2827 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON K1V 0C4
Executive Chairman: Brian Forbes
Board Chair: Stuart Vallières

Charitable Reg. #:13196 9628 RR0001


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

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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) 91 cents are available for programs.

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About War Amps:

Founded in 1920 as the Amputations Association of the Great War, The War Amputations of Canada (War Amps) works to improve the quality of life for all Canadian amputees, including veterans and children.

In F2017, War Amps’ key tag service received $31.6m in revenue, representing 84% of total revenue. Through the service, Canadians register a coded tag and attach their keys to this tag. If a set of lost keys is found, the finder can place the set in any Canadian mailbox and War Amps will use the code to courier the keys to the owner. The charity returned 10,222 keys in F2018 and has returned more than 1.5 million key sets since the service started in 1946. The key tag service employs amputees and people with other disabilities.

War Amps provides clients with financial support for purchasing artificial limbs and makes information available on topics including limb care and hygiene, pain, walking, driving, and employment. Through the CHAMP program, children can receive recreational limbs, designed for swimming, biking, or playing a musical instrument. Families attend seminars to learn about the effect of amputations and may be paired with another CHAMP family to learn from others in a similar situation.

With the PLAYSAFE and DRIVESAFE programs, War Amps aims to prevent serious injuries. The charity has videos of amputee children telling the story of how they lost a limb, warning of the dangers of lawn mowers, trains, boats, cars, and farm equipment.

War Amps is one of 60 members of the National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada, a group regularly advocating to Veterans Affairs Canada. The charity also works to improve healthcare funding for all amputees by advocating to the government and insurance companies for increased coverage.

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Results and Impact

Ci has rated War Amps as Low impact based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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The War Amputations of Canada received $36.8m in donations and key tag service revenue during F2017, making it a Major 100 charity, and one of Canada’s largest. Administrative costs are 7% of revenues less investment income, and fundraising costs are 2% of donations. For every dollar donated, 91 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. War Amps has $32.8m in funding reserves, of which $148k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover a year of program costs using reserves.

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

Updated on July 23, 2019 by Madison Kerr.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.3%7.9%8.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.5%8.4%6.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 104.5%92.9%99.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 36,78835,59234,444
Investment income 217220346
Total revenues 37,00635,81334,789
Program costs 31,23332,47330,763
Administrative costs 2,6872,8102,768
Fundraising costs 558428261
Cash flow from operations 2,528101998
Funding reserves 32,76830,31030,703

Note: Ci has included endowment contributions, affecting revenues by $5k in F2017, $5k in F2016, and $5k in F2015. Program, administrative, and fundraising costs are as reported on the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA. Amortization has been removed from program, administrative, and fundraising costs pro-rata.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 187

Avg. Compensation: $51,154

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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Website: www.waramps.ca
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