Legal forms of philanthropic organizations included in the law: Association, foundation, cooperative, corporation, benefit corporation, trust, society
Five main social issues addressed by these organizations: Higher education, arts and culture, religion, human rights, health
Average time established by law to register a philanthropic organization: 0-30 days
Average cost for registering a philanthropic organization: US$150
Creating such an entity is inexpensive and generally swift. However, if the entity is to be a registered charity under the Income Tax Act, it may take six months to a year, though there are no fees involved—other than what might be charged by an adviser.
Government levels primarily regulating the incorporation of philanthropic organizations: Central/federal government, state government
Canadian government consists of 10 provinces, three territories, and the federal government. Each has its own set of laws to regulate the incorporation of POs. The legislation is similar, but not identical, in each jurisdiction. Only under federal law can an organization be registered as a charity, though where and how the entity is created does not affect the registration.