Innovation and the Charitable Sector

The merger of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation  announced on February 1, 2017 has been welcomed by many.  The hope is that by  joining forces  the two organizations can have greater impact on cancer research and support programs. For those who lament the large number of charities in Canada and […]

For Charities, Partisanship Could be Dangerous Sailing

In the debate over the role of charities in the public policy process it is sometimes suggested that there ought to be no constraints on what political activity groups are allowed to undertake. Occasionally, commentators even assert charities should be allowed to participate in party politics. Among the less remarked of Donald Trump’s comments during […]

Keeping at Arm’s Length

Recent events, particularly the controversy in Alberta over the dealings of Trinity Christian School Association and various people and organizations connected with the Association, make a review of the question of charities and non-arm’s length transactions timely. So that’s the subject of this column. The Trinity Christian School Association matter surfaced in the context of […]

Political Activities Update for Charities

The much-anticipated work on reviewing the guidance and rules around what political activities Canadian registered charities can undertake has now been begun. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently announced that it will hold a consultation on that topic. The consultation will be both online and in-person. The consultation will consider, among other things, awareness of […]

Prevention and Relief of Poverty

A couple of years ago, the refusal of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to allow Oxfam Canada to include prevention of poverty in its objects if it wanted to retain its status as a registered charity drew widespread press attention.  The CRA took the position that relief or alleviation of poverty was a recognized charitable […]

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