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Your opinion counts! CBA Charities & NPL Survey

The CBA National Charities & Not-for-Profit Law Section needs your help setting its priorities. Please take a few minutes to answer this short survey by March 18th. Your response will help ensure that the Section’s activities address your interests and concerns.

As a thank you, you will receive 50% off a CBA professional development seminar. You can choose from a selection of on-demand programs and watch any time at your convenience.

Individual responses will be confidential. Contact information is collected only for identification purposes. Responses will only be reported in aggregate.


Margaret Mason
Chair, CBA National Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section

Call for Nominations:

CBA Jane Burke-Robertson Award of Excellence in Charity and Not-For-Profit Law

This award is named in memory of the late Jane Burke-Robertson in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the CBA and her many contributions to the specialty of charity and not-for-profit law in Canada. The award will be presented at the National Charity Law Symposium on May 29, 2015 in Toronto.

Nominations should include the candidate’s curriculum vitae, a detailed letter of recommendation and any other letters of support, and must be received by Inika Anderson by Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Full details


May 29, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

Join leading experts and your peers from across Canada to explore critical and emerging issues at the annual Charity Law Symposium. The Charity & Not-For-Profit Section of the Canadian Bar Association is bringing you this essential one-day event.

While earning CPD credits, you will also have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss timely trends and developments, including how the 2015 Federal Budget, Case law and recently released CRA regulatory guidance could affect you and your clients.
  • Learn about the current administration of federal charity law, as the CRA’s Director General of Charities Directorate joins us for lunch.
  • Explore your clients’ duty to disclose potential and past criminal acts they discover, how to set up parallel structures to a charity, and how to run corporate meetings under the Canadian Not-For-Profit Corporations Act
  • Consider ethical issues with our ever popular Professionalism Panel
  • Connect with leading experts, as well as your peers, from across Canada.

Registration opening soon.

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In order to create networking opportunities and a forum for discussion and exchange on subjects relevant to our Section, we have recently created a group on LinkedIn. This professional networking site allows you to establish connections with other professionals interested in charities & not-for-profit law; share cases and accomplishments; and to keep you up to date on Section activities.

If you’re already a LinkedIn member, we invite you to join the CBA Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section group. You can easily do so through the sign in page. If you are not already a member, membership in LinkedIn is free and it is easy to join! You can do so by creating a profile here.

We look forward to meeting you on LinkedIn!

The Section is currently looking for articles for its next newsletter. If you would like to contribute to the next edition, please contact us at CBA Newsletters.

Join the National Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section Listserv

The National Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section has a listserv which you are encouraged to join. Section members can  join the listserv here.

**  In order to join a listserv you must be a member of the relevant CBA Section. Please contact your Branch if you wish to join the National Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section.** 

Visit the Anti-Corruption Team website!

The CBA’s Anti-Corruption Team (CBA-ACT) website provides access to global anti-corruption legislation of interest to Canadian lawyers, specific case law, internation resources and conventions, and articles written by experts on the topic.

The CBA-ACT is a joint committee of the Charities, International, Business, and Competition Law Sections as well as CCCA.

Tax implications of charitable giving

In an appearance before the Commons Finance Committee on Oct. 3, Peter Broder (pictured at left), Chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section, encouraged new measures designed to foster charitable donations and expressed support for streamlining of regulations to reduce the administrative burden on registered charities and other qualified donees.

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Professional Development

  • Missed a conference? See Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section PD Archive, or purchase course materials through the CBA Store

2013 Charity Law Symposium: Recording- Presented live on May 10, 2013

If you missed the 2013 Symposium, it's not too late to participate. From your computer, you are clicks away from viewing the recording of the live program!  Purchase



  • National Section Executive Meeting, November 14, 2014 (Vancouver)



Charity Talk (October 2014)

Past issues of Charity Talk can be found on the Newsletter page.


This Section deals with law and practice relating to the regulation and administration of charities and non-profit organizations.

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