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Feds to change law on political activities by charities, appeal case ordering them to do the same

Thursday, August 23, 2018 @ 9:17 AM | By Ian Burns

The federal government has announced it will amend the Income Tax Act to allow charities to pursue non-partisan political activities — while simultaneously appealing a recent court decision that struck down restrictions on those activities as a Charter violation.

Section 149.1(6.2) of the Income Tax Act (ITA) limits the amount of resources a charity can put toward non-partisan political activities and states that substantially all of the charity’s resources must go toward charitable activities. But Justice Edward Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled in July the...