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Latest Canada Public Policy News

The following archive contains all Canada public policy news articles and stories that have appeared on the AFP website, in reverse chronological order.

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AFP Submits Pre-Budget Recommendations to Finance Committee
(Aug 14, 2018) As part of its advocacy mandate, AFP recently participated in the Standing Committee on Finance’s Pre-Budget Consultations in advance of the 2019 budget, submitting three key prop

Preparing for an Advocacy Meeting
(April 9, 2018) Preparing for a meeting with an elected official? Inform yourself beforehand by reviewing government and sector partner online resources.

Day in the Ridings Report
Led and managed through the Canada Government Relations Committee, the main goal of AFP Canada's first Day in the Ridings (DITR) was to engage local politicians and policy makers and establish positive relationships with AFP chapters and members.

Legislative Update: Senate Adopts Motion to Appoint Special Committee on Charitable Sector
(Feb. 21, 2018) Senator Terry Mercer's charitable sector initiative gains Senate approval.

CRA Recommendations Support Public Policy Engagement by Charities
(July 13, 2017) In a significant win for Canada’s charitable sector, the Canada Revenue Agency has recommended major changes to laws and regulations that will encourage charities to engage more fully in public policy dialogue and development.

Sen. Mercer Stakes Out Critical Need for Special Committee on Charitable Sector
(July 13, 2017) Two weeks after introducing a motion to form a Senate Special Committee on the Charitable Sector, Senator Terry Mercer delivered compelling and in-depth comments on July 2 about the need for the committee and why the sector needs a comprehensive review and analysis.

Senate Motion Introduced to Review Impact of Charitable Sector on Canada
(May 24, 2017) Senator Terry Mercer, CFRE ,has introduced a motion to appoint a Special Committee that would examine the impact of laws and policies governing charities, and to review the impact of the entire sector on Canada.

CRA Recommendations Support Public Policy Engagement by Charities
(May 17, 2017) In a significant win for Canada’s charitable sector, the Canada Revenue Agency has recommended major changes to laws and regulations that will encourage charities to engage more fully in public policy dialogue and development.

Government Relations Update: Political Activity Consultations Still Underway
(Dec. 6, 2016) AFP is encouraging all members to participate in the ongoing, online consultations regarding charity participation in "political activities."

Public Policy Update: Opportunities to Contribute to Public Policy and Public Debate!
(Oct. 17, 2016) Take note of these opportunities to participate and have your voice heard. Whether the topic is political activities by charities or the impact of CASL on the nonprofit sector, your perspective matters!

Save the Date for Congress 2016!
(August 8, 2016) Before we know it, we'll be immersed in busy Fall activity! Take a moment and note the dates for AFP Congress 2016 in your calendar.

Real Estate Gifts In Canada, What is the Lay Of The Land And How Is AFP Involved?
(August 8, 2016) Your AFP Government Relations Committee is advocating for more real estate gifts to charity in Canada. Read on for information on how you can support this initiative.

AFP Rebuts Opinion Piece on Charitable Giving Incentive

Political Activities - Pariah or Possibility?
(Apr. 4, 2016) Dan Brunette, chair of the AFP Canadian Government Relations committee, shares some simple reminders about the nature of political activity and the role it can play in your organization.

GR TOOL KIT: New Governments, New Resources, New Opportunities!
(Feb. 17, 2016) A refresh of the AFP Canada government relations toolkit walks you through the process of initiating government relations on behalf of your charity and/or the issue it represents.

Open Letter to all AFP Members in Canada - Re: The 2016 Budget and Charitable Giving
(Feb. 17, 2016) Donald Johnson encourages all AFP members to get involved in an ongoing advocacy campaign on behalf of Canada’s charities. Read on for more information.

CRA to Wind Down Political Activities Audits
(Feb. 17, 2016) Read this latest update on CRA audits of the political activities of charities. PS. It's a good news story!

Government Relations Tool Kit: If You Build It They Will Come
(Feb. 8, 2016) The newest AFP Canada toolkit walks you through the process of working with government officials on behalf of your charity and/or the issue it represents. Now, the question is, are you ready to start using the information to further GR public policy relevant to the nonprofit sector?

Election Results Mean New Public Policy Opportunities for Philanthropy
(Nov. 18, 2015) On November 4, 2015 Justin Trudeau was sworn in as the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada. What does his new government, along with his 30-member Cabinet, mean for fundraising and philanthropy?

New Charity Platform/Fact Sheet Available for Chapters, Members to Highlight Sector
(Sept. 1, 2015) With the October election quickly approaching, AFP is encouraging members to highlight the new federal charity platform developed by a coalition of charitable organizations and associations.

Federal Platform Proposal: Stronger Together: Forging a New Relationship between Canada’s Charities and the Federal Government
(July 14, 2015) Available in English and French.

