The Canada Revenue Agency, ordered by the Harper government to audit political activities, is now targeting charities focused on foreign aid, human rights, and even poverty.

List of charities undergoing tax audits related to political activities
Tides Canada Foundation, Vancouver
Tides Canada Initiatives Society, Vancouver
Environmental charity
David Suzuki Foundation, Vancouver
Ecology Action Centre, Halifax
Canada Without Poverty, Ottawa
Social-justice charity
Equiterre, Montreal
United Church of Canada, including Kairos
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Ottawa
Amnesty International Canada, Ottawa


6 Water Charities In Canada

WaterCan – Ottawa, Ont.
WaterCan funds projects that create sustainable clean water sources, sanitation and hygiene education practices in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

You can call toll free: 1-800-370-5658 for information or visit their site for a number of ways to donate.

Plan Canada – Toronto, Ont.
Plan Canada is the relief arm of Plan International, a nonprofit organization that promotes social justice for youth and families. As one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies working to end poverty, they work in 69 countries.

As part of its Gifts of Hope program, the “Gift of Clean Water can help provide clean water for a family starting at $75.

You can call toll free,1-800-387-1418 for information or visit their website to donate.

Water Ambassadors Canada – Toronto, Ont.
Water Ambassadors Canada is a faith-based, nonprofit Canadian charity that drill and repair wells, setup water purification systems, distribute water filters and teach health and hygiene in several countries.

They have not only brought water solutions within Canada, but have travelled to Central America, the Caribbean, Uganda and The Democratic Republic of Congo and India.

You can call toll free 1-877-988-4688 or visit their site to make a donation.

Ryan’s Well – Kemptville, Ont.
The Ryan’s Well Foundation is a Canadian registered charity named after Ryan Hreljac, who at age seven raised enough money to build a well at a school in northern Uganda, Africa.

The Foundation has built more than 1,200 water projects and toilets in more that 30 countries. Their build and empower program lets communities identify water-based problems and as a team, the organization helps raise funds towards finding a solution. Ryan’s Well also revisits finished sites to ensure they are still operational.

You can call 1-613-258-6832 for information or visit their website to donate.

Clean Water for Haiti – Burlington, Ont.
This organization provides people in Haiti with affordable access to clean water in their homes through the use of Biosand water filters.

Most water sources in the country are contaminated, so filtration systems are the priority. In this 2010 photo, the organization conduced a site visit to evaluate the difficult task of bringing in a filtration system. Site visits are important to determine how to assist the community with the sustainable filtered water.

While the Biosand water filters are installed by qualified team members, donors can go on organized visits to see the projects in Haiti themselves.

You can visit their website for various ways to help.

Run for Water – Calgary, Alta
Run for Water is an annual fundraising event that supports HOPE International Development Agency, which has been setting up and installing fresh water delivery systems in East Africa since 1974.

For this project there are two running and walking events: One in Calgary, Alta on September 7 and the other in Abbotsford, B.C. on May 26.

You can visit their website to find out how to participate in the race or become a sponsor.