Charities facts and figures

The number of registered charities continued to grow in 2012. As of December 31, 2012, there were 86,159 registered charities, up from 85,923 on December 31, 2011.

Charity Type

Poverty 18,645
Education 13,924
Religion 33,494
Other purposes beneficial to the community 20,096
Total 86,159  

For the 2012-2013 fiscal year (April 1 to March 31), the Charities Directorate:

  • handled 104,129 telephone enquiries on its toll-free line;
  • received 7,791 written service requests from registered charities;canstockphoto0769970
  • received 3,863 new applications for charitable registration;
  • received 591 applications for re?registration;
  • formally denied 283 applications;
  • registered 2,072 charities (this includes new registrations and re?registrations);
  • completed 799 audits of registered charities, which were chosen using a variety of methods, including random selection, follow-up on possible non-compliance or complaints, and based on a review of annual information returns;
  • revoked 713 registered charities because they did not file their annual Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return within six months after their fiscal year end;
  • revoked 58 registered charities for other causes (for example, because they no longer complied with the requirements of the Income Tax Act); and
  • revoked the charitable status of 741 organizations at their own request.





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