CRA: Public Policy Dialogue and Development Activities by Charities

On October 29, 2018, taking into account feedback the Government received from stakeholders in response to the consultation process, the Government introduced revised legislation in Bill C-86 that allows a charity to devote up to 100% of its total resources to public policy dialogue and development activities. Under the revised measures, which received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018, charities are still required to have exclusively charitable purposes and are still prohibited from undertaking activities that support or oppose a political party or candidate for public office.

Rethinking Investment

“We need to understand charities not just as service providers, but as social change agents that are uniquely positioned to solve problems because of their irreplaceable and unparalleled know-how in the areas they operate in… We have to stop demanding that 100 per cent of our money go to programs, hopefully delivered by volunteers or by low-paid staff… let’s discard this myopic view and instead demand that charities invest into themselves and show us the impact of their efforts and the positive change they make happen.”

Ontario Nonprofit Network (link)

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