Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

May 12, 2008 16:17 ET

Government Contributes More Than $2.9 Million for Innovative Programs to Help Charities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - William V. Baker, Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), has announced new contribution agreements with four Canadian registered charities as part of the CRA's Charities Partnership and Outreach Program.

The contribution agreements will provide more than $2.9 million in new funding for innovative education and training projects designed to increase charitable sector compliance with relevant parts of the Income Tax Act. Funding is being provided to Imagine Canada, the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta Ltd., the Canadian Association of the Deaf, and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.

"Canadian charities make an invaluable contribution to the well-being of our communities, year after year," said Commissioner Baker. "The Canada Revenue Agency is proud to support these organizations by helping them to better understand and voluntarily meet their obligations under the Income Tax Act, and to ensure that Canadians can continue to have confidence in the charitable sector."

The new projects announced today will be carried out over the next three years. The funding is provided in support of the recipients' work to educate and train registered charities in issues that may lead to non-compliance such as conducting foreign activities, fundraising, issuing receipts, and maintaining books and records.

To determine which projects to support, the CRA consulted members of the voluntary sector and other government departments before selecting the recipients. Contribution funding is available to registered charities and non-profit organizations serving the charitable sector in Canada to support projects designed to increase charitable sector compliance. Organizations are able to receive funding of up to $500,000 per year, to a maximum of three years per multi-year project.

For more information about the selected organizations and their projects, as well as other projects previously funded under the Charities Outreach and Partnership Program, visit the CRA's Charities and Giving Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/charities, or call 1-800-267-2384.

The Charities Partnership and Outreach Program delivers on the CRA's commitment to ensure that the charitable sector is better educated to meet its regulatory obligations under the Income Tax Act more easily and efficiently.

The federal government continues to work with the voluntary sector and with partners in the provinces and territories to improve the regulation of the charitable sector for the benefit of all Canadians.


BACKGROUNDER

Charities Partnership and Outreach Program

Overview

The role of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is to register qualifying organizations as charities under the Income Tax Act, to give technical advice on operating as a charity, and to handle audit and compliance activities.

The Charities Partnership and Outreach Program is designed to provide funding to registered charities and non-profit organizations serving the charitable sector in Canada to assist in developing and delivering innovative compliance-related education and training projects to charities.

Funding under this program is limited to $500,000 per project, per year (April 1 to March 31), with multi-year projects being limited to a maximum of three years. Due to program budget limitations, not all eligible projects may be funded.

Charities Partnership and Outreach Program objectives

The overall objective of the program is to increase compliance in the charitable sector with relevant parts of the Income Tax Act. The main objectives of the program are:

- to raise awareness within the charitable sector of regulatory obligations under the Income Tax Act;

- to increase the capacity of the charitable sector to meet regulatory compliance requirements in an ongoing fashion; and

- to improve the capacity of the charitable sector to develop and deliver manageable compliance-based education and training solutions.

Funding priorities

The funding priority for the initial call for proposals launched in 2005 was the Registered Charity Information Return (Form T3010A). Projects that educated and informed registered charities about Form T3010A, including the requirement to file a return, how to properly complete a return, and when to submit a completed return, were considered for funding.

For the second call for proposals launched in October 2006, two funding priorities were identified, namely:

- conducting foreign activities in compliance with a charity's obligations under the Income Tax Act; and

- fundraising, receipting, and maintaining books and records in compliance with a charity's obligations under the Income Tax Act.

For more information about selected organizations and their projects, as well as general information about the Charities Outreach and Partnership Program, visit the CRA's Charities and Giving Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/charities, or call 1-800-267-2384.


FACT SHEET

Tools and services for charities

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) assists registered charities in meeting their obligations under the Income Tax Act in many different ways. The following are some of the tools and services it offers to charities across Canada.

Charities Information Sessions

The CRA offers its Charities Information Sessions every year to charitable organizations in all regions across Canada. The topics covered in 2008 include filing requirements, disbursement quota, fundraising, receipting, GST/HST, and a sector overview.

In addition, the CRA offers Special Charities Information Sessions for charities that are holding an annual meeting, a conference, a training session, or a special meeting, and would like a CRA representative to speak. These sessions include a wide range of topics that cover the day-to-day operations of charities.

Electronic and telephone services

The newly redesigned and enhanced Charities and Giving Web site (www.cra.gc.ca/charities) offers a comprehensive and up-to-date suite of information products for charities and donors, including a listing of all registered charities and alerts on donation-related fraud schemes, as well as access to all charities-related forms and publications, and important contact information. A number of forms are available, including Form T3010A, Registered Charity Information Return.

Charities who want to stay informed can also access the registered charities newsletters online and subscribe to the CRA's charities electronic mailing list.

For information about registered charities, the CRA also offers a telephone line at 1-800-267-2384, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Charities Partnership and Outreach Program

The Charities Partnership and Outreach Program (CPOP) provides funding in support of innovative projects designed to increase charitable sector compliance with relevant parts of the Income Tax Act.

To date, the CRA has funded six projects. The first two projects to receive funding are intended to provide education and training to the charitable sector regarding its legal obligations under the Income Tax Act and, in particular, with Form T3010A, Registered Charity Information Return. The CRA has recently funded four additional projects that will provide education and training to charities on conducting foreign activities in compliance with the Income Tax Act, as well as fundraising, receipting, and maintaining proper books and records.

For more information about the CPOP and other services offered by the CRA, visit www.cra.gc.ca/charities, or call 1-800-267-2384.

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Catherine Jolicoeur
    Media Relations
    613-957-3522