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MAY 2024
BULLETIN
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Nick Lall
Head of Group Benefits, Member Support Team

What's Inside:

This month's Bulletin provides valuable insights with our T3010 filing webinar and highlights significant updates to our "Employee Benefits and Deductions" resources in the Knowledge Base. Some new additions include an overview of types of Group Health Benefit plans, a refreshed Private Health Services plans page (including Administrative Services Only plans & Healthcare and Lifestyle Spending Accounts), and a new employer's guide to reviewing non-salary compensation (health insurance, pensions, allowances, etc.) for staff. 

CCCC plan members will note that this month, we added Critical Illness coverage as an employer-paid addition to the plan - our Critical Illness section in our Group Benefits Taxability chart for insurance premiums has been updated for those opting for employee-paid premiums instead. You may be interested in learning that we've also enhanced our Group Employee Benefits plan to add Healthcare Savings Accounts (HSAs) as an optional benefit for participating employers. If you're looking into how CCCC's coverage can support your employee stewardship goals, we welcome you to request a no-obligation quote.

Additionally, CCCC's advocacy efforts with the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program are reflected in the recent HUMA Committee report on CSJ. We are encouraged that the report cites our recommendations and concerns as we pursue religious freedom and fairness.

To read these updates and more, continue reading the Bulletin below!   

FEATURED MEMBER RESOURCES
Employee Benefits

Enhance Your Mission: Master Employee Benefits With CCCC's Updated Resources

Explore the updated Employee Benefits and Deductions category, which includes new articles on initiating and evaluating employee benefits packages. Tailored for leaders and administrators of Christian charities in Canada, this resource provides crucial insights into managing employee compensation's legal, fiscal, and practical aspects. Whether your charity is new to administering payroll or looking to enhance your benefits package, this guide will assist you in planning and managing employee benefits in a way that aligns with your organization's mission. It also offers strategies to optimize tax implications and payroll practices effectively. Stay tuned for the final updates coming in June 2024.

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Stay Informed and Compliant: Discover and Explore the CCCC Legal Education Collection

Explore the latest court rulings impacting Christian charities with four new additions to the CCCC Legal Education Collection. These summaries give an overview of critical issues such as governance, corporate membership, procedural fairness, and tax assessments, providing a deeper understanding of the legal landscape. Members can access these summaries anytime through our Knowledge Base to better navigate legal challenges and ensure their practices comply with current standards. Make sure your organization stays informed and compliant by visiting our collection today.

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Ministering Across Borders: Your Guide to Extra-Provincial Registration in Canada

Were you planning to expand your organization into another Canadian province or territory? It's essential to understand extra-provincial registration. Our guide offers key insights into when, where, and how to register your organization outside its original jurisdiction, helping you avoid potential legal issues. Learn about the processes, costs, and maintenance required to maintain registration. Check out this new resource for a comprehensive overview, including links to legislation and government websites.

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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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Review Your Health Benefits Coverage Today - Request a Free Quote

Explore the new coverage options available in CCCC's Group Health Benefits plans, including Critical Illness coverage and Healthcare Savings Accounts, designed to enhance your organization's employee benefits strategy and provide comprehensive employee coverage and care!

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Charitable Sector Updates
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CCCC Concerns and Recommendations Reflected in CSJ Report

In our February Bulletin, we shared CCCC’s written brief on the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program, which we submitted to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) in Fall 2023.

CCCC is pleased that many of our concerns and recommendations were quoted in HUMA’s CSJ report, recently tabled in the House of Commons.

The HUMA committee noted our concern about timely funding notification, which was "overwhelmingly" shared by others. Our idea of multi-year funding was mentioned, as was our recommendation that employers have more flexibility to structure the length of summer contracts to suit employee and program needs.

CCCC also expressed deep concern about how the attestation has been applied to many faith-based organizations in ways that raise Charter concerns. The main report cites some of our recommendations that we believe, would bring transparency to the CSJ application process. For example, publicizing when program officers conduct their own research on an applicant and publicizing the standards or indicators that prompt a program officer to ask for additional information about an applicant's hiring process.

While the main report quotes our concerns, it does not make recommendations to alleviate them, nor does it make recommendations proposed by other groups that could further exclude religious applicants.

The dissenting report urges officials in charge of CSJ to specifically take into consideration feedback from faith-based organizations, who serve "such an important role" in delivering the CSJ program. The dissent also highlights "serious concerns around religious freedom and fairness," referencing our concern that faith-based organizations are often subject to additional scrutiny.

CCCC is encouraged that our submissions have been read, discussed, and reflected in both the main and dissenting reports. We will continue to advocate for religious freedom and fairness in the CSJ program at every opportunity. 

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Federal Budget 2024

Federal Budget 2024 proposes some important changes for charities. Most of the changes are found in the Tax Measures: Supplementary Information document, and they include updating requirements for charitable donation receipts, revising the Charitable Donation Tax Credit to 80% from 50% under the Alternative Minimum Tax, allowing CRA to send electronic notices, enhancing CRA's information-gathering powers. For more on these and other proposals relevant to charities, check out our blog post, Federal Budget 2024: Charity Highlights.

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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!

Upcoming
Events

Completing the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return

May 22, 2024 | 2:00pm ET   Completing the T3010 Registered Charity Information Return

Join our CCCC webinar on May 22 for a thorough walkthrough of the T3010 submission process, highlighting common errors and new 2024 form elements. This 75-minute session, perfect for beginners and those needing a refresher, includes a structured presentation and Q&A segment. 

Other Notable Upcoming Events

May 1, 2024 | 2:00 pm ET    Accreditation Information Session

Is your ministry interested in becoming Accredited by CCCC? Join our next online information session on May 1 to learn about the process to meet the Standards of Accountability and why it can be a strategic next step for your ministry. Click here to register

CCCC ACCREDITATION

Congratulations to Our Accredited Members!

Congratulations to the following Accredited Members who recently participated in an Accreditation Review and demonstrated their ongoing commitment to CCCC Accreditation standards: InterAct Ministries, Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada, and M2W2 Association. We are proud to have you as part of our Accredited Member community!

To learn more about CCCC Accreditation and our Accredited Members, visit giveconfidently.ca.

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THE GREEN: GROWING MINISTRY CONNECTIONS & CONVERSATIONS
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Clergy Residence Deduction

It must be tax time because there are many conversations in the Green right now on tax-related issues for charities! If you're curious, want to learn more or get tips and hacks from others, this is your topic! CCCC also hosted two webinars this month, Clergy Residence Deduction - Eligibility and The Clergy Residence Deduction – Payroll Administration. There is also a helpful blog on recent CRA changes to the T1223 online too. Enjoy a cup of coffee and sit down for all these great resources!

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Mexico Church Plant - How To Support From Canada

Charities are always looking for meaningful ways to fulfill one of the CRA-sanctioned purposes—helping people experiencing poverty. Often, these opportunities are in different countries. This topic is a discussion around how to do that and stay onside with the CRA. Some charity leaders who have been doing so for a long time offer tips and best practices. Of course, there are links to new guidance from CRA—CG002 (2021).

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Pastoral Meals Policy - What Is Reasonable?

Reasonable is a word often used throughout CRA policy documents, but what is 'reasonable' is often in the eye of the beholder! This topic allows Green users to share experiences and practices (and even some policy ideas) around how to offer staff reimbursements or allowances while staying onside with CRA. There is lots of discussion around the CRA guidances on this as well. There are even some shared resources from CCCC's Knowledge Base that can provide good parameters here.

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