Summary policy

September 3, 2003 (Revised September 13, 2005)

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Director / Trustee

Policy statement

Directors / trustees and like officials are persons who govern a registered charity. These persons hold positions that are usually identified in an organization's governing document (for example, president, treasurer and secretary).

Provincial law determines the circumstances under which a registered charity's directors / trustees can receive compensation. In general, a registered charity cannot pay its directors / trustees simply for occupying their positions. However, some provinces permit a charity to have governing documents allowing for reasonable compensation for services that directors / trustees provide to the charity (for example, the director is an employee).

Under the Income Tax Act, a registered charity that confers on a director / trustee an undue benefit is liable to a penalty equal to 105% of the amount of the benefit. This penalty increases to 110% and the suspension of tax-receipting privileges for a repeat infraction within 5 years.


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