Canadian Lung Association

885 Meadowlands Dr, Suite 502
Ottawa, ON K2C 3N2
President & CEO: Terry Dean
Board Chair: Andrea Power

Charitable Reg. #:10686 2998 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 74 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Lung Association:

Founded in 1900, Canadian Lung Association (CLA) consists of a national office in Ottawa and ten provincial Lung Associations that work together to improve lung health. CLA’s national office and provincial branches are separately registered charities—this profile is a report on the national office only. Based on 2017 data, Canadian Lung Association estimates that 78 Canadians are diagnosed with lung cancer and 58 die from lung cancer each day. CLA also states that chronic lung diseases account for more than 6% of annual healthcare costs in Canada.

Canadian Lung Association funds three main programs to promote lung health: Research, Communications, and Advocacy.

Research funding represented 54% of program costs in F2019. During the year, CLA and its provincial branches collectively funded 66 one- or two-year research projects. Of these projects, 16 researched chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 10 involved asthma. To increase funding for lung health research, CLA launched its Breathing As One fundraising campaign in 2016. Using funds raised through the campaign, CLA’s national branch awarded three $20k research prizes in F2019.

Communications and Advocacy programs made up a combined 43% of program costs—CLA does not distinguish costs between the two programs. Canadian Lung Association promotes public awareness on lung health and advocates for federal policy changes. In F2019, CLA published a new report to analyze tobacco control policies in each province and argue for further measures. CLA also states that a variety of stigmas continue to surround lung disease in Canada. According to a survey of 1,500 Canadians in F2019, around 15% of respondents believed that lung diseases are self-inflicted and deserve less funding. To reduce stigma, CLA created a platform for Canadians with lung diseases to share their stories online.

The remaining 3% of program costs consisted of Consumer Health Information services. This includes funding allocated to the CLA lung health information helpline, which allows people to ask questions to certified respiratory educators. In F2019, CLA received a total of 4,368 calls.

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Results and Impact

Canadian Lung Association has frequently advocated for plain and standardized tobacco packaging in Canada. For instance, CLA has pushed for regulations restricting all marketing features on tobacco products in order to reduce their appeal. In May 2019, the charity reported that Canada officially finalized regulations on standard tobacco packaging. CLA states that the new Canadian regulations are the strongest of anywhere in the world.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canadian Lung Association’s results and impact.

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Canadian Lung Association is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1.8m in F2019. Administrative costs are 23% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 3% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 26%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 74 cents go to the cause. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. CLA’s fundraising ratio has dropped 47% since F2017. In F2017, CLA paid large amounts to external fundraisers for its Breathing As One campaign. The charity no longer pays external fundraisers, and the costs of its Breathing as One campaign have dropped by 93% since F2017.

Canadian Lung Association has $2.1m in funding reserves, which results in a program cost coverage ratio of 242%. This means that the charity can cover 2.4 years of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Lung Association for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 31, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 23.3%40.3%39.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.8%3.2%49.7%
Total overhead spending 26.1%43.4%89.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 242.1%146.7%166.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,754,6441,749,5081,812,487
Investment income 77,62828,547106,887
Other income 10,75010,75010,750
Total revenues 1,843,0221,788,8051,930,124
Program costs 559,855659,207705,613
Grants 299,412496,905368,887
Administrative costs 410,386708,697716,217
Fundraising costs 49,89055,593901,439
Total spending 1,319,5431,920,4022,692,156
Cash flow from operations 523,479(131,597)(762,032)
Capital spending 5,7835,6019,389
Funding reserves 2,079,9741,695,7671,793,331

Note: Ci included unrealized gains (losses) in investment income, affecting total revenues by $42k in F2019, ($28k) in F2018, and ($10k) in F2017. Ci included changes in long-term receivables in other income, affecting total revenues by $11k in F2019, $11k in F2018, and $11k in F2017. Ci backed out amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative and fundraising costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 6

Avg. Compensation: $98,711

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2019

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comments were added to a previous profile update. New comments may be forthcoming.

CLA paid labour reimbursements to provincial lung associations which created the inflated labour numbers, which has caused the average per employee calculation to be misleading given the reporting done on the T3010.

For over 100 years, The Canadian Lung Association has been dedicated to its mission of promoting and improving lung health for all Canadians. The Canadian Lung Association is a non-profit and volunteer-based health charity that depends on donations from the public to support lung health research, education, prevention and advocacy. The charity’s activities touch on a variety of lung-related health issues including tobacco cessation, lung cancer, sleep apnea and chronic diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as infectious diseases like TB, flu and pneumonia. The charity estimates that 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from breathing difficulties.

The Canadian Lung Association is a federation of ten provincial Lung Associations and a national office, which are all separately incorporated. The national office delivers high-quality online lung health information, leads national advocacy efforts and manages a national research program. In partnership with our medical sections, the Canadian Thoracic Society and the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals, The Lung Association developed a national campaign to bolster and elevate respiratory research in Canada. The Breathing As One campaign aims to raise $10 million over the next five years to enable our research strategy.

In addition, the provincial Lung Associations are responsible for direct fundraising, programs and services. The national office funds research and, through its two medical professional societies – The Canadian Thoracic Society and the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals – provides educational and training opportunities for doctors and health professionals to increase their knowledge and skills in treating lung diseases. The Canadian Thoracic Society also produces clinical practice guidelines so that health professionals can provide optimal treatment and care to Canadians with respiratory disease.

Charity Contact

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