The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, P.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, announced today the winding down of the review by the CRA of registered charities' political activities saying results of the political activities audit program have shown substantial compliance with the rules restricting political activities.

Of the 30 completed political activities audits, only 5 resulted in a determination to revoke registration, all of which were primarily based on factors that were beyond their involvement in political activities. There are 24 more audits already underway and scheduled for completion. However, the announcement is good news for the 6 remaining charities that were selected for audit as they will not be reviewed under the political activities audit program.

"Our Government's commitment to openness and transparency includes providing more information on the regulation of charities to the public and the charitable sector in a timely manner and in ensuring the engagement of the sector", the Minister added. In order to achieve this, Minister Lebouthillier also announced that the CRA will publish an annual report to provide the public with more information about its activities and its contribution to an effective regulatory framework for registered charities. She has also asked the CRA's Charities Directorate to find ways to further clarify the rules governing a registered charity's involvement in political activities.