Charities & Not-for-Profit

Miller Thomson has one of the most sophisticated charities and not-for-profit practices in Canada. We provide voluntary sector organizations with legal services designed to meet all of their needs. We advise Canadian and International organizations on all aspects relevant to their activities including, tax, regulatory matters and cross border funding.  We offer these specialized services in both English and French.

The members of our group have expertise in the particularly complex regulatory income tax regime under which our clients operate. The role we assume is either that of a General Counsel (available to provide an organization with access to a broad range of services and support from other key practices at Miller Thomson), or that of a Special Counsel who provides specialized charity law assistance together with the organization’s usual legal counsel. Our lawyers represent charities successfully in contentious CRA audits. We write text books on charity law, including tax and other regulatory regimes. We also present at all major Canadian legal and sector conferences on charities and not-for-profit issues. Our lawyers are active in government relations on behalf of the charities and not-for-profit sector.

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Sarah Hansen, Troy McEachren and Kristina Shaw named 2018 Zenith Award winners

Miller Thomson Partners Sarah Hansen, Troy McEachren and Kristina Shaw are recipients of the 2018 Lexpert Zenith Awards celebrating Mid-Career Excellence. The Zenith Awards recognize lawyers across the country who excel in their area of law and in social responsibility....

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...

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Miller Thomson earns top rankings in Chambers Canada 2018

Miller Thomson earned a top Band 1 ranking for two practice areas in the 2018 Chambers Canada Guide. Our Charities and Not-For-Profit group is regarded for “its novel and innovative approach to complex matters arising within the charitable and non-profit market,”...

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Susan Manwaring on federal panel of charitable sector experts reporting to Minister of National Revenue

Susan Manwaring served on the five-member Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities that presented its report to the Minister of National Revenue at the end of March 2017, following extensive consultations with the public and the charitable sector. The report...

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Miller Thomson to release comprehensive Federal Budget review on March 22

Our in-depth analysis of the Federal Budget will be released later this week. Corporate tax lawyers Ron Choudhury and Rahul Sharma, and Social Impact lawyer Nicole D’Aoust will be at budget lock-up in Ottawa on March 22 to bring you the latest tax measures...

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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...

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Susan Manwaring named to federal panel examining political activities of charities

Susan Manwaring, lead of the national Social Impact group, has been named to the consultation panel that will make recommendations to Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier in order to clarify the rules governing the involvement of registered charities in political activities. The panel,...

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Miller Thomson renames national practice group to reflect advanced social sector expertise

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Special Edition: MT Federal Budget Review

Miller Thomson’s Tax Group has written a comprehensive review of the 2016 Federal Budget. Our tax lawyers provide insightful review of the Federal Budget’s impact on such issues as International Tax, Business Income Tax, Personal Income Tax, Charities and Not-for-Profit...

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Miller Thomson releases comprehensive Federal Budget review March 22, 2016

Tax lawyers Ron Choudhury, Rahul Sharma and Nicole D’Aoust from Miller Thomson’s Toronto office will be in the Federal Budget Lock-up in Ottawa on March 22nd to bring you the latest news on tax measures included in the 2016 Federal...

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Robert Hayhoe speaks on Charity and Not‐for‐Profit Law

Robert Hayhoe will be presenting on “Ethical Issues for Lawyers Sitting on Charitable or Not-for-Profit Boards” at the 2017 OBA Institute.

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Susan Manwaring speaks on donor issues at CAGP course

Susan Manwaring presents “Emerging Donor Issues” at the Advanced Canadian Gift Planning Course for the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP).

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Andrew Valentine speaks on legal developments in gift planning

Andrew Valentine speaks on “Recent Legal Developments in Gift Planning” at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners’ National Conference.

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Susan Manwaring speaks on alternative financing for charities

Her presentation is for the Canadian Council of Christian Charities 2016 conference.

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Susan Manwaring speaks on social impact bonds

Susan Manwaring co-presents with Grant Monck at the CAGP National Conference on “Social Impact Bonds: A Creative Tool for Advisors, Charities and Government”.

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Susan Manwaring and Martin Rochwerg speak on estate and tax planning

The 2016 Guide to Complex Issues in Estate and Tax Planning is presented by Osgoode Professional Development. Susan Manwaring speaks on “Charitable Donations: What You Need to Know”. Martin Rochwerg is Program Co-Chair.

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Susan Manwaring speaks on social enterprise

Susan Manwaring presents “Social Enterprise: Rethinking Your Organizational Structure” at the CPA Not-for-Profit Financial Executive Forum.

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Susan Manwaring lectures on risk management

Susan Manwaring is an instructor for Imagine Canada’s Standards Program Coach Certificate Course in collaboration with Carleton University.

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Andrew Valentine speaks on charity law

Andrew Valentine is a speaker at the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2016 program on “Current Need-to-Know Topics in Charity Law”.

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Susan Manwaring presents at executive breakfast series on women on boards

Susan Manwaring speaks as part of a panel on “Women on Boards: How to be one” at the Executive Breakfast Series hosted by Women in Film & Television.

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Recent Developments for Charities and Not-for-Profits

Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Group invites you to a complimentary seminar on recent developments and legal updates in the voluntary sector where we will discuss: Federal Update – What’s New? Rules for Directors of Societies and Co-operatives BC Budget –...

