Toronto Wildlife Centre

60 Carl Hall Road, Unit 4
Toronto, ON M3K 2C1
Executive Director: Nathalie Karvonen
Board Co-Chair: Donna Hayes

Charitable Reg. #:14114 6290 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



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) 73 cents are available for programs.

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About Toronto Wildlife Centre:

Founded in 1993, Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) provides medical treatment and rehabilitative care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals found by the public. TWC works across the Greater Toronto Area and is Canada’s largest wildlife centre in terms of patient admissions. Its mission is to promote the peaceful coexistence of people and wildlife. The charity’s overall goal is to rehabilitate and release healthy animals back into the wild.

Toronto Wildlife Centre runs four core programs: Wildlife Rehabilitation, Education and Outreach, Wildlife Hospital, and Wildlife Rescue.

Wildlife Rehabilitation represented 54% of program costs in F2020. During the year, TWC admitted 5,175 sick, injured, or orphaned animals from more than 170 species. Its rehabilitation programs help to nurse animals back to health and eventually release them back into the wild. Its patients in F2020 included more than 3,600 birds, 1,400 mammals, 38 reptiles, and 6 amphibians.

Education and Outreach projects were 20% of program costs. TWC provides online resources on keeping pets safe, helping baby birds, and responding to injured wild animals. It also hosts events and school presentations to teach students about animals. TWC’s Wildlife Hotline helps residents of the GTA quickly contact the charity to report animals in distress. Each year, TWC staff receive around 30,000 calls.

Wildlife Hospital funding made up 15% of program costs. TWC’s Wildlife Hospital treats injuries and performs lifesaving surgeries on wild animals. It has a team of wildlife veterinarians and volunteer specialists who work in the hospital. TWC also provides veterinary students with hospital placements and internships.

Wildlife Rescue was 11% of program costs. Through its Wildlife Rescue, TWC saves animals caught in dangerous situations. TWC has a team of three staff members certified in ice rescues, water rescues, oil spill responses, and other skills. In F2020, the charity rescued and admitted more than 60 coyotes for treatment.

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Results and Impact

Toronto Wildlife Centre states that it provides a variety of lifesaving procedures and surgeries. In F2020, these included surgeries for turtles and groundhogs involved in vehicle collisions, foxes suffering from mange, and ducks that swallowed litter.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Toronto Wildlife Centre's results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Toronto Wildlife Centre received donations and special events revenue of $2.7m in F2020. It also received $324k in government funding (10% of revenues) and $249k in donated goods (8% of revenues), such as building materials, computer equipment, and medical supplies. Administrative costs are 9% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 18% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 27%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 73 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

TWC has funding reserves of $1.6m. It can cover 74% or under nine months of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

Toronto Wildlife Centre is currently in a capital campaign to raise $12m for a new, 67-acre wildlife centre in Rouge National Urban Park. Construction began during F2019, and the charity does not report how much of its funding goal it has reached.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Toronto Wildlife Centre for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 8, 2021 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.1%7.0%5.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.1%16.4%18.1%
Total overhead spending 27.1%23.5%23.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 74.4%75.1%26.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 2,639,3833,223,7172,428,665
Goods in kind 249,062167,939146,874
Government funding 323,88197,80071,674
Business activities (net) 17,00442,63228,201
Special events 46,616164,703179,070
Investment income 20,6703,3970
Total revenues 3,296,6163,700,1882,854,484
Program costs 2,094,4861,810,2431,803,241
Donated goods exp 13,20981,49667,053
Administrative costs 296,427259,474165,980
Fundraising costs 485,743557,158470,906
Other costs 007,772
Total spending 2,889,8652,708,3712,514,952
Cash flow from operations 406,751991,817339,532
Capital spending 300,852138,71557,136
Funding reserves 1,558,1241,360,345476,477

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci adjusted donations by changes in deferred contributions. This affected revenues by $345k in F2020, $1.2m in F2019, and $331k in F2018. Ci classified gross merchandise sales as business activities. Ci typically reports business activities net of expenses, but was unable to obtain merchandise costs from TWC’s financial statements. Ci reported donated goods used in programs from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA and removed the amounts from program costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 39

Avg. compensation: $40,501

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 F2020

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001