Resources - Registered Charities


A tool to keep track of accountability and transparency practices.
Many registered charities are confused about whether or not they must comply with privacy laws, and whether the laws they must comply with are federal, provincial, or perhaps both. This Checklist will help to answer these questions and provide general guidelines to assist with compliance. It will help registered charities draft their own privacy and information handling policies by highlighting the questions to be addressed and suggesting possible outcomes.
Both registered charities and non-profit organizations must comply with certain requirements under the Income Tax Act. This tipsheet provides a general list of both federal and provincial laws and where to get specific information.
A tool to keep track of accountability and transparency practices.


The purpose of this bibliography is to draw together various web resources about charity law and regulation in Canada. The bibliography was originally published in 2004 as part of the Canada Revenue Agency’s Engagement Strategy which endeavoured to improve the confidence of both the public and the charitable sector in the way the sector is regulated. The second edition has been revised as part of the Canada Revenue Agency’s Enhancing Voluntary Compliance Project. 92 new entries have been added to the bibliography. The 2nd edition of the bibliography presents updated and new resources, and focuses on ten topic areas as they relate to charity law in Canada. Specifically, three topic areas of focus relating to the Enhancing Voluntary Compliance Project are: books and records, fundraising, and receipting.

Lawnow Articles

A thoughtful look at salaries, compensation, and retirement benefits of employees of registered charities. LawNow Volume 34, Issue 3 (January/February 2010)
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.
This article discusses CRA's recently published guidance for registered charities on using an intermediary to carry out a charity's activities in Canada. The guidance discusses several avenues for working with non-charities to advance and organization's purposes.
The recent controversy over exclusion of the group Right to Play from the Vancouver Winter Olympics sheds light on a little discussed – or understood – corner of charity law. This article discuss the issues involved in this controversy. LawNow Volume 33, Issue 3 (January/February 2009) (keywords: sponsorship)