Roundtable: CRA Policy Guidance

March 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m, ET

Please read the policy guidance CG 027 ahead of the roundtable.

The Canada Revenue Agency issued draft guidance explaining how the CRA will administer changes to the Income Tax Act which allow charities to carry on unlimited public policy dialogue and development activities (PPDDA) to advance their stated charitable purpose. The publication of the guidance follows Parliament passing legislation that changes the rules governing charities’ political activities. These changes were included in Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, which received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018.

The CRA is accepting comments on the guidance document until April 23, 2019. All feedback received will be considered to inform the publication of a final version of the guidance. (Source: Imagine Canada)

The CUC is very pleased with this change in policy. It is one of the recommendations made to the Canada Revenue Agency in 2015. The guidance seems to provide clear guidelines for charities to engage in public policy activities. The CUC will be consulting with other charities for their views.

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