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Canadian Charity Law List

July 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.  Until September 10, 2013 there is an early bird special (use promotional code EB2013 when ordering). Space is limited. READ MORE

New CRA Guidance on “How to Draft Purposes for Charitable Registration” and new model objects

The CRA has just posted a new guidance which will be very helpful for Canadian charities.  It is called CG-019, How to Draft Purposes for Charitable Registration.  Also, the CRA has updated their model purposes.  READ MORE

“Silence Isn’t Golden”

Mark Rosenman has written an article "Silence Isn't Golden" for Philanthropic of the US Foundation Center.  It is well worth reading.  READ MORE

Governance Changes and responding to the New Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)

Confused about the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)?  In this article we have summarized some things that non-profits and charities should consider READ MORE

New numbers on the CNCA and continuances from Industry Canada

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


Is your Band or Aboriginal group affected by recent Canada Revenue Agency changes

There are important changes recently announced by CRA that will affect over a thousand Aboriginal groups in Canada receiving funding or donations from Canadian charities or individuals.  Many of the groups may need to make an application to CRA in order to preserve their ability to issue official donation receipts and accept gifts under the Income Tax Act (Canada). READ MORE

Toronto Star article “Federal audit raises concern that Canadian charity funded terror”

There was an article recently in the Toronto Star regarding a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit of the Islamic Society of North America, a registered Canadian Charity. READ MORE

IRFAN has filed a Notice of Appeal to set aside the CRA revocation of registered charity status

We have provided the letters from the CRA to the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy Canada (IRFAN) when they were revoked for cause.  IRFAN has now filed a Notice of Appeal with the Federal Court of Appeal to overturn the CRA revocation. READ MORE

National Post article on CIBC suspending bank account of charity IRFAN

The National Post published a story on IRFAN entitled "Relief organization that allegedly supported Hamas suspends operations after CIBC closes bank accounts". READ MORE

Prescient Foundation - some additional documents.

A number of law firms have written some short notes about the Prescient Foundation decision of the Federal Court of Appeal.  Here are some additional documents relating to the case. READ MORE


A caution on using charity financial data

The US National Centre for Charitable Statistics has some good cautions on the use of US data Form 990 data that I recently noted.  Similar issues apply here in Canada with the T3010 so I have reproduced the sections below. READ MORE

Summative Evaluation of the Movable Cultural Property Program

The Federal Department of Canadian Heritage a few years ago did a “Summative Evaluation of the Movable Cultural Property Program” in which it discusses the program, its relevance and concerns about the program.  The Vancouver Sun has written a number of articles highlighting concerns about the valuations of certain statutes, which have been followed up by others. READ MORE

Lawyers preventing money laundering and terrorism

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has put out an interesting report on “Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing:  Vulnerabilities of Legal Professionals”. 

The report provides interesting case studies, red flags, examples and suggestions for avoiding involvement with money laundering and terrorism. READ MORE

“Asking a bigger question” by Mark Blumberg

I recently wrote a short piece entitled “Asking a bigger question” that was distributed in the new Mackenzie Investments magazine entitled Mackenzie Strategic Philanthropy.  My article dealt with the true cost of bringing resources into the sector.  READ MORE

What is planned giving?

In this article we discuss different planned giving vehicles in Canada. READ MORE

Starting a Basic Planned Giving Program for a Canadian Charity - A Lawyer’s Perspective

In this article we provide some suggestions to charities in Canada as to how they can easily start a planned giving program for their charity.  Many Canadian charities can do more to raise awareness of bequests and this article provides some ideas that may be helpful. READ MORE

Planned Giving and Professional Advisors - The Why and How to Involve Professional Advisors

In this article we discuss the importance of Canadian charities involving professional advisors in their planned giving efforts. READ MORE

UK Charity Commission releases “It’s your decision: charity trustees and decision making”

The Charity Commission of England and Wales has published a very helpful guidance “It’s your decision: charity trustees and decision making”.  Although there are difference between English and Canadian law the guide provides lots of useful information on how directors of Canadian charities should make decisions. READ MORE

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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.