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.


Joshua Perell
Joshua Perell
P: 905-667-6413
jperell@rossmcbride.com
David Shivak
David Shivak
P: 905.572.5801
dshivak@rossmcbride.com
David van der Woerd
David van der Woerd
P: 905.572.5803
dvanderwoerd@rossmcbride.com