CCRDA Fall Workshops 2021 has ended
Based on member feedback, this year’s Fall Workshops are focused on very practical learning opportunities, with our time book-ended by space for inspiration and spiritual formation.

We are excited to be featuring Cheryl Bear and Sara Williamson-Bynoe for our opening and closing plenary sessions focused on spiritual formation. We are also happy to highlight some of the amazing expertise from right within our own Preferred Partner Network. There are a great variety of topics to be explored and something for almost everybody to join in learning. And because they are Preferred Partners, you know it’s going to be good!

Glad to have you join us as we learn together!
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Wednesday, September 22 • 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Advocacy Unpacked: What Charities Need to Know to Engage in the Public Square

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Charities are important advocates in the public square. With a passion to serve and with extensive on-the-ground experience, charities are well-positioned to advocate for effective policy-based improvements. Religious charities in particular have important contributions to make to our public policy discussions.

But what are the rules? How can charities participate in politics? What about during elections?

In this workshop we’ll unpack advocacy and highlight what charities need to know to engage in the public square. Our topics will include:

1. Public Policy Dialogue and Development Activities (PPDDA)
You’re probably familiar with PPDDAs, but we’ll refresh the basics: What are PPDDAs? What are the rules about PPDDAs? How are these rules different from the old rules about political activities? Are any activities prohibited?

2. Federal Elections Act
Now that you know all about PPDDAs, we’ll look at how that changes during the election period. There are rules for “third parties” (i.e. charities) and “issue advertising” that you need to be aware of. We’ll discuss what the election rules are, how that impacts PPDDAs, and what registration and reporting is required during election periods.

3. Lobbying
Yes, there’s more! Now that you know all about PPDDAs and how that changes during the election period, there is one more layer that you need to be aware of. Lobbying is regulated federally, provincially and in some municipalities. We’ll look at the federal act to understand what lobbying is, whether you need to register and what reporting is required.

To make this very practical we’ll look at Bill S-222, which would drastically change the current requirement that charities fund their own activities and exercise direction and control. We’ll look at PPDDAs, election activities and lobbying with a view to S-222 and the topic of direction and control.

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Deina Warren

Associate Director of Legal Affairs, Canadian Centre for Christian Charities
Deina completed her Hon. B.A. in Political Science at Western and worked for UWO before earning her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa, where she graduated in the top 10 per cent of her class.During law school she was actively engaged with the student Christian... Read More →

Wednesday September 22, 2021 12:30pm - 3:30pm EDT

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