With the vast majority of Canadian healthcare being funded by government and contributions from grateful patients, it is not surprising that most hospitals and many other Canadian health service providers operate on a charitable or not-for-profit basis. These organizations enrich the lives of Canadians every day but managing them presents directors, officers and employees with increased regulatory concerns and growing scrutiny over their operations.

Fasken Martineau—leaders in health law and charities and not-for-profit law—is uniquely qualified to provide advice to health care charities and not-for-profit entities. We have a long history of helping charities and not-for profit entities build the right legal foundation for success.

Our Clients

We act for publicly funded organizations, professional colleges, charities, private corporations and individuals that provide, fund, regulate or service the provision of health care delivery. Our clients include hospitals and health authorities, long-term care homes, health care professionals and their regulatory colleges, home care companies, family health teams, family health organizations, independent health facilities and private clinics, among others.

Our Expertise

We can advise you with respect to:

  • Governance issues
  • Ancillary revenue (social enterprise)
  • Gift acceptance
  • Endowments and planned giving
  • Naming policies
  • Restructuring
  • Relationships with related entities
  • Disbursement quota issues
  • Reporting requirements
  • Government audits and appeals
  • Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
  • Property taxes
  • Agency arrangements
  • International arrangements
  • Asset protection
  • Corporate authority
  • Excess cashflow