1. What is the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS)?
The ACCS is an advisory committee that provides recommendations to the Minister of National Revenue (the Minister) and the Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency (the Commissioner) on issues facing registered charities, to ensure the regulatory environment supports the important work that charities do.
2. Who are the members of the ACCS?
The ACCS has 17 members, 14 from the charitable sector, and three from the Government of Canada; specifically, two from the CRA and one from the Department of Finance Canada. The membership includes three co-chairs, two from the sector, and one from the CRA. For detailed information on the ACCS membership, including biographies, please visit Sector members and CRA and Department of Finance members on the ACCS page.
All members are appointed by the Minister. The terms for the 14 sector members are staggered, so that every year half of these members will be either replaced, or re-appointed for another term. For more information, please visit the ACCS Terms of Reference page.
3. What is the budget of the ACCS?
The Government is providing $3.2 million in funding to the CRA over the 2018-2019 to 2023-2024 fiscal periods for the ACCS. This includes funding for a small Secretariat to support its work and operational expenses.
4. How does the ACCS choose what issues to work on?
The Committee co-chairs propose topics of discussion in consultation with members. Sector members draw on their expertise and the perspectives of charities, while Government members can bring forward their ongoing priorities.
5. How often does the ACCS meet?
Since its creation in August 2019, the full membership of the ACCS has met several times either in-person, by teleconference, or virtually. For a listing of all meetings, please see Meeting readouts on the ACCS page. The ACCS also has working groups that meet regularly to consult with the charitable sector and advance specific priorities.
6. How does the ACCS make recommendations?
The ACCS releases reports to the Minister and the Commissioner containing its recommendations. These reports are issued on an ad hoc basis, as recommendations are finalized. For more information and to see a list of published reports, please see Reports on the ACCS page.
7. Where can I find out more?
See the ACCS webpage on the CRA’s website for information on the mandate of the ACCS, its terms of reference, biographies of its members, readouts from meetings, and more.
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