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Canadian Charity Law List

December 2018


Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2019

This one-day workshop on Monday April 8, 2019 is on compliance and standards issues for Canadian registered charities. It will cover the differences between for-profits, non-profits and registered charities and why in some cases you may wish to have one or more of each to have maximum impact. It will also focus on matters that are significant for any operating charity surrounding revenue generation rules, receipting, transparency, and protecting your charity against risks. You can find more information and register here. 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. Topics are subject to change. READ MORE

Bill C-86 Receives Royal Assent

On December 13, 2018, Bill C-86 received Royal Assent. Within this Bill, there are several changes to the Income Tax Act related to charities, especially with regards to political activities.  The change allows Canadian registered charities to conduct public policy dialogue and development activities (PPADA) connected to the legal purpose of the charity as long as they are not directly or indirectly partisan.  We are awaiting guidance from CRA on how they will interpret the new provisions on political activities.  Also the CWP decision will probably one day end up in the Supreme Court of Canada and perhaps they will have a thing or two to say about political activities and how purposes and activities relate to registered charity status. READ MORE

Informal Risk Reviews are Excellent Value for Money for Registered Charities

Many charities only seek out legal advice when they have problems, either with CRA or the media. Often this is much too late and those problems can be very costly for a charity. Informal Risk Reviews are an easy way to assess key issues in a charity's operations and fix those issues before they become major scandals for the charity. Here is our article on Informal Risk Reviews. READ MORE

New Canadian Registered Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg

Here is the new Canadian Charity Legal Checklist.  For those who are interested in reviewing legal compliance for their registered charity, they may find the checklist helpful. READ MORE


Charities Directorate releases Report on the Charities Program 2016 to 2018

The CRA released their Report on the Charities Program 2016 to 2018.  They note: "We made the report shorter by reducing the amount of text and added more visuals. The report is now easier to understand and has a more modern look."  There is far less information in this report than previously provided which is unfortunate.   Although with all the crazy changes Finance is coming up with on political activities I am surprised that CRA had the time to prepare this report at all.  READ MORE

CRA announces the end of the T3010 charity annual return barcode stickers

As of November 14, 2018, CRA will no longer send out the peel and stick barcode labels with the T3010 annual information return package. These stickers were on the back of Form TF725, Registered Charity Basic Information Sheet. Charities will continue to receive Form TF725, on which they will be able to verify and make changes to their telephone number, fax number, email, website address and/or mailing address. READ MORE


Blumbergs’ Receipting Kit for Canadian registered charities

Incorrect receipting is one of the most common mistakes made by Canadian registered charities. It would be good to regularly review your receipting practices. Here is our Blumbergs’ Receipting Kit for Canadian registered charities for 2018.   READ MORE

Informal Risk Reviews are Excellent Value for Money for Registered Charities

Here is our article "Informal Risk Reviews are Excellent Value for Money for Registered Charities". READ MORE

Why you should not be setting up an Ontario non-profit corporation under the OCA today

Even with the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act ("ONCA") looming, we are still seeing recently incorporated non-profits that are set-up under the Ontario Corporations Act ("OCA"). Here is an article on some of the reasons why this is generally not a good idea, and why it is better for our clients to set up new entities under the federal Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act ("CNCA"). READ MORE

Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2016

Here is the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2016.  It has some interesting statistics on the Canadian charitable sector from the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return filings.   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. READ MORE

Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2019 - April 8, 2019.  You can find out more information or register here.

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.