Vancouver, BC V6B 4M3
Executive Director: Devon Page
Board Chair: Cathy Wilkinson
Charitable Reg. #: 13474 8474 RR0001
Grade: B-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Full-time staff #45
Avg. Compensation $75,488
Top 10 Staff Salary Range
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About Ecojustice :
After the Exxon Valdez oil spill in March 1989, Canadian lawyer Stewart Elgie worked with the American Sierra Club Legal Defence Fund (SCLDF) to hold Exxon and the US government responsible for the disaster. Inspired by the SCLDF model of using law to protect the environment, Elgie brought the model to Canada. In 1990, he founded the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, now named the Ecojustice Society of Canada.
Ecojustice operates in Vancouver as the only charity in Canada that addresses environmental issues solely in the courtroom. Among the charity’s staff are legal experts, who: speak out against corporate projects that threaten public health and the Canadian environment; support projects that protect wilderness and wildlife; and shed light on the negative effects industrial energy corporations have on the Canadian and global climate.
2015 marked the 25th year of operations for Ecojustice. To celebrate, the charity released a special Victory Report that covers its top 25 major achievements since 1990. One mentioned achievement is the cancellation of the Sumas Energy 2 power plant in 2010. The plant was estimated to produce hundreds of tonnes of air pollutants annually. Following Ecojustice’s courtroom win, the funding company abandoned the project. A more recent win in 2013 was against Nestle Canada. Nestle planned to take more than one million liters of freshwater daily from Hillsburgh, Ontario. The company was set to do so after the provincial government lifted restrictions on water extraction. Ecojustice helped clients challenge the decision to lift restrictions. Before the government even reviewed the decision, Nestle withdrew its request for restriction exemption.
Ecojustice is a medium-sized charity with donations of $4.4m in F2015. Administrative costs are 11% of revenue and fundraising costs are 23% of donations, which fall within Ci's reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $3.7m cover 1 year of program costs in F2015. The charity does not report any donor-endowed funding reserves.
This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Ecojustice. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated on May 17, 2016 by Katie Khodawandi.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending October
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||11.4%||11.6%||13.8%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||23.2%||18.8%||22.1%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||101.1%||116.1%||83.2%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||0||0||50|
|Cash flow from operations||(125)||947||131|