Charities grateful for support during COVID-19

24 March 2020
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P
Prime Minister of Canada
Langevin Block
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2

RE: Gratitude for including Registered Charities in recent COVID-19-related announcements

Dear Prime Minister,

We are writing to thank you for the support offered to registered charities through the recent announcements related to the COVID-19 crisis.

As numerous studies have shown, Canada’s places of worship provide significant measurable benefits not only to their adherents, but more importantly to all members of their local communities. A Canadian study to be published this year shows that these benefits are about 12 times the total amount of tax concessions provided through personal income tax reductions on donations, GST rebates, and foregone municipal property tax. Places of worship make these contributions while depending almost entirely on donations from individual Canadians.

As Canadians face job losses or reduced work hours, these donations are likely to fall. The funding initiatives you have announced will, therefore, be most helpful as they enable places of worship to continue serving Canadians through this time of high demand.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Rev. Dr. John Pellowe, CEO, Canadian Council of Christian Charities
Pastor Peter Noteboom, General Secretary, The Canadian Council of Churches
Bruce Clemenger, President, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

cc: Hon. Andrew Scheer, MP, Leader of the Opposition
       Mr. Jagmeet Singh, MP
       Mr. Yves-François Blanchet, MP
       Hon. Bill Morneau, PC, MP, Minister of Finance
       Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, PC, MP, President of the Treasury Board
       Hon. Mona Fortier, PC, MP, Associate Minister of Finance
       Mr. Sean Fraser, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

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