Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

April 08, 2009 09:47 ET

The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn Announces an Investment of $3.1 Million to Assist Small and Rural Charities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture), is pleased to announce funding for seven new projects under the Charities Partnership and Outreach Program of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The government of Canada is investing $3.1 million in small and rural registered charities for innovative education and training projects to support charities with their responsibilities under the Income Tax Act.

"The Charities Partnership and Outreach Program is a concrete way of supporting Canadian charities, which provide valuable services in communities across our country," said Minister Blackburn. "The Government of Canada is proud to support organizations that will help registered charities understand and comply with their obligations under the Income Tax Act, by providing useful assistance and learning tools."

Funding is being provided this year to the following organizations:

- Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development (Carleton University)

- Community Futures South Fraser

- Community Services Council Newfoundland and Labrador

- Institute for Nonprofit Studies (Mount Royal College)

- Legal Resource Centre of Alberta

- Ontario Community Support Association

- Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick

"With the funding support provided by the Canada Revenue Agency, we are looking forward to helping charities learn more about their responsibilities and comply more easily with CRA requirements," said Penelope Rowe, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Services Council Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation is just one example of the type of organization that has benefitted from the Charities Partnership and Outreach Program. "For the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, this project supports one of our priorities: the reinforcement of the international development charities' capacity to accomplish their mission while encouraging a better understanding of and a sustainable compliance to the regulations," said Esperanza Moreno, Deputy Director of the Canadian Council for International Co-Operation.

"The Government of Canada supports a regulatory environment where Canadians can donate their money in confidence, knowing that their donations are going to registered charities that meet their regulatory responsibilities," added Minister Blackburn. "The Charities Partnership and Outreach Program is one of a number of actions taken by the government to support the charitable sector, along with the recent Small and Rural Charities Initiative and ongoing information sessions across the country."

For more information about the selected organizations and their projects, as well as about other projects previously funded under the Charities Outreach and Partnership Program, go to

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Noel Carisse
    Media Relations
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    Andrea Kent
    Director of Parliamentary Affairs and Issues Management