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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is always looking for new and innovative ways to communicate with charities and other qualified donees, and we are looking to you to tell us how we are doing.
We have set up an online consultation on the CRA Engage website where you can let us know what you think of our videos, social media content, and other educational initiatives. You can also tell us how you prefer to receive information and provide us with new ideas. The consultation is open until June 30, 2019.
We have added new cities to our spring charities information sessions: Laval and Montreal (QC), Toronto (ON), Saskatoon and Regina (SK), Winnipeg (MB), and Victoria (BC). Register today!
Registration to open soon for sessions in Abbotsford and Vancouver (BC).
Due to the modernization of our charities’ IT system, our List of charities has moved and slightly changed. Through the list, you can access a charity's T3010 Registered Information Return data for its last five fiscal period-ends. If you are looking for T3010 data beyond the five-year window, use the form to request publicly available data.
Registration is open for the upcoming 2019 charities information sessions in Ottawa (ON), Halifax (NS), Charlottetown (PE), Quebec (QC) and Moncton (NB).
Registration for sessions in Laval and Montreal (QC), Toronto (ON), Saskatoon and Regina (SK), Winnipeg (MB), Victoria, Vancouver and Abbotsford (BC) will be open soon. Stay tuned!
As a result of new rules on public policy dialogue and development activities (PPDDA), reporting requirements related to political activities have changed. Charities now have less to report for PPDDAs than they had for political activities.
To reflect this change, the annual information return and the application to register will be revised for November 2019. Until then, the Canada Revenue Agency has posted detailed instructions to guide charities and applicants on how to report PPDDAs on these forms.
As the legislative change is retroactive, the changes to the reporting requirements apply immediately to registered charities filing their information return for any given fiscal period-ends.
The Minister of National Revenue has responded to the Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities.
The response follows Parliament passing legislation that changes the rules governing charities’ political activities. These changes were included in Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, which received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018.
The news release outlines what the Canada Revenue Agency is doing to implement the recommendations made in the consultation panel’s report.
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 in furtherance of a stated charitable purpose. Under the new rules, the reporting requirements related to a charity’s spending on political activities are no longer relevant. The Canada Revenue Agency is revising Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, and Form T2050, Application to Register a Charity under the Income Tax Act, and will publish instructions on its webpages soon.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has issued for consultation the draft guidance document CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities. This document explains how the CRA expects to administer changes to the Income Tax Act that permit a charity to carry on unlimited public policy dialogue and development activities in furtherance of a stated charitable purpose. This includes guidelines on what is direct and indirect support or opposition to a political party or candidate for public office.
The publication of the guidance follows Parliament passing legislation that changes the rules governing charities’ political activities. These changes were included in Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, which received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018.
The CRA is accepting comments on the guidance documents until April 23, 2019. All feedback received will be considered to inform the publication of a final version of the guidance.
The Canada Revenue Agency’s Report on the Charities Program 2016 to 2018 is now available. The report provides a snapshot of the program, as well as an update on our outreach, education, and compliance activities, and our plans for the future.
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