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Canadian Charity Law List

September 2019

FEATURED

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Institute 2019

Join us on Monday October 7, 2019 in Toronto for the 8th Annual Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Institute.  This is little over a week away.  We will be featuring a number of speakers covering different legal and compliance issues affecting Canadian charities and non-profits.  We have now posted the full agenda of topics and speakers on our website.  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, register hereREAD MORE


ONCA - does no update mean no ONCA?

I have been asking the Ontario government for months for an update on whether ONCA is coming into force and when.   On September 25, 2019 I received a short note from the Policy and Business Law Unit of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS).  They noted "Thank you for your inquiry to the ministry regarding the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA).  The ministry is working to bring ONCA into force as early as possible."  In January 2019 they noted "The ministry is continuing to work to bring the ONCA into force as early as possible with a target of early 2020".[my emphasis] Note they seem to be omitting the part about targeting early 2020.  I guess we are supposed to read the tea leaves - does that mean that it will be coming in early 2020, some other time or not coming in at all.  Your guess is as good as anyone.  You can read the rest of the article. READ MORE


Just launched our 3rd online course “Fundraising from Canada: A course for groups outside of Canada”

We have just launched our 3rd online course - this one is entitled "Fundraising from Canada: A course for groups outside of Canada".   It is geared towards those outside of Canada thinking about fundraising in Canada and the options for structures that will assist including establishing a Canadian registered charity.    READ MORE


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

We have created two other 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


CRA announces that it will still accept paper charity applications until September 30, 2019

CRA is encouraging non-profits that want to apply to become registered charities to use their new CHAMP system for the application process.   They recently made an announcement that they will still however accept paper applications using the old Form T2050 until September 30, 2019.   It is not clear whether they will not accept paper applications after that date or if they really want you to use CHAMP but they will accept a newer paper form called the T1789 (E) 19 for those who cannot access the CHAMP system.  We will see.  No doubt it is better for CRA and obtaining a timely response from CRA to use the online system but in light of the current challenges that some are having with that system they may still for a while continue to accept paper applications even if it slows down the process. We have been using a mix of online and paper applications depending on the client and whether they can authorize our firm to access their RR number on CHAMP. READ MORE


Elections Canada updates guide on political financing and third party registration

Elections Canada in late August 2019 updated their guide Political Financing Handbook for Third Parties Financial Agents and Auditors, which updates the last version of the guide which was published in June 2019. Canadian non-profits and registered charities can be involved in the pre-election and election period, however, there are rules that they need to follow in certain circumstances. If your entity is invovled in the pre-election and election period, you should consult the guide to ensure you are following those rules.  READ MORE


Tyee opinion piece “Why Environmental Groups’ Attack on Elections Canada Is Wrong, and Dangerous”

The Tyee, an online magazine, recently posted an opinion piece by Tom McMahon entitled "Why Environmental Groups’ Attack on Elections Canada Is Wrong, and Dangerous".  It is a very thoughtful piece from an individual who has a good understanding of electoral regulation.  It cautions that the attack on Elections Canada was wrong and dangerous and that we must be careful what we ask for.  It discusses changes in the US that led to a less than desirable political situation south of the border and he asks some environmentalists to "consider the dangerous door they are opening". READ MORE


CRA

Making sense of CRAs new online Canadian charity application system

CRA in June 2019 brought in a new charity application system under their CHAMP modernization program.  Here is our article Making sense of CRAs new online Canadian charity application system which discusses the new system and also provides a paper copy of the questions on the new system. Some people, including professional advisors, have had challenges with the new system and hopefully this article will be of assistance. 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.  READ MORE


MISCELLANEOUS

CANADALAND Podcast on charities, political activities and the upcoming Federal election

CANADALAND recently had a podcast which dealt with a number of topics but one of them was charities, political activities, Elections Canada and the upcoming Federal election. The podcast was called "#227 Scandal? What Scandal?". In the podcast Jesse Brown is joined by Sandy Garossino, a former Crown prosecutor and columnist for the National Observer.  The discussion on charities and political activities takes place around 25:08 minutes in. READ MORE


Canadian Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg

Here is our 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

Upcoming Blumbergs' Events for 2019: 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