5215 Jean-Talon Street West
Montreal, QC H4P 1X4
Executive Director: Élise Desaulniers
Board Chair: Samira Sakhia

Charitable Reg. #:11921 9954 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) 74 cents are available for programs.

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About Montreal SPCA:

Founded in 1869, Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Montreal SPCA) was Canada's first animal welfare organization and the largest animal protection organization in Quebec. Its mission is to protect animals against negligence, abuse, and exploitation, represent animals’ best interests, ensure their well-being, and raise public awareness and develop compassion for all living beings. Montreal SPCA’s activities include a lost & found program, programs for animals with special medical or behavioural needs, spay & neuter programs, animal investigations, helping injured and orphaned wildlife, and advocacy.

Montreal SPCA runs a shelter – the Annexe – to care for animals in need. The Annexe helps animals with special behavioral or medical needs, animals awaiting transfer to other places, animals brought in from seizures or extreme hoarding situations, and animals awaiting adoption when there is insufficient space at the main SPCA shelter. Montreal SPCA reports that seven staff and 50 volunteers run the shelter, and that since inception, thousands of animals have been saved due to the program.

Montreal SPCA’s spay & neuter activities include the Trap-Neuter-Release-Maintain (TNRM) program and the Mittens-Montreal SPCA Targeted Permanent Sterilization Clinic. Mittens-Montreal was introduced in 2015 after the charity received a large donation to fund renovations to build the clinic and serves low-income pet owners. Both programs work to reduce the cat and dog overpopulation problem in the city. In 2016, the TNRM program sterilized 1,049 feral cats and the Mittens-Montreal program treated 3,263 animals.

Through its Investigations Division, Montreal SPCA enforces laws protecting animals from crime. The charity’s inspectors conduct investigations to enforce these laws in response to reports of abuse, neglect and abandonment. In 2016, the department received over 10,000 complaints and reports and conducted inspections for 18,213 animals.

In its advocacy program, Montreal SPCA fights for improved animal protection laws in Quebec. In Montreal in September 2016, a breed-specific-legislation (BSL) by-law – which prohibits a specific breed in a given territory — was adopted against pit bulls. Montreal SPCA opposes BSL and proposes prevention measures like sterilization and awareness. The charity filed a law suit against the city after the law was adopted, but ultimately the regulation came into effect and the charity continues advocating. Montreal SPCA created a campaign against the legislation, collecting over 58,000 signatures in 2016.

In its most recent 2016 annual report, Montreal SPCA reports caring for a total of 16,074 animals, including the animals treated in its spay and neuter programs and an additional 6,379 cats, 1,761 dogs, 2,729 wild animals, and 893 exotic and farm animals. Based on total operating costs for the year, Montreal SPCA spent an average of $454 per animal, down from $514 in 2015.

Results and Impact: In 2016, the charity’s inspectors seized 194 animals in response to abuse, neglect, and abandonment, and the charity reports laying several crime and penal charges as well.

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Montreal SPCA is a Large charity with donations of $6.1m in 2017. Administrative costs are 2% of revenues and fundraising costs are 24% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 74 cents go to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Ci reports government funding from the charity’s CRA T3010 filings, removing the figure from donations. Since the 2017 filings were not available at the time of the report, donations may be overstated and the fundraising cost ratio may be understated.

Ci also uses program, administrative, and fundraising cost allocations from the charity’s T3010 filings. Again, since the 2017 filings were not available at the time of the report, Ci separated the expenses into the three functions to the best of its abilities. For 2017 figures, Ci reported salaries and fringe benefits entirely into program costs, likely overstating program costs and thus understating overhead costs.

Montreal SPCA has net funding reserves of $3.0m, which can cover under 7 months of program costs. This program coverage indicates a need for funding. The charity’s funding reserves increased significantly from $194k in 2016, largely due to a $1.3m reduction in legacies receivable and a near doubling of net income.

Montreal SPCA uses external fundraisers as parts of its fundraising activities. In 2016, Montreal SPCA reports external fundraising costs of $1.2m. External fundraisers raised $3.2m on behalf of the charity, producing a fundraising cost of 38 cents per dollar raised.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Montreal SPCA. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 24, 2018 by Joeyanne Cheung.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.1%11.6%11.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 23.5%36.2%40.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 56.3%4.4%(10.6%)

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,0844,3674,696
Goods in kind 756437
Government funding 01,138971
Fees for service 2,7472,6602,401
Investment income 205(2)
Total revenues 8,9268,2348,103
Program costs 5,3434,4514,439
Grants 0042
Administrative costs 187955960
Fundraising costs 1,3671,5411,914
Other costs 212252249
Cash flow from operations 1,8171,035500
Funding reserves 3,009194(476)

Note: Ci reported donated pet food and cat litter under goods in kind, increasing revenues by $75k in 2017, $64k in 2016, and $37k in 2015. Ci used program, administrative, and fundraising cost allocations from the charity’s T3010 filing in 2015 and 2016, increasing expenses by $50k in 2015. Ci subtracted interest expenses from program cost allocations and reported them under other costs. For 2017, Ci separated the expense items into the three functions to the best of its abilities; Ci also excluded amortization of deferred financing cost, reducing expenses by $5k.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 57

Avg. Compensation: $66,864

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 F2016

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