Throne Speech 2019

Authored by Deina Warren, Associate Director, Legal Affairs What did yesterday’s Speech from the Throne, Moving Forward Together, have to say to charities and Christians? In sum, very little. The only mention of faith comes from the introductory remarks by the Governor General Julie Payette, found prior to the opening… More

Uncertainty surrounds donations of life insurance in BC

Authored by Deina Warren, Associate Director, Legal Affairs Charities in BC are in a state of uncertainty when it comes to accepting donations of life insurance policies. The BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) has apparently notified a charity that accepting or soliciting life insurance policies as donations is trafficking in… More

To Use or Not To Use the Cloud, that is the Question

At a recent conference, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) representatives were asked about cloud storage for books and records. In response, the Director General of the Charities Directorate explained that the CRA is working on an official policy and that the key for charities is to ensure that auditors are able… More

Anti-Racism Action Program Funding

Authored by Deina Warren, Associate Director, Legal Affairs Does your charity address barriers to employment, justice or social participation among religious minorities, Indigenous Peoples or racialized communities? Your organization may be eligible for one-time funding through the federal Anti-Racism Action Program. The program offers funding for projects that align with… More

Registration & Records

By Deina Warren, Associate Director, Legal Affairs Have you switched to digital? If you’re a pen and paper kind of person, you’ll need to exchange your tools for a keyboard and a connection. As of September 30, 2019 organizations applying for charitable registration must use the new online T2050 application… More

Time to Vote! What Employers and Employees Need to Know

Authored by Deina Warren, Associate Director, Legal Affairs Election day is almost here. On October 21st, Canadians will go to the polls to choose the next federal government. According to Elections Canada estimates, voters set a new record at the advance polls this year, with approximately 4.7 million ballots cast…. More