Social Impact

Displaying 1-10 of 1298

Canada Elections Act: What you can do without registering

In our last article, we discussed the registration requirements that may apply to charities and non-profits that carry on certain regulated activities, including election advertising, election surveys, and partisan activities (in the case of non-profits).  For more information about the...

More

Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act comes into force on October 19, 2021

Earlier today, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (“Ministry”) announced that the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (“ONCA”) will come into force on October 19, 2021.  The coming into force of the ONCA has been long anticipated by the...

More

Public messaging during an election period: You may need to register ASAP

Under the Canada Elections Act, there must be a general election on the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year after the last general election.  However, the Prime Minister may ask the Governor General to call an election...

More

Two very welcome Federal Court of Appeal decisions

The Federal Court of Appeal has now overturned two separate decisions of the Minister of National Revenue denying the applications of two sports organizations for registration as registered Canadian amateur athletic associations (“RCAAA”). One decision involved an appeal by an...

More

Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector focuses on reconciliation, national data strategy, and charity designations in second report

The second report of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector released on April 28, 2021 (the “Report”) expands on its first report, adding eight recommendations for sector reforms. The Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (the “ACCS”), established in...

More

Consenting to proposed budget amendments

Among the few technical tax measures affecting the charitable and non-profit sector proposed in the federal budget tabled on April 19, 2021 (the “2021 Budget”), one of the proposed budget amendments expands the ability for the Minister of National Revenue...

More

Why it matters that the Supreme Court decision reinforced the existence of hidden contracts in charity/nonprofit governance

Covenants, which lawyers call contracts, lie at the heart of many of the world’s religions. If we reflect on the Kendrick brothers’ film, Courageous, contemporary North American culture is similarly attracted to the use of resolutions or covenants between not...

More

Charities and non-profits can now pre-register for free COVID-19 workplace rapid testing

According to the Government of Canada, up to 50% of COVID-19 transmission may be through people without symptoms. Regular workplace testing can help keep staff and clients safe. Charities and non-profits can now pre-register to receive free rapid tests for...

More

Reminder regarding tax shelters and gifting arrangements

On May 5, 2021, the Canada Revenue Agency (the « CRA ») circulated a warning for Canadian taxpayers, reminding them to exercise caution when participating in gifting arrangement schemes. The timing of this communication could mean that the tax authorities...

More

Of singular importance: The singular ‘they’ and other gender-neutral writing

Language evolves to fit social needs. With growing public demand for gender equality and recognition of diverse gender identities, there is an increasing practical and ethical argument for gender-neutral writing. Gender-neutral writing, which avoids categorizing the subject as either male...

More

Displaying 1-10 of 1298

COVID-19 Resources

We have written on a variety of topics to help identify the pertinent issues, understand the legal implications, minimize risk exposure and manage legal obligations.

More

Social Impact Newsletter

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

More

Stay Informed

Sign-up to receive electronic communications, including newsletters on legal developments, event invitations, firm news and more.

Subscribe