Charities are a special type of not-for-profit which make an
important contribution to the lives of the people of Ontario.
The Office of the Public
Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) plays a role in protecting
the public interest in charitable property. This page gives basic
information to people who use, run, or donate to charities.
Learn more about: how to make sure your donations are being
used wisely; how to make a complaint about possible misuse of
charitable property; how to establish a charitable not-for-profit
corporation, and the duties and responsibilities for directors or
trustees of charities
Donations: Know the Facts Before You Give
- Be an informed donor: ask questions, check facts, don't be
pressured, and give when you know your money will help people
for Donors on Charitable Giving
- Tips on choosing charities, avoiding scams, and dealing
with canvassers and telephone solicitations
Making a complaint
- Complaining About
- Do you have concerns about the way a charity is using its
property? Learn how to make a complaint about possible misuse
of charitable property
Starting and running a not-for-profit
- Provides general information on the nature of a
not-for-profit corporation, including charities, and guidelines
on how to organize, start up, and maintain such a
- Incorporating a
Charity with or without Pre-Approved Objects
The Government maintains a standard set of charitable object
clauses (called "Pre-approved objects") that describe the
most common types of work carried out by charities. If the
work intended to be carried out is accurately described by
one or more of the pre-approved objects, then it becomes
easier to apply to incorporate a charity.
This page explains when and how to apply using
Information for Directors and Trustees
Responsibilities and Powers of Directors and Trustees of
- Directors manage charitable corporations. Trustees manage
unincorporated charities and trusts. Directors and trustees are
sometimes referred to as "charitable fiduciaries"
- Investments by
Directors and Trustees of Charities
- Directors of charitable corporations and trustees of
charitable trusts are responsible for the assets of the
charities they manage. They have a duty to manage the funds
- How to
get a Court Order on a Charitable Matter Without Going to
Describes an inexpensive and simple way to get a Court Order
under section 13 of the Charities Accounting Act. To
get an Order, the consent of the OPGT and every other
person who would have been served is required.
Court Orders that you may be able to get in this way
- choosing a new trustee when a current trustee retires
and the charitable trust has made no provision for
appointing a replacement
- giving more time to a charity to dispose of a business
- applying funds to a new charity when it is no longer
possible to apply charitable property or money to its
original purpose (for example, where a charity has shut
down or ceased to exist)
Insurance and Special Purpose Trust Funds
While certain conditions apply, a regulation under the
Charities Accounting Act allows charities to:
- indemnify or buy liability insurance for their
directors, officers or trustees to protect them against
losses with which they may meet while managing the charity
in good faith
- combine special purpose trust funds (money given to the
charity to be used for a particular purpose) for investment
- Charitable Fundraising: Tips for Directors and Trustees
- A successful fund-raising campaign can make a significant difference to a charity's future operations and raise its profile in the community. However, when fund raising campaigns are not conducted appropriately they tarnish the reputation of a charity and of the charitable sector as a whole. Poorly managed fundraising campaigns may also have legal consequences for the charity and its directors or trustees.
Announcing the Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Information Sessions
Every year Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate staff visit communities across Canada to provide information sessions for registered charities. These sessions help registered charities understand their obligations under the Income Tax Act and cover a number of topics, including income tax provisions and obligations, which are often part of a charity’s daily life (e.g. issuing receipts for donations).
The sessions are geared toward everyone working for, or with, a charity — including volunteers, treasurers, board members, or officers. All attendees will find something of interest to them.
This is also a great opportunity to ask questions and to share information with other charities.
Sessions are offered in the spring, typically May and June, and in the fall, usually September and October.
The sessions are free and all registered charities are encouraged to send representatives. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. If you are interested in attending or finding more information about the Charities Information Sessions, please visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/cmmnctn/wbnrs/menu-eng.html.
Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Directorate is the federal regulator of registered charities in Canada.
To Contact the Charitable Property Program by Mail or Fax:
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
Charitable Property Program
595 Bay Street, Suite 800
Toronto, ON M5G 2M6
Fax: (416) 326-1969
Or you can call our general inquiry line at:
Tel: (416) 326-1963 or
Toll Free 1-800-366-0335 and then press 1, 8