Government of Canada proposes a ‘shocking and incomprehensible’ change on funding non-qualified donees

“Once put into the Income Tax Act these changes will be very difficult to undo,” says Bruce MacDonald, CEO of Imagine Canada.

Why It Matters

For years, charities, non-profits, foundations and grassroots groups have called for an easier way for charities to work with “non-qualified donees” — organizations without charitable status. That seemed on the horizon with the steady progress on a senate bill, until now.

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A group of foundations, charities and sector advocacy organizations are engaged in a rapid lobbying blitz on Parliament Hill, seeking last-minute changes to a draft federal legislation that, they say, would make it more challenging for charities to partner with non-profits and other non-qualified donees.  

In April’s federal budget, the government promised an amendment to the Income Tax Act to make it easier for charities to sup

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