FA1. Our charity is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. If we want to fundraise in Alberta, do we need to register in Alberta, too?

FA1. Our charity is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. If we want to fundraise in Alberta, do we need to register in Alberta, too?

Yes. If your charity asks Albertans to donate to fundraising campaigns or solicits contributions that will be used for a charitable purpose, then generally you must register in Alberta. There are some exceptions to the registration requirement-for example, for very small fundraising campaigns or solicitations limited to members for your organization-but you should assume you are subject to the regulation until you determine if you fall within the exception.

Charities must follow the rules that are set out in Alberta's Charitable Fund-Raising Act and regulation. These rules exist to protect potential donors from false and misleading requests for donations. Rules also exist to ensure the public has sufficient information to make an informed decision when making contributions.

The Alberta government, through Service Alberta, has a website that tells you exactly who needs to be registered and how to apply. Visit Consumer Tipsheet - Charitable Fundraising for instructions.

The website also explains the rules and standards of practice that must be followed by anyone who asks for charitable donations - whether or not you are registered as a charitable organization.

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Read the Charitable Fund-Raising Act and regulations. If you have questions about your status, contact the Consumer Contact Centre in Edmonton at 780-427-4088 or toll-free in Alberta at 1-877-427-4088.