Changes to T3010 and T2050 reporting requirements

If you’re filing your charity’s annual return, or if you’re applying for registration as a charity, note that there are changes related to public policy dialogue and development activities. Follow the instructions below as you complete your form.

  • Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return

    Answer the following questions on the current Form T3010 as if they read as follows:


    Section C: Programs and general information

    C5 Public policy dialogue and development activities

    A registered charity may carry on public policy dialogue and development activities in furtherance of its stated charitable purposes but must never directly or indirectly support or oppose a political party or a candidate for public office. For more information, see Guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities.

    (a)    Did the charity carry on any public policy dialogue and development activities during the fiscal period? 

    ☐ Yes    ☐ No

            If yes, you must complete Schedule 7, Public policy dialogue and development activities.


    Schedule 7, Public policy dialogue and development activities

    1. Describe the charity’s public policy dialogue and development activities, and explain how these relate to its charitable purposes.

    Provide your answer in the box on the Form


    Don’t answer the following questions:

  • Form T2050, Application to Register a Charity Under the Income Tax Act

    Answer the following questions on the current Form T2050 as if they read as follows:


    Part 3 – Activities of the organization

    Q14 Public policy dialogue and development activities

    A charity may carry on public policy dialogue and development activities in furtherance of its stated charitable purposes. These activities generally involve seeking to influence the law, policies, or decision of a government, whether in Canada or a foreign country. For more information, see Guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities.

    a)     Will your organization carry on public policy dialogue and development activities?

    ☐ Yes    ☐ No (Go to Q15)

    b)     If yes, describe these public policy dialogue and development activities and how they will help achieve your organization’s stated charitable purposes.

    Provide your answer in the box on the Form

     


    Don’t answer the following questions:

    • Q14 c), in Part 3 – Activities of the organization
    • Line 015 – Expenditures incurred for political activities, in Part 4 – Financial Information of the organization
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