Recent Developments in IT Law Affecting Charities and NFPs

November 2019 Charity & NFP Law Update

Sean S. Carter, Esther Shainblum and Luis R. Chacin


The exponential development of new digital technologies in recent years has had a profound effect upon established concepts and principles of privacy law, intellectual property law, securities law, as well as charity and not-for-profit law, amongst others. Within this context, regulators are having to cooperate with each other in order to deal with digital technologies meant to reach users across multiple jurisdictions and harmonize their respective legal regimes to ensure that their respective jurisdictions remain competitive and are able to attract technology-oriented investments and talent.

As a result of this rapidly changing legal environment, new landmark court decisions are being released and legislation introduced on an increasingly frequent basis. In response to this changing legal landscape, this Bulletin is intended to provide a select summary of recent developments in the law over the last year dealing with Information Technology as it relates to charities and not-for-profits and their use of the Internet and social media.

For the balance of this Bulletin, please see Charity & NFP Law Bulletin No. 457.


Read the November 2019 Charity & NFP Law Update

Recent Developments in IT Law Affecting Charities and NFPs 
CRA News 
-   Update to the Guide for Completing Form T3010 Registered Charity Information Return 
Legislation Update 
-   Ontario Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019, Receives Royal Assent 
-   Schedule 31 of Ontario Bill 100, Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget Measures), 2019 Proclaimed into Force
-   Ontario Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019 at Second Reading
-   Ontario Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019, Second Reading Debates
-   Part X of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (Ontario) Coming into Force
Corporate Update 
-   Amendments to Nova Scotia's Co-operative Associations Act
-   Proposed Amendments to Ontario's Co-Operative Corporations Act 
CRA Indicates Meals Supplied by Charities to Seniors Are Not Generally Taxable
Alberta Court Finds Society's By-law Invalid due to Inadequate Approval
Ontario Court Reluctant to Intervene in Seminary Board Dispute 
Employee Taking Videos of Customer Results in Termination for Cause
Privacy Law Update 
-   One Year Anniversary - OPC Reviews the First Full Year of Mandatory Data Breach Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements 
-   Canadian Bar Association Submissions on Privacy Act Modernization
Accessibility Compliance Reporting and Accessible Websites Deadlines Approaching 
Ontario Nonprofit Network Publishes Report on Sector Survey
Imagine Canada Publishes Report on Corporate Community Contributions 
The 26th Annual Church & Charity Law Seminar November 7, 2019