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The Inter-Council Network submits recommendations to the CRA

Posted December 15th 2016

In the mandate letters Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued to his Minister of National Revenue and his Minister of Finance, he outlined a clear priority to clarify the rules governing political activity, with an understanding that charities make an important contribution to public debate and public policy.

In response, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has initiated a series of consultations on the political activities of charities; aiming to clarify the rules and guidelines that govern their activities.

The Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils (ICN) welcomes this initiative to modernize the rules regarding charities and the understanding of how the role of charities has evolved since 1891 when the first legal framework for Canadian registered charities was adopted.

The following report is the ICN’s national submission to the CRA. The submission is based on data from surveys conducted in October and represents areas of apparent consensus. It sets out four overarching recommendations that highlight the important policy work done by charities and the unique challenges that current regulations impose on small and medium-sized organizations and charities that work internationally.

Read the full report here

The Inter-Council Network is a coalition of the eight Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation that span the whole country. These member-based Councils are committed to global social justice and sustainability and represent nearly 400 diverse civil society organizations from across Canada.