JUNE 2024
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Deina Warren
Director of Legal Affairs

What's Inside:

In June's Bulletin, we are excited to highlight CCCC's ongoing collaboration with regulatory authorities and our continued effort to equip our members with vital knowledge and resources.

Our Advocacy in Action: CCCC is honoured to announce another term representing you on Canada Revenue Agency's Technical Issues Working Group (TIWG). This partnership allows us to voice and address your concerns, shaping policies that impact the charitable sector's mission and operations. Our recent Legal Affairs Update is available here.

Below is a link to all of CCCC's recorded webinars, the Knowledge Base! Spanning a decade, these recorded webinars offer CCCC knowledge and guidance on essential charity management topics. They are a treasure trove for education and online learning!

Stay ahead with our new financial, operational, and HR records retention resource. The Records Retention Reference Table outlines key timeframes and provides references across Canada. It is a must-visit for ensuring your organization's compliance and good governance.

Understanding privacy legislation can be challenging. Our overview distills federal and provincial regulations into an accessible format, guiding charities through the nuances of personal information management.

Enjoy the June Bulletin, and thank you for your ongoing membership with us!   

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CCCC Webinars Are Now Linked to the Knowledge Base

Check out the CCCC webinar collection in the Knowledge Base, where you can find links to recorded webinars from the past ten years. Learn from Christian accountants, lawyers, HR practitioners, and other Canadian ministry experts, and explore topics crucial for running a charity in a constantly changing regulatory environment. Easily access new webinars and refer back to sessions you attended before. Use this collection to support your charity's professional development and ongoing education. Some webinars may qualify for continuing education credits. Confirm eligibility with your professional association.

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A Quick Reminder on Financial, Operational, and HR Records Retention Periods

The Records Retention Reference Table provides guidelines for retaining and storing various organizational records. It suggests specific retention periods for financial, operational, and human resources records. Additionally, it includes reference links to provincial employment standards legislation and resources for employers. Visit the page to ensure your organization complies with these important guidelines.

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Understanding Privacy Legislation: Federal and Provincial Overview

This resource page provides comprehensive links to the various oversight bodies for public sector, private sector, and health information privacy laws. It helps CCCC members easily locate the provincial and federal acts governing the collection, management, storage, and use of personal information in Canada. Additionally, it offers links to Privacy Commission decisions that affect charities. Visit the page to access these valuable resources and ensure your organization complies with privacy legislation.

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What's New in the Knowledge Base?

The CCCC Knowledge Base is continually growing and improving. This page showcases significant updates to the site and resources and includes a link to our comprehensive record of changes dating back to 2020.

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MAXIMIZE YOUR membership
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Secure Your Ministry Staff's Future with CCCC's Pension Plan

Offer your employees the gift of stability in retirement. The CCCC Multi-Employer Pension Plan is tailored for Christian ministry staff, providing them with options for financial security in retirement. Trusted since 1982, managed by experts, and open to all Affiliate and Accredited Members. Learn more about this CCCC Member program.

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Charitable Sector Updates
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Did You Know That CCCC Has Been Your Advocate in the Courts for Over Three Decades?

Beginning in the early 1990s, CCCC took part in cases related to religious hiring, clergy residence deduction, private school donations, GST assessments, employment insurance, membership in religious associations, education, and religious freedom. CCCC participated in these cases primarily as an intervenor, spanning provincial human rights tribunals to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC). Taking the clergy residence deduction case as an example, our efforts helped clarify tax regulations, ensuring thousands of clergy members across Canada could continue their vital services without undue financial burden. This is just one example of how our legal involvement directly supports and benefits the communities and members we serve.

What is an intervenor?

An intervenor brings a broader perspective to the court than the parties. An intervenor does not support one party or another or take a position on the outcome. Instead, an intervenor focuses on a particular legal issue, providing helpful and important context and views to the court that differ from the parties. Intervenors must walk a fine line between presenting something unique and helpful to the court and not expanding the case. Judges have discretion to allow or refuse interventions in any particular case, and the outcome of an application to intervene is never guaranteed.

When does CCCC intervene?

CCCC intervenes in cases that raise an issue of significant national or provincial importance, are relevant to member organizations, impact the legal and regulatory environment in which faith-based charities operate, and relate to the importance of advancing religion and other charitable purposes. We are committed to monitoring new and upcoming court cases to discern whether CCCC should intervene. We will keep you informed if and when CCCC is granted intervenor status in any future case. 

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CCCC Invited for Another Term with CRA's Technical Issues Working Group

We are pleased to share that CCCC has been invited back to participate in the Canada Revenue Agency's Technical Issues Working Group (TIWG) for the next two-year term. The TIWG meets to discuss forthcoming guidance and existing documents, challenges, and successes with CRA programs and platforms, and to raise emerging or long-standing issues that need attention. By having a seat at the table, we ensure that your interests and the interests of charities across Canada are voiced and considered in the crafting of policies that directly affect the mission and effectiveness of our work.

We are also pleased to be regularly invited to meetings of sector representatives, legal professionals, regulators and experts to discuss issues of significance to the charitable sector, including CRA guidance documents. These four-day meetings give time for in-depth discussions and exchange of ideas that have led to good results for the sector. In the past year, CCCC attended two consultations, including one on the new charity registration process. 

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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!


Financial Statements Part 1: Preparing Financial Statements

June 19, 2024 | noon ET   Part 1: Preparing Financial Statements

This CCCC webinar is ideal for financial administrators or treasurers who are responsible for preparing their charity's financial statements. In this session, Curtis Towns will offer a beginner-level overview of essential documents, such as the Statement of Financial Position and Statement of Operations, illustrated with a basic financial statement example. 

Financial Statements Part 2: Evaluating Financial Statements

June 19, 2024 | 2:00 pm ET   Part 2: Evaluating Financial Statements

This webinar is tailored for senior leaders, board members, or finance committees involved in reviewing or auditing their charity's financial documents. This session will focus on analyzing a completed set of basic financial statements, exploring their interconnections, the narratives they reveal, and strategies for effective evaluation.


Congratulations to Our Accredited Members!

Congratulations to the following Accredited Members who have recently participated in an Accreditation Review and demonstrated their ongoing commitment to CCCC Accreditation standards: ShareWord Global & Lakeview Free Methodist Church. 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.

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Completing The T3010 Registered Charity Information Return

Green users continue the conversation about a recent CCCC webinar on completing the annual T3010. This space provides an opportunity for users to continue asking questions after time ran out or provide space for tuning in to the webinars after the live event and benefitting from the follow-up discussion that took place.

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