JUNE 2023
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Deina Warren
Director of Legal Affairs

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Your ministry has a unique and important mission that deserves effective representation in the sector. As the Director of Legal Affairs, I want to assure you that our team is committed to helping you fulfill your mission by advocating for policies and practices that create a more favourable environment for your organization to operate in. We understand that legal, financial, and operational challenges can arise, which is why we share the latest developments in the Charitable Sector Updates section of our Bulletin, our Noteworthy blog, and through our webinars. We also provide the Legal Affairs Update to keep you informed about our ongoing work and broad issues impacting the sector. By staying informed, you can be better equipped to navigate any challenges or complexities that may arise. 

Do you still have questions about the new rules on qualifying disbursements and how they may impact your organization? To help you comply with these changes, we have updated our online fillable T3010 form. This tool is available for free to CCCC members and can make the filing process easier for you. By using our updated form, you can ensure that your disbursements are properly reported and that you are in compliance with the latest regulations. We understand that filing can be a challenging process, but we are here to support you and make it as easy as possible.   

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CCCC's updated T3010 tool

CCCC offers a CRA-approved fillable, saveable T3010 form to help you complete your Registered Charity Information Return. It's freshly updated with the accompanying schedules for Directors/Trustees Worksheet (T1235), Qualified Donees Worksheet (T1236), and the Qualifying Disbursements: Grants to Non-Qualified Donees Worksheet (T1441). We also include helpful information pop-ups and validation checks to reduce errors when completing your return.

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New Court Decision Summaries for 2023

Most charities do not regularly find themselves applying as interveners in court. This makes good sense! Charities are busy fulfilling their charitable purposes through a wide range of activities and have neither time nor inclination to go to court. That’s where CCCC plays an important role. With in-house counsel, a national perspective, and a Legal Defence Fund with the specific purpose of engaging in legal matters that impact our members, we are well-positioned to intervene in important court cases. The decision in Le-Vel Brands, LLC v. Canada illustrates the strict approach courts take toward interventions, particularly in the federal courts. It’s also a helpful reminder to all of us that even if CCCC “without question” has a genuine interest in the matter, and has useful perspectives, that’s not necessarily enough–all elements of the stringently applied test must be met.

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Reading Financial Statements for Boards and Leaders

Are you a charity board member or ministry leader who is expected to make decisions based on financial statements but would benefit from a fuller understanding of what those statements mean? We've added our recent webinar on reading financial statements to our knowledge base. This featured resource will help you interpret financial documents, understand key terms, and provide you with knowledge to carry out your fiduciary and leadership duties. You can also download the slides and a handout.

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Spring Cleaning in the CCCC Knowledge Base

CCCC’s Knowledge Base has been active for almost two-and-a-half years! So, we’ve learned what our Members use and what they don’t. Now, we’re putting more effort into cleaning things up so that our information is easy to find and search results are focused! We’ve created a 4-minute video about the ins and outs of CCCC's resource archiving process. This video shares why certain resources might not appear in our Knowledge Base search, or side navigation menu. It shares how the resources you know and love are being updated or included in new topics. Take a look at how we are keeping our records fresh and clean.

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Help CCCC Advocate for and Empower Christian Charities in Canada!

As a Christian charity in Canada, you deserve to be heard and represented well. With your support, CCCC's Legal Defence Fund can be an influential voice on your behalf, advocating for your rights and interests. Together, we can make a difference and strengthen the Christian charitable sector in Canada. Donate now and be a part of this critical mission!

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Charitable Sector Updates
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Reporting Qualifying Disbursements

Has your charity made any grants under the new qualifying disbursements rules? If you're not sure what this means, recent changes to the Income Tax Act (ITA) allow charities to make "qualifying disbursements" (grants) to "non-qualified donees" (non charities). The ITA requires charities to report grant-making activity, and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently updated the T3010 and issued a new Schedule T1441 for this purpose. CCCC has already revised our fillable T3010 and received the go-ahead from CRA, so you it’s ready for you to use! If you’ve already filed your T3010, you don’t have to refile. If you have yet to file, you’ll have to use the updated forms.

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Case Law Summaries

An important (but unseen!) part of our work in keeping up to date on the charitable sector is to monitor court decisions. While our legal team enjoys this, we know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so we write summaries that highlight the key issues, legal analysis and explain how it impacts you, our members. For example:

For more, check out the Case Law Summaries section of our Knowledge Base.

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Quick Picks

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CCCC staff are constantly reading news, reports, and other resources to stay on top of developments in the charitable sector. We think you'll find these picks helpful!


Stewardship of Your Ministry's Investments

Would you like to learn how to make the most of your ministry's capital investments while responsibly stewarding your resources? If so, join us at CCCC’s webinar "Stewardship of Your Ministry's Investments". During this webinar, we'll explain how investments can align with Christian values and generate steady returns for ministries over time. Click here to register.

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Other notable upcoming events

June 7, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET - Critical Illness Coverage Information Session


Congratulations to our Accredited Members!

Congratulations to the following Accredited Members who recently participated in a scheduled field review and demonstrated their ongoing commitment to CCCC Accreditation standards: Arrow Leadership International Ministries, Eston College, LAMP, and Salaam Ministries. We are proud to have you as part of our Accredited Member community!

To find out more about CCCC Accreditation and our Accredited members, visit giveconfidently.ca.

recent blog posts

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CRA Updates T3010, Adds New Form T1441, for Qualifying Disbursements

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BC Societies Act Amendments, Part II

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Rescheduled CRA Books & Records Webinar

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Recording Pastoral Visit Details For Liability Purposes

Users are discussing the merits of keeping records of pastoral visits and shared their best practices. For legal and liability reasons, what should a church board ask of its staff around tracking pastoral visits while still holding true to pastoral confidentiality. Feel free to scroll through this helpful topics and submit your own thoughts and ideas.

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Mileage Reimbursement

CRA has recently adjusted its recommended mileage reimbursement rates and users discuss how they manage this reimbursement (and others) in their own ministries. Feel free to join the discussion and find out what others are doing as well as letting users know how you manage some of the reimbursements to paid and unpaid staff.

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Electronic Giving Using Terminals in Churches

Users discuss the merits of using electronic tools to collect money for event tickets and other sales, but also collecting offerings. As more and more people carry less and less cash with them, users share their experiences using credit/debit/digital and mobile wallets while still maintaining appropriate books and records. Follow the discussion for best practices and maybe even share a few of your own.

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A Pro When You Need One

The professionals listed in our Professional Associates Directory provide services to charities and practice in four general areas: law, accounting, insurance, and consulting.

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Canadian Centre for Christian Charities


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(519) 669-5137

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