Helpful Resources for Land Trusts during COVID-19

OLTA has collated the resources below to support our members during the current outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). These are posted on our website for reference but the most current versions of all public, public health, and health care guidance can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.

Content will be added and updated on this page as the situation evolves. If you come across any resources you believe would be worth sharing to the wider community, please contact Phyllis Lee (


Webinar for Charities on Announcements Related to the Crisis

Last week Drache Aptowitzer LLP hosted a webinar for charities on government announcements relevant to charities during this time of crisis including new details on the:

Emergency Wage Subsidy Program,

Conducting meetings, and

Accessing restricted funds.

A recording of this webinar will be available soon, but in the meantime here are the slides. They are very informative, we’d recommend you take a look.

Leadership in Uncertain Times (Canada Helps)

Canada Helps convened a panel to discuss leadership tips, organizational health considerations, and HR best practices for leaders to lead successfully through these uncertain times.  Access the webinar recording and slides here.

Legal Issues for Charities and NFPs

Carters presented a special webinar ‘COVID-19: Legal Issues for Charities and NFPs’ on April 9, 2020. Webinar Materials and On Demand/Replay available.

Canada Revenue Agency - Charities Directorate Update (April 21)

The Charities Directorate call centre has resumed its operations in order to address any questions you may have. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) between 9 am and 5 pm, local time at 1-800-267-2384. We are working towards a gradual resumption of other services, such as online registrations, while audit activities continue to be suspended until further notice.

To find out more about operating a charity, you can also review the Charities and Giving webpages.

As part of government actions taken in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charities Directorate is extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020. This will allow charities more time to complete and submit their T3010, recognizing that charities will be focused on deploying their resources to address the effects of the COVID-19 situation.

Charities are also encouraged to register for CRA’s secure online services. Through My Business Account, you and your representatives can access the new digital services for charities, which provide you with the ability to complete and file online Form T3010.

Find more information on tax and benefits measures to help support Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a reminder, you can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in CRA’s My Account or over the phone.

Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

April 24, 2020

There has been an update on this program. Drache Aptowitzer LLP has put out an article outlining the latest information on rent relief. See the article here. More information can also be found here, on the provincial governments website.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Source: CRA Bulletin on Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Resources for the CEWS:

CEWS Communications of Interest to Charities

The CRA will open the application process on April 27, 2020. CEWS claims will be subject to verification by the CRA, therefore the CRA will begin to release funds for approved applications on May 5,

Corporations Canada Filing Change

Corporations Canada has announced that the deadline for filing annual returns in accordance with applicable federal corporate statutes ordinarily due between February 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 has now been extended until September 30, 2020. Normally, these corporations are required to file their annual returns as a federally incorporated organization within 60 days of their anniversary date. Click here to read the full text of the notice from the Corporations Canada, provided by Carters Professional Corporation.

Federal Corporations and Annual General Meetings in Light of COVID-19 (Carters Professional Corporation)

In recognition that in-person annual general meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic would be contrary to public health advice regarding social distancing, Corporations Canada posted a notice on March 26, 2020 concerning annual general meetings for federally incorporated not-for-profits and business corporations. The notice outlines various options that may be available to federal corporations in order for them to comply with their obligations under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act or the Canada Business Corporations Act, including possibly holding virtual meetings, partial virtual meetings, or delaying calling the annual general meeting through a written application to Corporations Canada. Click here to read the full text of the notice from Corporations Canada.

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (Ontario) – Statement on Accessing Funds During COVID-19 Crisis (Drache Aptowitzer LLP)

The Ontario Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (“PGT”) within the Ministry of the Attorney General issued a special statement on March 30, 2020 titled Accessing Restricted Purpose Trust Funds Prior to Obtaining a Court Order During the COVID19 Pandemic (the “Statement”).  The Statement indicates that the PGT has developed temporary guidelines to allow charities that are in danger of closing to access the income and capital of restricted purpose trust funds when necessary to enable them to continue their day-to-day operations without having to immediately obtain a Court order. Read the full article here.

How to Keep Uninvited Guests Out of Your Zoom Event

As more of us are turning to on-line meetings, there are those who are crashing Zoom events. There are ways to secure your meeting space. Read how to keep uninvited guests out here.

A Charity's Guide to Canada's COVID-19 Governmental Supports and Programs (Canada Helps)

This article outlines the measures undertaken by the Federal and Provincial governments in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the employment supports available to Canada’s charitable sector. It will be updated as new information on these measures emerge, and if any new supports for charities are provided by our governments. Read the article here.

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

April 27, 2020

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak. For the latest information please click here.

Fraud and Financial Management

How a global pandemic can provide a breeding ground for wire fraud

April 17, 2020

BDO Canada released an article discussing fraud tactics, how your organization can protect itself against wire fraud during the pandemic, and how BDO can help. Click here for more information.

Financial and funding considerations for NPOS during COVID-19

April 15, 2020

BDO Canada released an article discussing how to approach fundraising amidst the pandemic, ways to find financial relief, and approaches to understand where your organization stands and its current cash flow. Find more information here.