ACEE overview of political, charitable and prohibited activities for Alberta charities
A charity may take part in political activities provided that these activities are non-partisan and connected and subordinate to the charity’s purpose. Charities must restrict such activities to no more than 10% of their ‘effort.’ These activities would include:
- An explicit call to political action (encouraging the public to contact elected officials).
- Communication to the public that the law, policy, or decision of any level of government in Canada or a foreign country should be retained, opposed, or changed.
- Any activity or materials that seek to put pressure on an elected representative or public official to retain, oppose or change law, policy or decisions of any level of government in Canada or a foreign country.
- Direct representation to public or elected officials. This includes meetings to which those officials have been invited, even if they are not present. The representation can advocate that the law or policy be changed but IT MUST relate to an issue that is connected to the charity’s purposes, be well-reasoned, and not contain false, inaccurate or misleading information.
- Posting complete text of these representations is considered to be a charitable activity if there is no call to political action.
- General public awareness activities must be fact-based and well-reasoned, and cannot promote a point of view as the sole main activity.
- Advertisements need to include contact information.
Prohibited activities charity may NOT take part in an illegal activity or a partisan political activity.