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January 29th, 2013
January 29th, 2013
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Reporting Requirements for Labour Organizations

The AJC is keeping track of Bill C-377, an act amending the Income Tax Act.  Its purpose is to require labour organizations and labour Trusts ("Unions") to publically disclose an unprecedented amount of information in relation to their activities and financing.

The AJC believes there are two main points of contention with this Bill.  The first one is what appears to be a blatant attack on organized labour while the second one raises serious privacy concerns.

To provide information to all AJC members, the Association has posted a summary on its web site. The purpose of this summary is not to offer a legal opinion as to the constitutionality of Bill C-377. The document draws attention on the proposed legislation's onerous requirements, arbitrary application, major impact on how Unions conduct their business and questionable legal basis.

The Bill, now before the Senate for First reading, is expected to receive Royal assent in the coming session.  As such, the dispositions of the new act would be operational for the year 2014.  However,   the Canada Revenue Agency has predicted that it would require a substantial amount of time to set up the system required under C-377 and that it would most likely not be operational before 2015 at the earliest.

Over the next two years, C-377 is likely to face numerous Court challenges which may ultimately declare the law to be, in whole or in part, ultra vires.


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