Charitable purposes

To be registered as a charity, an organization must have purposes that are considered charitable and activities that further those purposes. An organization’s purposes are found in its governing documents. Purposes are the goals or objectives an organization is created to achieve and must define the scope of the activities it will carry out to advance its charitable goals. Activities are the ways the organization furthers its purposes. The CRA looks at both of these when deciding if it can register the charity.

For more information, see Guidance CG-019, How to draft purposes for charitable registration

Services and information

Relief of poverty

Description of relief of poverty and examples of purposes

Advancement of education

Description of the advancement of education category and examples of purposes

Advancement of religion

Description of advancement of religion and examples of purposes

Other purposes beneficial to the community

Description of other purposes that benefit the community and examples of purposes

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