Unexpected Changes to Charity Registration Process

Today, June 20, 2017, Tony Manconi, Director General of the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) Charities Directorate, announced the introduction of three minor changes that will affect charity registration starting on July 1, 2017. The three minor changes include: Draft Documents: The Charities Directorate will no longer review applications that are submitted… More

CASL Private Right of Action Suspended

We previously discussed the important changes to Canada’s anti-spam regime that are due to be introduced on July 1, 2017. Specifically, we reported that individual complainants will be permitted a private right of action pursuant to s. 47 and 48 of CASL, which would allow individuals to initiate court proceedings to seek redress for… More

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