Lots of governments accept donations from members of the public. For example, I know the government of Ontario accepts donations through the Ontario Opportunities Fund. I also know that the US federal government accepts donations, even by credit card.

But how can I make a charitable donation to the Government of Canada? (Not that I should.)

  • Cool! I didn't know about that, Thanks! – littleadv Feb 4 '13 at 21:47
  • @littleadv: You're welcome. But -- you actually want to donate money to your government? Why? – unforgettableid Feb 4 '13 at 21:53
  • Oh, I think I donate enough. More than enough in fact:) But its still cool to know that an option exist, IIRC we actually had a question about it here a while ago and no-one knew this answer. – littleadv Feb 4 '13 at 21:55
  • @littleadv: Was the question specifically about donating money to the Canadian federal government? Also, if you can find it, mind to please provide a link? – unforgettableid Feb 4 '13 at 22:06
  • It was to the US government, I'll look it up later. – littleadv Feb 4 '13 at 22:46

The relevant page of the CRA's 2016 General Income Tax and Benefit Guide explains how to donate money to the federal debt servicing and reduction account. The guide writes:

To make a gift to this account, make it payable to the Receiver General, and send it with a note asking that we apply it to this account, to:

Place du Portage
Phase III, 11 Laurier Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0S5

Donations are tax-deductible: they'll send you a tax receipt.

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