How to apply for charitable registration

Before applying for registration as a charity, make sure you have made an informed decision. To be sure, read the information under Is registration right for you?

To apply, complete Form T2050, Application to Register a Charity Under the Income Tax Act.

Follow the instructions in Guide T4063, Registering a Charity for Income Tax Purposes.

Mail your completed application to:

Charities Directorate
Canada Revenue Agency
Ottawa ON  K1A 0L5

Is your application complete?

Every application for registration as a charity must be complete before we can review it. An incomplete application will be rejected and returned to the applicant. Before submitting an application for registration, carefully review it. To make sure you have included all the required documents and that your application is complete, use the appropriate checklist below.

Checklist - New application

All the following documents must be sent together to the Charities Directorate:

  • A completed Form T2050, Application to Register a Charity Under the Income Tax Act signed and dated by two of the organization's directors/trustees or like officials

    • In Part 3 - Activities of the organization, a detailed description of activities for each stated purpose must be included. For more information, see Describing your activities.

    • In Part 4 - Financial Information of the organization, a proposed operating budget of revenue and expenditures covering a 12-month period must be completed along with a list of anticipated assets and liabilities.

    • In Part 5 - Information about the organization's officials, all the sections must be completed for each official, including the date of birth, or the application will be considered incomplete. 

  • A complete and legible paper copy of the organization's governing documents, which contain the purposes (also called objects) for which the organization has been established, and if applicable, any associated amendments to the governing documents. For more information, see What is a governing document?

    • Organizations that are incorporated
      Incorporating documents such as articles of incorporation, letters patent, and memorandums of incorporation, must contain the seal or stamp of the federal, provincial, or territorial authority. In some provinces, incorporation can be problematic for organizations seeking charitable registration. For important information, see Incorporation documents.

    • Organizations established by a constitution or a trust
      For registration purposes, these governing documents must contain the minimum requirements. See Constitutions and Trusts.

  • A certificate of good standing, if the organization has been incorporated for five years or more.

  • A copy of the by-laws, if applicable.

    • If the by-laws do not bear a stamp from the incorporating authority, they should be signed by two officials of the organization. The effective date and the date that the two officials signed the by-laws must be included.
  • A copy of the latest financial statements, if applicable.

    • The financial statements must consist of a statement of revenue and expenditures, a statement of assets and liabilities, and any prepared notes for the most recent fiscal period.

  • A cheque for $500 made payable to the Receiver General for Canada if the organization was revoked for failure to file.

Checklist - Application for re-registration

For re-registrations, see How to apply for re-registration.

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