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Susan Manwaring appointed to Government of Canada’s Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector!

Today, the Minister of National Revenue announced the complete formation of the federal government’s Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector.  The government’s decision to create this Committee is a landmark development for the charitable sector in Canada.  The purpose of...

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Ways to Maintain Proper Books and Records

A recent Tax Court of Canada (“TCC”) decision, Promised Land Ministries v. The Queen[1], serves as a reminder to charities of the importance of maintaining proper books and records.  When a charity fails to maintain proper books and records, it...

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Updates to the Canada Elections Act: Impact on Non-Profits and Charities

Recent amendments to the Canada Elections Act (the “Elections Act”) came into force and effect on June 13, 2019. This article summarizes these significant changes and how they impact non-profit organizations and registered charities. Readers will recall that 2018 brought...

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Donors Sue for Losing Millions in their Donor Advised Fund: What both Donors and Charities can learn from Fairbairn v. Fidelity Investments Charitable Fund

Fundraising in today’s competitive environment can lead to increased pressure on fundraisers who make promises that cannot be kept. These broken promises can lead to serious litigation and reputational damage. A case presently before the courts in California provides a...

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What’s Happening

Robert Hayhoe and Jordyn Allan prepared an article entitled:  “Cultural Property Eligibility Clarified by FCA and Parliament”, which was published in the Canadian Tax Highlights, July 2019 issue. Robert Hayhoe and Susan Manwaring were ranked in the L’expert Guide to...

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Senate Special Committee Releases Eagerly Awaited Report on the Charitable Sector

On June 20, 2019, the Senate Special Committee on the Charitable Sector (the “Committee”) released its report, Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector (the “Report”).  The Committee was struck in January 2018 and was asked to...

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Advocacy by Canadian Not-For-Profits – Lobbying Rules and Election Advertising

Canadian charities will be aware that there is now no limit on the resources a Canadian charity can devote to “Public Policy Dialogue and Development Activities” (PPDDAs). PPDDAs are non-partisan activities a charity carries on to participate in the public policy...

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Charitable Fundraising Co-Promotions

Social impact and charitable organizations are increasingly partnering with for-profit companies to run charitable co-promotions, such as those bundling a donation with a purchase or those requesting that consumers contribute to a fundraising campaign. While the receiving organizations benefit from...

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Charities and Giving – New Digital Service

Rosie Fiorentino (Law Clerk) The Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate launched its new digital services for charities offered through a new system called My Business Account, on June 1, 2019. Registered charities can now, among other things, apply for charitable...

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What’s Happening

We’re pleased to welcome Associate Gwenyth Stadig to the Social Impact group. Based in the Kitchener-Waterloo office, Gwenyth focuses her practice on assisting voluntary sector organizations with legal services to help them navigate the complex regulatory environments that are unique to the...

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Leading the way

We’re honoured to be selected among the 2019 STEP Private Client Award finalists for ‘Charity Team of the Year’. The global awards recognize and celebrate excellence among practitioners in the private client industry.

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