Non-profit organization

Summary policy

September 3, 2003

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Non-profit organization

Policy statement

Under the Income Tax Act, a non-profit organization is an association organized and operated exclusively for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, recreation, or any other purpose except profit (for example, a club, society, or association). The organization will generally be exempt from tax if no part of its income is payable to, or available for, the personal benefit of a proprietor, member, or shareholder unless the proprietor, member, or shareholder is a club, society, or association whose primary purpose and function is to promote amateur athletics in Canada.

A non-profit organization cannot issue official donation receipts.


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