Charities & Not-for-Profit Law


Recent legislative changes have increased the complexity of not-for-profit and charity law in Canada.  The Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Group at Ross & McBride LLP has unrivaled experience in assisting clients in navigating these changes.

At Ross & McBride LLP we help organizations operate more effectively, with greater transparency and accountability to their stakeholders.

We advise and represent not-for-profit and charitable organizations in such matters as:

  • Charitable registration under the Income Tax Act
  • Legal advocacy
  • Maintaining charitable status and dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Transition under the new federal and provincial corporate legislation
  • Updating by-laws and review of governance and operational matters
  • Assistance with organizing and holding meetings for members and other stakeholders
  • Advising on political activities within CRA rules
  • Facilitating foreign operations by Canadian not-for-profits and charities
  • Employment matters
  • Major agreements with donors and funders
  • Legal and ethical issues with fundraising, fundraising contracts, gifts, and planned giving
  • Partnerships, affiliations, and mergers
  • Protection of intellectual property – copyright and trade-marks
  • Educational programs for boards, staff, and volunteers on legal and ethical issues


Our lawyers are involved with the not-for-profit and charitable sector not only as advisors, but as volunteers.  This volunteer experience allows us to better understand the needs of our clients.


David van der Woerd
David van der Woerd
P: 905.572.5803
dvanderwoerd@rossmcbride.com