Charities play a vital role in public policy issues, speaking up for communities and people that otherwise might not be heard. A great deal of this work — meeting with politicians or officials, submitting written briefs, or making presentations to public tribunals — counts as charitable activity and is not restricted. Some of it, particularly when a charity makes a public appeal or encourages grassroots action, is classified as political activity — meaning there are limits to how much of it a charity can do.
- Narrative Issue Sheet on Advocacy
- Q&A Document on Advocacy, Political Activity, and Foreign Funding
- Issue Alert: Charities Engagement in Public Policy (May 28, 2012)
- Open letter to Minister Kent (May 3, 2012)
- Charity Tax Tools: Political Activity
- Canada Revenue Agency’s Guidance on Political Activities by Charities
- Canada Revenue Agency Video Series on Political Activities