Natasha Smith is a member of the Social Impact Group, with a practice dedicated to providing practical legal advice to charities and non-profits, exclusively. In an effort to ensure that these organizations achieve their missions and mandates successfully, Natasha assists these entities with a variety of matters including corporate governance and tax compliance.
Natasha’s practice focuses on helping her clients to determine the best structure for their organization and to navigate the complex regulatory environment in which they operate. Specifically, she provides tailored advice on various issues including incorporation and charitable registration, operating in foreign jurisdictions, structuring complex gift agreements, reporting, and general compliance under legislation governing the voluntary sector. Natasha has experience structuring merger and asset-transfer transactions between non-share capital corporations, advising on social enterprise and social finance ventures, and facilitating corporate re-organizations.
Natasha received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Windsor, where she was actively involved in the city’s legal community. Natasha served as a project supervisor for Pro Bono Students Canada where she led a team of students in providing not-for-profit entities with assistance in their corporate governance needs.
Prior to commencing her law degree, Natasha received a B.A. in communications from the University of Calgary.
- New Developments Encourage Proactive Tax Planning, Your Guide to Charitable Giving & Estate Planning, November, 2015
- Charity as a Vehicle for Social Enterprise, The Social Entrepreneur, co-authored with Kate Lazier November 26, 2015
- 2014 Primer for Donors, Taxes and Wealth Management, Issue 7-5, November, 2014
- Proposed Changes to Charitable Gifts by Will, Taxes and Wealth Management, Issue 7-4, co-authored with Andrew Valentine, October, 2014
- CRA Reports on its Non-Profit Organization Risk Identification Project, Ontario Bar Association’s Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section newsletter, May, 2014
- Pro Bono Counsel, Black Law Students’ Association of Canada
- Pro Bono Counsel, Ryerson Pro Bono Legal Clinic
- Supervising Lawyer, Ryerson Law and Development Course
- Project Supervisor, Pro Bono Students Canada
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association: Charities/Not-for-Profit and Taxation Law Sections
- Canadian Association of Gift Planners
- Charity Law Association (UK)
- Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 2013
- J.D., University of Windsor, 2012
- B.A. (communications), University of Calgary, 2007
Miller Thomson partners on first federally-funded social impact bond
On October 28, 2016, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott MP, along with Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (“HSFC”) and MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, announced Canada’s first ever federally-funded social impact bond (“SIB”). A SIB is...
Miller Thomson lawyers speak at Law Society’s Business Law Summit
Jennifer Babe chairs the Law Society’s 7th Annual Business Law Summit at which she will present her paper on Business Law Reform in Ontario. Natasha Smith speaks on Social Enterprise and Social Financing.
Andrew Valentine, Karen Durell and Natasha Smith present on CASL
Andrew Valentine, Karen Durell and Natasha Smith speak on “Navigating CASL – A Fundraiser’s Guide” at the AFP Congress 2015.
Susan Manwaring, Natasha Smith and Andrew Valentine act as advisors at the Community Finance Solutions Lab at the Social Finance Forum hosted by MaRS.
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The ONCA – Projected Proclamation Date Announced!
The Ontario Government has announced that it plans to proclaim the Ontario Not-for-profit Corporations Act (“ONCA”) into force in early 2020. Once in force, the ONCA will replace the Corporations Act (Ontario) – the statute currently governing non-profits incorporated in...
Cutting Red Tape Act Now in Force
As previously reported, Bill 154, The Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 (the “Act”), proposed a number of changes to the Ontario Corporations Act (see here for summary) as well as the Charities Accounting Act (see here for summary). Many of these changes were proposed to come into force on...
Nicole D’Aoust and Natasha Smith presented at the AFP Congress 2017 on the topic: “You Can Donate That?! Non-traditional Gifts that can Make a Big Difference” in Toronto, ON on November 21, 2017. Kathryn Frelick and Karima Kanani presented a webcast...
CRA Provides Updates and Guidance for Internal Divisions
An internal division is a branch, section, parish, congregation or other division of a Canadian registered charity (the head body) that is permitted to receive and receipt donations on its own behalf. Although it has its own charitable registration number,...
Restricted Gifts – What Happens When the Condition of the Gift Can No Longer Be Fulfilled?
Donors frequently provide gifts to charities to be used for a specific purpose or toward specific programs/initiatives. These gifts are commonly referred to as restricted gifts and, by accepting such gifts, charities are obliged to apply the gift pursuant to...
Coming Together for the Greater Good – Practical Tips for Effecting a Successful Merger
There are over 86,000 registered charities in Canada operating in a rapidly changing sector. Difficulty fundraising, the desire to expand services, donor demand, and contingent government funding are just some of the factors prompting Canadian charities to consider a merger....
Last Chance to Transition Under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Corporations Canada) has announced that all federally incorporated non-profits are required to receive their certificates of continuance by July 31, 2017. Corporations that fail to transition by that date, including registered charities, will...
CRA Publishes First Ever Report on the Charities Program 2015-2016 – Summary and Commentary
On December 30, 2016, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) published its Report on the Charities Program 2015-2016 (the “Report”). Referred to by Bob Hamilton, Commissioner of the CRA, as a “means for CRA to improve its own transparency” on the...
CRA Releases New Administrative Form for Updating Director, Trustee and Like Official Information
Registered charities are required to keep current the information recorded with the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”). Specifically, registered charities are required to update CRA with respect to changes made to any of the following: legal name; legal status; purposes; bylaws;...
Government of Canada and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Unite for Impact Investing
This October, Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Jane Philpott MP, along with Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (“HSFC”) and MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, announced Canada’s first ever federally-funded social impact bond (“SIB”). A SIB is an investment...
Health minister announces groundbreaking federally-funded social impact bond
Counsel to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Christian Horizons and Menno Homes amalgamate
Counsel to Christian Horizons