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09 Feb

The Good Government Act, 2009: Reform to the Regulation of Charities

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As I noted yesterday, Ontario’s Good Government Act 2009 has received royal assent. Over 300 pieces of legislation have been amended or repealed, including various statutes dealing with the regulation of charities in Ontario.  

Of particular note are the following two changes:

1.    The Charitable Gifts Act (the “CGA”) has been repealed. This Act has long been criticized for unnecessarily restricting the ability of charities from directly or indirectly owning more than a 10% interest in a business, particularly as the Income Tax Act already imposes various restrictions on registered charities conducting business activities. The repeal of the CGA may be a welcome change to Ontario charities wishing to acquire an interest in a business for investment purposes. 

2.    An amendment to the Charities Accounting Act (“CAA”) relates to the section dealing with interests in real or personal property held for a charitable purpose. Historically, the CAA restricted the ownership of real estate by an Ontario charity by requiring that land could only be held to the extent that it was used for the charitable purpose. A charity could not own excess land and lease it out. Any excess property was subject to vesting in the Public Guardian and Trustee. The amended section now simply provides that a charity that holds an interest in real or personal property for a charitable purpose shall use the property for the charitable purpose. This amendment will presumably allow charities to hold excess property, both real or personal, and invest such property in order to earn income. 

For a more fulsome discussion of the effect of the Good Government Act, 2009 on charities, see Miller Thomson’s informative newsletter.

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08 Feb

The Good Government Act, 2009

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On December 15, 2009, the Good Government Act, 2009 received royal assent. This statute amended or repealed over 300 pieces of legislation, ranging from the Accumulations Act to the Off-Road Vehicles Act. There are various amendments that should be of particular interest to those of us who practice estate, capacity and trust litigation.

The Crown Administration of Estates Act is amended by adding a new section 5.1, dealing with the enforceability of compensation agreements. A “compensation agreement” is defined to mean an agreement with an heir of an estate that provides for compensation, directly or indirectly, to one or more persons or entities on the location, recovery or distribution of any interest in the estate to which the heir may be entitled. In cases of estates administered by the Public Guardian and Trustee, there must be fair disclosure before a possible heir is asked to sign a compensation agreement. In addition, there is a cap on compensation of 10 per cent of the value of the possible heir’s interest in the estate. Click here for the complete text of the Act.

The Health Care Consent Act, 1996 is amended to increase the time allowed, from two days to four days, for the Consent and Capacity Board to issue written reasons for decisions. In addition, the Act is amended to allow the Board to direct Legal Aid Ontario (instead of the Public Guardian and Trustee or the Office of the Children’s Lawyer) to arrange for legal representation for a person who may be incapable with respect to a treatment, managing property, admission to a care facility or a personal assistance service. Click here for the complete text of this Act.

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