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CONSULTATION PANEL RELEASES REPORT CALLING FOR SWEEPING CHANGES TO THE CRA FRAMEWORK FOR CHARITIES’ POLITICAL ACTIVITIES CHARITIES

  • The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, issued a news release announcing the Panel Report from the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities.  The Panel was appointed by Minister Lebouthillier in September 2016 to provide recommendations for...[read more]

Review of Budget 2017 on Charities & Not-For-Profits

  • Canada's Budget 2017 was released on March 22nd, 2017 and tabled by William Morneau, the Minister of Finance. Budget 2017, geared towards "building a strong middle class", introduced initiatives that focus on education, ways to enable inclusivity in Canada's labour force, and a corresponding...[read more]

The Water Sustainability Act

  •   BC's new Water Sustainability Act (“WSA”) is designed to regulate and protect the use of all of BC's surface water and groundwater. The WSA and its accompanying regulations came into force on February 29, 2016. If you or your organization, including non-profits and registered Charities, own...[read more]

NEW SOCIETIES ACT NOW IN FORCE

  • The long-awaited new BC Societies Act is now in force. As of November 28, 2016, the provisions of the new Act, with some exceptions, apply to all British Columbia societies. The new Act substantially updates and improves the governance framework for non-profit organizations in BC. Societies can...[read more]

TWO MONTHS UNTIL THE NEW SOCIETIES ACT COMES INTO FORCE

  • Less than two months remain until the long-awaited Societies Act (the “New Act”) comes into force. On November 28, 2016, the New Act comes into force and British Columbia societies will have two years to transition to the New Act. The New Act will replace the current Society Act that governs the...[read more]

HIGHLIGHTS OF BUDGET 2016 FOR CHARITIES

  • On March 22, 2016, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the federal government’s 2016 budget (“Budget 2016”). Although many of the funding announcements will be of interest to particular sectors within the wider charitable and non-profit sector, Budget 2016 contains few announcements applicable to...[read more]

NEW SOCIETIES ACT TO COME INTO FORCE ON NOVEMBER 28, 2016

  • The new and long-awaited Societies Act (the “New Act”) will come into force on November 28, 2016. Existing British Columbia societies will have two years from that date to transition to the New Act by filing a transition application, including updated constitution and bylaws. The Province of...[read more]

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2015 CHARITIES SEMINAR

  • Registration is now open for the 15th Annual De Jager Volkenant / Loewen Kruse Charities Seminar. Please join us on November 4, 2015, at the Langley Events Centre for this complimentary annual seminar. Speakers from DVC and LK will be providing updates on the following accounting and legal issues...[read more]

GUINDON

  • On July 31, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Guindon v Canada, 2015 SCC 41, affirming that tax proceedings under the Income Tax Act (ITA) are administrative and not criminal in nature. The Facts In 2001, Julie Guindon, a lawyer, was approached by promoters of a donation...[read more]

UPDATE ON BC HOUSING'S NON-PROFIT ASSET TRANSFER PROGRAM

  • Since October 2014, BC’s social housing sector has been engaged in an unprecedented process, called the Non-Profit Asset Transfer Program (NPAT). Ten months in, the consensus among housing providers appears to be overwhelmingly positive. For years, non-profit housing providers have operated their...[read more]
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