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) 99 cents are available for programs.

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About War Amps:

Founded in 1918, The War Amputations of Canada (War Amps) works to improve the quality of life for all Canadian amputees, including veterans and children. It aims to provide funding for artificial limbs, help children develop a positive outlook on life, and support amputees through awareness programs. The War Amputations of Canada’s national headquarters is in Ottawa.

In F2019, the charity’s three largest programs included the Key Tag Service Division, the CHAMP program, and Advocacy.

The Key Tag Service Division made up 45% of program costs in F2019. War Amps’ key tag programs consist of two main components. Through the key tag service, all Canadians can register for coded tags to attach to their key rings. If someone later finds a lost key ring with a War Amps tag, they can place the keys in any Canadian mailbox and War Amps will return them to their owner. War Amps states that it helped return 10,222 keys in 2018 and more than 1.5 million keys since founding. The other main component of War Amps’ key tag program involves a workshop program. War Amps specifically employs amputees and people with disabilities at workshops that produce the key tags.

The Child Amputee (CHAMP) program made up 24% of program costs in F2019. Through the CHAMP program, War Amps provides comprehensive support to child amputees and their families. This includes funding to buy prosthetic limbs, educational sessions, parenting resources, and peer support programs.

Advocacy programs were 9% of program costs in F2019. War Amps advocates on behalf of amputees to increase healthcare funding and protect against discrimination based on disability. War Amps states that it is part of four out of six advisory groups to Veteran’s Affairs Canada. It is also a member of the National Council of Veteran Associations in Canada, a coalition of more than 60 distinct veteran interest groups.

The remaining 22% of program costs included funding for adult amputees, safe driving awareness programs, and resources for amputees.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given War Amps a Low impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

In 2018, War Amps reported that its advocacy efforts successfully changed the insurance policy at a major national banking institution. Previously, the employee health insurance policy excluded the costs of essential artificial limbs. War Amps provided resource booklets and held meetings to discuss improvements to the health insurance policy. It states that as a result, the employer included artificial limbs within its insurance policy, increased payment maximums, and raised the allowed replacement frequency of limbs.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of War Amps’ results and impact.

Impact Rating: Low

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War Amps does not disclose full administrative and fundraising costs on its audited financial statements, which are posted online. The charity instead provides its full overhead spending figures on its T3010 filing with the CRA, which is only available for F2018. The charity states that it will file its F2019 T3010 in September 2020. Administrative and fundraising costs are likely understated for F2019.

The War Amputations of Canada is a Major 100 charity, one of Canada’s largest charities, with $42.0m in donations in F2019. This includes $34.4m in tax-receipted key tag revenue, representing 80% of total revenues. Administrative costs are under 1% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are under 1% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 1%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 99 cents go to the cause. This falls outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending, as charities reporting more than 95 cents to the cause may be underreporting their overhead costs.

In F2018, the most recent year that full overhead costs could be obtained from CRA filings, administrative costs were 9% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs were 2% of donations. This resulted in total overhead spending of 10%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 90 cents went to the cause. This fell within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

War Amps has $40.3m in funding reserves, of which $158k is donor-endowed. Excluding donor-endowed funds, the charity could cover around 1.2 years of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

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

Updated on August 20, 2020 by Eric Zhao.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 0.6%8.5%7.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.8%1.5%1.5%
Total overhead spending 1.4%10.0%8.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 122.2%110.2%104.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 42,00937,34936,788
Investment income 801376217
Total revenues 42,81037,72537,006
Program costs 32,84030,72431,216
Administrative costs 2473,1792,700
Fundraising costs 348546561
Total spending 33,43434,44934,478
Cash flow from operations 9,3763,2762,528
Capital spending 1,8071,58338
Funding reserves 40,28134,00932,768

Note: Ci included endowment contributions in donations, affecting total revenues by $5k in F2019, $5k in F2018, and $5k in F2017. Ci gathered program, administrative, and fundraising costs from the charity’s available CRA filings. Ci removed amortization on a pro-rata basis from program, administrative, and fundraising costs. War Amps’ F2019 filing was not available at the time of this report, meaning overhead spending is likely understated for F2019.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 173

Avg. Compensation: $57,453

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 F2018

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Website: www.waramps.ca
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