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Charities: CRA and COVID-19

Charity registration applications

Updated May 13, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has limited the CRA’s operational capacity, which includes the review of applications for charitable registration.

If you have received a letter from the Charities Directorate requesting more information or documents in response to your application, we are extending the deadline to respond and we will not close any applications without prior contact.

Before applying, organizations seeking to provide pandemic relief programs should consider donating or offering services to existing registered charities that have the experience, resources, and infrastructure already in place to respond to the needs of Canadians. However, if an organization wants to apply for registered charity status in order to respond to the pandemic, we ask that the organization apply online for registered charity status.

Many organizations that have already applied are requesting expedited review of their applications. We understand that many organizations are providing critical services within their communities at this time and are in need of access to funding and the ability to issue official donation receipts.

The CRA has resumed the review of digital and paper-based applications. In order to process applications in the most expedient manner, the CRA is conducting a preliminary review of all applications to identify those that are providing charitable programs to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Charities call centre is open

Updated April 28, 2020

The Charities Directorate call centre has resumed its operations. We are working towards a gradual resumption of other services.

Audit activities continue to be suspended until further notice. However, we are able to receive any responses you would like to provide, and you can contact us for any questions you may have regarding audit activities.

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T3010 filing deadline extended for charities

Updated March 20, 2020

The filing deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020 for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

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