Canuck Place Children's Hospice

1690 Matthews Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 2T2
CEO: Denise Praill
Board Chair: Bob Smart

Charitable Reg. #:13386 7523 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]


Most recent Audited financial statements 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) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About Canuck Place Children's Hospice:

Canuck Place Children's Hospice is a four-star charity with an above average results reporting grade. For every dollar donated to the charity, 80 cents are available to go to the cause, which is within Ci's reasonable range.

Founded in 1995, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) is the only pediatric palliative care provider in British Columbia and the Yukon. CPCH’s in-patient palliative care program and outpatient (the Canuck Place program) cares for children with life-threatening illnesses between 0 and 19 years old. Referrals to Canuck Place are made through BC Children's Hospital. CPCH operates hospices in Vancouver and Abbotsford. CPCH spent $17.1 million on its programs in F2023. The charity runs two programs: Care and Research and Education. The charity reports that on average, a child and family is on the program for six years and their families for a further three years in grief care. In F2023 CPCH cared for 871 children and families.

Care represented 92% of program spending in F2023. The charity provides medical respite, pain and symptom management, a 24-hour phone consultation service, art, music and recreation therapy, end-of-life care, and grief and bereavement counselling to children with progressive, life-threatening illness and their families. In F2023, the charity provided 1,143 bed nights for 3,118 family members and 2,320 inpatient bed days to children with life-threatening illnesses. CPCH provided 558 recreation therapy sessions and 2,413 phone and video consultations through the 24-hour clinic care line. CPCH reports it served 23,464 meals to families during their medical respite stays. Canuck Place provided 3,264 grief, loss, and bereavement counselling session to children, parents, and siblings.

Research and Education represented 8% of program spending in F2023. CPCH’s research studies children with life-threatening illnesses and assesses pain, symptoms, and conditions. The goal of this program is to improve the quality of care for children and families. The charity has ten research publications, 19 current research projects, and eight researchers on the team. CPCH also offers training to healthcare professionals to help care for ill children. The charity states that over 700 clinicians have been trained globally on Canuck Place Serious Illness Conversation Guide.

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Results and Impact

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice states that Canuck Place nurses and doctors provide a healing environment to ease suffering and manage symptoms, helping children live the best life possible.

While Charity Intelligence highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice’s results and impact. This charity is not yet rated on impact (n/r).

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Ci consolidated CPCH and CPCH Foundation’s financial statements for the purpose of this review. The charity does not provide F2020 audited financials for its foundation. Ci used the foundation’s T3010 filing in F2020 instead.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice received $11.6m in donations in F2023. The charity also received $11.5m in government funding, representing 45% of revenue. Administrative costs are 2% of revenue (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 18% of donations. This results in overhead spending of 20%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 80 cents are available to go to the cause.

CPCH has $40.0m in reserve funds, which can cover 234%, or two years and four months of its annual program costs.

CPCH reports using external fundraisers as part of its fundraising activities in its most recent F2022 T3010 CRA filing. It reported paying external fundraisers $334k ($217k in F2021) but did not report how much the fundraisers collected.

The foundation ran a lottery, returning $1.5m in F2023 and $1.5m in F2022 after expenses.

This report is an update that has been sent to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 28, 2023 by Liam Chapleau.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.0%1.6%0.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.1%16.6%18.4%
Total overhead spending 20.1%18.2%18.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 234.1%256.4%215.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 11,61010,1125,782
Government funding 11,45612,43610,125
Lotteries (net) 1,4641,5110
Investment income 506445286
Other income 2681775,054
Total revenues 25,30324,68021,248
Program costs 17,08915,01113,450
Grants 0014
Administrative costs 492386119
Fundraising costs 2,1051,6761,062
Total spending 19,68617,07314,645
Cash flow from operations 5,6177,6086,603
Capital spending 324149218
Funding reserves 40,00338,49429,064

Note: Ci consolidated the foundation and the operating charity’s financial statements for the purpose of this report. Ci excluded donations from the foundation to CPCH, impacting revenue and expenses by ($1.7m) in F2023, ($1.4m) in F2022, and ($783k) in F2021. Ci reported lottery net of expenses, impacting revenue and expenses by ($831k) in F2023, and ($779k) in F2022. To report on a cash basis Ci included deferred revenue and included it in government donations, and other revenue, impacting revenue by $2.3m in F2023, $2.6m in F2022, and $4.0m in F2021. Ci included investment management fees within investment income, impacting revenue and expenses by ($52k) in F2023, ($61k) in F2022, and ($nil) in F2021.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 59

Avg. compensation: $102,563

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 F2022

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001