Suite 390, 425 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 6E3
Executive Director: Devon Page
Board Chair: Lori Williams

Charitable Reg. #:13474 8474 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



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) 64 cents are available for programs.

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About Ecojustice:

Founded in 1991, Ecojustice uses legal action to defend nature and fight climate change. Through its legal cases, Ecojustice aims to establish laws and rulings that protect environmental rights. The charity’s main office is in Vancouver, with four regional offices in Calgary, Halifax, Ottawa, and Toronto. Ecojustice groups its advocacy into three main areas: Climate, Healthy Communities, and Nature.

Ecojustice’s Climate program pursues legal action relating to global warming, carbon emissions, and weak climate regulation. The charity advocates for serious climate action to stop the long-term effects of climate change. In F2019, Ecojustice helped pass a new Impact Assessment Act in Canada. The act requires governments to consider climate change, Indigenous rights, and sustainable development in certain policy assessments. Currently, Ecojustice is undertaking four legal cases involving climate change.

The Healthy Communities program involves legal cases that deal with pollution, chemical waste, and local sustainability. Ecojustice states that Canada has fallen behind 150 other countries that legally enshrine the right to live in a healthy environment. In F2019, the Ontario Divisional Court ruled in Ecojustice’s favour in a major case to uphold environmental policy. Judges ruled that provincial officials acted illegally by removing cap and trade programs without public consultation. The charity also has nine in-progress cases that relate to communities.

The charity’s Nature program urges governments to protect oceans, watersheds, forests, and other vital habitats. Ecojustice also protects national parks from projects that would threaten native wildlife. Ecojustice reports that following its advocacy, Canada established a new Fisheries Act in F2019. The federal legislation now includes stronger protections for marine habitats. The charity has eight other ongoing nature cases.

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Results and Impact

In F2019, the governments of Ontario and Saskatchewan launched legal challenges against federally-imposed climate policies. Ecojustice successfully intervened to establish legal precedents that affirmed the right of federal bodies to promote climate action. In F2019, Ecojustice also secured legal victories to protect Qat’muk, Jumbo Valley and Teztan Biny, Fish Lake in BC. These projects protected culturally-significant land for the Ktunaxa and Tsilhqot’in Indigenous peoples, respectively.

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

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Ecojustice is a Large charity with donations of $7.4m in F2019. Administrative costs are 16% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 20% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 36%. For every dollar donated, 64 cents go to the cause. This falls just outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ecojustice has been near the lower end of this range in past years, but it has only been outside this range in F2019. Increased administrative costs (16% higher than in F2018) and fundraising costs (12% higher) led to increased overhead spending in F2019.

Ecojustice has $4.6m in total funding reserves. The charity can cover 91% or 11 months of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

According to its annual filing with the CRA, Ecojustice used external fundraisers in F2019. It paid a total of $135k to external fundraisers during the year. Ecojustice does not report how much these agencies raised. The charity states that these fundraisers do not collect any revenue, but instruct donors to send funds directly to Ecojustice instead.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Ecojustice for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 25, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending October
Administrative costs as % of revenues 16.2%14.0%14.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.7%17.7%20.0%
Total overhead spending 36.0%31.7%34.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 90.7%105.5%128.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,3707,3496,236
Investment income 307791
Other income 1128678
Total revenues 7,7897,4426,405
Program costs 4,7114,1753,311
Grants 3633260
Administrative costs 1,2141,043905
Fundraising costs 1,4551,3021,249
Other costs 145146118
Total spending 7,8886,9925,583
Cash flow from operations (99)450822
Capital spending 15868731
Funding reserves 4,6024,7474,241

Note: Ci reported program costs, grants to qualified donees, administrative costs, fundraising costs, and other costs from the charity’s T3010 filings, which reconciled with its audited financial statements. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 59

Avg. Compensation: $77,958

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:

Ecojustice is committed to operating at the highest standard. Toward this, Ecojustice is certified to the Imagine Canada Standard ( demonstrating excellence and leadership in five key areas of operation:

  • Board governance
  • Financial accountability and transparency
  • Fundraising
  • Staff management
  • Volunteer involvement

Charity Contact

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