Trans Canada Trail

321 de la Commune West
Montréal, QC H2Y 2E1
CEO: Eleanor McMahon
Board Chair: Valerie Pringle

Charitable Reg. #:13749 6741 RR0001


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For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 61 cents are available for programs.

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About Trans Canada Trail:

Established in 1992, Trans Canada Trail Foundation is a national charity that fundraises for Trans Canada Trail, a national charity that promotes the development and use of the Trans Canada Trail. Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of trails.  Trans Canada Trail stretches over 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, linking Canadians in close to 1,000 communities. Now also called The Great Trail, TCT is made up of just under 500 individual trail sections. These sections include downtown streets through cities and wilderness areas. Trail users include walkers, hikers, horseback riders, Nordic skiers, snowmobilers and paddlers. TCT seeks to inspire, thrill and contribute to the health, happiness and adverturous spirit of all Canadians.

Trans Canada Trail identifies key priorities for its work: to grow and improve the quality of The Great Trail (new links, resurfacing and maintenance), improve the safety and comfort of trail users, to be more inclusive adding by promoting The Great Trail to new Canadian citizens and improve accessibility, and better signage. In 2020, TCT supported Spring Cleanup grants and The Great Trail Treasure Hunt where over 400 participants found more than 5 'treasures' on the trail. The Great Trail app is a trail guide and trip planner yet needs significant improvement with only 20 reviews giving it a 2.9 rating.

TCT also funds local trail societies and municipal governments to maintain and expand The Great Trail. support the maintenance, accessibility, and inclusion. To stop degrading, 29% of local partners and municipal governments say they need money, tools, and major investments to bring their section of The Great Trail up to minimum standards. In F2019, TCT gave $3.3m to 182 local trail societies and municipal governments (average grant size $18k). TCT spends $3.8m promoting The Great Trail and overseeing grants and new initiatives.

The Great Trail's most used portions cut through Canada's largest cities. TCT will prioritize to increase and protect designated greenway sections as an alternative to sidewalks beside busy streets. Going forward, routing decisions will prioritize non-motorized users while maintaining the trails' connection. 


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Results and Impact

It is not reported how many people use The Great Trail each year. With covid, in a survey of local partners, 50% report less use of the trail, 40% report more use. Only 5% of local partners have specific numbers on trail use. These numbers are not reported.

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Trans Canada Trail controls the directors of Trans Canada Trails Foundation. As such, as related parties, Charity Intelligence has consolidated these two charities. Trans Canada Trail is a medium-sized charity receiving $4.1m in donations in F2020. The federal government agency, Parks Canada, contributes $30m over 5 years in annual contributions of $7.5m until 2022.

TCT has fundraising costs of 27% of donations and administrative costs are 12% of total revenues. TCT total overhead spending is 39% with, for every dollar donated, 61 cents to the cause. This is below Charity Intelligence's reasonable range.

TCT has consolidated funding reserves of $13.8m with $53k in donor-endowed funds. TCT's funding reserves cover 1.6 years of current program spending. TCT has made $5.5m in commitments to local trail societies and municipal governments, and TCT has $2.3m in donation pledges to receive in future years.

TCT and TCT Foundation's audited financial statements are not posted on its website but are available when requested. TCT's audited financial statements do not disclose grants to local trail societies and municipal governments. This information is provided only on its annual T3010 filing. Its 2020 annual filing is not yet available so the 2020 'Grant' information is not available.




Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 11.8%9.8%24.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 27.4%27.4%19.4%
Total overhead spending 39.1%39.1%43.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 165.3%174.1%97.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 4,1095,6446,053
Goods in kind 81116
Government funding 7,5007,500176
Investment income 2691991
Other income 79160143
Total revenues 11,96613,5156,389
Program costs 8,3283,8464,583
Grants 03,3453,503
Administrative costs 1,3791,3071,551
Fundraising costs 1,1241,0961,173
Total spending 10,8319,59410,809
Cash flow from operations 1,1343,921(4,420)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 13,81312,5667,960

Note: The charity's F2015 T3010 filing did not indicate total number of employees and so Ci used the data from the F2014 filing.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 29

Avg. Compensation: $89,340

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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