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Canadian Charity Law List

July 2018


Fundamentals of Receipting by Canadian Charities

On Tuesday September 18, 2018, Blumbergs will be holding a half-day seminar on the Fundamentals of Receipting by Canadian charities in Toronto.   We have about 60 people registered so far and the event is 6 weeks away. 

Properly issuing official donation receipts has been challenging for many registered charities.  According to the CRA, 89% of registered charities that are audited by CRA are not correctly issuing official donation receipts.  Issuing incorrect receipts can result in revocation or penalties. It is easier to do it right than fix problems later!  READ MORE

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2018

The Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 2018 will be held on Monday October 15, 2018. We will be featuring a number of speakers covering different legal and compliance issues affecting Canadian charities and non-profits. READ MORE

Building Financial Capacity for Canadian charities and non-profits

Join us on Tuesday October 16, 2018 in Toronto for a financial capacity building workshop with Gordon Holley from Humanity Financial Management of Vancouver.  Gordon will show organization leaders what they can do to increase the financial capacity of their charities and not-for-profit organizations. It will be a full-day program that senior management and directors of charities and non-profit organizations will find very informative. READ MORE

Canada Without Poverty v. Attorney General of Canada - recent decision in the Ontario Superior Court

The Canada Without Poverty v. Attorney General of Canada decision was released on July 16th.  Here is the decision. Here is my article on the CWP decision and my concerns about its impact. 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

Blumbergs’ Receipting Kit for Canadian registered charities

Here is our Blumbergs’ Receipting Kit for Canadian registered charities for 2018.   READ MORE


CRA letter on private foundation receiving residue of alter ego trust and excess corporate holdings

There are certain rules in the Income Tax Act that only apply to private foundations and not charitable organizations and public foundations.  These rules are called the 'excess business holdings' regime or 'excess corporate holdings' regime.  They limit the amount of shares or interests a Canadian private foundation can have, or that the private foundation plus other relevant persons may have.   CRA in a recent letter discusses whether the excess business holdings rules apply when the private foundation will receive the shares as a residue of an alter ego trust.  READ MORE

CRA letter on gifts from an estate and recent changes to rules

Here is a letter from CRA discussing when an official donation receipt can be issued for a gift from an estate and how policy changes from 2016 affect this.   READ MORE


Read the FAQ section of our Charitydata.ca database

Last year the Charitydata.ca website had 54,000 visitors, 70,000 sessions, and 151,000 page views.  Read the FAQ section of our database http://www.charitydata.ca to learn more about its functionality.  We are very pleasantly surprised at the large number of people who use CharityData.ca.    Thanks to The-wire.com and the developers. READ MORE

20 Ways We May Be Able To Help You With ONCA

The Ontario government is backlogged so that corporate changes are now taking about four months or more - when added to CRA delays this can mean for example changing objects can in some cases take 1.5 years - with ONCA coming this will get far worse.  

If you are an Ontario non-profit corporation under the OCA you might find our article on ONCA helpful: 20 Ways We May Be Able To Help You With ONCA.  Here is also our ONCA directory. READ MORE

Top Canadian Charity Law Issues for Charity Village

This past spring I wrote an article entitled "Top Canadian Charity Law Issues" for Charity Village.  It highlights some of the top compliance issues that a Canadian charity should be concerned with.    READ MORE

Why US and other nonprofit organizations may wish to set up in Canada

In the past US and other charities had mainly looked to establishing a Canadian counterpart non-profit or registered charity when they thought that either there were fundraising opportunities in Canada or they wish to conduct their own charitable activities in Canada.   Over the last year we have seen many international groups outside of Canada wanting to establish either a nonprofit or registered charity in Canada to be their headquarters for international operations. READ MORE

Upcoming Blumbergs' Events for 2018: Fundamentals of Receipting, Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute, and Building Financial Capacity for Canadian charities and non-profits.

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.