Which donations can I claim?

You can claim a tax credit based on the eligible amount of your gift to a qualified donee. Qualified donees are:

  • registered charities (list of charities)
  • registered Canadian amateur athletic associations
  • registered national arts service organizations
  • registered housing corporations resident in Canada set up only to provide low-cost housing for the aged
  • registered municipalities in Canada
  • registered municipal or public bodies performing a function of government in Canada
  • the United Nations and its agencies
  • universities outside Canada, the student body of which ordinarily includes students from Canada, that have applied for registration and are registered with the CRA (these universities are no longer required to be prescribed in Schedule VIII of the Income Tax Regulations)


If a university has applied for registration before February 27, 2018 and is registered by the Minister on or after that day, it is considered to have applied for registration. Any university named in Regulation Schedule VIII at the end of February 26, 2018, is also considered to have applied for registration.

  • Her Majesty in Right of Canada, a province, or a territory
  • registered foreign charities to which Her Majesty in Right of Canada has made a gift
  • beginning in January 2020, registered journalism organizations will be qualified donee.



To further assist donors in determining which organizations may issue official donation receipts, qualified donees must appear on the publicly available lists that the CRA maintains at List of charities and other qualified donees. The only exceptions are the United Nations and its agencies, Her Majesty in Right of Canada, or a province or territory.

See Pamphlet P113, Gifts and Income Tax, for more information about:

  • gifts of non-qualifying securities
  • gifts to U.S. charities
  • gifts to Canada, a province or a territory
  • gifts of ecologically sensitive land
  • gifts of certified cultural property
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