Alberta charities to lose millions in group donations due to Bill 32: study RS News

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A local law governing group donations is causing some concern, especially after a new study by the Parkland Institute details how much the law is costing groups and philanthropists.

“Bill 32 is a signature piece of legislation from the local government that intends to change many laws regarding unions, union behavior and labor standards,” study author and director of the Parkland Institute, Jason Foster, said.

Bill 32 took place in August and requires party members to approve any charitable or political donation by their party.

“Members who choose not to opt out are paying less, so they are paying a lower level of fees, which means more income is coming to the club to be able to spend on such things. these things, like supporting a local charity,” Foster said.

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“We think about $6.5 million before Bill 32 will go to charities. What it looks like from our research, the teams will reduce that by 38 percent, so we think the impact is about $2.8 million,” Foster said.

The original focus of the fund was on political activism but the study’s author said the groups have donated to many charities and those donations have had an impact as well.

That has been the case for Charity Change for Children, which has relied on group donations for years.

“What gets cut when we don’t get adequate revenues are the programs that are delivered, so the people who will suffer, the recipients of those programs,” explained executive director Lorraine Swift.

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The International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers Local Union 1007 has donated to charities for years and says it doesn’t like this new reality.

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It’s fun,” said IBEW regional business manager Steve Southwood. “It’s a bit sad and hopeless [charities] may seek funding from other programs but cannot do so at this time. “

In a statement to World News, the press secretary of the Department of Labor and Immigration, Roy Dallmann wrote: “Freedom members are now free to support what they believe.

“Clubs are also able to support charities with funding from employees who choose to contribute to these charities – or clubs can also use other funds available to them as long as they are not a fee charged for special operations. With the Restore Balance in Alberta Workplaces Act, Albertans are better informed and have more choice,” Dallmann continued.

Club members have access to information on their club’s income, expenses, assets and liabilities. Borrowers can choose whether to pay a portion of membership fees, assessments or start-up fees that go to non-essential activities such as funding political activities, social causes, charities, non-governmental organizations , or organizations that support a political party. “

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Despite the changes, Swift said she is concerned about the state’s charities when it comes to much-needed donations.

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“Charities are seeing a big drop in income because of COVID, people are struggling, donations are the first thing people cut their budgets from, but that doesn’t mean the world doesn’t need charities,” Swift said.

“It makes it very thin – the places we can go for support.

“The economy is not in good shape and charities are clamoring for our traditional means of support.”

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