Category Archives: Charity law and policy

Charity Highlights of Budget 2016

The 2016 Federal Budget tabled in the House of Commons by the Hon. Bill Morneau has two references to charities. The first deals with the donations of real estate and shares of private corporations.  The 2015 Budget proposed to provide, beginning in 2017, an income tax exemption for capital gains… More

Minister of National Revenue Announces Winding Down of Political Activities Audit Program for Charities

On January 20, 2016, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue (“MNR”), announced that the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) will be winding down the political activities audit program of registered charities. The news release acknowledged the critical role that charities play in Canadian society and their valuable contribution to… More

Federal Government to Match Charitable Donations towards Relief of Syrian Crisis

Authored by Nevena Urosevic, Associate Director of Legal Affairs On September 12, 2015, the Government of Canada announced the creation of the Syrian Emergency Relief Fund. The Government has promised to match every dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities, up to $100 million, in order to bring… More