Osteoporosis Canada

1200 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M3C 1H9
President & CEO: Dr. Famida Jiwa
Board Chair: Hilary Jaeger

Charitable Reg. #:89551 0931 RR0001


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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) 46 cents are available for programs.

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About Osteoporosis Canada:

Founded in 1982, Osteoporosis Canada (OC) is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. It supports Canadians living with osteoporosis through education, advocacy and investing in research. Its vision is a Canada free of osteoporotic fractures. OC notes that 2 million Canadians are affected by osteoporosis, and at least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. It states that fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. The charity’s office is in Toronto.

OC provides services to individuals with osteoporosis which include free publications, a bilingual toll-free information line, educational programs, referrals to self-help groups and community resources, and its website. The charity also works with healthcare professionals to develop practice guidelines and standards for physicians to use in their clinical practice. In F2017, it allocated 20% of its program expenses to education, advocacy and program development, and 60% to its Ontario Strategy. It’s Ontario Strategy is a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario Women’s Health Council, Osteoporosis Canada, and health care and research professionals, with an objective of reducing the risk of hip and other osteoporotic fractures.

Results and Impact: In Osteoporosis Canada’s 2017 Impact Report, the charity reports to have had 1,995 Facebook post likes, 650 Twitter retweets and 4,010,758 website page visits in F2017.  

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Osteoporosis Canada is a medium-sized charity with $2.6m in donations in F2017. It also received $4.7m in government funding, representing 61% of its total revenue in F2017. Administrative costs are 18% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 36% of total donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, $0.46 goes towards its programs, which falls well outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. OC has funding reserves of $3.8m which can cover less than 10 months of annual program costs, indicating a need for donations.

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

Updated August 2, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 18.4%21.2%18.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 35.9%52.7%31.4%
Program cost coverage (%) 80.4%66.0%74.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,5851,6452,265
Government funding 4,7214,7784,817
Fees for service 7139
Investment income 267(28)245
Other income 138145181
Total revenues 7,7186,5547,517
Program costs 4,7364,6974,828
Administrative costs 1,3671,3981,336
Fundraising costs 927867712
Other costs 618878
Cash flow from operations 626(497)564
Funding reserves 3,8103,0983,592

Note: Ci reports on a cash basis and thus adjusted for deferred donations, affecting total revenues by $311k in F2017, ($472k) in F2016 and $251k in F2015. Ci adjusted administrative and fundraising costs to match the charity's T3010A filing with the CRA.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 52

Avg. Compensation: $77,390

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 F2017

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