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Canadian Charity Law List

February 2018

FEATURED

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

Understanding legal compliance for registered charities is not easy but Blumbergs is offering 3 exciting new upcoming events in 2018 that will help.   

We will have our Canadian Charity Law Bootcamp on April 16th which provides a full day overview of charity law regulation.  We have already 60 people signed up and the early bird special ends tomorrow!  

Then in June we will have a half-day Fundamentals of the T3010 and Transparency for Canadian charities.  In September we will have the half-day Fundamentals of Receipting by Canadian charities.  Inaccurately completing the T3010 and improperly issuing receipts are the two most common compliance concerns for registered charities and these educational programs are designed to help charity directors, staff, and volunteers to tackle these challenges.  You can find out more information at the link on your right.  Space is limited and these programs are not offered regularly - so if you think they could be of assistance to your charity then sign up now.   Learning about compliance requirements for charities through educational programs can save your charity lots of money on legal fees and avoid tremendous anxiety.  READ MORE


Canadian Federal Budget 2018 and its impact on non-profits and charities

The Liberal government has unveiled their 2018 Federal Budget today.   Here is our article Canadian Federal Budget 2018 and its impact on non-profits and charities.   READ MORE


Senate appoints Special Committee on the Charitable Sector to look at laws and policies and impact

The Senate has appointed a Special Committee on the Charitable Sector.   For charity sector policy wonks this is absolutely amazing.   Yes probably for 30-50 people it feels like Christmas is back again.   The mandate is to "examine the impact of federal and provincial laws and policies governing charities, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other similar groups; and to examine the impact of the voluntary sector in Canada".  Will be interesting to see the process, testimony and ultimately report.   READ MORE


Foreign Universities Applying for Prescribed University Status in Canada 2018

Here is our updated article on Foreign Universities Applying for Prescribed University Status in Canada 2018.  If your university or alma mater is outside of Canada then this article can be vital in terms of understanding how to more easily and tax effectively fundraise from Canada.   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


CRA

CRA’s List of Areas of Non-Compliance with ITA Provisions for Canadian Charitable Organizations

Here is the CRA's List of Areas of Non-Compliance with Income Tax Provisions for Canadian Charitable Organizations. READ MORE


CRA’s List of Areas of Non-Compliance with ITA Provisions for Canadian Private Foundations

Here is the CRA's List of Areas of Non-Compliance with Income Tax Provisions for Canadian Private Foundations. READ MORE


CRA's List of Areas of Non-Compliance with Income Tax Provisions - Canadian Public Foundations

Here is the CRA's List of Areas of Non-Compliance with Income Tax Provisions for Canadian Public Foundations. READ MORE


Finally the shoe has dropped on registered charities and they must update their tax receipts

I was wondering when CRA was going to tell registered charities that they should update their official donation receipts to reflect the new CRA web address.  All official donation receipts are supposed to have certain mandatory information including the "Name and website of the Canada Revenue Agency".  Well then I saw it. It was a tweet from @canrevagency and it read "#CRAcharities: Our website address has changed to http://canada.ca/charities-giving …. #Charities and qualified donees must update the website on their official donation receipts."  READ MORE


CRA updates T4117 - Income Tax Guide to the Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Information Return

The CRA has updated T4117 - Income Tax Guide to the Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Information Return (CRA).  Certain non-profits that are NOT registered charities need to file the Form 1044 and this guide provides explanatory material on the CRA publication.   READ MORE


Isah, A. v. The Queen (TCC) - TCC imposes gross negligence penalties for

The Tax Court of Canada in Isah, A. v. The Queen (TCC) deals with donations disallowed by CRA and the court ultimately decided to impose gross negligence penalties on the taxpayer who submitted fake official donation receipts.  READ MORE


T2050 - Application to Register a Charity Under the Income Tax Act (CRA)

The CRA has updated their T2050 - Application to Register a Charity Under the Income Tax Act (CRA).  The changes appear to reflect the updated URLs for the CRA documents at the Canada.ca website. As of November 2018 all CRA charity applications will need to be done online using the CRA CHAMP system.   READ MORE


ONCA

Options for dealing with ONCA for Ontario non-profit organizations under the OCA

There are over 50,000 Ontario non-profit corporations under the Ontario Corporations Act.  With the Ontario Government's recent announcement that the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) is being targetted to be brought into force in 2020, these Ontario non-profit corporations will need to think about options in handling this important corporate change.  This article may be of assistance. READ MORE


20 Ways We May Be Able To Help You With ONCA

If you are an Ontario non-profit corporation under the OCA you might find our article on ONCA helpful. READ MORE


Miscellaneous

Consultation “Reviewing Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regime”

The Department of Finance is reviewing Canada's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regime.  They have published a consultation paper at Reviewing Canada's Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regime.  They are looking for submissions on the discussion paper before April 30, 2018.  I have met FATF in the past when they were evaluating Canada's effectiveness in dealing with AML and ATF and there are significant concerns - especially relating to the legal sector in Canada.    READ MORE


Our directory of top resources for Canadian registered charities

Over the last 10 or more years, we have published over 2500 blog posts.  Except for a few avid readers, that might be a little overwhelming so we have started to create a directory of some of the top resources for Canadian charities.  This will be particularly helpful for those who are new to registered charity compliance issues or to the charity sector. READ MORE


Have you checked out Charitydata.ca yet?

Blumbergs has created the largest Canadian registered charity information portal at www.charitydata.ca with up to 13 years information on every Canadian registered charity.  www.charitydata.ca provides a easy to use interface that is far easier to use than the CRA's Charities Listing to analyse T3010 information on a particular charity. It also allows the user to sort charities under "Advanced Charity Search" by over 20 criteria.

The Director Search function of www.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 the its aim is to increase transparency in the Canadian charity sector. READ MORE


Past Presentations

CPA Canada

Mark delivered two presentations to CPA Canada's Not-for-profit executive forum 2018 namely "Hottest compliance topics for NPOs and registered charities" and "Recent Legal Developments from CRA affecting Registered Charities".

Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp


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