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Information about regulating the political activities of charities

The process for identifying which charities will be audited for any reason is handled by the Charities Directorate and is not subject to political direction. For more information on the Charities Directorate's recent activities, including how the Directorate selects charity files for political activities compliance actions, please see the Charities Program Update - 2014.

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