The "Public Benefit" test


Q. We are a small mosque in Vancouver looking to apply to become a Registered Charity in Canada. In reviewing the Canada Revenue Agency's requirements we found that all Charities in Canada must be established for the "Public Benefit." How do show that we are benefiting the public as a faith based Charity? 

Answer: That's an excellent question. You are right that faith-based Charities cannot tangibly show "Public Benefit" as their sister Charities in the poverty and eductional sectors usually can. However, historically the CRA and the courts of Canada have assumed that faith based Charities provide a "Public Benefit."

For more information on the "Public Benefit" test, see Here

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