Digital Services for Charities

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has launched new digital services for charities through My Business Account (MyBA). Your organization can apply for charitable registration, complete and file an Information Return (T3010), update your charity’s information and opt for digital correspondence with CRA. To get your organization set up, see the instructions… More

Lobbying in PEI? Be Sure to Comply with the Registration Act

Prince Edward Island recently enacted lobbying legislation, becoming the final Canadian province to require reporting on lobbying activities. The Lobbyists Registration Act, RSPEI c L-16.01 impacts not only businesses but also voluntary organizations, charitable organizations, coalitions, interest groups, and not-for-profit corporations. The change in PEI is a good reminder for… More

Updated Lobbying Guidance

The Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada recently released updated guidance on how to mitigate conflicts of interest regarding preferential access, political activities and gifts. Rules 7 and 8 of the Code relate to preferential access and prohibit lobbyists from activities that would create a sense of obligation… More

Free CRA Charities Information Sessions

Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Directorate is offering free in-person charities information sessions. The sessions are being held in May and June as well as September and October. The sessions are approximately 3 hours long and will cover topics such as receiving gits and issuing receipts, gifting to qualified donees, keeping… More

The 2019 Federal Budget Highlights

The 2019 Federal Budget addressed several areas of concern involving charities. Few of these measures will affect our membership. You may read the budget in full here. For your easy reference we note the following three points. Social Finance Fund The government reiterated its 2018 Fall Economic Statement wherein it… More

Political Activity and Form T3010

In light of recent changes to the guidelines for charities involved in “public policy discussions and development activities” (PPDDA), CRA has released updated instructions for filling out Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return. Charities now have less to report when it comes to political advocacy or involvement. CRA will provide… More