Canadians have a strong history of giving to support their principles and beliefs. To meet the challenges facing our constitutional freedoms—from government-imposed values tests to campus censorship and speech codes—the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms relies on this tradition.
The Justice Centre is a registered charity (charitable registration number 817174865-RR0001) and issues official tax receipts to donors for donations of $50 or more. The Justice Centre does not ask for, or accept, any government funding. We rely entirely on the generous donations of people like you who support our work to defend freedom in Canada.
There are many ways to give.
Leaving a Legacy, with the help of the Justice Centre
Canada’s tax laws encourage donations to charities by providing tax credits to donors that reduce the amount of tax their estate will have to pay. We hope that you will consider amending your will to include a gift to the Justice Centre. This can be done in a way that allows you to leave a legacy without diminishing your assets today.
In your will, you can designate a specific amount of money, a piece of property, a portion of your estate, or a portion of the “residue” (remainder) of your estate to the Justice Centre, thereby making a memorial contribution to defending the constitutional freedoms of Canadians.
Publicly traded securities (e.g. shares, bonds, mutual funds) can also be designated as your gift and are exempt from capital gains tax when bequeathed to the Justice Centre.
Bequests in your will are flexible, and may be tailored to your specific wishes. Consider these options:
The simplest way to leave a gift is to designate a specific asset, sum of money, or percentage of your estate as a gift to the Justice Centre in your Will.
You can specify that the Justice Centre will receive a portion of your estate after debts, taxes, administrative expenses, and other specific bequests have been settled.
Residual bequest subject to life interest
You specify a bequest following the death of certain other beneficiaries who receive the benefit of your estate for their lifetime.
You specify that you want the Justice Centre to receive a gift only in the event of the prior death of other beneficiaries.
Donations of publicly traded securities are now exempt from capital gains tax. Securities may include stocks, bonds, bills, warrants, and futures traded on approved stock exchanges in Canada and certain other countries. They also include mutual funds and employee stock options.
Why you should give to the Justice Centre
When the Justice Centre was founded in 2010, there was already a desperate need for Canadian university students facing censorship to have reliable and competent legal representation, free of charge, from a team of experienced lawyers.
Assaults on campus free speech are a microcosm of the attacks by Canada’s federal and provincial governments and government bodies on our other fundamental freedoms: conscience, religion, association, peaceful assembly, and the right of parents to raise and educate their own children as parents deem best.
Today, the threats to freedom in Canada in society at large are greater and more numerous than we could have anticipated when the Justice Centre was founded 10 years ago. Any way you choose to give to the Justice Centre is critical to our mission to defend the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through litigation and education. We fight for Canada to become and remain a free society, where the equality of all Canadians and their individual freedoms are celebrated and respected.
We know that with your gift, you share in our vision of a free, democratic Canada. We want to thank you for your donation, and for having a lasting impact on the many clients we help because of you.