Resources for charities about political activities

Important notice

On September 14, 2018, the Department of Finance released draft legislative proposals to allow charities to pursue their charitable purposes by engaging in non-partisan political activities and in the development of public policy.

On October 2, 2018, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) issued the draft guidance document Charities and public policy advocacy for consultation. This document provides general information, including examples, on how the CRA would implement the draft legislative proposals and administer the rules governing the public policy advocacy activities of charities.

The Department of Finance is accepting comments until October 13, 2018 on the draft legislative proposals. The CRA accepts suggestions to guidance documents on an ongoing basis. As the legislation progresses further, suggested changes will continue to be accepted by the CRA until new legislation is tabled by the Department of Finance.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has developed a series of webpages to help charities that undertake political activities to understand and comply with the rules regarding these activities. These pages explain and highlight key elements from Policy statement CPS-022, Political activities. For information on the political activities audit program and its results, go to:

A Political Activities PowerPoint Presentation is available upon request. If you would like a copy to share with your organization, email Issues Management, Communications and Outreach.

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