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Tax Incentives for Charitable Donations in Canada with a Focus on the Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving

Brian Emmett, our Chief Economist, and Harvey Sims, the former Chief Economist, Privy Council Office for the Government of Canada and Ottawa-based consultant, co-authored a discussion paperabout the tax incentives for charitable giving in Canada paying particular attention to the proposed Stretch Tax Credit.  

This paper gathers and interprets existing evidence about the impact of tax changes on donations and taxes using a simple economic approach. It also summarizes some of the other economic and policy-related implications of changes in tax-treatment of donations that are important for charities to consider.

Released in March 2015.

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Tax Incentives for Charitable Donations in Canada with a Focus on the Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving
Charities in Canada as an Economic Sector

The discussion paper, by Chief Economist Brian Emmett and co-author Geoffrey Emmett, invites Canadians, governments, businesses and communities to not only think of charities as purpose driven but also as an essential component driving Canada’s economy.

Released in June 2015. 

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Charities in Canada as an Economic Sector
Charities, Sustainable Funding and Smart Growth

Through a series of scenarios that project the state of the charitable and nonprofit sector in 2026, chief economist Brian Emmett identifies a looming social deficit.

Released in October 2016.

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Charities, Sustainable Funding and Smart Growth
Beyond Synergy: Charities Building the Future Canadians Want

As a follow up to his Charities, Sustainable Funding and Smart Growth discussion paper, Chief Economist Brian Emmett presents a strategic architecture for government and the charitable and nonprofit sector to address the looming social deficit in Canada. The missions of charities align with building the future Canadians want – one that is equitable, inclusive, and environmentally responsible – but without attention to the economic contributions of charities and regulatory reform of out-dated rules and regulations, the innovation necessary to fulfill this promise will be greatly impeded.

Released in February 2018

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Beyond Synergy: Charities Building the Future Canadians Want
Imagine Canada - Strategic Planning Framework

The future is upon us. As charities and nonprofits seek to fulfill their missions in an ever-changing world, Imagine Canada is continuing its process of understanding the operating system for organizations, not just today, but what it may look like in years to come.

Imagine Canada is working to articulate a bold path that will result in the greatest impact for organizations seeking to improve the very fabric of society, both here in Canada and on a global scale.

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Unfair or Unwanted? Competition Between Charities and Nonprofit Businesses in Canada

As Canadian charities face a long-term crisis of financial sustainability, they are looking at ways to increase earned income. At the same time, for-profit businesses have become more active in areas once thought to be the unique domain of charities. 

This discussion paper, by Chief Economist Brian Emmett, argues that for-profit businesses and charities co-exist in many markets, both benefiting from government support, and that tax policy has little, if any, effect on market shares and earnings of for-profit businesses.

Released in January 2019.

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