In this section, you will find information relevant to operating a business or non-profit in Alberta, as well as information on charitable giving.

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's staff as a good place to start.

You may also find helpful resources listed under the legal topics: Business, Non-profit and charity law

Suggested Resources


List of the top 10 things charities and not-for-profits need to do to comply with Canada's Anti-Spam law.

Related legal topic(s): Communications and media, Consumer protection and fraud

The Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) registers qualifying organizations as charities, gives technical advice on operating a charity, handles audit and compliance activities, and provides donors with relevant information about donating to charities.
Related legal topic(s): Non-profit and charity law, Taxation

The Canadian Revenue Agency's guide to donating, from how to find registered charities to how to claim the donation for your taxes. Includes a large glossary of terms used within charity laws.

Related legal topic(s): Non-profit and charity law, Taxation was created by the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector (HR Council). Incorporated as a nonprofit from 2005 to 2013, the HR Council for the Nonprofit Sector (HR Council) took action on nonprofit labour force issues. As a catalyst, the HR Council sparked awareness and action on labour force issues. As a convenor, it brought together people, information and ideas in the spirit of collaborative action. As a research instigator it built knowledge and improved the sectors understanding of the nonprofit labour force.

Related legal topic(s): Volunteers, Workers' compensation, Workers' health and safety, Workers' rights and employment standards

Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. They support and strengthen charities and nonprofits so they can, in turn, support the Canadians and communities they serve. Sections include: Ethical Code program; Insurance and liability resource centre for non-profits; Charity tax tools; and Non-profit library.

Related legal topic(s): Non-profit and charity law, Volunteers

The Institute On Governance (IOG) is a non-profit organization with charitable status founded in 1990 to promote effective governance. Their mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad. The IOG’s vision is to be the pre-eminent, independent Canadian source of knowledge, research and advice on governance and its continuous improvement.
Related legal topic(s): Non-profit and charity law, Public policy

Mentoring Canada, is a not-for-profit informational site that provides resources and training to mentoring organizations and other charities.  The Mentoring Canada website provides up-to-date, relevant resources for mentoring organizations, and other service delivery organizations, through an on-line Library of downloadable materials and interactive training modules.


Related legal topic(s): Volunteers

Alberta Resources

This site provides links to community grants, programs and services designed to assist non-profit organizations, communities, and volunteerism, as well as links to tools and resources to help.

Related legal topic(s): Non-profit and charity law, Volunteers

This resource has been specifically developed for commissions, committees, societies, and associations that require training and support. Created by the Alberta Association of Agricultural Societies, with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, and Solicitor General and Public Security, the material is aimed at helping your organization perform oversight functions consistently, effectively, and transparently. The resources is divided into 2 parts and 8 sections and covers the following topics: What is governance?, Board Structure, Roles and Responsibilities, Risk Management, Board Development, Planning and Strategis Cirection, Communications, Board Meetings, and running effect meetings.

Related legal topic(s): Non-profit and charity law

Service Alberta oversees and enforces Alberta provincial legislation and regulations that set standards for charitable organizations and professional fundraisers, provides legal authority for non-profit societies to incorporate and helps protect the public from fraudulent, misleading or confusing solicitations. This section of their website provides information on these topics.
Related legal topic(s): Non-profit and charity law