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Legislative Update: Senate Adopts Motion to Appoint Special Committee on Charitable Sector

By Terrance S. Carter

On January 30, 2018, the Senate of Canada debated and adopted a motion to appoint a Special Committee on the Charitable Sector (“Special Committee”) to “examine the impact of federal and provincial laws and policies governing charities, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other similar groups; and to examine the impact of the voluntary sector in Canada.”

The motion, as adopted, states that the Special Committee is to be composed of nine members and has “the power to send for persons, papers and records; to examine witnesses; and to publish such papers and evidence from day to day as may be ordered by the committee.”

The Special Committee will be empowered to report from time to time, to submit a final report of its findings on or before December 31, 2018, and may publicize its findings up to 60 days after its final report is tabled.

This article originally appeared in Carters Charity & NFP Law Update, Jan. 31, 2018 issue.

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