Charity number with the Canada Revenue Agency

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All conferences and councils should have a charity number.

The main advantages of being a registered charity are:

  • Registration allows a charity to issue official donation receipts for gifts it receives. These receipts can be used to reduce the income tax payable of an individual donor or the taxable income of a corporate donor.
  • Once registered, a charity is exempt from paying income tax under Part I of the Income Tax Act.
  • Registered charities are eligible to receive gifts from other registered charities, such as foundations.
  • Registration provides increased credibility in the community, since registered charities must follow certain rules and guidelines in order to maintain their registration.
  • Many goods and services provided by registered charities are exempt from goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST). Also, in many situations, registered charities can claim a partial rebate for the GST/HST they pay.

The main obligations of a registered charity are to:

  • devote its resources (funds, personnel, and property) to its charitable purposes and activities;
  • file its annual Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, within six months of its fiscal period-end;
  • meet its annual spending requirement;
  • keep adequate books and records in Canada, and make them available for review by the Canada Revenue Agency on request;
  • make sure that official donation receipts are complete and accurate when issued;
  • control and direct the use of all its resources (funds, personnel, and property); and
  • maintain its status as a legal entity.

Also, a registered charity should inform the Charities Directorate and the SSVP National Council of any changes to the charity's mode of operation or legal structure. Examples include a change in address, directors, legal or operating name, purposes, activities, or governing documents.

If a registered charity does not meet its obligations, it may be subject to a penalty and may have its registered status revoked.

For more information please visit the CRA website : http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/menu-eng.html


To apply for a charity number, the following documents must be completed and send to the SSVP National Office: