Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

100 Gloucester Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, ON K2P 0A4
Executive Director: Sandra Schwartz
President: Laura Colella

Charitable Reg. #:10686 5272 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/4]



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) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society:

Founded in 1963, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) works to protect Canada's public environment. Its main goal is to help Canada protect at least 17% of our land and lakes, and 10% of our oceans by 2020. The charity has both Conservation programs and Conservation Awareness programs.

In F2018, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's Conservation programs made up 86% of total program spending. CPAWS works with the government to increase protection of Canadian wildlife, parks, forests, oceans, and grasslands. F2018 highlights include $1.3 billion of new project funding for the next five years and the announcement of the largest protected area in eastern North America (over 26,000km²) in Québec. Canada's largest Marine Protected Area (109,000km²) was also announced in Nunavut.

In F2018, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's Conservation Awareness programs made up 14% of total program spending. CPAWS runs educational programs in its 13 chapters across Canada. The Southern Alberta chapter received a national award in 2016 from The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication.

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Results and Impact

In F2018, CPAWS announced­ a new 10,000km² caribou-protected area in Québec. This will help the recovery of woodland caribou without harming the forestry industry in the region. St. Anns Bank (4,364km²) in Nova Scotia became an official Marine Protected Area in F2018. The area is important for protecting leatherback sea turtles, deep-sea corals, Atlantic cod and wolffish, and over 100 other species.

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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is a large charity, with total donations of $6.7m in F2018. Administrative costs are 13% of revenues and fundraising costs are 7% of donations. For every dollar donated, 80 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $5m can cover almost one year of annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that is currently being reviewed by Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 16, 2019 by Lauren Chin.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 12.3%13.9%12.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.3%9.1%9.3%
Total overhead spending 19.6%23.0%19.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 96.1%61.6%61.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,6955,1014,852
Government funding 313299226
Investment income 111
Total revenues 7,0095,4005,079
Program costs - Canada 3,7753,7870
Administrative costs 862753637
Fundraising costs 489464449
Total spending 5,1265,0044,786
Cash flow from operations 1,883396293
Capital spending 122(306)
Funding reserves 4,9673,5993,443

Note: Ci consolidated CPAWS with its associated Foundation in the following financial analysis. Ci reported donations to the Foundation for CPAWS and endowment contributions as donations, increasing total revenue by $100k in F2018, $100k in F2017, and $380k in F2016. Ci reported investment income for the Foundation in investment income, increasing total revenue by $1k in F2018, $1k in F2017 and $1k in F2016. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, increasing total donations by $1.8m in 2018, $444k in F2017 and ($33k) in F2016. To report on a cash basis, Ci backed out amortization of deferred lease incentives from operations costs, reducing administrative costs by $1k in F2016. Ci reported bank charges for the Foundation, increasing administrative costs by $35 in F2017 and $41 in F2016. Ci reported professional fees for the Foundation, increasing administrative costs by $3k in F2018, $3k in F2017 and $3k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 24

Avg. Compensation: $62,536

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 F2018

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