External resources for charities
- Organizations offering education and training
- Local sources of help and support
- Provincial and territorial governments
Organizations offering education and training
These organizations have information on a variety of topics, including requirements and obligations of charitable registration, fundraising practices, receipting, books and records, and more.
These organizations were funded by the Canada Revenue Agency under the Charities Partnership and Outreach Program.
- Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (Charity Central)
- Ontario Community Support Association (Capacity Builders)
- Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick
- The Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA)
Local sources of help and support
There are many sources of information, help, and support for charities in their own communities. Examples include:
Many hospitals have volunteer programs and associations. Registered charities involved in health-related activities can contact their local hospital volunteer groups for information.
Most communities have a volunteer network, or something similar, that links volunteers to organizations needing help. Your local library is a good place to start researching community services and programs.
Municipal and regional governments
Municipal and regional governments may have committees (arts, culture, health, and social services) or other departments that offer advice or funding.
Schools and student volunteers
Some secondary schools have volunteer programs that link students to organizations needing help. In some jurisdictions, secondary school students have to do a certain amount of volunteer work within their community to graduate.
Universities and colleges
Many universities and colleges offer programs in non-profit and volunteer management.
Provincial and territorial governments
In addition to federal regulations, each province and territory may have legislation that charities have to follow. For example, some provinces and territories regulate business activities, fundraising, internal governance, and the use of charitable property.
- Alberta Culture and Tourism: Community and Voluntary Services
- Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission: Gaming for Charities
- Government of Alberta: Nonprofit/Voluntary Organizations
- Service Alberta: Charitable & Non-profit Organizations
Newfoundland and Labrador
In Nunavut, municipalities are responsible for enforcing fundraising, gaming, and lottery activities. For more information, please check with your municipality.
- Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade: Volunteerism
- Ministry of the Attorney General: Charities
Prince Edward Island
- Department of Justice and Public Safety: Corporate Services
- Department of Justice and Public Safety: Lottery License
- Government of Prince Edward Island: Non-Profit Organizations and Charities
- Legislative Counsel Office: Charities Act
- Registraire des entreprises Québec
- Revenu Québec: Charity
- Revenu Québec: The QST and the GST/HST: How They Apply to Charities
- Department of Community Services: Corporate Affairs
- Department of Community Services: Lottery Licencing for Raffles, Bingos and Casinos
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