Register a charitable organization

Alberta organizations must register as a charitable organization if their fundraising efforts meet certain criteria.

Who has to register

A charitable organization must be registered under the Charitable Fund-raising Act (0.5 MB) if:

  • it uses a fundraising business
  • it intends to raise more than $25,000 in gross contributions in its financial year from solicitations (requests for contribution) to individuals in Alberta
  • during or after the campaign, it finds it has raised more than $25,000 (if so, the charity must register within 45 days after the contributions reach $25,000)

A charitable purpose is defined as any purpose that is:

  • philanthropic
  • benevolent
  • educational
  • health-oriented
  • humane
  • recreational
  • religious
  • cultural
  • artistic

The Act applies to any:

  • incorporated or unincorporated organization formed for a charitable purpose
  • organization incorporated under the Societies Act (0.3 MB) or registered with Canada Revenue Agency (Revenue Canada)
  • person asking for contributions to be used for a charitable purpose or charitable organization, even if that person isn’t connected to any charitable organization

Who doesn’t have to register

You don’t have to register your charitable organization if your organization is:

  • only asking for contributions from its members or their immediate families
  • only asking for goods (such as furniture for an office, not for resale) or services (such as volunteers) that will be used for its administration or other non-charitable purpose

A charitable organization raising funds through raffles, pull tickets, bingos or casinos must contact the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission for licensing information.

Cost

There is a one-year registration fee of $60, payable to the Government of Alberta.

How to register

Step 1. Fill out the application form

Application for a Charitable Organization (0.1 MB)

Step 2. Gather solicitation materials

All charitable organizations registering for the first time must submit copies of the materials and scripts that will be used to solicit donations.

These will be reviewed to make sure the information meets the Charitable Fund-raising Act's (0.5 MB) disclosure requirements.

Step 3. Submit the application form

Mail or drop off your application form, solicitation materials and registration fee.

Consumer Services Licensing Office in Edmonton
3rd floor, Commerce Place
10155 – 102 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 4L4

After you register

Registration takes effect the date that the registration is issued. You will get a certificate of registration within 3 weeks.

Renewing a registration

Before your registration expires, the department will send you a renewal notice, the appropriate forms and instructions.

You can also use Service Alberta’s online registration system, PABLO (Province of Alberta Business Licensing Online).

Go to PABLO

Contact

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
780-427-4088 (Edmonton and area)
1-877-427-4088 (toll free in Alberta)