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Canadian Charity Law List

August 2013


Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2013 - corporate law, CRA compliance and more

On October 15, 2013, Blumbergs will be having the 2nd Annual Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute in Toronto. It will be a full day of practical legal and ethical compliance information geared toward charities, professional advisors and those interested in regulatory issues affecting charities.  Some of the highlights include investigative reporter Kevin Donovan of the Toronto Star, speakers from CRA and MCS, Jason Jacques, Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) and OTF CEO Andrea Cohen Barrack. 

New numbers on the CNCA and continuances from Industry Canada

We recently received updated numbers from Industry Canada on the CNCA.  They show some progress but a lot more needs to be done. READ MORE

Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) Suitcase from Blumberg Segal LLP

The new Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA) is targeted to come into force no earlier than January, 2014. The Ministry of Consumer Services has placed some information on the new act on their website. We have tried to consolidate all the available information in one PDF document. READ MORE

CBA Webinar Continuance Under the New Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act

Wayne Gray, Allen Doppelt and myself will be presenting a webinar for the Canadian Bar Association on "Continuance Under the New Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act" on October 17, 2013. READ MORE

Blumbergs’ House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance- Pre-budget Consultations 2013 submission

Here is the Blumbergs' submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance for their Pre-budget Consultations 2013. READ MORE

Mark Blumberg to appear on Ted Hart’s The Nonprofit Coach Radio Show -September 17, 2013

On September 17, 2013 Mark Blumberg will be interviewed on Ted Hart's The Nonprofit Coach Radio Show. READ MORE


CRA releases revised charitable donation tax credit calculator incorporating first time donor credit

The CRA has updated their charitable donation tax credit calculator.  It is interesting to play with the calculator but as we have warned before it can underestimate in some cases the amount of tax savings a person may get from a charitable donation.  READ MORE

CRA letter on clergy residence deduction

CRA recently released a letter which discusses whether two members of the clergy who are spouses, but own and reside in separate residences may claim the clergy residence deduction for their individual residence. READ MORE

CRA letter on capital gain on sale of property by NPO

CRA recently released a letter which discusses whether a capital gain resulting from the sale of real property by an NPO qualifies for the exemption from tax under subparagraph 149(5)(e)(ii) of the Income Tax Act. READ MORE

Tax Court of Canada decision Bandi v. The Queen

The Tax Court of Canada recently released a decision in Bandi v. The Queen which dismissed an appeal by a taxpayer who participated in a charitable giving program in 2003. READ MORE


Changes to qualified donee category: low-cost housing corporations for the aged

As of January 1, 2012, as of result of amendments to the Income Tax Act, low-cost housing corporations for the aged have to apply for registration to be considered a qualified donee.  For many low-cost housing corporations being considered a qualified donee is attractive as it provides the ability to issue official donation receipts and more easily receive gifts from registered charities. READ MORE

Long awaited technical amendments to the ITA affecting Canadian charities receive Royal Assent.

Bill C-48 (Technical Tax Amendments Act, 2012) which deals with many matters including split receipting received Royal Assent as on June 26, 2013.  Some of the amendments affecting charities were announced over 10 years ago.  These and many other technical amendments to Income Tax Act were passed.  READ MORE

Sign up for the 2nd Annual Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute in Toronto on October 15. 

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.