Charities request charity law reform to protect free speech

Jan 09 2017

Charities request charity law reform to protect free speech

Recently, the federal government held a 10-week public consultation on the rules governing how charities engage in public policy. To ensure it was done collaboratively, Imagine Canada — with a mission of strengthening and supporting the charitable sector — put out a call for working group members to create a submission for legislative reform.

The submission was a simple one: end restrictions on free speech. How? By implementing a legislative amendment to the Income Tax Act that would change its regulatory focus from a charity’s activities to its purposes, finally clarifying a charity’s capacity to involve itself in public policy without scrutiny and claims of overstepping the restrictive 10% rule (whereby charities are only able to expend 10% of their efforts on political activity).

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Courtesy of Charity Village