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Canadian Charity Law List

January 2019


Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2019

The Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp will be held on Monday April 8, 2019. This is a one-day boot camp on compliance and standards issues for Canadian registered charities. You can register for the program here.  The Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp will be of interest to staff at non-profits and charities responsible for compliance issues, professional advisors such as lawyers and accountants who advise charities and non-profits, and board members of Canadian charities as well as philanthropists interested potentially establishing a private foundation.   We offer it once a year in Toronto, it typically sells out so don't miss your opportunity to register. READ MORE

Blumbergs’ International Philanthropy Conference 2019

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a full-day event on international philanthropy on April 12, 2019: Blumbergs' International Philanthropy Conference 2019. Here are more details and we hope to see you there. READ MORE

When is the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) coming into force?

We recently wondered with this new Ontario Conservative government whether there was any change relating to the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA).  It is supposed to come into force at the beginning of 2020.  So I wrote to the Ontario government on January 10, 2019 and they replied on January 25, 2019 with this response. READ MORE

CRA revokes charity that spent almost 200m on foreign activities over last 5 years

Global News journalist Stewart Bell recently wrote an article "Government revokes charity status of Canadian Jewish group that supported ‘foreign armed forces’".  The article discusses the recent revocation of the Canadian registered charity Beth Oloth Charitable Organization.  We discuss the article and the revocation.  READ MORE

CRA releases draft guidance “Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities”

On January 21, CRA released its draft guidance "Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities". This guidance will replace CRA's Guidance CPS-022, Political activities. CRA is asking for feedback on this draft administrative guidance and providing until April 23, 2019 for that feedback. Here is a PDF of the draft guidance and here s a link to the draft guidance on the CRA website. We will be providing further information on this draft to our clients and on our blog. READ MORE

CharityData.ca T3010 Data Update

We are pleased to announce that we have recently updated our CharityData.ca website to include nearly all T3010 2017 data and some of the 2018 data. CharityData.ca is the largest portal of data on Canadian registered charities with an ability to search directors and sort or search the data in about 30 different ways.    READ MORE

Course - Should We Establish a Canadian Social Enterprise, Non-Profit or Charity and How to Do It?

We have created a course entitled "Should We Establish a Canadian Social Enterprise, Non-Profit or Charity and How to Do It?".   The course is $149 and you can register at https://charity-law.teachable.com/Here is an overview of the course. READ MORE

Fallacies about private foundations in 2019 - an article on the many myths about private foundations

The compliance requirements and restrictions on private foundations in Canada are frequently misunderstood, even by those who run large private foundations. Here is our article Fallacies about private foundations in 2019 that might be helpful in dispelling these myths.  READ MORE

“Impossible to Justify” A Political Scientist Takes on American Philanthropy - David Callahan review

David Callahan recently reviewed Rob Reich's new book "Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better" in an article "Impossible to Justify" A Political Scientist Takes on American Philanthropy". The review and the book are a further wake-up call that there are concerns in the public about philanthropy. We can wait for people to become more cynical of the charity sector or we can act now to prevent that.   It is definitely worth reading David Callahan's review.   READ MORE

Safeguarding and preventing abuse of vulnerable and other individuals by charities

The Charity Commission of England and Wales has significant material to help charities understand the importance of putting in place systems and implementing them to safeguard charity beneficiaries, as well as staff and volunteers. Sometimes the issue is framed in terms of "vulnerable" beneficiaries such as children or the elderly but similar principals apply to employees, volunteers, suppliers etc. The issue has been covered recently in the media and for Canadian charities, there is little guidance on the topic from CRA. READ MORE


Addition to “Foreign charities that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada”

The Swiss Aga Khan Foundation has been added to the list of "Foreign charities that have received a gift from Her Majesty in right of Canada".  They have not been on the list for a number of years.  We have discussed this category previously.   There are only 3 groups at the moment on the listREAD MORE

Charities Directorate releases Report on the Charities Program 2016 to 2018

The CRA released today 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


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

Informal Risk Reviews are Excellent Value for Money for Registered Charities

The new year is always a good time to take a minute to review your charities internal systems and practices to ensure that you are compliant with the strict rules and regulations for registered charities. We can help with those reviews. Here is our article "Informal Risk Reviews are Excellent Value for Money for Registered Charities" 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

Finance 2018 Fall Economic Statement - its Impact on Canadian Charities, Journalism, Social Finance

Here is our article Finance 2018 Fall Economic Statement and its Impact on Canadian Charities, Journalism and Social Finance.    READ MORE

Upcoming Blumbergs' Events for 2019: Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2019 and Blumbergs' International Philanthropy Conference 2019.

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.