Social Impact Newsletter

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August 2012

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Sahel Crisis Matching Fund

The Government of Canada has recently announced the establishment of the Sahel Crisis Matching Fund.  The Government of Canada will contribute one dollar to this Fund for every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to Canadian registered charities that are...


CRA Releases Updated Guidance on Community Economic Development: Expands Acceptable Program Related Investments

Susan M. Manwaring, Andrew Valentine

On July 26, CRA released CG-014, an updated Guidance on community economic development activities and charitable registration.  The new Guidance replaces CRA’s former published policy on the subject, RC4143, which was originally released in 1999.  In the 13 years since...


Ontario Lobbyist Registration Changes May Impact Non-Profits and Charities

Kate Lazier

On July 25, 2012, the Ontario government announced its plan to amend the Lobbyists Registration Act to ensure greater transparency and accountability among lobbyists, government and the public.  The government plans to introduce a bill when legislature resumes in the...


The CRA Releases New Guidance on Charitable Organizations Outside Canada That Have Received a Gift From the Crown

Amanda J. Stacey

On August 10, 2012 the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) released a new Guidance on charitable organizations outside Canada that have received a gift from Her majesty in Right of Canada (CG-015). This Guidance replaces Policy Commentary CPC-030 and Information...


CRA Comments on Treatment of Donated Employment Income

Andrew Valentine

In a technical interpretation released on July 26, 2012, CRA commented on the tax treatment of income earned abroad by employees of a charity that is transferred to the charity pursuant to an employment requirement. In the situation addressed in...


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