Five Steps to Transition: The Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act

The new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) came into force in the fall of 2011, bringing with it a new framework for the governance and incorporation of associations, charities and other federal not-for- profit organizations. The CNCA will replace Part II of the Canada Corporations Act (CCA), which has set the rules for not-for-profit organizations since 1917. This LawNow article sets out the 5 main steps that federally incorporated organizations need to take to transition to the new Act.
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Tighter Reporting on Charities’ Political Activities

Charities provisions in the 2012 federal Budget generated more attention than any measures relating to the sector have in a very long time. The government announced that it was tightening rules around charities’ political activities. The focus of the new requirements was mostly on enhanced reporting; however, embedded in the announcement was a crucial substantive change.
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BR6. Our previous treasurer has our books and records for the last fiscal period and has refused to return them. As a result, we cannot obtain the necessary information to file our T3010. What should we do?

BR6. Our previous treasurer has our books and records for the last fiscal period and has refused to return them. As a result, we cannot obtain the necessary information to file our T3010. What should we do?

Your charity remains responsible for maintaining adequate books and records and for meeting its filing requirements. If a legal means is necessary to obtain the documentation from the last treasurer, you may want to keep the Canada Revenue Agency informed of the steps you are taking.

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RC20. Does CRA have an established application review process

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RC20. Does CRA have an established application review process.

Yes. CRA has recently (June 2011) updated its procedures for reviewing applications for charitable registrations.

For more detailed information see:

Canada Revenue Agency - Application Review Process

 

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S27. What if a person wants to make a charitable donation to honour another person, in memory of a deceased person, or to make a gift to another person; for example the gift of digging a well in a poor village in Africa?

S27. What if a person wants to make a charitable donation to honour another person, in memory of a deceased person, or to make a gift to another person; for example the gift of digging a well in a poor village in Africa?

Many charities have programs that create this kind of charitable donation. If a person wishes to dedicate a gift to another person or make a donation in their name, then they may arrange for that person to receive a Charity Gift Card.

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