Becoming a Registered Charity

List of resources for organizations thinking of becoming a registered charity.

Canada Revenue Agency - Charities and Giving - Is Registration right for you?
This section of the Canada Revenue Agency Charities and Giving website provides information for organizations to consider before starting the registration process.
Application Form and Guide. Additional information such as "How to draft purposes for registration" (CG-019) can be viewed here as well as revised model purposes which can be viewed here.

Charity Central - Thinking of Becoming a Registered Charity: Tools to Help
This workbook will help you become—and continue to be—a registered charity under the Income Tax Act administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Charity Central FAQs on becoming a registered charity

Éducaloi - To be a Charity or Not?
Imagine Canada, with a financial contribution from the Canada Revenue Agency, developed this information as a guide for those considering pursuing charitable status within Canada.

Legal Information Services of Nova Scotia - To Be or Not to Be a Charity: The Decision Tree
Developed with funding from the Canada Revenue Agency this sites purpose was to create a decision tree for organizations considering charitable registration to allow them to determine:

  • whether their application is likely to be approved;
  • whether registration would truly be of benefit to them; and
  • the real consequences of being granted status.