Charitable status Q&A

It’s true! Dying With Dignity Canada is now a registered human-rights charity.

As a result, we are pleased to announce that we can now issue tax receipts for donations made in support of our activities. Any donation made on or after January 1, 2018 is eligible for a tax receipt.

This is an astounding victory for Canadians’ end-of-life rights. With charitable status in hand, DWDC has an unprecedented opportunity to support, educate, and empower more people than ever before.

With such a game-changing development, we know you’re bound to have some questions. That’s why we’ve put together this Q&A.

1. Does Dying With Dignity Canada have an official Charitable Registration Number now?

Yes! It is 11889 0086 RR0001.

2. I made a donation in 2018. Will I receive a tax receipt?

Yes! Any donations made on or after January 1, 2018 will be issued one combined tax receipt that will be mailed to donors by February 28, 2019. To be eligible for this receipt in February, all year-end gifts and donations to Dying With Dignity Canada must be received by December 31, 2018.

3. What happens if I send a cheque in December but it doesn’t arrive at the DWDC office until January?

Your donation will still be eligible for a 2018 tax receipt as long as its post-marked date is on or before December 31.

4. What about donations made before January 1, 2018?

Only donations made on or after January 1, 2018 are eligible to receive a tax receipt. Unfortunately, donations made prior to this date are not eligible.

5. When will I receive my tax receipt?

If you made a donation in 2018, your consolidated tax receipt will be mailed by February 28, 2019. Please be assured that we are working as quickly as we can to get your receipt to you.

If you have recently moved, please contact Dying With Dignity Canada at 1-800-495-6156 to ensure your mailing address has been updated.

6. I made a donation online. How will I get my receipt?

All tax receipts for 2018 will be mailed to donors by February 28, 2019.

7. Moving forward, will I always get my receipt(s) at the end of February?

If you make a one-time gift, you will be mailed a receipt shortly after you’ve made your donation.

If you are a monthly donor, you will receive a consolidated tax receipt at the end of February for all donations from the previous year. If a monthly donor makes a one-time gift outside of their monthly contributions, they will receive a separate receipt for that donation shortly after their payment has been processed.

8. Is there a minimum donation amount required for a tax receipt?

There is currently not a minimum donation amount required in order to be eligible for a receipt.

9. Am I eligible for a tax receipt if I paid for membership?

Yes, donations made toward membership are eligible for a tax receipt.

10. Why did Dying With Dignity Canada lose its charitable status in the first place?

Dying With Dignity Canada lost its charitable status in early 2015 as a result of the political-activity audits by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). In its decision, the CRA ruled that DWDC’s educational work was not “educational” under the federal agency’s guidelines. Though disappointed by the decision, DWDC opted not to fight the ruling, choosing instead to focus on its vital work to inform and empower Canadians.

The Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Carter v. Canada, which recognized medical assistance in dying as a constitutionally protected right, opened the door for DWDC to become a charity once again. In the three years after the decision was announced, DWDC transformed itself into the leading defender of Canadians’ end-of-life rights, and defending your rights is a charitable objective under CRA rules. We thank the CRA for recognizing that DWDC’s human-rights advocacy, education, and personal support programs are charitable in nature. Canadians will only benefit from this fair and just decision.

11. How is charitable status going to affect DWDC’s advocacy work?

Make no mistake: defending human rights is charitable work, and the return of our charitable status sets the stage for DWDC to become an even stronger defender of Canadians’ end-of-life rights.

Moving forward, Dying With Dignity Canada will continue to raise a strong voice in defense of your right to choice, including your legal human right to medical assistance in dying. We remain committed to speaking out about assisted dying rules that violate your rights and unfairly discriminate against far too many Canadians.

For our part, we will continue to be a pillar of support and justice for those thousands of Canadians whose rights — as laid out in the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — are on the line. This will not change.

Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Please contact Dying With Dignity Canada at 1-800-495-6156 or donations@dyingwithdignity.ca.