Corporations Canada Permits CNCA Corporations to Amend Articles Online

Today (May 17, 2017) Corporations Canada announced that not-for-profit corporations created under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, (S.C. 2009, c. 23)  (“CNCA”) will be permitted to submit a request online to amend the articles of the corporation. This online service streamlines the process to amend articles. Corporations can access this service through the Online… More

Panel Recommends Charities Be Free to Engage in Public Policy Dialogue

Recently, the Minister of National Revenue (“MNR”), Diane Lebouthillier, released the Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities. The report was prepared by the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities appointed by the Minister in 2016. As you recall, on September 27, 2016 the MNR launched a… More

Three Important Changes Affecting Charities This July

Authored by Philip A.S. Milley, Associate Director Legal Affairs July 1, 2017: CASL Private Right of Action Available  and Stricter Implied Consent Provisions In-Force Changes to Implied Consent Three Important Changes Affecting Charities This July Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (“CASL”) will celebrate its third anniversary since coming into effect on July 1,… More

Charity Highlights of Budget 2017

Authored By Philip A.S. Milley Associate Director, Legal Affairs Today the Hon. Bill Morneau tabled Budget 2017 (the “Budget”). Like Budget 2016, which we previously reviewed, Budget 2017 contains only two minor references to charities. Both references appear at pages 207 – 208 and relate to removing minor tax incentives for certain charitable donations. The first… More

Church Successfully Defends Personal Injury Lawsuit from Volunteer

Authored by Philip A.S. Milley, Associate Director, Legal Affairs All churches at some point require renovations and general maintenance. Many churches wishing to spruce up their premises or cover up tired otherwise outdated paint colours enlist volunteer congregants to do the work. Congregants are generally eager to lend a hand… More

The Ontario Human Rights Commission Provides Guidance on Medical Documentation and Accommodation

Authored by Philip A.S. Milley, Associate Director, Legal Affairs  On February 1, 2017 the Ontario Human Rights Commission (the “OHRC”) published guidance for employers on the type and scope of medical documentation needed to support a disability-related accommodation request. The OHRC policy position can be accessed here (the “OHRC Policy”). While employers… More

CRA Publishes New Page on Cause-Related Marketing

Authored by Philip A.S. Milley, Associate Director of Legal Affairs On February 9, 2017 CRA published guidance on the issue of issuing receipts related to cause-related marketing. The new CRA webpage can be accessed here. According to CRA, cause-related marketing is a fundraising activity where a charity promotes the sale of… More