The Canada Revenue Agency is currently conducting extensive audits on some of Canada's most prominent environmental groups to determine if they comply with guidelines that restrict political advocacy, CBC News has learned.
If the CRA rules that the groups exceeded those limits, their charitable status could be revoked, which would effectively shut them down.
The list of groups CBC has now confirmed are undergoing audits reads like a who's who in the environmental charity world. They include:
The David Suzuki Foundation
West Coast Environmental Law
The Pembina Foundation
Ecology Action Centre
"This is a war against the sector," says John Bennett, of Sierra Club Canada.
7 environmental charities face Canada Revenue Agency audits - Politics - CBC News