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Canadian Charity Law List

November 2018

FEATURED

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.  There were a number of major developments affecting charities and non-profits. READ MORE


Informal Risk Reviews are Excellent Value for Money for Registered Charities

Many charities only seek out legal advice when they have problems, either with CRA or the media. Often this is much too late and those problems can be very costly for a charity. Informal Risk Reviews are an easy way to assess key issues in a charity's operations and fix those issues before they become major scandals for the charity. Here is our article on Informal Risk Reviews. 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


Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2019

This one-day workshop on Monday April 8, 2019 is on compliance and standards issues for Canadian registered charities. It will cover the differences between for-profits, non-profits and registered charities and why in some cases you may wish to have one or more of each to have maximum impact. It will also focus on matters that are significant for any operating charity surrounding revenue generation rules, receipting, transparency, and protecting your charity against risks. You can find more information and register here. READ MORE


Ontario companies branch heavily backlogged

The Companies Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (“MGS”) is very heavily backlogged at the moment.  Estimated times for processing applications that generally would have taken 6 – 8 weeks are now taking 4 or more months!   READ MORE


Blumbergs welcomes Gary Huenemoeder to our team as a Charity Audit & Compliance Advisor

Gary Huenemoeder is now available to assist Canadian registered charities when they are being audited and more importantly, to conduct informal risk reviews of a charity's operations (preferably before the audit) to identify and resolve issues in the simplest possible way. READ MORE


Special Senate Committee on the Charity Sector and Mark Blumberg’s testimony November 19, 2018

On Monday November 19, 2018, I presented to the Special Senate Committee on the Charity Sector in Ottawa.  My presentation dealt with a number of areas especially transparency of non-profits and registered charities, good charity regulation, and political activities by charities. READ MORE


Senate Committee on Finance and their review of Political Activities

On Wednesday November 28, 2018 I presented to the Senate Committee on Finance in Ottawa. My presentation dealt with Bill C-86, Budget Implementation Act, 2018, and specifically the proposed changes to the rules and regulations on political activities carried out by charities within the Bill. I am concerned that allowing charities to spend 100% on their resources on non-partisan political activities related to their objects may result in some charities actually spending 100% of their resources on those activities!  This change could reduce public confidence in the charity sector which will make fundraising harder.   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


Why you should not be setting up an Ontario non-profit corporation under the OCA today

Even with the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act ("ONCA") looming, we are still seeing recently incorporated non-profits that are set-up under the Ontario Corporations Act ("OCA"). Here is an article on some of the reasons why this is generally not a good idea, and why it is better for our clients to set up new entities under the federal Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act ("CNCA"). READ MORE


CRA

CRA reminders to file the T3010

Canadian registered charities must file their Registered Charity Information Return (Form T3010) on an annual basis within 6 months of their fiscal year end.  CRA will send reminders and sometimes people are confused about these reminders. READ MORE


MISCELLANEOUS

Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2016

Here is our Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Sector Snapshot 2016. In it there are some interesting statistics on the charity sector from the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return filings from 2016. READ MORE


St. Micheal's College School group sex assault scandal and broader thoughts on the charity sector

There have been a number of articles in the media on a Catholic school in Toronto called St. Michael’s College School over the last few weeks and a number of recent incidents involving sexual assault and what the National Post describes as "Broomstick sexual assault".  St. Michael's College School is a registered charity.  Here is information on our Charitydata.ca website on St. Michael's College School.  READ MORE


Statistics Canada is collecting data to reassess MBM, Canada’s Official Poverty Line

The Government of Canada recently announced that it will now be using the Market Basket Measure (“MBM”) to measure Canada’s poverty line. Previously, Canada did not have an official measure of poverty; rather MBM was used along with Low Income Cut-Off (‘LICO’) and low income measure (‘LIM’). With Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy, announced in August 2018, the Federal Government needed an official poverty measure to guide this new strategy. READ MORE

Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2019 - April 8, 2019.  You can find out more information or register here.


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