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Canadian Charity Law List

September 2018


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.  Here is the Agenda. You can register here.  

Some of our topics and speakers include:

Reflections on the Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector - The Honourable Ratna Omidvar - Senator for Ontario

Same but different: approaches to charity law and regulation in Australia - Murray Baird, Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel - Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission    

Critical Financial Internal Controls for Charities and NFPOs: Protecting the Assets and Reputations of Organizations and their Directors - Gordon Holley – Humanity Financial Management, Vancouver

Update on the CNCA - Colleen Kirby – Manager, Policy Section of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Sponsorships – negotiating with a corporation without being fleeced - Chris Baylis - The Sponsorship Collective, Ottawa

Charities and Related Business - Richard Bridge – Nova Scotia Charity Lawyer

Risk Management and Safety and Security for Personnel of Canadian Charities - Amy Avis, General Counsel & Vice-President of Risk and Compliance -. Canadian Red Cross

HST opportunities for Canadian Charities - Stephen McCourt & Susan Sheremeta, RSM Canada

Predicting the future: Charitable sector careers for the workforce of 2020 - Lisa Taylor, Challenge Factory

Update on the Status of the Sector and Recent Changes on Political Activities - Mark Blumberg – Toronto Charity Lawyer.

5 biggest mistakes Canadian charities make - Mark Blumberg – Toronto Charity Lawyer. 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 management and directors of charities and non-profit organizations will find very informative.  READ MORE

Finance to Consult on Draft Legislative Proposals re Political Activities of Canadian Charities

On September 14, 2018, Finance released legislative proposals for charities and political activities. Finance also put out a press release announcing that it will be consulting on these new proposals. I will discuss these proposals at the upcoming Blumbergs' Charity Law Institute and blog about them in the future.  We are working with a number of groups trying to understand the impact of these proposals on their work and the sector.   READ MORE

How Much Should a Canadian Registered Charity Spend on Administration?

It is not easy to determine which charities are deserving of your support. There are 86,000 registered charities in Canada. This article discusses how the deceptively simple "how much is spent on overhead or administration" can be misleading.   READ MORE

CAGP Advanced Canadian Gift Planning Symposium 2018

I am looking forward to presenting to the CAGP Advanced Canadian Gift Planning Symposium on international philanthropy in Ottawa on October 17, 2018.   Robert Kleinman, Executive Vice-President of The Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal and myself will present on "Charity Performed Abroad - practical tips and minefields".  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

Ontario rules change for compensation of certain directors of charitable corporations

On April 1, 2018, the Ontario government amended a regulation to the Charities Accounting Act to allow certain directors in certain circumstances of Ontario charities to be compensated. Here is our article on these changes. READ MORE

Quebec English translation of Non-Profit Corporations Guide to Filing the Information Return 2017

Revenu Quebec has provided an English translation of the Non-Profit Corporations Guide to Filing the Information and Income Tax Return 2017.   This guide will help you complete the CO-17.SP, Déclaration de revenus et de renseignements des sociétés sans but lucratif. READ MORE

Concerns and complaints about Canadian registered charities and their operations

Canadian Charities do a lot of great work.  But with over 86,000 of them, and a few hundred really bad apples amongst the lot, and probably thousands of ineffectual charities, there will be times that you will be disappointed in a charity.  When you have a concern about a charity, or a charity does something wrong, here are some ideas. READ MORE


CRA delays Charities IT Modernization Project (CHAMP) till June 2019 instead of November 2018

On September 18, 2018, CRA announced that it will be delaying the Charities IT Modernization Project (CHAMP) till June 2019. When CHAMP is launched, charities will no longer be able to make application by paper application and will have to use the CHAMP system. As well, although not required, charities will be able to file the T3010 under the CHAMP system. READ MORE

CRA to use new mailing address for Registered Charity Information Return (T3010) as of October 8

CRA has announced that they will be changing the mailing address for the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return effective October 8, 2018, but for other correspondence, there is no change in address. READ MORE


Blumbergs’ Receipting Kit for Canadian registered charities - by Mark Blumberg

On September 18, 2018, we held the Blumberg's Fundamentals of Receipting for Canadian Registered Charities in Toronto, with around 120 people registered. We were delighted that there was lots of interest and lots of questions in this area. If you missed this event, or would like more information on receipting, here is our Receipting Kit for 2018.  READ MORE

Upcoming Blumbergs' Events for 2018: 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.