Policy : 2020-06-01

An Open Letter : 35 : 33

An Open Letter

An Open Letter The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P. To: The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergover­nmental Affairs Prime Minister of Canada The Honourable William Morneau, P.C., M.P. Minister of Finance Dear Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister, Re: Support for Charities and Not-For-Profits with Increased Funding from the Private Sector HEALTHCARE Congratula­tions on your timely and significan­t fiscal support for employees, employers, small, medium and large companies, charities and not-for-profit organizati­ons. It has been extremely effective in helping all Canadians deal with the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. As you have said, ”We are all in this together.“All political parties deserve credit for setting aside partisan interest and putting the country first. Their proposals have resulted in improvemen­ts to relief and recovery programs, and it is equally to the government’s credit for accepting changes in the same constructi­ve spirit. In an unpreceden­ted economic emergency, Canadians have benefited from Parliament’s only agenda being the national interest. In that spirit of the public interest, we take this opportunit­y to reiterate a modest proposal that would enable public spirited individual­s and organizati­ons to play a positive role in the recovery in their communitie­s and provinces, as well as our country. In an open letter published in the March/April issue of we outlined the opportunit­y to introduce a budgetary measure that would stimulate an estimated $200 million of additional annual charitable donations. EDUCATION Policy Magazine, The proposal is simplicity itself. Ottawa would remove the capital gains tax on charitable donations of private company shares and real estate. A foregone federal tax estimated at $50-$60 million would result in charitable donations several times over. Among other downstream benefits in the current context of economic recovery, this would also create jobs in the charitable and not-for-profit sectors such as healthcare, social services and education. SOCIAL SERVICES Though a budget or fiscal update have been understand­ably delayed, we urge you to present a simple amendment to the Income Tax Act that could be adopted during the four days of the summer sitting of Parliament. This would enable charities and not-forprofits to begin receiving additional donations immediatel­y over the summer months, rather than having to wait until the fall or even next spring. We are confident that all parties in the House, as well as members of the Senate, will welcome and expedite passage of such an initiative. All stakeholde­rs in our hospitals, social service agencies, universiti­es and arts and cultural organizati­ons, and the millions of Canadians they serve, will be very appreciati­ve of any additional support. Thank you for your interest and considerat­ion. Yours sincerely, Donald K. Johnson, O.C., LL.D. cc: The Honourable Andrew Scheer, P.C., M.P., Mr. Jagmeet Singh, M.P., M. Yves-François Blanchet, M.P., Ms. Jo-Ann Roberts, Leader of the Conservati­ve Party of Canada Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada Chef du Bloc Québécois Interim Leader of the Green Party of Canada

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