Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation

45 Weatherbee Road, Suite 209
Sydney, NS B1M 0A1
CEO: Paula MacNeil
Board Chair: Stan MacDonald

Charitable Reg. #:13040 4593 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) 71 cents are available for programs.

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About Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation:

Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation is a 2-star charity. It has a results reporting grade of D+, which is below average and can fund its programs for over eight years with its reserve funds. For every dollar donated, 71 cents are available to go to the cause. 

Founded in 1995, Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation (CBRHF) is the fundraising organization for Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA). NSHA includes Cape Breton Regional Hospital, the regional referral and trauma centre for Cape Breton Island, as well as New Waterford Consolidated Hospital and Glace Bay General Hospital. CBRHF reported three programs within its audited financial statements: Patient Care and Support, Equipment, and Grants to Other Organizations.

Patient Care and Support: CBRHF spent $830k on its Patient Care and Support program, representing 53% of program spending in F2022. Cape Breton Regional Hospital reports approximately 600,000 patient visits each year. The Cape Breton Cancer Centre, part of Cape Breton Regional Hospital, receives more than 45,000 patients each year. The Tom MacNeil Cancer Patient Care Fund helps between 45-60 cancer patients each month.

Equipment: CBRHF spent $576k on its Equipment program, representing 37% of total program spending in F2022. CBRHF received a new echocardiogram in February 2022. In F2022, more than 2,000 patients used the machine.

Grants to Other Organizations: CBRHF spent $150k on grants to other organizations, representing 10% of total program spending in F2022. Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation did not report on this program in F2022.

Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation is in the process of building a new cancer centre. This centre is expected to provide nine new pieces of equipment, seven clinical exam rooms, four spaces for counselling, four medical day unit spaces, 11 chemotherapy seats, and one research and clinical trials space.

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Results and Impact

The charity did not report any quantified results related to its programs.

This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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CBRHF received $4.2m in donations and special event revenues in F2022. Its administrative costs were 11% of revenue (excluding investment income) and its fundraising costs were 18% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 29%. For every dollar donated, 71 cents are available to go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range of overhead spending.

The charity has $16.2m in reserve funds, $5.8m is donor endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, CBRHF’s reserve funds can cover 853%, or eight years and six months of its annual program costs. This is a significant decrease compared to F2021, where reserve funds could cover 1,990%. This change is due to lower than average granting in F2021.  

This report is an update that was sent to Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on June 7th, 2023 by Liam Chapleau.


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.0%13.0%26.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 17.6%20.8%24.5%
Total overhead spending 28.5%33.8%51.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 853.5%1,787.9%869.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 3,8202,7971,669
Government funding 076100
Special events 39725749
Investment income (1,202)2,024(386)
Total revenues 3,0165,1541,431
Program costs 000
Grants 1,5168481,041
Administrative costs 463407483
Fundraising costs 741635421
Total spending 2,7201,8901,944
Cash flow from operations 2963,263(513)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 16,23815,89112,606

Note: Ci adjusted for changes in grants payable to Nova Scotia Health Authority, affecting total expenses by ($40k) in F2022, $25k in F2021, and ($47k) in F2020. The charity reported net special events within revenues. Ci subtracted expenses from special events, increasing revenues and expenses by $196k in F2022, $126k in F2021, and $10k in F2020. The charity reported changes in deferred revenues of ($2k) in F2022, $67 in F2021, and ($3k) in F2020. Ci accounted for changes in deferred revenue, but were negligible, as it accounted for 0% of total donations. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 9

Avg. compensation: $66,583

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 F2021

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001