Not-for-profit organizations and charities are an important BLG client-sector. We act for hundreds of organizations in the sector. Our clients span all sizes and jurisdictions across the country, and we understand your financial restraints. That is why we strive to deliver creative, practical solutions efficiently and effectively. BLG’s Charities and Not-For-Profit Group includes highly specialized lawyers who are dedicated to working with you to provide prompt and informed legal advice.

Our Charities and Not-For-Profit Group offers a wide range of services specifically required in your industry. The expertise of our entire full-service firm is available to you, to assist in all areas of legal practice including litigation, real estate, employment law, trademarks and tax. As our client, we will provide you with regular updates on the legal issues and legislative changes that matter to you through our numerous publications, seminars and conferences.

Several members of our Charities and Not-For-Profit Group are active in relevant bar association Charity and Not-For-Profit subsections. A significant number of our lawyers are involved on volunteer boards, and hold leadership positions within industry and trade associations, charities, universities, hospital boards and professional associations. These roles allow our professionals to help the community while developing a better understanding of the issues you face in the not-for-profit sector.

We understand the regulatory framework within which charities and not-for-profits function.  We are here to help your organization maintain best practices.


The Group has a blog which can be accessed at ​In addition it publishes newsletters and alerts periodically.  Members of the group are frequent speakers.

Representative Work

We have assisted charities and not-for-profits with:

  • Incorporation
  • Obtaining and retaining charitable status
  • Continuance under new corporate legislation
  • Board governance issues
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising issues
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Combining operations
  • Corporate review
  • Purchase and lease of real estate

Rankings & Recognitions

BLG's Charities and Not-for-Profits Group or its members are frequently recognized in leading legal publications and directories, including:

  • The 2020 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2019 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • The 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • The 2017 edition of the Acritas Star