Changes to the Lobbyist Code of Conduct
(June 9, 2015) A lobbyist is a person who is paid to influence the introduction of or voting on legislation or the decisions of government administrators; and who spend 30 percent or more of their time doing so. Wendy Noble explains why changes to the Lobbyist Code of Conduct are of concern for anyone inviting a government official to a charity event.

Parliament Hill Day Builds Trust, Sets Stage for Future Advocacy
(June 9, 2015) In May 2015, AFP participated in the first "Hill Day" in Ottawa to educate Parliament about the importance of Canada’s charitable sector and the impact it has upon society.

Fundraising and Privacy: Complying with Federal and Provincial Laws
(Jan. 21, 2004) - With the development of both federal and provincial laws related to privacy, many charities and fundraisers have questions about compliance with the array of new requirements. Even as charities move to comply with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), provinces are creating their own requirements and limitations.

Parliament Hill Day Builds Trust, Sets Stage for Future Advocacy
(May 20, 2015) Last Thursday, May 14, 2015, more than 35 representatives from a variety of nonprofit organizations and associations, including AFP, participated in the first Hill Day in Ottawa to educate Parliament about the importance of Canada’s charitable sector and the impact it has upon society.

Canada: Federal Budget Includes Key Giving, Charity Provisions Pushed by Charities, Fundraisers
(April 29, 2015) AFP is pleased to see one of its key legislative priorities—a capital gains tax exemption for gifts of private shares and real estate—included in the 2015 federal budget. Learn more.

Parliament Hill Day Planned for May
(Feb. 10, 2014) A coalition of charities and associations, including AFP, is planning to hold a lobbying day on Parliament Hill in mid-May to share key messages about fundraising and the voluntary sector with legislators during this important election year.

Canada Revenue Agency News
(Dec. 8, 2014) Linsey Rains, with Carter's, helps nonprofits stay current with what's happening with the Canada Revenue Agency, including recognition of National Philanthropy Day by the Harper government, updates to tax and sponsorships and an alert on gifting tax shelters.

AFP's Response to National Post Article on Policing of Political Activities of Charities
(Sept. 8, 2014) Recently, Andrew Coyne penned this column in the National Post focused on the policing of political activities of charities. Coyne concluded that the best means of addressing the situation is to “take away the charitable tax designation—not selectively, based on their ability to dance on the head of a CRA pin, but across the board, outright.” The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) finds this conclusion fundamentally flawed. The charitable tax designation and the tax credit represent a gesture of confidence on the part of the people by way of their elected representatives, an acknowledgement of the effectiveness of nonprofit and community action and a commitment to the longstanding tradition of philanthropy in Canada.

Taxes: Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) Reporting Options
(Aug. 13, 2014) There are a number of different options available to Canadian organizations when reporting on HST. From nonprofits to charities, Sarah Curry, CPA, CA identifies specific criteria that must be met in order to follow the best reporting method.

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)
(June 24, 2014) On July 1, 2014, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) will take effect, applying to commercial electronic messages (“CEM”) that are either sent from, or accessed on, a computer system in Canada, unless an exemption applies. Mark Blumberg, a partner at Blumberg Segal LLP and Non-Profit, drafted a document to help explain what the CASL will mean for Canada charities.

New Canadian Budget Supports Online Charity Registration, Modernization of Lotteries
(Feb. 12, 2014) Budget 2014, introduced yesterday, including a number of measures impacting Canada's charities. Despite reports otherwise, there were no specific measures targeting the political activities of Canadian charities. There are, however, new provisions that will affect and enhance the way charities work—see a breakdown from AFP's government relation's consultant here.

Make The New First-Time Donors Super Tax Credit Work For You
(May 22, 2013) Has the federal government truly given Canadians a “super” tax credit? Professor Ken Wyman thinks so.

AFP’s Government Relations Committee Weighs in on Canada’s Anti-spam Regulations
(Mar. 19, 2013) Concerned by the potentially negative impacts on Canada’s charities, Canada’s AFP Government Relations Committee has formally submitted its position on anti-spam legislation to the Digital Policy Branch of the Department of Industry.

AFP Comments on Bill C-458
(Feb. 1, 2013) Mr. Peter Braid, the Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo introduced a Private Members Bill, Bill C-458, in the House of Commons on October 31st, 2012. The legislation entitled An Act Respecting a National Charities Week and to Amend the Income Tax Act (Charitable and Other Gifts) is awaiting second reading debate.

Action Needed TODAY: Contact Parliament to Support Charitable Giving Tax Incentives
(Feb. 5, 2013) To encourage charitable giving during this tumultuous economic climate, AFP has offered two key recommendations to Parliament as part of its pre-budget consultation period and the Braid hearings on tax incentives.

