Canuck Place Children's Hospice

1690 Matthews Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 2T2
CEO: Margaret McNeil
Board Chair: Gavin Toy

Charitable Reg. #:13386 7523 RR0001


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Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



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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) 56 cents are available for programs.

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About Canuck Place Children's Hospice:

Founded in 1995, the Canuck Place Children's Hospice (CPCH) was the first free-standing children's hospice in North America and is British Columbia’s pediatric palliative care provider. Its mission is to benefit all children and their families living with progressive life-threatening conditions with compassion, knowledge, and holistic clinical care. CPCH operates two facilities in Vancouver and Abbotsford.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice offers BC's children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a range of services provincewide. CPCH provides clinical care, 24-hour provincewide phone consultation, respite and family support, end-of-life care, pain and symptom management for complex diseases, grief and loss counselling, art, education, music, and recreation therapy. CPCH also provides outpatient services such as medical and nursing consultation, family support and counselling, and runs the Madison Outpatient Clinic with BC Children's Hospital.

In F2016, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provided care to more than 670 children and families. 2,101 patient beds were occupied and 81 children received end-of-life care.  The respite and family support provided 2,897 overnight stays for siblings and parents. 1,254 children and families attended bereavement group counselling and 622 attended recreation therapy camps. Finally, 424 music therapy sessions were held. CPCH is currently working to expand the services at the Abbotsford location to have a total of 9 patient beds and 5 family suites by 2017.

According to its 2016 family satisfaction survey, 96% of bereaved families were satisfied or very satisfied with the care and support given to their child and themselves.

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Ci has consolidated the financial statements of Canuck Place Children's Hospice and Canuck Place Children's Hospice Foundation. CPCH is a big-cap charity with annual donations of $7.8m in F2016. The charity’s T3010A CRA filing does not reconcile with the audited financial statements. Furthermore, CPCH’s audited financial statements do not allocate costs to programs, administration, and fundraising, so this information is from their T3010A filing. CPCH's administrative costs were 10% of revenues, while fundraising costs were 33% of donations. For every dollar donated, 56 cents go towards the cause, CPCH’s programs, not factoring in CPCH’s surplus in F2016. This is below Ci’s reasonable range. In F2016, CPCH had funding reserves of $16.6m, which cover 2.2 years of annual program costs, showing a moderate need for donations.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by the charity. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 11, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.3%10.4%11.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 33.3%31.3%16.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 221.6%185.8%141.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 7,7876,81011,801
Government funding 5,0205,0904,082
Investment income 123129112
Total revenues 12,93012,02915,995
Program costs 6,5246,4555,493
Grants 95001,800
Administrative costs 1,3131,2351,744
Fundraising costs 2,5952,1331,951
Cash flow from operations 1,5482,2075,007
Funding reserves 16,56611,99210,313

Note: Ci has consolidated the Cancuck Place Childrens Hospice Foundation with the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice using the foundation’s T3010A CRA filing information as their audited financial statements were unavailable. Ci adjusted for amortization of deferred capital contribution, reducing revenue by $629k in F2016, $618k in F2015, and $172k in F2014. Ci has also adjusted to account for deferred capital contributions, increasing revenue by $1.1m in F2016, $1.3m in F2015, and $4.5m in F2014. Ci has adjusted the expense for the grant to CPCH foundation, reducing expenses by $950k in F2016, $0 in F2015, and $1.8m in F2014. Ci has adjusted program, fundraising, and administrative costs to reconcile with the charity’s T3010A CRA filing. Ci has also adjusted for amortization of capital assets proportionally to program, administration, and fundraising costs, reducing total expenses by $773k in F2014, $756k in F2015, $447k in F2014.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 51

Avg. Compensation $82,479

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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