About six months ago, the Charities Directorate launched a new compliance program for registered charities, called the Charities Education Program or CEP. A CEP will involve an in-person visit from a Charities Education Officer at the charity’s office and will include a review of the purposes, activities, and books and records.

The CRA plans to conduct approximately 500 of these visits each year and the selection process is likely to be based on indications of non-compliance that may have come up in a charity’s filing of its T3010, or elsewhere. Newly registered charities may also be selected to receive a visit.

At the end of the visit, the Charities Education Officer will deliver a Summary of Findings and Recommendations, which the charity will be asked to sign off on. More information about the CEP can be found here. Selected charities will receive a letter with the contact name of the Charities Education Officer assigned to the file, and a number to follow up for more information about the visit.

If your charity has received a CEP letter, Mills & Mills LLP would be happy to assist you in preparing for the visit and in reviewing, and understanding, the Summary of Findings and Recommendations that came out of it. Contact us at 416­-863-0125 or send us an email.

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