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Online form to apply for registration

You can apply online through My Business Account to become a registered charity. 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 online form to apply to be a registered charity under the Income Tax Act will be revised for November 2019. Until then, go to Changes to T3010 and T2050 reporting requirements and follow the instructions for completing your application.

To apply

To apply to be a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, you have to complete the online form available through My Business Account (MyBA).

  1. To access your charity’s account through MyBA, you need a business number (BN) and a pending RR account. Follow the instructions under the tab “Applicant organization” to obtain them and to log into MyBA.
  2. Once logged into MyBA, under your RR account, select the link “Apply to be a registered charity or RCAAA”.
  3. You can now start completing the online form. For more information, see the 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.
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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:

  • answer all questions on the application
  • include all required documents
  • provide all details and specific information requested 

Common delays occur when an applicant fails to provide:

  • a complete list of the directors, trustees, or like officials (with each person's address, telephone number, and date of birth)
  • a complete set of certified** governing documents (including any bylaws and amendments, if applicable) 

**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.

  • certificate of good standing or similar document from the appropriate registrar (if the organization has been incorporated for five years or more, or if the organization is incorporated and applying for re-registration)
  • complete financial information about the organization (this includes completing section Financial information on the application form, as well as providing the organization's latest financial statements, if applicable)
  • a complete description of the organization's activities to show that they are charitable and fulfill the organization's purposes, as stated in its governing documents
  • copies of any agreements or contracts the organization has with representatives carrying out the organization's activities inside or outside Canada (if applicable) and complete details about these arrangements. For more information, see CG-004, Using an intermediary to carry out a charity's activities within Canada, and CG-002, Canadian registered charities carrying out activities outside Canada

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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