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Canadian Charity Law List

June 2019

FEATURED

Fundamentals of Running a Private or Public Foundation in Canada

Private and Public Foundations are an important part of the Canadian charity sector.  The Blumbergs' Fundamentals of Running a Private or Public Foundation in Canada on Tuesday September 17, 2019 will focus on compliance issues with an emphasis on those specifically relevant to running a private or public foundation that is a registered charity in Canada.  While some foundations give out a small amount each year – others are giving hundreds of millions.  Large gifts might have been $10-20 million a few years ago but are now $100 million and over.   The early bird expires July 12, 2019. READ MORE


Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 2019

Join us on Monday October 7, 2019 in Toronto for the 8th Annual Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute. We will be featuring a number of speakers covering different legal and compliance issues affecting Canadian charities and non-profits.  It will be a full day packed with practical legal and ethical compliance information geared toward charities, professional advisors and those interested in regulatory issues affecting charities and the non-profit sector. Space is limited.

The price is $275 for the day. It includes breakfast, lunch, breaks, coffee and drinks, HST and handouts. There are early bird specials if you sign up early enough including the super early bird which expires July 31.  READ MORE


Online Charity Law Courses from Blumbergs - 24/7 compliance education for registered charities

We have created two new online courses for those outside of Toronto who are not able to easily attend our programs.  They might also be helpful to those in Toronto who cannot wait for our next session as they sometimes only occur annually.  Online course are never going to be the same as in-person courses but for many they are far easier to access and more convenient.  You can do an online course at your pace and redo sections if you wish. 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


Comparison of the CRA’s Charities Listing and Blumbergs’ CharityData.ca

Here is our article "Comparison of the CRA’s Charities Listing and Blumbergs’ CharityData.ca" which looks at the two main public and free sources of data on registered charities in Canada. READ MORE


Account changes for registered charities under CHAMP

Canadian charities now have more options for doing certain transactions online using the CHAMP system.  Charities should look into accessing their CHAMP account.  Here is a summary from the CRA from their recent Charity Information Sessions as to transactions that may be able to be done on CHAMP. READ MORE


Objects of registered charities in Canada are sometimes not charitable

Here is our article on "Objects of registered charities in Canada are sometimes not charitable".  Objects are very important and often Canadian charities don't understand that even though they are a registered charity their objects may not actually be charitable.   READ MORE


CRA’s Technical Issues Working Group

I have just completed 4 years on the CRA's Technical Issues Working Group.  Most people don't even know that it exists.  The Technical Issues Working Group is fondly known as TIWG and pronounced like 'twig'.  It is an opportunity twice a year for CRA, Finance, certain charities and professional advisors to discuss technical and other issues affecting the Canadian charity sector.  READ MORE


Senate releases report today on the non-profit and charitable sector

The Senate has had a standing committee that has been looking at the voluntary sector in Canada. They recently released their report.  The report is entitled Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector.  It is over 189 pages long and has 42 recommendations.  READ MORE


No updates with the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) at the moment

There are a large number of Ontario non-profit corporations under the Ontario Corporations Act (“OCA”).  As you may know the Ontario government has stated that it is targeting to replace the OCA with the new Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations (ONCA) at the beginning of 2020.  ONCA has been delayed a number of times and although the Ontario Ministry announced it is targeting 2020, it is not certain that ONCA will necessarily be brought in by that date.  On May 29, 2019, we asked the Ontario Government if there was any update or anything new with respect to ONCA and we heard on May 31, 2019  "​We have no additional updates to share with you at this time about the Not for Profit Corporations Act." READ MORE


CRA

CRA announces upcoming changes to the T3010 and T2050, removing Political Activities

For those in the process of completing their T3010 Annual Return and the T2050 Application to Register a Charity, please note that CRA will be making changes to these forms to account for the recent changes to the political activities rules for Canadian registered charities. Instead of reporting on their political activities, charities will report their public policy dialogue and development activities (PPDDAs). According to CRA, registered charities will have less to report for PPDDA than they previously reported for their political activities. The changes to the T3010 and T2050 are set to come in November 2019. Until the changes are made, CRA has provided instructions on how to fill out the current T3010 and T2050 for PPDDA.  READ MORE


MISCELLANEOUS

Canadian Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg - April 2019

Here is our 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


Top Canadian Charity Law Issues by Mark Blumberg

Here is our list of the Top Canadian Charity Law Issues by Mark Blumberg. Hopefully it provides a good overview of the most common compliance issues for Canadian registered charities with an emphasis on concerns from the Charities Directorate of CRA. READ MORE


Informal Risk Reviews are Excellent Value for Money for Registered Charities

Here is our article "Informal Risk Reviews are Excellent Value for Money for Registered Charities". READ MORE

Upcoming Blumbergs' Events for 2019: Fundamentals of Running a Private or Public Foundation in Canada and the Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute 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.

mark@blumbergs.ca
416.361.1982