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Charities will feel loss of First-Time Donor’s Super Credit

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Declining donor base, looming social deficit highlight need for tax incentives to stimulate giving

OTTAWA, ON – Imagine Canada, the national umbrella organization representing the nation’s charities and nonprofits, is disappointed that today’s Federal Budget did not include a renewal of the First-Time Donor’s Super Credit. As an initiative that only affected the Treasury when people made a new contribution to charities in their communities, the Super Credit has generated at least $84 million for charities since it was first introduced in 2013.

“We understand that the federal government has prioritized simplifying the tax credit system overall, but we are disappointed nonetheless that they chose not to renew the Super Credit beyond 2017,” stated Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO of Imagine Canada. “With statistics showing that fewer Canadians are making charitable contributions and our Chief Economist predicting a $23 billion Social Deficit by 2026, it is critical that the tax system provide incentives to encourage new generations of donors.”

The First-Time Donor’s Super Credit was introduced in 2013 as a temporary measure to help expand the pool of Canadian donors and it was hoped that it would be renewed in 2017.  The charitable sector in Canada employees 2 million people, accounts for 8.1% of GDP and involves 13 million volunteers.  As a significant contributor to the economy, a source of innovation and part of the very fabric of Canadian communities, it is critical that a holistic approach to sustaining this sector be taken.

The Prime Minister’s mandate letters to a number of cabinet members commit the government to a number of specific actions, including a new legal and regulatory framework for charities and nonprofits. Almost two years into the government’s mandate, little has been done to fulfil this commitment. To that end, Imagine Canada is calling on the federal government to work towards a new relationship, one that will allow the identification and implementation of comprehensive and long-term reforms that will allow charities and nonprofits to remain vital, sustainable, and innovative contributors to Canadian communities and the economy.

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For further information:

Marnie Grona
Director, Marketing & Communications
Imagine Canada
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mgrona@imaginecanada.ca

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