The Government responds to the ACCS Report – Catalyst for Change : A roadmap for a stronger charitable sector

Par Peter R. Elson , PhiLab Co-director
23 April 2021

The federal government has officially responded to the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector report: Catalyst for Change: A roadmap for a stronger charitable sector.

The government responded to the Senate report in three ways: supporting recommendations through profiling federal programs already in place; rejecting recommendations due to the existence of federal programs; and deferring recommendations for consideration by the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS).

Issues the independent ACCS, in addition to its existing priorities, is now being asked to consider include:

  • T3010 and T1044 content
  • tax measures to strengthen charitable giving
  • modification of restrictions on accessing capital
  • equitable access to for-profit funding initiatives
  • review the common law definition of charity
  • review qualified donee and tax-preferred status policy
  • amendments to the disbursement quota
  • review tax treatment of NPOs
The ACCS will be challenged to address these fundamental issues in the months and years ahead, but it appears that this is a venue this government is committed to utilize as a means to liaise with the charitable sector at large.

Find the Government response to the ACCS report here

ACCS Report: Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector


First report by ACCS – January 2021