This project has been completed and is no longer active.

The Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) led an initiative designed to help disability-sector organizations meet tax requirements more effectively. The project, called Compliance in the Disability Charity Sector, operated from December 1, 2007 to March 31, 2010. The goal of this project was to contact more than one hundred existing or aspiring charities across Canada and provide them with tools and presentations to help them work through tax and compliance issues. This project was created to serve charities that serve the needs of persons with disabilities.

Scott Simser, a tax and human rights lawyer, was appointed as Project Director for the Compliance in the Disability Charity Sector project. Evelyne Gounetenzi, CAD’s Director of Outreach and Community Leadership, was hired as French Project Assistant. The project invited interested charities to contact CAD if they would like to be considered for a presentation.

Presentation topics included:

  • Gifts,
  • Disbursement Quotas,
  • Governance issues,
  • Goods and Services tax,
  • Limitations on business and political activities,
  • Books and records,
  • Tax receipts,
  • Privacy legislation,
  • Fundraising, and
  • Annual charity returns.