Director of Legal Affairs
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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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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.Read more
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:
- In Dors et al. v The Public Guardian and Trustee, we see how courts can intervene if an estate trustee cannot make a charitable gift as directed by the deceased by directing it to another charity with similar objects.
- In both Fortius Foundation v Canada and Muslim Association of Canada v Attorney General of Canada, we see how difficult it is to prohibit the CRA from issuing a final decision (e.g. on audit findings, revoking charitable status), even if the charity has an open court case on the same subject matter.
- In Grand Forks Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Re), we learn that religious organizations are not exempt from disclosure obligations under BC’s Personal Information Protection Act, and how churches may want to consider forms or templates used by spiritual leaders for note-taking purposes.
- In Leduc Society for Christian Education v The King, we learn that Christian schools may put donation receipts in jeopardy if they enter into agreements with local school boards that effectively result “in their privately operated schools becoming public ones.”
For more, check out the Case Law Summaries section of our Knowledge Base.
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!
- Muslim organizations challenge Quebec's ban on school prayer
- If employees' responsibility and status significantly change, review contracts to ensure termination clauses remain enforceable
- Private Member's Bill C-311 would make violence against pregnant women an aggravating factor in criminal sentencing
- Private Member's Bill C-314 would protect those with mental illness alone from euthanasia (Medical Assistance in Dying).
- A Refresher on Recruitment and Hiring
- If you're interested in being included in the upcoming Canadian Donor's Guide and showcasing your organization, you can add a free basic listing or choose to elevate your presence through their paid options at www.donorsguide.ca
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.
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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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