Canada Set to Remove Limit on Charities’ Non-partisan Political Activities

The Canadian government’s move to broaden the freedom of expression for charities has been labelled a win for the nation’s charitable sector.

The government issued a motion last Thursday indicating it would remove the limits on political activities for charities, allowing organisations to engage in non-partisan political activities when this is in pursuit of a charitable purpose.

Canada Without Poverty (CWP) executive director Leilani Farha said this was a victory for the charity sector and would strengthen Canadian democracy.

“The government has chosen to protect the free speech of Canada’s civil society by amending the Income Tax Act. We applaud the change in their approach to one that [is in line with] the freedom of expression of Canadian charities,” Farha said.

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