I’m sure you have wondered why in the past 10 years there has been so many names for the Canadian Tax authority. Besides have to print new business cards and letterhead (and coffee mugs) for everyone, there have been a few reasons for this change.
The Canada Revenue Agency was previously known as the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) until a federal government reorganization in December 2003 when it was decided to split the organization’s customs and revenue responsibilities into separate organizations.
Since then, Canada Border Services Agency is part of the Public Safety Canada portfolio to handle customs responsibilities.
The CCRA was short-lived, having been created in a November 1999 reorganization of the federal government where it had been known for many years under its statutory name the Department of National Revenue. It was also referred to as Revenue Canada under the Federal Identity Program of the Treasury Board of Canada.
To this day, most Canadians have continued to refer to the agency as “Revenue Canada” through its CCRA and CRA official designation periods.