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Workshop on lobbying and advocacy for NGOs



CCIC is pleased to offer the EDs/CEOs of our member organizations, as well as their Board Members, the chance to participate in an interactive half-day workshop on advocacy, lobbying and political action in Canada. Facilitated by a team of an advocacy expert and a lawyer (see short bio notes below), this workshop responds to comments received from many of you, during and after our CCIC Annual Forum in May, to the effect that there is a need to clarify some of the confusion and divergent understandings around what charities can and cannot do in this realm. We are confident that this half-day session will prove a valuable input for your high level organizational decision-making processes around advocacy and lobbying activities.


In Ottawa, Sept 25, 2012, from 9 to 2 (with translation into French)


$ 180 per participant

To register:

Email Alice Ouedraogo or call 613-241-7007 ext 350 by Friday, August 31.

A minimum of 25 participants is required to go ahead with the workshop, and a maximum of 35 will be accommodated on a first-come first-serve basis.

The “Rules” of Lobbying

A live-in-person, half-day workshop about what all public-policy advocates need to know about the "rules" of lobbying, advocacy and political action in Canada. This 3 1/2 hour session will  cover such matters as lobbyists registration,  Income Tax Act provisions related to advocacy by registered charities, and – of particular interest to international development organizations -  the rules associated with federal anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering statutes
Themes to be covered include:

  • different types of organization (registered charity or non-charity NGO or association) have different requirements, obligations and restrictions
  • determining compliance with lobbyists registration (at federal, provincial and local levels)
  • lobbyists registration compliance tips and templates
  • advocacy restrictions on “grants and contributions” to NGOs
  • the complex Income Tax Act rules and requirements for registered “charities” (including complex, new rules announced in this year's Federal Budget)
  • avoiding problems with political finance under the Canada Elections Act rules
  • brief overview of anti-money-laundering and anti-terrorism policy and its implications for development NGOs
  • managing the “risks”



Susan Manwaring is the National Chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Group at the national law firm Miller Thomson LLP. Susan works with clients from the voluntary sector providing both specialized tax and general counsel advice to charities and not-for-profit organizations across Canada and Internationally.

Sean Moore is the principal of Advocacy School and a former Partner and Public Policy Advisor with the national law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. Though not a lawyer, Sean is a recognized authority on the regulatory and policy environment associated with public-policy advocacy.

Please note: This workshop will not provide legal advice to participants. Rather, it will provide information, insights and general practical advice on how to manage risk associated with advocacy and lobbying activity in Canada.



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