity Modernization Program of CRA.  CHAMP 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. READ MORE


MISCELLANEOUS

New online service to order documents filed under the CNCA

Starting December 12, 2017, Corporations Canada will allow copies of documents filed under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) to be purchased online. Copies of the documents can be ordered using Corporations Canada’s Online Filing Centre and orders will be processed within one business day. This will allow those in Federal non-profit organizations that are registered under the Federal CNCA to obtain documents on their organizations even more easily and efficiently than has been the case.  It will also allow those interested in a particular Federal non-profit to obtain the same information. READ MORE


DEVELOPMENTS IN THE US

US changes to tax code could mean big problems for US charities

The US House and Senate have passed major changes to the tax code that could have a significant impact on US donors and whether they receive any tax incentives for their donations.  Now, 1 in 3 US donors may get a tax incentive when they donate to charity; with the changes being implemented, only 1 in 20 US donors will receive a tax incentive for their donations.  A number of US charity umbrella groups have lobbied unsuccessfully to prevent these changes.   There are lots of lessons here for Canada. READ MORE


UPCOMING EVENTS

Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp

This one-day workshop on Monday April 16, 2018 will cover the differences between for-profits, non-profits and registered charities. It will focus on matters that are significant for any operating charity surrounding revenue generation rules, receipting, transparency, and protecting your charity against risks. Topical issues such as collaboration, foreign activities, political activities, the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) and Ontario Non-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) will be touched upon as well. Use code EB2018 when ordering to obtain the early bird special. READ MORE


Fundamentals of the T3010 and Transparency for Canadian charities

Join us on Friday June 1, 2018 for a half day program focusing on the fundamentals of the T3010. Every year Canadian registered charities must file the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return with the Charities Directorate of CRA. In November 2018 Canadian registered charities will be able to file the T3010 online which will make the process easier and quicker. If charities do not file the form, they can be revoked by CRA for non-filing. If the T3010 is not filed accurately it can be cause for suspension of a charity's receipting privileges. 

The T3010 is a complicated form dealing with legal, accounting and operational issues. This seminar will focus on the legal and operational issues and not the accounting issues. Understanding the T3010 is essential for those involved with finance and governance at charities, as well as researchers, grant writers, funders and fundraisers. Use code EBT2018 when ordering to obtain the early bird special. READ MORE


Fundamentals of Receipting by Canadian Charities

On Tuesday September 18, 2018, we will be holding a half-day program to cover the fundamentals of receipting. 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! Use code EBR2018 when ordering to obtain the early bird special.  READ MORE


Past Presentations

Mark has delivered a number of presentations recently including

  • a course on receipting and another course on fundraising regulation at Humber;
  • a workshop for CPA Ontario on T3010 and Transparency the Charitable Sector;  
  • a workshop at AFP Congress 2017 on T3010 and Transparency in the Charitable Sector;
  • a CCLA webinar on Top Charity Law Issues; and
  • a workshop for CPA Ontario on charity fundraising and receipting.

Upcoming Blumbergs’ Events for 2018 - Bootcamp, T3010 and Receipting


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.

mark@blumbergs.ca
416.361.1982