LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY

Homelessness is an ongoing challenge that doesn’t have a simple fix. That said there is something you can do that for years to come will help those who walk through the doors of The Ottawa Mission—remember the Mission with a legacy gift.

It is Easy to Create Your Legacy

People often tell us they would like to do more to help. Charitable giving through your estate – often referred to as a legacy gift – is an additional way you can change the lives of homeless individuals in our community.

By creating a gift today to benefit The Ottawa Mission in future, you can help people who are homeless without affecting your current finances or financial plans. And the tax savings your estate will receive may even increase the amount of money you would be able to leave to your loved ones.

Most legacy gifts are gifts in one’s will. They are created by adding a codicil to an existing will or including a gift when preparing a new will. Often lawyers will add the codicil to a will without any charge especially if you provide specific wording.

Other types of legacy gifts include gifts of life insurance, gifts of securities, and trusts. Remember when you are creating a legacy gift of any type you should always consult with your professional advisors.  It is also wise to include other trusted advisors and family members when making any changes to your financial plans.

A gift in your will (bequest) enables you to make a significant gift that you may not be able to do in your lifetime – a gift that will make a difference for years to come.

A gift in your will can be a specific amount of money or a specific asset. It can also be a percentage of the residue of your estate – the remainder to be distributed after other bequests are fulfilled.

What you need to know to leave a gift in your will

If you are drafting a will or codicil, you can make a gift to The Ottawa Mission Foundation by using wording such as the following:

I leave to The Ottawa City Mission Foundation, P.O Box 7068, Stn. Vanier, Vanier, ON  K1L 8E2, or its successor, a (state share or percentage of estate, a specific amount of money, the specific securities you wish to leave, or a specific item or items.)  I direct this money be used as its Board of Directors chooses.

Please be sure to use our correct legal name in any will clause or codicil.

Our legal name:

The Ottawa Mission Foundation

Our location:

46 Daly Ave., Ottawa, ON K1N 6E4

Our mailing address:

P.O. Box 7068, Stn. Vanier, Vanier, ON K1L 8E2

Charitable Registration: #831058615RR0001

For more information on leaving a gift in your will, download our helpful information sheet.

A gift of life insurance may offer you great flexibility in supporting The Ottawa Mission Foundation.

Gift of an Existing Policy – You can transfer an existing policy by naming The Ottawa Mission Foundation as the owner and beneficiary. If the policy is completely paid up, you or The Ottawa Mission Foundation need pay no additional premiums. The tax receipt is issued for the cash surrender value of the policy plus any accumulated dividends and interest at the time of the transfer. If you continue to fund future premiums, these amounts will also be eligible for the donation credit.

Gift of a New Policy – You can choose to take out a new policy with The Ottawa Mission Foundation as owner and beneficiary. You must make the Foundation both the owner and the beneficiary.  If not Canada Revenue Agency states that no gift has been made and no tax receipt can be issued. Under this arrangement, you pay the premiums and The Ottawa Mission Foundation issues an annual tax receipt for the premiums paid. The insurance proceeds will go directly to The Ottawa Mission Foundation upon your demise.

In addition, there are creative options for using life insurance proceeds as wealth replacement vehicles, replacing the value of a current gift in your estate so there is no impact on heirs.

For more information on gifts of insurance, download our helpful information sheet.

The Ottawa Mission Foundation gratefully accepts gifts in the form of securities.

Donating publicly traded securities such as stocks, bonds and mutual fund units is the least expensive and most tax efficient way to make a gift. You’ll receive a charitable tax receipt for the full value of your donation while eliminating the capital gain that may be owed if you were to sell the security outright.

To make a gift of securities and take advantage of the tax savings, please complete our Gift of Securities form  and forward a copy to your brokerage firm as well as to Angie Kelly, Director of Major and Planned Gifts at akelly@ottawamission.com or 613-234-1155.

Securities are equally tax-effective when given today or in the future through a bequest.

For more information on gifts of publicly listed securities, download our helpful information sheet.

Donating registered assets such as a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) allows you to create a legacy for The Ottawa Mission Foundation – once your needs and those of your loves ones have been met. Donating all or part of an RRSP or RRIF is an effective way to reduce the taxes payable by your estate.

For more information on RRSP/RRIF Gifts, download our helpful information sheet.

With your permission, The Ottawa Mission Foundation will recognize your generosity through The Ottawa Mission Legacy Circle, a group of committed donors united by their long-term vision and desire to support the future of The Ottawa Mission Foundation through gifts in their will, insurance and/or trust arrangements.

We will, of course, honour all requests for anonymity.

Please contact Angie Kelly, Director of Major and Planned Giving at akelly@ottawamission.com or 613-234-1155 to discuss your legacy gift and how we can recognize your contribution according to your personal wishes.

We have recruited volunteers from various professions – law, accounting, financial planning – to bring their professional knowledge to the legacy giving program at The Ottawa Mission. Our allied professionals provide invaluable technical expertise and allow us to remain abreast of developments in the regulatory environment as it applies to legacy giving.

Meet our allied professionals


Eric Mia, CPA, CA
Tax Accountant at McIntyre & Associates Chartered Professional Accountants

Eric has practiced with McIntyre & Associates Chartered Professional Accountants since 2015, specializing in tax. He provides tax planning and compliance services for individuals, corporations, trusts, and estates. His expertise also includes corporate reorganizations, estate planning, and tax research. He primarily serves owner-managed businesses and high net worth individuals.

Eric began his career in 2013 at Pricewaterhouse coopers. He holds a graduate degree in public accountancy from the University of McGill, a BA from Bishops University, and received his CPA, CA designation in 2016. He is currently in his third and final year of the CPA In-Depth Tax Program.

Eric is his firm’s representative at the Ottawa Estate Planning Council and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Outside of the office Eric is often found at the hockey rink, soccer field, or cycling.


Becky Turcotte, CPA, CA, TEP
Vice President, Estate & Succession Planning
The Millar Corporation

Becky plays a key role in the estates and wealth management advisory team, focusing on delivering comprehensive estate/succession planning consulting services to business owners and other high net worth individuals.

Becky completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Ottawa and was awarded her CA designation in 2012.  Prior to joining the Millar team, Becky worked for a large local public accounting firm for seven years, the last two of which were as part of the management team, where she specialized in tax, trusts and estates.

In 2015, Becky completed the CPA In-Depth Tax Course.  She then earned her TEP designation (Trust & Estate Practitioners) in 2017, receiving the Gerald W. Owen Book Prize for achieving the highest overall combined mark for all four STEP Canada Diploma Courses.  She also received the highest mark in the law of trusts course in 2014.

Becky is a member of STEP (The International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), CPA Ontario (Chartered Professional Accountants) and Advocis (the Financial Advisors).

The Ottawa Mission Foundation appreciates the efforts of professional advisors including accountants, lawyers, financial advisors and trust officers. Your work has a significant impact on the lives of people in need. Here is information that will help you meet the needs of your clients who want to support The Ottawa Mission.

Our legal name:

The Ottawa Mission Foundation

Our location:

46 Daly Ave., Ottawa, ON K1N 6E4

Our mailing address:

P.O. Box 7068, Stn. Vanier, Vanier, ON K1L 8E2

Charitable Registration: #831058615RR0001