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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]

OUR CONDOLENCES

  • We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Florence Kalsbeek, beloved mother of Charles De Jager, on June 13, 2015.  Following is a link to the obituary published in the Vancouver Sun.  A Funeral Service for Florence will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Fleetwood...[read more]

DETAILS ON THE NEW BC SOCIETIES ACT

  • What is the new Societies Act? British Columbia is adopting a new Societies Act to replace the current Society Act. This Act will govern the approximately 27,000 non-profit organizations in BC. Societies are very diverse and include organizations such as independent schools, churches and temples,...[read more]

2015 FEDERAL BUDGET RELEASED – IMPLICATIONS FOR CHARITIES AND DONORS

  • The 2015 Federal Budget was introduced on April 21, 2015, and contained several new developments of interest to charities and charitable donors. Exempting Donations Involving Private Shares and Real Estate from Capital Gains Tax At present, donations of publicly-traded shares qualify for an...[read more]

New Societies Act Introduced in the Legislature

  • On March 25, 2015, Minister of Finance Michael de Jong introduced an updated Societies Act in the legislature. Introduced as Bill 24, the new act is a substantial overhaul from the current Society Act, bringing the legislation more in line with modern corporate law. The Ministry of Finance...[read more]

CRA Update

  • The Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate today released an update on charities in Canada, including the following facts: As of December 31, 2013, there were 86,617 registered charities across Canada, up from 86,159 on December 31, 2012. Canada's approximately 86,000 registered charities...[read more]

New Rules for Installing Computer Programs Now in Effect

  • On January 15, 2015, the provisions of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) restricting the installation of computer programs came into force.  Organizations are now prohibited from installing programs on another person’s device, including computers, smartphones and gaming consoles, in the...[read more]

New Associate

  • We are pleased to announce that Aaron Oh has joined our team as an associate lawyer. Aaron received his law degree from the University of British Columbia and recently completed Articles with our firm. He was called to the Bar of the Province of British Columbia this past Friday December 12, 2014...[read more]

Corporations Canada Sending Out Dissolution Notices to Federal Non-Profits

  • A month has now passed since the October 17th deadline for federal non-profit corporations to complete their continuances into the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. Corporations Canada has started sending out Notices of Decision to Dissolve to non-profit corporations that have missed the...[read more]

Supreme Court of Canada Establishes New Contractual Duty of Honesty

  • The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released today its decision of Bhasin v Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71 (Bhasin), establishing a duty of honest performance between contracting parties. The case is a significant development in Canadian contract law. The Facts Bhasin arose out of a dispute between the...[read more]

FEDERAL NON-PROFIT CONTINUANCE DEADLINE PASSED

  • The October 17, 2014 deadline for federally-incorporated non-profit corporations to complete their continuances into the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act has now passed. Corporations Canada has started issuing Pending Dissolution Notices to non-profit corporations that have not yet...[read more]

ONLY DAYS REMAINING TO COMPLETE FEDERAL NON-PROFIT CONTINUANCES

  • Federally-incorporated non-profit corporations have less than three weeks left to complete their continuances into the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. The new Act replaced the old Canada Corporations Act almost three years ago. All non-profit corporations incorporated under the old...[read more]

New CRA Policy on Ineligible Individuals

  • On August 27, 2014, CRA Charities Directorate issued Policy CG-024 entitled “Ineligible Individuals”. This long-awaited policy explains how CRA may use its power to penalize a charity when an ineligible individual is a director of or controls or manages the charity. An ineligible individual is...[read more]

SIX WEEKS REMAINING FOR FEDERAL NON-PROFIT CONTINUANCES

  • Federally-incorporated non-profit corporations have less than two months left to complete their continuances into the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. The new Act replaced the old Canada Corporations Act almost three years ago. All non-profit corporations incorporated under the old...[read more]

Draft BC Societies Act Released for Review

  • BC non-profit societies have been awaiting revisions to the Society Act for many years, and this process is finally moving forward. The Policy Branch at the Ministry of Finance yesterday released a new Societies Act White Paper, containing proposed draft legislation for a new act, along with...[read more]

Time Running Out for Federal Non-Profit Continuances

  • Federally-incorporated non-profit corporations now have approximately FIVE MONTHS left to complete their continuances into the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. The new Act replaced the old Canada Corporations Act over two years ago. All non-profit corporations incorporated under the old...[read more]

Landlord Business Decisions and Human Rights Compliance

  • When a disabled tenant requires a wheelchair ramp, can the landlord refuse to install one because of the cost? This issue was considered in a 2012 BC Human Rights Tribunal decision, Stewart v. Satorotas. An elderly tenant was physically disabled by osteoporosis and a clubfoot. Beginning in 2010,...[read more]

Budget 2014: Developments for Charities

  • Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 2014 federal budget, released today, sets out several significant changes for charities and non-profit organizations:                               ...[read more]

New Canadian Anti-Spam Law Comes into Effect July 1, 2014

  • On July 1, 2014 the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (“CASL”) will take effect. This new federal legislation is intended to address and prevent spamming. This law will apply to Canadian businesses, charities and not-for-profits and will affect communications with customers, donors, supporters and the general...[read more]

New WorkSafeBC Policies on Workplace Bullying and Harassment come into effect November 1, 2013

  • On November 1, 2013 new WorkSafeBC policies intended to address and prevent workplace bullying and harassment will take effect. These policies place new obligations on employers, supervisors, and workers to prevent workplace bullying and harassment. These policies will apply to all British Columbia...[read more]

New CRA Policy on Benefiting Youth

  • On June 24, 2013 CRA issued Policy CG-020, Charitable Purposes and Activities that Benefit Youth. This new policy replaces CPS-015, Registration of Organizations Directed at Youth. The new policy provides CRA’s most recent interpretation of the common law and legislation applicable to charitable...[read more]

New BC Limitation Act Comes Into Force

  • The new British Columbia Limitation Act will come into force on June 1, 2013, replacing the current 1975 Limitation Act. The legislation sets out the default time limits for bringing legal claims in British Columbia. Under the new Act, the basic limitation period for bringing a claim (by...[read more]

Federal Budget 2013 Brings Changes for Donors and Charities

  •  The federal budget introduced March 21, 2013 proposes several new developments for charities and charitable donors, some in response to the recent Parliamentary committee on charitable donations. First, Canada introduced new, temporary "First-Time Donor’s Super Credit" for first-time...[read more]

Updates on New Community Contribution Companies

  • BC’s new Community Contribution Company (3C) corporate option, first of its kind in Canada, is one step closer to being available with the release of draft regulations. The draft regulations provide more detail about the technical aspects of the 3C regime, including particulars about dividend...[read more]

Corporations Canada Encourages Early Continuances

  • At an information session in Vancouver recently, Corporations Canada encouraged federally-incorporated non-share corporations to proceed with their continuances into the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act as soon as possible. This new Act replaces the old Canada Corporations Act; all...[read more]

New CRA Annual Report Forms Released

  • CRA recently released updated forms for charity Annual Reports. The updated Form T3010 and supporting schedules are available here, and apply to fiscal periods ending on or after January 1, 2013. The new form incorporates legislative amendments from the 2012 federal budget, requiring...[read more]
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