Frequently Asked Questions

General Charitable Campaign Questions


What is the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC)?

The Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) engages federal public service employees and retirees in a combined effort to raise funds and donate time for those in need.

It is the largest and most generous workplace campaign in Canada and takes place annually between September and December. In 2020, employees and retirees donated $29.3 million. Of that total, $16.8 million was raised in the National Capital Region and $12.2 million was raised in the regions.

Through the GCWCC, federal public servants and retirees as well as current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP can support HealthPartners, United Way Centraide or any other registered Canadian charities.

Why does the GCWCC matter?

In 2020, the GCWCC helped more than 5,600 charities to deliver impact and help people in communities across the country. The generosity of campaign donors helped deliver critical care and services — when and where they were needed most — to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable Canadians.

Donations ensured that:

  • Canadians had the tools to cope with disabling and life-threatening diseases;
  • Families were able to access food banks and emergency shelters;
  • After-school programs were able to continue so children could have a safe place to learn, play and grow; and
  • Seniors were able to stay in their homes and communities longer.

Supporting charities is a personal choice, so you can donate to the causes you care about most.

How many registered charities are there in Canada?

According to Canada Revenue Agency, there are over 85,000 registered charitable organizations to choose from.

In 2020, the GCWCC helped more than 5,600 charities to deliver impact and help people in communities across the country. The generosity of campaign donors helped deliver critical care and services — when and where they were needed most — to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable Canadians.

How can I donate?
Donations can be made via payroll deductions, cash, cheque, credit card or PayPal. Use ePledge to make your donation.
What is ePledge?

ePledge is an online tool that provides you with a fast, easy and secure way to donate. It is important to note that ePledge and Phoenix are not linked.

ePledge allows you to give a one-time or monthly credit card donation, or a one‑time PayPal donation, or divide your donation across a year’s worth of pay cheques by using payroll deduction.

Are there tax benefits to donating?

Your donation is tax deductible. To determine the value of the tax deduction for donations, use the charitable donation tax credit calculator. Charitable donations made using payroll deduction are noted on your annual T4 slip.

Electronic receipts are provided for one-time donations made by credit card or PayPal via ePledge.

All those who make a charitable donation above $20 will automatically receive a tax receipt, issued by the GCWCC Manager, United Way Centraide. Those giving under $20 may receive a receipt upon request.

Do I need to support a specific charity?
It is your choice to direct your support to one or as many causes as you care about. Federal public servants and retirees can choose any registered Canadian charity.
What is the overhead cost of fundraising?

The GCWCC, through its administrative partners at United Way Centraide, has one of the lowest fundraising cost ratios in Canada. The GCWCC’s fundraising and administrative costs average 15%, well below the Canada Revenue Agency’s acceptable level of 35%, and well within Charity Intelligence’s reasonable range of 5 to 35%.

As registered Canadian charities, all United Way Centraides file T3010 reports with CRA annually, detailing all of their fundraising, related operating costs, executive compensation, and other costs. The latest data can be found on CRA’s website.

Are public service managers compensated for achieving their charitable campaign targets?

GCWCC champions, leaders, volunteers and executives do not receive financial incentives for achieving the GCWCC targets.

Can I continue to support the charitable campaign when I retire?

Yes. Every year, federal retirees across the country receive an invitation in the mail to participate in the GCWCC. The invitation includes a GCWCC gift form. If you would like to receive your invitation by email, send an email to gcwcc_retirees-mail@unitedwayeo.ca.

If you currently support the GCWCC through payroll deduction, you can continue to give after you retire. 

There are three simple ways to make your donation:

Pay-Related Questions


Could this year’s campaign be affected by the Phoenix pay issues?

Phoenix has been deducting charitable contributions through the payroll system without any problems since its implementation in February 2016.

Specific measures were taken to ensure that Phoenix would be able to successfully process the correct amount of charitable donations from employees’ pay when they choose to make payroll donations.

Campaign ambassadors are aware of the various methods of payment available to donors including cash, cheque, credit card, PayPal and payroll deduction.

Can I donate by automatic bank withdrawals as an alternative to payroll deduction?

The banking platform does not enable Pre-Authorized Debit transactions.

Can I change my payroll deduction method of payment to another option?

You may change your method of payment and your pledge within one month of the start of the deductions. Contact the GCWCC team for information.

If I experience an issue with my pay, can I stop my charitable campaign payroll deductions?

Donations can be stopped at any time. Contact the GCWCC team for information.

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