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Senate study

Senate study on the charitable and nonprofit sector

In the spring of 2017, Senator Terry Mercer put forward a motion to have a Special Committee formed in the Senate to carry out a wide-ranging study on the future of the charitable and nonprofit sector. In January 2018, the Senate approved the study of the charitable sector, and a Special Committee on the Charitable Sector was created. 

The members of the Senate Special Committee are:

  • Terry M. Mercer (Chair)
  • Ratna Omidvar (Deputy Chair)
  • Robert Black
  • Mike Duffy
  • Ghislain Maltais
  • Yonah Martin
  • Judith Seidman

The Committee is scheduled to report by December 31, 2018 and has a broad mandate to consider the impact of laws, regulations, and government policies on charities and nonprofits. This could include anything, from whether the definition of charity should be modernized, to issues that have a real impact on your day-to-day operations, like improvements to how grants and contributions are administered.

We are working with partner organizations, developing common messages and recommendations on a range of issues. If you have any thoughts you want to share, please get in touch!

Click to watch the recordings of the meetings: September 17 and September 18

Our National Partners

  • great west life
  • Lawson Foundation
  • Muttart Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Suncor
  • TD Bank
  • investors group

Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters.

Charitable Registration Number: 119218790 RR0001