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Charity Advocacy and the Canada Revenue Agency. Where Are We Now?

Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Group invites you to its next breakfast seminar at our Montréal office. Topic discussed: The Canada Revenue Agency invited a group experts to make recommendations on changes that could be implemented to the rules that apply to activities...

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Where’s Grandma’s Monet? Advising the Older Donor

Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Group invites you to its next breakfast seminar at our Montréal office. Come learn more and exchange on ethical and legal issues with vulnerable donors. Topic discussed: The decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the...

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Ce que les OBNL doivent savoir sur les taxes foncières et les exemptions

Le groupe Impact social de Miller Thomson vous invite à son deuxième déjeuner-conférence d’une série de quatre. Date : Jeudi 4 mai 2017 Horaire : 8 h à 9 h Réservation obligatoire par courriel : etardif@millerthomson.com L’appellation « Organisme à but non lucratif » (« OBNL ») n’est pas...

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Cybersecurity: Trends and Advice for Charities and Not-for-Profit

Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Group launches its series of breakfast seminars specifically targeting charities, non-profit organizations and social enterprises. Join us for the first breakfast on cybersecurity. **Please note this seminar will be delivered in French. Date: Wednesday, April 5,...

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The New Societies Act in British Columbia: What You Need to Know

On November 28, 2016, the new British Columbia Societies Act comes into force. Our Social Impact Group presents a complimentary seminar where we discuss what you need to know about the new Act, highlight some of the significant changes, and ensure...

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New Corporate Structures for Achieving Social Impact

Susan Manwaring speaks on “New Corporate Structures for Achieving Social Impact” at the 2013 Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary.

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Charities Law Update

Miller Thomson hosts a breakfast seminar covering: Canada’s new anti-spam legislation New CRA rules on political activities for registered charities Update on CRA’s Non-Profit Organization Risk Identification Project BC’s Community Contribution Company legislation – in force July 29, 2013 Location...

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Charities & Not-For-Profit Update

Miller Thomson hosts a breakfast seminar outlining updates in the Charities and Not-for-Profit sector.

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Review of the Budget 2011 Proposals

The Miller Thomson Charities Group hosts a breakfast seminar reviewing Budget 2011 proposals. This is a repeat of our June 9, 2011 seminar.

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Ontario Court Strikes Down Limits on Non-partisan Political Advocacy by Charities

An Ontario court decision rendered on July 16th may completely change the rules about political advocacy by Canadian charities.  The decision struck down the law limiting a charity’s non-partisan political activities. This affects every Canadian charity hoping to get public...

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Canadian Income Tax on US Charities

How does a US charity make sure that it does not pay Canadian tax?  By applying for an exemption letter from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). In Canada, only a charity that is a Canadian registered charity is exempt generally...

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GDPR Compliance for Canadian Organizations

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) came into force on May 25 of this year. While the GDPR has been a hot topic for some time in Europe, it has only recently begun to hit the radar...

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Susan Manwaring comments on Ontario court ruling regarding political activities of charities

The Narwhal, "The unmuzzling of Canadian charities"

The article discusses the Canadian Revenue Agency’s longstanding rule that limits the amount a Canadian charity can devote to political activities to 10% of its resources. An Ontario judge recently ruled this was infringement on the constitutional right to free...

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30 Months in Jail for Facilitating False Donation Tax Scheme

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has just upheld the conviction and 30-month jail sentence of a tax return preparer who facilitated false charitable donation claims.  The Court in R. v. Ajise considered a situation where Mr. Ajise prepared tax...

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Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Decision to Deny Accreditation to Trinity Western University Law School

On June 15, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada released its much-anticipated decisions in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada (2018 SCC 33) and Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University (2018 SCC 32).  The...

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B.C. Considers Benefit Corporations

British Columbia may become the first province in Canada to pass legislation that provides for the creation of “benefit corporations.” Benefit corporations are different from the typical for-profit business corporation in that they must be mandated to conduct business for...

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What’s Happening

Karima Kanani presented on the topic: “Transformation Governance: Best Practices for Boards Engaged in Health System Renewal” at the Alliance for Healthier Communities, Health Equity Action and Transformation Conference in Toronto, ON on June 13, 2018.

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Forewarned is Forearmed: Questions You Should Ask Before Joining A Board of Directors

Joining the board of a charity or a non-profit organization (“NPO”) can be an enriching and mutually rewarding experience. Whether orientation of new board members is approached informally or formally, both the organization and the new director should be sure...

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Legal Issues for Charities and NPOs on Social Media Networks

Maintaining a social media presence can be a huge asset for charities and non-profits as they pursue their missions and mandates. These networks are powerful tools that can be used to reach wider audiences, increase brand awareness and outreach and...

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Health minister announces groundbreaking federally-funded social impact bond

Counsel to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

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Christian Horizons and Menno Homes amalgamate

Counsel to Christian Horizons

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Top Ranked Practice

Miller Thomson is recognized as a top-ranking Band 1 firm for Charities and Not-For-Profit in the 2018 Chambers Canada Guide.

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Social Impact Newsletter

Read the latest issue of Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Newsletter

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