reported, the 2016 Federal Budget announced the
government's commitment to engage with stakeholders in an
effort to clarify the political activities rules applicable to
Canadian registered charities. On September 27, 2016, the
Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National
Revenue (the "Minister"), held a news conference at which she launched the
government's public consultations on these rules. The
first stage of the consultations is an online consultation process,
which is now open and will remain open until November 25,
2016. We encourage our readers and clients with an interest in
these issues to visit the Canada Revenue Agency's online consultation page to submit their
comments. Some parts of the sector have long cried out for a
change to the political activities rules and now is your chance to
be heard. Public consultations are only effective if the
government receives feedback from impacted parties.
After the online consultation process, in-person consultations
will take place in Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg,
Calgary and Vancouver. The dates for these meetings have yet
to be announced.
A panel will then be convened to consider the feedback from the
online and in-person consultations and to make recommendations to
the Minister in a report to be provided in early 2017. We are
pleased to report that
Susan Manwaring, Partner at Miller Thomson LLP and National
Lead of our Social Impact Group, has been appointed to the
panel. Susan has extensive experience helping organizations
comply with the rules and regulations applicable to charities,
including the complex rules around engaging in political
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