Legislation to Extend the Deadline to Make Charitable Gifts
(Feb. 2, 2013) On October 31, 2012, Bill C-458, the National Charities Week Act, received its first reading in the House of Commons of Canada. The bill proposes to extend the annual deadline for individuals to receive tax recognition for charitable gifts. It also proposes to designate the last seven days in February each year as “National Charities Week.”

Nonprofits play crucial role in public policy decisions˜
(July 31, 2012) “One of the great strengths of our country is the capacity of each Canadian to get involved in our civic process and advocate for various causes,” says AFP Chair Andrea McManus, CFRE. “Nonprofits provide a critical pathway for Canadians to participate.”

AFP Offers Tax Incentive Recommendations to Finance Committee
(May 22, 2012) On May 3, 2012, Andrea McManus, CFRE, chair of AFP, testified before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance during its hearing on tax incentives for charitable donations.

AFP Offers Tax Incentive Recommendations to Finance Committee
(Mar. 12, 2012) The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance began holding hearings on tax incentives for charitable donations early this year.

Canada’s Senate Passes NPD Legislation
(Dec. 13, 2011) On Dec. 1, 2011, Canada’s Senate passed Bill S-201 that would permanently recognize National Philanthropy Day every Nov. 15.

Ottawa to Review How it Finances Charities
(Nov. 1, 2011) Parliament recently announced that it intends to look closely at how the federal government finances charities and may institute changes to traditional grants, according to an article in The Globe and Mail entitled “Ottawa looks at rewriting rules on charitable giving.”

Results of Canada’s 41st Federal Election Offers Charitable Sector Opportunity to Re-engage Parliament
(May 10, 2011) AFP members now have a great opportunity to communicate with lawmakers in Canada about important legislation affecting nonprofits as a result of the May 2 federal election.

Update on Canadian Government Relations
(April 12, 2011) I am pleased to provide a brief update on behalf of your very active and engaged Government Relations Committee. Working closely with Jason Lee at AFP International, committee members have been focused on activities which impact members and philanthropy in general. The committee has crafted terms of reference to help define the roles of committee members and to codify the committee's responsibilities and efforts.

Salary Cap Removed From Bill C-470, But More Work Still Ahead for the Sector
(Dec. 21, 2010) The sponsor of Bill C-470 has agreed to remove a provision that would have capped compensation for nonprofit employees.

AFP and the CBC Fundraising Article
The CBC is producing a series of articles and reports on fundraising and the charitable sector. The first article contains misleading information and paints a less than flattering portrait of the sector, despite telemarketing being just one facet of fundraising operations.

Workshop Series: Understanding the Canada Revenue Agency’s Fundraising Guidance
(Sept. 7, 2010) This fall the Charity Law Information Program (CLIP), funded by CRA, will conduct a series of workshops to demystify the Guidance. Cynthia Armour, CFRE, a long standing AFP member and Mark Blumberg, LL.B., a charity lawyer will explain the legal and practical fundraising application of the Guidance.

Parliament Considers Bill to Permanently Recognize NPD
(June 8, 2010) On March 4, 2010, Senator Terry M. Mercer, CFRE (Liberal, Nova Scotia-Northend Halifax) introduced Bill S-203 that would permanently recognize National Philanthropy Day every November 15th. The bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. On June 3, 2010, the bill was heard at Committee and will be reported back to the Senate on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, where it will await 3rd reading.

AFP Applauds Elimination of Charitable Disbursement Quota in Canadian Budget
March 5, 2010 (Toronto, Ontario) - The Canadian federal government included in its 2010 proposed budget a provision to eliminate the disbursement quota for charitable organizations, a decision supported by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and charities across the country.

Your Support Needed for Canada’s Stretch Credit Proposal
(Dec. 8, 2009) AFP members in Canada are urged to contact their Members of Parliament in support of the stretch tax credit that would encourage larger gifts by Canadian donors.

Canadian National Philanthropy Day Legislation Awaits Passage in the House
(Sept. 8, 2009) On June 2, 2009, the Senate approved a bill that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) in the world. The bill will likely be considered in the House of Commons in October.

Canadian Public Policy Issues
Canadian public policy issues

National Philanthropy Day Legislation Introduced in Canada
(Feb. 9, 2009) Sen. Jerahmiel S. Grafstein (Liberal, Metro Toronto) recently reintroduced legislation that would create the first permanent government-recognized National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) in the world.

Federal Cabinet Rejects Appeal By Charities Regarding Do Not Call List
(Feb. 2, 2009) Canada’s federal cabinet has rejected a joint petition filed by AFP and Imagine Canada that would have exempted charities from red tape and fees associated with the new National Do Not Call list.

Canadian Provincial Issues
Learn more about the current Canadian provincial issues affecting fundraising.

Canadian Federal Issues
Learn more about the current Canadian federal issues affecting fundraising.

Canadian Regulatory Issues
Learn more about the current Canadian regulatory issues affecting fundraising.

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