1 CHARITY & NFP LAW UPDATE . JANUARY 2017. EDITOR: TERRANCE S. CARTER;. ASSISTANT EDITORS: NANCY E. CLARIDGE, LINSEY RAINS AND RYAN M. PRENDERGAST. Updating Charities and Not-For-Profits on recent legal developments and risk management considerations JANUARY 2017. SECTIONS HIGHLIGHTS. New CRA Guidance on Charities That Assist the Aged Recent Publications and News CRA News Releases 2. Legislation UPDATE In the Press 16 Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2 Receives Royal Assent Recent Events and Ontario Budget Receives Royal Assent Amendment to the Ontario Employer Health Tax will Impact Registered Charities Presentations 16.
2 Upcoming Events and Ontario Corporations Now Required to Keep Records of Land Ownership Presentations 17 CRA Releases Trio of GST/HST Rulings Affecting Charities Contributors 18 CRA Answers Questions on GREs at Gift Planner Conference Gross Negligence Penalties Upheld for Misrepresentations on Tax Returns CBA Submissions on National Security and on Housing of Interest to Charities and NFPs The Pitfalls of Geographic Names as Registered Trademarks New CHARITY and NGO Laws Come into Force in China Court of Appeal Affirms City's Liability in Crossing Guard Case Amendments Proposed to Child Protection Laws in Ontario Anti-Terrorism Law UPDATE Recommendations for Improving the Implementation of FATF Evaluation Process FATF President Speaks at UN Security Council Meeting The Ottawa Region CHARITY and Not-for-Profit Law Seminar Hosted by Carters Professional Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario, on Thursday February 16, 2017.
3 Guest Speakers include Tony Manconi, Director General of the Charities Directorate of the CRA and Ken Goodman, Public Guardian and Trustee of Ontario. Click here for the brochure and online registration. Get on Our Mailing List: To automatically receive the free monthly CHARITY Law UPDATE , click here or send an email to with Subscribe in the subject line. Carters Professional Corporation Ottawa (613) 235-4774 Toronto (416) 675-3766 Mississauga (416) 675-3766 Orangeville (519) 942-0001. Toll Free / Sans frais: 1-877-942-0001 PAGE 2 OF 22.
4 January 2017. RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND NEWS RELEASES. New CRA Guidance on Charities That Assist the Aged By Theresa Man On December 8, 2016, Canada Revenue Agency ( CRA ) released a new guidance entitled: Relieving Conditions Attributable to Being Aged and Charitable Registration (CG-026) dealing with charities that provide housing to their beneficiaries ( Guidance ). It replaces CRA's Policy Statement CPS-002, Relief of the Aged that was released on July 6, 1990 ( Previous Policy ). This Bulletin provides an overview of the new Guidance.
5 The new Guidance provides a much needed and helpful UPDATE on the Previous Policy, clarifying what CRA considers charitable for Canadian charities serving the aged. For example, almost half of the Previous Policy (paragraphs 9 to 15) are in relation to the provision of housing for the aged, which are now superseded by CRA's guidance entitled: Housing and Charitable Registration (CG-022) dealing with charities that provide housing to their beneficiaries. For the balance of this Bulletin, please see CHARITY & NFP Law Bulletin No. 396.
6 CRA News By Linsey Rains CRA has recently released a number of new and revised publications over the last few months. The most anticipated publication is the Charities Directorate's ( Directorate ) Report on the Charities Program 2015-2016 ( Report ), first promised by the Minister of National Revenue ( Minister ) on January 20, 2016 and posted on CRA's webpage on December 29, 2016. The Report contains messages from the Minister, the Commissioner of CRA, and the Directorate's Director General, a description of the charitable sector, and key operational information about the Directorate.
7 In particular, the Report includes: a range of statistics on the charitable sector, applications for charitable registration, audit outcomes, revocations of charitable registration, and the objections process;. a review of the Directorate's outreach and engagement activities, such as improving its webpages, expanding its use of social media, and developing and reviewing its guidance products; and PAGE 3 OF 22. January 2017. updates on the political activities audit program, compliance initiatives, and the Charities Modernization Project to improve online filing options for applicants for charitable status and registered charities.
8 Additional new and recently revised CRA guides, forms, and webpages relevant to registered charities and not-for-profits include: T4013, T3 Trust Guide 2016, which incorporates changes to reflect the new rules for testamentary trusts, estate donations, and Graduated Rate Estates that were previously discussed in our October 2016's CHARITY & NFP Law UPDATE in Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2 is Released . RC4034, GST/HST Public Service Bodies' Rebate now contains updates on harmonized sales tax rate changes in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and PEI, as well as the end of the point-of-sale rebate on books in Newfoundland and Labrador, and other GST/HST news.
9 Registered charities can now advise the Directorate of changes to their directors, trustees, or like officials' information by faxing, emailing, or mailing the changes to the Directorate using this new form. The Sponsorship webpage was updated on October 28, 2016. The webpage contains a definition of sponsorship, information on acknowledgement and receipting, factors to consider in sponsorship situations, and some scenarios as examples. RC191, Qualified Donee: Becoming a Prescribed University Outside Canada was revised to reflect the fact that applications for qualified donee status are now being processed by the Directorate's Assessment, Determinations, and Monitoring Division.
10 Legislation UPDATE By Terrance S. Carter Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2 Receives Royal Assent Bill C-29, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 22, 2016 and other measures, received Royal Assent on December 15, 2016. For more information on the Act see Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2 is Released from the October 2016 CHARITY & NFP Law UPDATE . PAGE 4 OF 22. January 2017. Ontario Budget Receives Royal Assent On December 8, 2016, Bill 70 Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act (Budget Measures), 2016 received Royal Assent.