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Online form to apply for registration

On June 1, 2019, the Canada Revenue Agency launched a suite of digital services, including an online application form that replaces Form T2050, Application to Register a Charity under the Income Tax Act. The new online application is accessible through My Business Account.

While we will continue to accept complete applications submitted using Form T2050 until September 30, 2019, we encourage you to apply using the online application form. The online form contains the most up-to-date questions, designed to help us process your application more quickly.

If you need help accessing our digital services, or have questions regarding the application process you can contact the Charities Directorate.

Public policy dialogue and development activities

In December 2018, the rules governing the political activities of registered charities changed as a result of new legislation that permits charities to carry on unlimited public policy dialogue and development activities (PPDDAs) in furtherance of a stated charitable purpose. Under the new rules, PPDDAs are considered charitable activities and as such, charities must demonstrate how they relate to their charitable purpose and how they provide a benefit to the public.

To reflect this change, the form to apply to be a registered charity under the Income Tax Act was revised.

To apply

  1. To apply to be a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, complete the online form available through My Business Account (MyBA). Follow the instructions that apply to your organization to access MyBA:
  1. Once logged into MyBA, under your RR account, select the link “Apply to be a registered charity or RCAAA”.
  2. You can now start completing the online form. For more information, see Tips about the online form.

If you have difficulty accessing the digital services, or have questions regarding the application, you can contact the Charities Directorate.

Authorized representatives can use Represent a Client to apply on behalf of their client organization.

Tips about the online form

  1. The online form walks you through the application process. You will only be asked for additional information on certain items depending on whether you say yes or no to previous questions, or check certain items on a list.
  2. Progress bars and status indicate which sections you’ve completed, started, or haven’t started yet.
  3. You can review and make changes to a section at any time.
  4. Be ready to provide detailed information for each charitable activity your charity currently carries out or proposes to carry out. For tips, see Describing your activities.
  5. Start and stop the form at any time. Clicking “next” saves the information up to that point.
  6. Multiple individuals can take turns and log into MyBA to complete different sections of the form.
  7. At the end of the application you will be asked to upload all required documentation, such as governing documents, pamphlets, agreements, and financial statements.
  8. You can only submit your application once you have answered all mandatory questions and uploaded all mandatory documents.
  9. You can view and print a summary of your application.
  10. Once you have submitted your online application, you can track your application status by logging into MyBA, and selecting “View application status” under your RR account.
Image description 

A screenshot from the application Overview page on My Business Account showing the application’s progress table. This table lists all the sections that a charity needs to complete online. Each line of the table includes the title of the section, the progress bar, the status, and an action link.

Each progress bar fills up as you answer the questions in the section.

The status shows whether the section is Not started, Incomplete, or Complete.

The action link is used to enter each section. It is clickable only for those sections that the charity has to complete. The text of the action link changes as you answer questions in the application. It says Start if you haven’t started the section yet, Continue if you have started but have not completed it, and Review once it is completed. You can still go back to make revisions when you click the Review link.

Tips for avoiding delays

Missing information causes delays. To avoid delays:

Common delays occur when an applicant fails to provide:

**For incorporated organizations (examples include organizations established by letters patent, a memorandum of association, or an Application to Form a Society), certified means that the documents have an effective date and are stamped or signed by the appropriate incorporating authority.

For organizations created by a constitution, certified means that the constitution contains the signatures of at least three current directors/trustees or like officials of the organization and has an effective date.

For trust documents, certified means that the document contains the signature of at least one trustee and has an effective date.


For more information about the documents you must submit with your application, we encourage you to use our application document checklist tool.

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