Action on Bill C-470! Contact your MP’s and Senators!
AFP Canadian Member,
strongly urge you to contact your MP and Senator as soon as possible
to discuss the potential impact on your organization of the provision
in Bill C-470 that proposes a cap on nonprofit executive compensation.
assist you, AFP
has drafted these talking points.
addition, you can find more in-depth talking points here.
can find your MP and their contact information by providing your
postal code here.
received an email from us in May of this year about Bill C-470,
introduced by Albina Guarnieri, Liberal MP for Mississauga East-Cooksville,
as a Private Member's Bill. The bill would allow the Minister
of National Revenue to deregister any charity, private foundation,
or public foundation that paid ANY employee a total compensation
of more than $250,000 a year. The $250,000 would include salary
and taxable and non-taxable benefits (e.g., pension plan contributions,
professional association fees, etc.). The Minister would also
be authorized to publish the top five salaries paid by any organization.
is important to note that the Minister would not be obliged to
deregister such an organization, but would have the option to
bill creates redundancy because the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
currently regulates compensation. The CRA already requires organizations
to provide their ten highest compensated, permanent, full-time
positions by salary range on the T3010 form. The CRA also retains
regulatory authority over executive compensation under the Income
continues to have detailed and very positive dealings with the
CRA, which plays an extensive oversight role in charity oversight
C-470 received a 2nd reading on April 21, 2010 in the House. 280
MP’s voted in favor of it. Just three opposed it. Numerous
MP’s spoke strongly in favour of the bill.
bill was subsequently referred to the Standing Committee on Finance.
The bill likely will receive action in the fall unless there is
AFP in Action!
has coordinated efforts to educate Parliament about Bill C470
with others in the sector, including Imagine Canada. A coalition
letter from Imagine Canada, AFP and several others has been crafted
with the intent to send it to the four party leaders of Parliament.
have approached a diverse slate of donors, beneficiaries and board
members in the philanthropic world who can speak to this issue
on a more holistic level and communicate the impact that this
proposal will have on nonprofit organizations’ abilities
to fulfill their philanthropic missions by providing services
and assistance to our citizens and communities.
we need your help! Please contact your MP and Senator and
explain the potentially devastating impact that a compensation
cap could have on the charitable sector. Now is the perfect
time to contact them in your province while Parliament is adjourned.
also urge you to recruit your organization’s own Executive
Director, President or CEO to speak to their MP and Senator about
is important to remind both the public and Parliament that charities
tackle some of the most intractable social, economic, cultural
and environmental challenges in Canada and around the world. They
need to be free to recruit the most talented and qualified staff
that they can to do their work effectively, achieving maximum
benefit for our society.
have complex concerns with equally complex management issues and
must be able to offer compensation reflecting the realities of
local, national and international labour markets.
you have any questions or need additional information, please
contact Jason Lee, AFP Director of Government Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.