The report Small and Rural Charities: Making a Difference for Canadians was released in June 2008, following consultations with small and rural charities in October and November 2007. A copy of the report can be ordered by calling the Charities Directorate at 1-800-267-2384.
In addition to a joint action plan, the report is also intended to be an informational resource for the sector. The CRA has included a section on the voluntary sector, highlighting its unique challenges and its contribution to our communities, a section describing how charities are regulated in Canada, and a description of government and sector resources available to the voluntary sector to assist it in both fulfilling its charitable purposes, and meeting its administrative and legislative requirements.
The joint action plan contains 66 recommendations. The progress of each recommendation and some of the new tools that have been developed can be viewed under Progress status of the joint action plan.