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April 2020

2020-04-20

The Charities Directorate call centre has resumed its operations in order to address any questions you may have. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) between 9 am and 5 pm, local time at 1-800-267-2384. We are working towards a gradual resumption of other services, such as online registrations, while audit activities continue to be suspended until further notice. 

To find out more about operating a charity, you can also review the Charities and Giving webpages.

As part of government actions taken in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charities Directorate is extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020. This will allow charities more time to complete and submit their T3010, recognizing that charities will be focused on deploying their resources to address the effects of the COVID-19 situation.

Charities are also encouraged to register for CRA’s secure online services. Through My Business Account, you and your representatives can access the new digital services for charities, which provide you with the ability to complete and file online Form T3010.

Find more information on tax and benefits measures to help support Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a reminder, you can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in CRA’s My Account or over the phone.

We apologize for the inconvenience and we will provide updates as the situation evolves.

March 2020

2020-03-20

As part of government actions taken in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charities Directorate is extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020. This will allow charities more time to complete and submit their T3010, recognizing that charities will be focused on deploying their resources to address the effects of the COVID-19 virus situation.

The Charities Directorate has suspended all operations until further notice, which includes our call centre as well as all registration and audit activities. For information on operating a charity, you are encouraged to review the Charities and Giving webpages.

Charities are also encouraged to register for CRA’s secure online services. Through My Business Account, you and your representatives can access the new digital services for charities, which provide you with the ability to complete and file online Form T3010.

We apologize for the inconvenience and we will provide updates as the situation evolves.

February 2020

2020-02-06

Charities information webinars

The Canada Revenue Agency is pleased to offer a series of webinars. If you are a board member, a treasurer, a volunteer, or an employee of a charity, a session is a great way to learn about your charity's obligations. We will be starting with the following session:

  • Gifting and receipting
    February 24, 2020, 2pm, Eastern time
    Register now

December 2019

2019-12-30

The Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector is a consultative forum for the Government of Canada to engage in meaningful dialogue with the charitable sector, to advance emerging issues relating to charities, and to ensure the regulatory environment supports the important work that charities do. It was formed in August 2019.

The first in-person meeting for the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector took place on December 17 and 18, 2019. You can find the readout of the meeting here.

September 2019

2019-09-06

  • On June 1, 2019, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) 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 CRA’s 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.

To help applicant organizations get started online, we have added more information on our My business account for charities and Submit your application webpages. Make sure to consult those pages before applying for registration or re-registration as a charity.

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

  • The CRA has released a new graphic educational tool in response to questions received about keeping books and records during the charities information sessions. If you have comments or suggestions to improve our videos, infographics, or educational tools, don’t hesitate to email us.

June 2019

2019-06-06

The Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Directorate announces the launch of new digital services for charities on My Business Account (My BA).
Registered charities, and organizations seeking to register, can now go online to:

• apply for registration (replaces Form T2050)
• complete and file their Registered Charity Information Return (T3010)
• update charity information
• correspond with the Charities Directorate

Log in to MyBA today and join us in this new digital era for charities!

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