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December 2020

2020-12-21

T3010 filing deadline extension – Last week to submit your charity’s information return

Today marks the last week of the T3010 filing extension for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020, in keeping with the Canada Revenue Agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

File online, file from home

The easiest way for your charity to file its T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, is by using My Business Account for charities (MyBA). Did you know we’ve developed an educational tool to help you navigate the digital services as smoothly as possible? Get the help you need by consulting our MyBA Reference Guide on how to register and access your charity’s online account on MyBA.

Helping you help others

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Charities Directorate if you require assistance completing your charity’s information return. Our representatives are standing by to help you Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, local time. As the December 31st deadline approaches we are expecting higher-than-normal call volumes, and appreciate your patience.

Our Charities and giving webpage also features a wide range of information that can help you file your charity’s return.

November 2020

2020-11-27

As part of our ongoing commitment to take an education-first approach and to provide charities with the tools and resources they need to carry on their important work, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is pleased to announce the publication of the following new guidance products:

These comprehensive guidance products replace the various summary policies that were in effect for these topics.

Following feedback from the charitable sector, we have finalized our guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities. This guidance explains how the CRA will administer changes to the Income Tax Act, and clarifies:

  • the meaning of a stated charitable purpose
  • the difference between indirect and direct support of a political party or candidate
  • a charity’s other legal requirements (such as provincial requirements and other Acts)

Additionally, the CRA is pleased to announce the publication of the following updated guidance products based on recommendations identified by the CRA and the charitable sector:

These guidance products were updated to provide clearer information on issues that arise when charities work through intermediaries.

2020-11-27

T3010 filing extension – 1 month until deadline

The December 31, 2020 filing deadline for all charities with a T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020 is now only one month away.

If your charity hasn’t already filed its information return, there is still time to do so before the December 31st deadline passes.

Make sure to file a complete return

A T3010 information return is considered incomplete if lines are not completed or if a required attachment is not included. This can result in a delay in displaying your charity’s return on our website which means donors will not see your most up-to-date filing information. In some cases, an incomplete return can result in the temporary suspension of tax-receipting privileges.

File your return using My Business Account

An easy way to ensure that your charity’s information return is complete is by filing it online through My Business Account for charities (MyBA). If online filing is new to you, we can help! The benefits of using the online version of Form T3010 is that it identifies all the forms and sections that need to be completed as you fill it in. It also reminds you to upload your charity’s financial statements and other required attachments before submitting your return.  

We are also pleased to announce the release of the following educational product, which can help you get started with MyBA:

If filing your return on paper, you must remember to complete all the forms, sections and attachments that apply to your charity, and send them with your charity’s financial statements. Information on how to file a complete T3010 charity return can be found in the T3010 charity return section of the Charities and giving web pages.

We’re here to help

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Charities Directorate client service section if you require assistance completing your charity’s information return. Our representatives are standing by to help Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, local time.

Our Charities and giving webpage also features a wide range of information that can help you file your charity’s return.

October 2020

2020-10-30

T3010 filing deadline extension – Less than 2 months until the filing deadline
As part of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charities Directorate extended 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.

File online, file from home
With the deadline fast approaching, we would like to encourage all charities that haven’t already filed, and are able to do so, to file as early as possible to avoid the rush.

The easiest way for your charity to file its T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, is by using My Business Account for Charities.

Resumption of operations
As the CRA continues moving forward with its business resumption plan, the Charities Directorate is committed to keeping the charitable sector informed about any changes that affect registered charities. As such, we are pleased to announce that we have updated our Charities COVID response page with the most up-to-date status of our operations.

We’re here to help
We’re committed to helping you help others! Please don’t hesitate to contact the Charities Directorate client service section if you have any questions or require assistance completing your charity’s information return. Our representatives are standing by to help you Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, local time.

Our Charities and giving webpage also features a wide range of information that can help you file your charity’s return.

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
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