How do I identify/confirm that a charity or fundraiser is legitimate?

To check if a charity if legitimate, you can look them up on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Charities Listings webpage. All charities that are registered are listed on this site along with their registered charity number. You can also call the Canada Revenue Agency toll free at 1-877-442-2899.

It is a good idea to research the charity you donate to and to ask for a tax receipt.