Happy New Year - Looking Ahead to 2021

  • January 14, 2021

Happy new year from the CBA Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section! We have some exciting initiatives happening in the next few months and invite you to get involved in our Section activities.

Advocacy Work

The Section is very involved in law and policy reform. We regularly participate in consultations on proposed changes, including the review of draft legislation, policies and guidelines as well as making submissions to CRA, Corporations Canada and other government bodies. We invite you to get involved in any of our Committees on topics of interest to you. Contact us for more information and to get involved!

CBA Charity Law Online Symposium

The Section hosts an annual Charity Law Symposium which provides an excellent opportunity to explore critical and emerging issues in charity and not-for-profit law and get to know fellow practitioners. Usually held in-person in Toronto, we will be going online on May 14, 2021 in webinar format. Stay tuned for additional details!

“Join a Province for Lunch”

We are excited to begin a series of informal lunchtime “fireside chats” on topics of interest to our members, held virtually but with each chat hosted by a different province. Be prepared to bring your questions and let’s learn from each other! Registration will be free for Section members. Stay tuned for the event date and registration details.

Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Student Essay Contest

Are you a law student working on an essay in the area of charity law? The Section sponsors an annual law student essay competition related to general topics in Canadian charity and not-for-profit law. The submission deadline for this year’s contest is April 30, 2021. Details on contest criteria and eligibility are available on the Section’s essay contest webpage. The winner of the 2020 Section essay contest was Reid Buchanan. Read his winning essay, “Charitable Donation Tax Credits in Canada: Equitable Concerns and Options for Reform” here!

Jane Burke-Robertson Award of Excellence

The Section also sponsors the CBA Jane Burke-Robertson Award of Excellence in Charity and Not-For-Profit Law, in memory of the late Jane Burke-Robertson, which is awarded every two years to a long-standing CBA member who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession in the area of charity and not-for-profit law. The submission deadline for the 2021 Award is March 31, 2021. Please see the Award webpage for information on nomination criteria. We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Share your Articles

Working on an article in the area of charity law? We are always on the lookout for member articles on areas of interest in charity law to share on our website and through other Section communication, and encourage you to submit your article for publication.

Thank you,

2020-21 Section Executive